Open workspaces are on the rise as organizations work to foster a more collaborative environment. However, while these emerging workspaces can foster greater teamwork and connectedness, it also poses challenges for group meetings or private conversations. This is driving the need for more huddle rooms – smaller rooms that seat just a few people for more focused conversations.
According to a Wainhouse Research study from last December about understanding the huddle room opportunity, there are tens of millions of huddle rooms globally and the vast majority of those have little to no technology in place today.
I believe that if you’re used to high-quality video from conference rooms and collaborating over video from your desk, using one of these rooms will be like stepping backwards in time. Users will expect familiar collaboration tools in those rooms, and a laptop with a webcam isn’t going to give users the experience they are expecting. But collaboration also means more than just high-quality video and audio. Your ability to share any type of content in real-time shouldn’t be compromised just because you’re in a huddle room. Full-motion video, interactive animations, or anything else you can see on your own PC needs to be seen with the same quality by everyone on the call. The key is to enable this in a package that’s designed and priced for these smaller huddle spaces.
Polycom has just introduced two new solutions that meet this growing need.
The Polycom RealPresence Group 310[read the related data sheet]adds dedicated content input ports at the same price as the previous Group 300 model. This means you can connect a laptop directly to the system for the best quality when sharing content, at up to 1080p60 resolution, which is better than Blu-Ray quality.