Category Audio Conferencing

Webinar Recording: Preparing Your Meeting Rooms for the Teams Experience

The growing popularity of Microsoft Teams is a testament to our need to collaborate efficiently in real and virtual spaces. Poorly designed rooms undermine the collaboration culture. The user experience has to be consistent across the spectrum of spaces, from huddle spaces to lecture theaters.

Sneak preview:

During this webinar, Chris Fitzsimmons, product marketing manager for Biamp, looks at ways you can bring the Microsoft Teams experience into a variety of meeting spaces. Download this recording and you’ll learn about:

  • The difference between Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Teams Rooms 
  • AV best practices (with a focus on the importance of audio quality)
  • Microsoft-certified solutions from Biamp and how they improve the collaboration experience

Fitzsimmons also addresses audience questions on topics like network security and the features of Biamp solutions.

Here’s a short preview from this Biamp event that emphasizes the importance of audio to successful meetings:

Find out more of Fitzsimmons’ advice for creating an engaging collaboration experience in a variety of meeting spaces.

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How to Solve Audio Challenges in Any Meeting Space

You can overcome the challenges to providing quality audio throughout your workplace meeting spaces. For this articleAVI-SPL and HARMAN have collaborated to show you how to fix the audio challenges in spaces like:

  • Traditional conference rooms
  • Huddle rooms
  • Open collaboration spaces

You’ll also  get a look at specific HARMAN loudspeakers and microphones that are made to work in different collaboration environments, making it easy for you to standardize your technology deployment across your collaboration areas.

Download your copy of “Solve Audio Challenges in Any Meeting Space” >

Webinar Recording: Design Basics for the Audio-Enabled Conference Room

During “Design Basics for the Audio-Enabled Conference Room,” you’ll learn best practices for well-designed conference rooms and meeting spaces with exceptional audio. During this AVI-SPL-hosted webinar, Gino Sigismondi, associate director of technical support and training at Shure, explores topics including:

  • Benefits of high-quality audio in the conference room
  • How we measure speech quality
  • The three basic elements of the conference room
  • Phases of the room-design process
  • Microphone selection for video conferencing
  • Four ways to improve room audio performance

Sigismondi also offers examples of AV connection scenarios, microphone characteristics, and how different mic types respond to input.

Laurie Berg, director of services product management for AVI-SPL, explains the benefits of Symphony, the user experience application that supports an integrated collaboration workflow and helps manage and monitor your AV and UC estate, including Shure devices and the meeting rooms where they’re used.

Get the recording for “Design Basics for the Audio-Enabled Conference Room” >

About the presenter 

Gino Sigismondi, associate director of technical support and training at Shure, is a Chicago native and Shure Associate since 1997. In his time at Shure, Gino has been a member of Applications Engineering and managed the Technical Training and Systems Support departments, assisting Shure customers with choosing and using the company’s vast array of products. He’s the author of the Shure educational publications “Selection and Operation of Personal Monitors,” “Audio Systems Guide for Music Educators,” and “Selection and Operation of Audio Signal Processors.” Gino was recently awarded status as an “Adjunct Instructor” by InfoComm Academy.

Poly’s “Power of Many” Message for Businesses

Poly made noise in the AV and workplace collaboration industry this week as it became the new face of the combination of Plantronics and Polycom.

The company is supporting its first marketing campaign, “The Power of Many,” with some high-profile announcements that focus on product integration with technology from Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Poly made these announcements while at Enterprise Connect in Orlando.

In the days that followed the rebranding as Poly, the company announced:

The Power of Many

Common to these products is their emphasis on bringing people together, which is the message of Poly’s “Power of Many” campaign. The “power of many” also describes the functions that are brought together in a solution. Systems that combine useful functions are what you might envision when you hear the term “unified communications” — the ability to review one’s calendar, join a meeting, and make video calls from one device.

Along with this versatility, the goal is simplicity, which is key to the user experience of solutions that combine multiple functions. You could say that’s the main appeal of a solution that includes Alexa, making it possible to manage meetings and room devices through voice.

Poly’s solution announcements this week indicate their focus on a positive user experience. Common to each of them:  These solutions integrate with systems that people are comfortable with and want to keep using in a way that isn’t needlessly complex. One phrase on the Poly website touts the ability to “concentrate on ideas in the air, not devices in the room.” When people use workplace collaboration solutions, they shouldn’t notice the technology to an extent that is disruptive. Rather, they should be able to give their attention to the collaboration that the technology is making possible.

As new solutions enable us to do more from more places, companies are wise to incorporate those solutions in the workplace to attract talented people who want to be able to collaborate in a variety of ways and do it on demand.

The solutions that are easiest to use will be the most attractive, as long as they have the capabilities that people expect. Those capabilities are with us in a variety of solution packages. The power of Poly’s message is in its focus on how its solutions make it easier for people to produce the products, ideas, services and innovations that keeps their businesses growing.

Webinar Recording: Improving Your UCC Meeting-Room Audio

In this webinar, recorded on March 6, learn what it takes to deliver high-quality audio throughout your organization’s meeting rooms so that all participants — including those joining remotely — have an effective, productive experience.

The most important part of any video call or conferencing meeting is the audio. Without good audio, there’s no meeting. Get the recording of this free Commercial Integrator and MyTechDecisions webinar, and learn how Biamp audio solutions provide a high-quality experience. Zach Snook, product manager for Biamp, covers:

  • Beamtracking microphones
  • Power-over-Ethernet amplifiers
  • desono™ conferencing speakers
  • Soundmasking
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • DSPs
  • VoIP deployment tools

You’ll also hear from Charlie Salto, a project engineer for AVI-SPL. Charlie gives his insight into audio design for meeting rooms. Whether you’re refreshing a meeting room or designing and installing a new solution on a tight timeline, experts from Biamp and AVI-SPL explain how they can address these challenges quickly and efficiently.

Get the Recording for “Improving Your UCC Meeting-Room Audio” >