Looking back to last year’s event and the technology that has helped a country communicate and learn during a pandemic.

This time last year we had just finished our annual technology event in Leeds for customers and were wondering what the future held with the news so focused around COVID. Little did we know that we were about to be in a yearlong lock down.

It is hard to believe that well over 150 staff, suppliers, manufacturers and customers were all together in room. Socialising, networking and having demonstrations of the latest technology. Little did we know that the technology on display would be so heavily used to help workplace and education institutions communicate over the coming months and change how we work for the future?

From formal to informal video calling meeting room solutions, huddle spaces, projection and display to LED posters, through to the cables and wireless solutions that make it all work, there really was something to suit everyone.

We take a look at some of the solutions that have helped the nation work during this pandemic.

Avocor

Avocor have a wide range of collaborative and interactive products to suite any environment. They have collaborated with some of the leading providers of collaboration and remote working products such as Microsoft, Zoom Lenovo, Intel, Logitech and Crestron to provide the perfect integrated solution.

The Windows collaboration displays are designed to enhance and accelerate teamwork, increasing productivity and enabling collaborative meeting rooms. Fully compatible with Windows 10, the displays deliver the power and productivity of Office 365 and Microsoft Teams at room-scale and are created in partnership with Microsoft, famous for introducing the Surface Hub.

The displays include integrated AV and include a premium conference camera, stereo speakers, far-field microphone array for powerful video collaboration.

For customers using other collaboration platforms, such as Zoom, Avocor have a solution for that too. Avocor and Logitech have joined forces to bring you the ALZ series - six simple-to-use, yet incredibly powerful Zoom Room for Touch solutions to bring interactive whiteboarding, video and content sharing at room scale to Zoom meetings in focus rooms, executive offices, huddle rooms and meeting spaces.

These solution has allowed several customers present from the office to remote working employees as well as host customer meetings over the last year.

Clevertouch

Clevertouch have been a long standing partner of Universal AV for many years and we have delivered numerous successful projects with them. Clevertouch offer customers a complete solution built around the Enterprise Ecosystem. This provides a unique user experience centred on the collaborative workplace. Encompassing a range of products to provide an all-in-one solution the Enterprise Ecosystem is a powerful yet highly intuitive set of tools for any modern, forward thinking organisation.

  • Digital signage and wayfinding are a great way to make the first impression last. From the moment your customers or students enter the building, digital signage & wayfinding provided by Sedao allows you to communicate directly and quickly using a combination of modern media such as video, RSS and web.
  • With meeting and teaching space at a premium a Room Booking system allows any organisation to effectively manage their estate whilst enabling the efficient running of integrated organisation-wide digital communications across all three platforms - interactive display, digital signage and rom booking.
  • Meeting Room Interactive Displays form the key to any successful modern meeting. Let the ideas flow without interruptions. Meet in huddle spaces, meeting rooms, or have colleagues call in remotely to share your screen. No wires, no waiting, no fuss. Share content from any device, on any platform, and use all the programs, software and apps that your business relies on.
  • Unified Communications allows for the sharing of projects with others and mark-up in real-time. Invite collaborators to join your meeting via video link with STAGE a web based platform allowing anyone anywhere to join and collaborate.
  • Remote Management enables IT departments & administrators to take control of their AV and building estate without needing to leave the office with over the air updates, group tagging and Live status information.

Exertis

Exertis attended with a selection of innovative products from some of the leading technology manufacturers, which when combined provide an innovative solution to any meeting room or workspace.

The ScreenBeam 960 enterprise-grade wireless display receiver gives presenters and educators mobility to present from anywhere in the room, and even interact with content on a device screen from a front-of-room touchscreen via touchback. Designed for large businesses and campuses which need wireless display connectivity to increase real-time interaction, collaboration and productivity in meeting spaces and classrooms.

The Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub is an all-in-one meeting room device which is easy to deploy and even easier to use. It’s also scalable across room sizes and is available pre-configured for both Microsoft Teams (including Skype for Business) and Zoom Rooms.

CTouch were once again in attendance at our annual event, displaying their newly revamped range of interactive touch screen displays. Centred around the Riva and Canvass interactive displays, CTouch now provide BRIX; a modular platform where you can pick and choose the features you use.

  • For Teams – when you need even more collaboration, this module provides all of the above plus a seamless Microsoft Teams experience including file sharing and video conferencing
  • For Zoom – if your organisation uses Zoom, then this pack provides all of the Pro features and, yes you’ve guessed it, a seamless integration with Zoom Video Communications. With simultaneous screen sharing, HD video conferencing and instant or scheduled meetings.

Dalen

Dalen Top-Tec brought a plethora of AV furniture to the Technology Event. The SYNERGY range, of collaborative desks, offers distinct table shapes all designed to fit specific user requirements. They range from a two-person huddle space to a 20-seat classroom. The variety of shapes available allow for flexible working, as well as higher levels of engagement.

As the world looks to changing workspace to being more flexible, we are already seeing the use of this furniture being deployed in the workplace.

A feature product from Dalen which has helped The University of Leeds during online teaching was the newly designed and manufactured LIGHTBOARD, an ingenious product which allows the user to write on one side of the glass and it appear the correct way round on the other side of the glass.

For a full description and details of how the University of Leeds are using the LIGHTBOARD please take a look at our latest case study on our website.

Extron

Collaborative work is increasingly common in AV spaces and Extron have both wired or wireless systems that make collaboration easy for huddle rooms, conference rooms and classrooms. For stand-alone wireless collaboration Extron ShareLink™ wireless collaboration gateway allows small to medium size groups to work together with minimal wiring and AV infrastructure. ShareLink™ enables anyone to present content from a laptop, smartphone, or tablet on a display, transforming any meeting room into a collaboration space. The professional capabilities of the ShareLink™ provide easy integration of mobile devices into meeting and huddle rooms, interactive collaborative spaces, and larger presentation environments.

For wired collaboration Extron TeamWork® is a simple, intuitive collaboration system that adapts to evolving collaboration needs in both corporate and education applications.

Intevi

Intevi provide bespoke, end-to-end digital media solutions, to fulfil your communication needs. They provide a range of solutions and products aimed at the Digital Workplace. Enabling organisations to effectively manage their estates with a range of innovative products.

  • Intevi Digital Signage - delivers content to digital signage screens and interactive displays helping to create captivating and inspiring experiences. The easy-to-use platform allows you to remotely manage, schedule and track all your content. Creating engaging content which can be deployed globally from the touch of a button.
  • Intevi Digital Television - Designed to be a simple to use yet fully functional solution, with features that will help your organisation manage and distribute a range of media sources.
  • Intevi Digital Booking - Incorporating SharingCloud’s ‘Instant Suite’ and third-party sensors, the product range can be used in isolation to improve an individual area of your business or work together to produce a fully connected and dynamic working environment increasing workplace productivity.
  • Intevi Digital Casting - Take control of your meetings, training and seminar rooms with the Pulse-Box, a universal wireless display solution. The Pulse-Box allows organisations to share content easily without the need to install an application or use an accessory to display your content. The Pulse-Box is the only wireless display solution that works without an application to download, without accessories and offers universal compatibility with all devices such as smartphone, tablet or computer.

Kramer

Kramer Electronics were showcasing some of the latest 4K switching as well as the wireless collaboration solution range; VIA.

Kramer@Work is a range of Pro AV meeting space solutions that are always IT friendly and easy to support. Kramer@Work answers the challenges of today's modern workplace with a full range of feature-rich reliable meeting space solutions designed to cater for small groups right up to large conference room solutions. With solutions offering a combination of wired and wireless connectivity, there is a perfect solution for any organisation.

The Kramer VIA range provide the perfect solution for wireless collaboration, with the latest addition to the family of products being the VIA Connect Plus. This provides simultaneous wired and wireless presentation and collaboration for a variety of spaces with no need for any additional hardware.

VIA Connect PLUS features iOS (MacBook, iPad and iPhone), Android (Lollipop OS 5.0 or newer), Chromebook and Windows (with VIAcast dongle) mirroring. You can show up to four user screens on a single main display. The VIA Versa feature allows users to wirelessly connect to the professional grade camera and AV in their meeting spaces easily and instantly.

Also available is the VIAcast dongle, which transforms any of the VIA products into a true BYOD presentation solution. Laptops and smartphones, Android and Apple can all display simultaneously to the same presentation screen. Simply plug the USB dongle into the VIA and select your display device to begin presenting.

Google Jamboard

Jamboard is the perfect solution for any organisation using the G Suite platform. The 55” 4K interactive display allows users to collaborate in “real-time” sharing ideas across multiple Jamboards, the internet or the mobile app. Drop images, add notes and pull assets directly from the web while collaborating with team members from anywhere.

With Jamboards incredibly responsive and accurate display, it feels natural to draw and sketch the way you would on a traditional whiteboard. Enrich your brainstorm with the best of Google Search and your team's work in G Suite: grab images and content from the web and bring them straight into your jam; pull in work from Docs, Sheets and Slides; even add photos stored in Drive.

Mersive


The Solstice platform offers a wireless presentation experience that puts content at the centre of every meeting. Fit for any meeting space – such as conference rooms, huddle spaces or classrooms – Solstice will help you spend less time setting up and more time collaborating – A must in any business.

Solstice blends award-winning technology, ease of use, and cost efficiency into a platform that enables teams to collaborate and innovate through dynamic, engaging, and inclusive meetings that can take place in any workspace. It offers contemporary and intuitive app-based content sharing that is the same on every user device and delivers best-in-class streaming performance. For guests and other occasional users that may not want to download the Solstice app, Solstice also supports Airplay and Miracast streaming protocols as well as a wired content source.

Solstice Conference seamlessly integrates Solstice’s intuitive, high-performance wireless content sharing with any video conferencing service to deliver a unified collaboration experience for both local and remote participants. Agnostic conferencing support allows anyone to easily host a web conference no matter which platform they use, increasing the flexibility of the conference room and reducing the complexity of meeting with remote workers or external stakeholders. With remote attendees viewing the same shared content and business applications that in-room users see on the display, teams can more effectively gain alignment and understanding, regardless of location.

Panasonic

A key product featured at the event and utilised in 2020 was their range of professional remote cameras that support UHD and Full-HD recording capabilities for a wide range of applications via IP. Universal AV has seen a dramatic growth in e-learning within higher education for lecture capture, from live streaming to corporate use in auditoriums, our remote cameras support the most difficult of shooting conditions in both indoor and outdoor situations.

Panasonic provide a comprehensive range of cameras for all environments. All function with Panasonic’s Auto tracking software, which uses facial recognition to allow the camera to follow the speaker during the lecture, so no need for a separate camera operator. Additionally, you keep students’ engagement at the highest avoiding large wide angle views not focused on the teacher.

With easy integration to existing lecture capture platforms, such as Panopto, the Panasonic system provides a perfect solution to the HE market.

Take a look at how Wolfvision and Panasonic have been working together to simplify meeting spaces.

Wolfvision

WolfVision GmbH is a manufacturer of presentation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing systems. They presented our customers with CYNAP; a powerful all-in-one wireless presentation and collaboration system, featuring a media player, web conferencing, recording and streaming, BYOD wireless screen sharing, and annotation functionality.

The CYNAP family consists of four products:

  • CYNAP Pure - A compact BYOD wireless presentation solution, perfect for classrooms, meeting rooms, and huddle spaces of all sizes, where high quality, easy-to-use, wireless screen sharing onto a central shared screen is the primary focus.
  • CYNAP Pure Pro - With all the functionality of Cynap Pure, plus some of the features of our larger Cynap systems, Cynap Pure Pro is an ideal add-on to existing infrastructure, providing high performance wireless screen mirroring, combined with a range of popular collaboration tools.
  • CYNAP CORE - Easy to use collaboration system, providing “core essential” collaboration features. Advanced network integration options make it an ideal centrepiece for smaller installations, and it is also a key component of our MATRIX active learning classroom solution.
  • CYNAP - A powerful all-in-one wireless presentation and collaboration system, featuring a media player, web conferencing, recording and streaming, BYOD wireless screen sharing, and annotation functionality. Also the “main station” of our MATRIX collaboration solution.

Sony

Sony Business Solutions once again brought their A game to the Universal AV Technology Event. Centred around TEOS, Sony demonstrated how their award winning Workplace Management Solution can be deployed to enhance any business organisation. With personalised signage, efficient room booking and technologies to enable more efficient communication and collaboration, Sony TEOS helps make the smart workplace a reality which as the world returns to some degree of normality is a key solution.

Sony TEOS has recently gone through a major upgrade which makes the interface easier to navigate allowing any organization to optimize how it uses its devices, space and time to unlock the true potential of your workforce. TEOS Manage is a complete device and room management solution for corporate and large education environments. Powerful, flexible and easy to use, TEOS Manage empowers your IT department to efficiently manage, schedule and monitor the content across all your networked screens, projectors and display devices.

TEOS Meeting Display is a new add-on to set a complete meeting interface for meeting room displays, with automatic meeting agendas, end meeting alerts, smart input automation, analytics & much more.

TEOS Room Booking has been improved with the introduction of a room status, which easily allows the user to display rooms/desks overviews and status in public areas, without any advanced configuration. In addition, with the new add-in for employees to use Outlook very simply to manage their room bookings, invite guests and do one-click mirroring in meeting rooms, without opening any other application.

With TEOS Screensaver you can automatically push “screensavers” signage content on devices not-in use, in or outside meeting rooms (room booking tablets, meeting room displays, etc.)

In Conclusion

The technology needed to work the way we have over the last 12 months has been available for a long time. The understanding of how it is able to help and shape how an organisation works has really started to take effect during the course of the pandemic. The reluctance of companies and individuals to go back to how things were will see this technology used even more and become an even more effective tool. Ultimately helping companies save time and money and communicate effectively.

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