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Why Your Old Meeting Space Doesn't Work in the New Office

As companies return to work, with some employees at home and some in the office, meetings have taken on a more significant digital component. Most video teleconferencing systems have a camera under the display facing the conference table. However, if there is a presenter at the front of the room, they are not in the camera frame so virtual participants can’t see them — and the presenter can’t see the in-person and virtual participants simultaneously while presenting. Mixed-presence spaces, like meeting rooms, have presented the unique task of accommodating both physically and virtually-present employees. Therefore, organizations are seeking out simple solutions for a more seamless meeting experience.  

How to fix it easily, quickly and affordably

The good news is, your organization doesn't need to go under construction to fix the obstacles in your current meeting room. Adding a second camera to the system at the back of the room provides virtual attendees a view of the presenter and the content simultaneously, just as if they were sitting in the room. A second large format display at the rear of the room can also show remote participants, allowing the presenter to look out and see all of the attendees at once, without turning their back on the people in the room to address the ones attending remotely. Simple fixes like adding these two pieces of technology can go a long way in making all conference participants feel included and comfortable moving forward.

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