An AV integrator like Motilde will soon be installing more touch screens than passive ones in meeting rooms. Just as the video projector has given way to the LCD screen, passive screens are gradually being replaced by interactive screens, and the trend is accelerating with each passing month.
Simple and powerful tools
An interactive screen in a meeting room is never just a giant tablet, which everyone knows how to use today. The Android/IOS layer has helped popularise this easy-to-use tool, which starts up instantly. The transition from paper to screen is therefore a natural one, with the latter benefiting from a quick and uncomplicated implementation.
But the novelty is that many interactive screens are now equipped with an OPS (Windows operating system in most cases): beyond the “giant tablet” function, the participants in a meeting have all their business tools at their disposal (ERP, CAD, Internet tools, etc.) which they will associate with the spontaneity of a tactile annotation.
In the end, the versatility of the touch screen makes it a reference tool for multiple uses in your meeting room: brainstorming, projects, training, creativity, etc.
More and more software suites
Once confined to the simple IWB (Interactive Whiteboard), touch screens now include numerous applications developed specifically for them. The logical consequence is an acceleration of the previous point: the ergonomics and power of the tool are strengthened.
Examples include electronic post-its and video collaboration, which are typical applications of an interactive screen with a webcam or even a 180° wide angle camera.
A generation effect
Starting with generation Y (not to mention the millennials), today’s employees are born with their hands on their screens. So naturally, they expect the same intuitive functionality from their collective workspaces.
The price difference with passive displays has been melting away over the last few years, although a plateau seems to have been reached in recent months. For screens up to 55″, only a few hundred euros separate touch screens from passive screens. On the other hand, for very large screens, beyond 90″, the difference becomes noticeable again, but is a touch panel really useful in these dimensions?
Meeting rooms have become collaborative
This is the key to the success of these screens.
Today, a meeting room must allow everyone to express themselves, to confront their ideas and thus accelerate decisions. To do this, what better way than to physically bring together employees around a tool that will enable the co-production of value-added content, but also to record the selected content with a click.
The icing on the cake is that some of the software mentioned in point 2# will automatically produce the minutes of the meeting and send them to the participants.
If you too have a collaborative space project or simply want to know more about collaborative tools, don’t hesitate to consult Motilde! Our team of AV integration experts will be delighted to answer all your questions!
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