Hello, is this thing on?
It should be easy to have a seamless, intuitive, high-quality AV experience with your own laptop. After all, if we can beam up-close photos from Mars down from the sky, we should certainly be able to connect our device to the meeting’s audio, right?
There’s no going back
Laptop and tablet use for work is expected to triple by 2017, according to Forrester research. As the BYOD (bring your own device) movement continues to gain momentum across industries and verticals, AV integrators and IT professionals will need to address support and security challenges while embracing the inevitable.
However, legacy conferencing solutions aren’t built to easily connect to an employee’s own laptop or tablet that is running a cloud-based web or video conferencing application. The end result is a painless process every time you want to get the meeting started. Microsoft VP Gurdeep Singh Pall recently said it takes an average of 13 minutes to set up a video call. These kinds of technical difficulties are not only annoying to participants, but they reflect on your company’s standards and capabilities.
New solutions for new expectations
AV integrators and IT professionals are busy trying to determine how best to accommodate demands for blending consumer-based experiences with the advanced capabilities and convenience of business-class applications. Fortunately, there are now conference room solutions that support BYOD. These solutions can streamline common challenges like:
- Difficulty connecting to meetings
- Desire to use personal devices for collaboration
- Differences in connectivity capabilities
New solutions are fundamentally changing the landscape of collaboration. For example, products like QSC’s TSC-7t Tabletop Touchscreen Dialer and Q-SYS Core 110f enable easy audio conference meetings for your end user by allowing them to use their own devices as the host for conference calls with GoToMeeting, WebEx, Skype for Business, or other soft codecs.
USB inputs on both TSC-7t and Core 110f provides an easy, intuitive user interface to pair your laptop or in-rack PC audio I/Os with the Q-SYS in-room audio solution. You gain the benefit of leveraging the multiple microphones in the room, each with its own dedicated AEC channel, as well as the amplified speaker system provided by the new SPA series amplifiers and quality speakers.