The benefits to extending unified communications and collaboration through the enterprise are well understood — but costs continue to deter organisations from implementing enterprise grade video conferencing in many smaller workspaces.
Many smaller groups end up having to manage with a lower quality experience on services like Skype running on a tablet/laptop/desktop. While the performance of such inexpensive systems may be adequate for groups of 2-3 people, it is pretty limited when applied to mid-size groups of 4-8 people.
This whitepaper produced by Frost & Sullivan and Biamp, suggests that the gap between desktop conferencing and large conference rooms should be addressed by special solutions for small “huddle groups”. The key to achieving this goal would be to integrate high-quality hardware with the relatively inexpensive desktop communication platform.
Some key points made in the whitepaper are:
“…as huddle rooms are created, companies should deploy hardware that will easily and cost-effectively support the software already in use. The idea is to bring the desktop to the conference room.”
“To make the most of these work-style opportunities, companies must look at huddle rooms not as small conference rooms, but rather as extensions of the desktop – where advanced communication and collaboration capabilities can enable deep, iterative interaction.”
“Instead of crowding around a small PC screen, meeting participants can see their web and video applications on a large wall-mounted display, and benefit from an audio conferencing system that delivers clear, crisp sound – without having to get used to a whole new UCC environment.”
For more information about adapting desktop conferencing tools for high performance in small to medium sized rooms, contact us.
Content credit (Frost & Sullivan and Biamp)