They are all good points, perhaps I can expand on what I mean.
Currently, we set up all our meeting rooms with an appropriate sized TV, then;
hook up an HDMI cable with a mini DVI>HDMI Dongle and a USB-C>HDMI Dongle
Attach an Apple TV (for Airplay), and
Attach a Google Chromecast device
This set up allows 95% of all devices (inc mobiles and tablets) to use the screen for meeting purposes, and we really enjoy the flexibility it gives to all members.
The challenge is to now pick hardware for both videos conferencing via multiple computers, tablet and mobile devices, plus have the ability to use mobiles for audio-only conference calls.
Alex challenged me in that this is not a “must”, well our community (and many businesses in Sydney in general) are not head offices, and 80% of the companies that use our space have teams based elsewhere. So for our community video conferencing facilities are an integral part of their workflow and a feature that we would love to support to the best of our ability.
Currently, we are testing out a Logitech Group COnferencing unit https://www.mwave.com.au/product/logitech-group-video-conferencing-system-for-mid-to-largesized-meeting-rooms-ab84646?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvYnH1ILk3gIVlIqPCh1E_A6pEAQYAiABEgKf3PD_BwE but it has been a little clunky, and I have therefore been looking into other options, especially the Google Hangouts Hardware https://enterprise.google.com/intl/en_au/chrome/devices/google-hangouts-meet-hardware-kit/ given that the majority of our community ues the Google Enterprise suites to run their email, calendars, tasks and online drive.
In addition to this, an increasingly critical component of our tech stack is the use of Google Calendar for us to sync meeting rooms across multiple platforms. Given that when using google calendar natively, it will automatically generate an online video chat code (through Google Hangouts) plus I am assuming it also has the ability (via the chrome store) to add in apps to the other major platforms (slack, skype, zoom, appear.in, go to webinar, etc.)
All that said, I would love to know if there is a solution that works well in your community?
On Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 8:35:59 AM UTC+11, Carl Sullivan wrote:
In the 7 years, we have been running coworking, I have noticed a shift from meeting spaces that have the optional extra video conferencing system to it being a must in almost any meeting room that is 3 people or more.
The challenge is selecting the right video conferencing hardware that can support a wide range of solutions since every company who is a member of our space has a different software stack they prefer.
SO… what are your recommendations for video conferencing hardware? If you would like to expand to your complete physical tech for a meeting space, I am also very interested in that. And what programs do you notice your members using most often for video conferencing?