What are the Components of a Collaboration and Conferencing Solution?

Clay Kobernick, supplier relations manager at Anixter, discusses the components of a collaboration and conferencing solution that will meet the needs of both live and remote participants and provide the ability to present from mobile devices.

Transcript: What are the Components of a Collaboration and Conferencing Solution?

Hi, I’m Clay Kobernick. I’d like to talk about the components of a modern collaboration and conferencing solution.

Today’s enterprises employ a mixed live and virtual workforce and cater to customer bases that span regional, national and international lines. These organizations require a conferencing solution that enables seamless communication and collaboration for all participants, both remote and live.

Here’s what a traditional conference room setup looks like. You have a screen on the wall, a projector, a couple of HDBaseT converters and a media server or laptop. This set up provides good live presentation capabilities—but presentation is just one of the components of an effective collaboration and conferencing solution. Consider adding one or more of these other components:

  • Content collaboration, which allows users to share and edit content from multiple devices on a shared display.
  • Audio and video conferencing, which allow a mixed group of live and remote participants to communicate seamlessly.
  • Structured meeting systems, which enable parliamentary-style meetings, simultaneous translation and document-sharing.
  • And BYOD capabilities, which enable meeting participants to easily present content from their laptops, tablets and smart phones.

Here’s a conceptual layout for a conference room setup that allows for presentation as well as video and audio conferencing. With the addition of a networked wireless presentation device, the room is also BYOD-ready and can support content sharing and editing from multiple devices.

Of course, the key to a good system design is working with a qualified integrator to make sure your system integrates well with the other systems in the building, is easy to use and secure from cyber threats, and has the flexibility and scalability to meet both present and future needs. You can learn more about this topic by visiting anixter.com/proav, or talking to your local Anixter representative.


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