Presentation technology for conference hotels and conference centres in times of digitalisation
Growing visitor expectations
As a result, meeting and conference rooms today must be treated like modern working environments. This requires modern, interactive AV technology, such as touch displays and video conferencing and unified communication systems. Traditional presentation tools such as a mobile projector, flipchart, metaplan wall and presentation case are no longer sufficient.
Which AV and presentation technology makes sense?
Videokonferenzen und Unified Communication & Collaboration (UCC)
High usability and simple operation for visitors and operators
Therefore, technology and premises should be intuitive and can be operated without the support of technical staff. This is feasible for simpler systems with automatisms such as automatic signal recognition when connecting external laptops. In addition, a welcome screen on the display with precise and clear instructions can show visitors how to connect their laptop. For rooms with more flexibility, several connection possibilities or more extensive requirements, the control of the technology by means of a touch panel is almost inevitable. Here, however, attention should be paid to a clear and intuitive user interface.
What do these developments mean for new constructions and refurbishments
Increased demands on room acoustics
“In addition, the sound system in the rooms must not be neglected” adds Philip Eschenfelder. „First of all, the existing requirements must be clearly defined and the solutions must be designed accordingly: Do you only have to reproduce the sound of the connected guest devices? Do you need wireless microphones or does a Voicelift system make sense? Do you want to use the room also for events with with higher sound requirements? All these questions do have an impact on the sound-engineering requirements of the room and should be taken into account in harmony with all other trades”.
Future prospects: On the way to Smart Building
- Use cases are getting more and more important since technology becomes increasingly specialized. This means that „Smart“ will only work for the designed use cases in the future.
- Usability decides whether technology is used or not: Simple systems that can be used intuitively are without any alternative in Smart Buildings.
- Rooms are becoming functional units: AV technology, room control and architecture can no longer be seen as separate components. Isolated solutions and proprietary systems will no longer exist in smart buildings.
- IoT and Big Data – sensors are tracking everything in the meeting room: The technical solutions for this are already there. TThe questions that still need to be clarified here are mainly of an organizational nature: Which data should be tracked? What is to be done with it? And how is this compatible with data protection?
- Operation and operation management is getting increasingly important and becomes a success factor. While in the past it was enough to replace a broken projector bulb within one day, technology in the Smart Building has to be available 24/7. This requires new operating concepts and operating models for the technology used, the rooms and the entire building. Immediate trouble shooting must be available at all times.
Martin C. Wagner, Head of Marketing der macomGROUP