Companies have been using video communication and collaboration for decades now, but only recently has it really gone mainstream, where companies large and small feel they can benefit from a video communication platform. In the past it was sometimes seen as a “nice to have” versus a “must have” capability. While GoToMeeting, WebEx, and Zoom are platforms that are widely used, Skype for Business has been an important driver in the increased adoption and “must have” request for web conferencing functionality in meeting spaces.
This platform provides unified communications in a way the others don’t – it’s a Microsoft product so it integrates with the Office platform to make scheduling and starting meetings easy, provides a messaging platform, and allows IT departments to manage users accounts at the enterprise level including security.
All of these platforms, known as “soft codecs” vary, but have in common one thing – they are web-based collaboration platforms that allow users to connect to remote participants using video, audio and content sharing to get work done. Our clients ask how to bring Skype for Business, or their platform of choice, to the conference room. This can be a difficult proposition because web conferencing platforms utilize built in webcams and microphones, so how do we capture video and audio from a whole room of participants and send it to the conferencing platform? USB cameras and microphones are one answer but present USB extension problems and are not intended to cover a whole board room.
Manufacturers of AV integration solutions have recognized this and have developed solutions that allow AV integrators to design high quality conferencing environments in rooms large and small with professional quality audio and video capture. These solutions provide AV switching, USB and HDMI signal extension, plus control – it simplifies room use and management, and provides a reliable experience for users. Crestron, Extron, and Atlona are examples of manufacturers’ solutions that help us build rooms to support any soft codec platform.
- Meet with up to 250 people—even if they’re not on Skype for Business. All they need is a phone or internet connection.
- See your contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings in Outlook, and start conversations from apps like Word and PowerPoint.
- Conversations are protected by strong authentication and encryption, and you manage employee accounts and features.
Contact us today about getting your room Skype-ready!
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