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Learn to love the audio in the problem room

Many of today's workplaces are struggling to cope with the conference call boom. The number of virtual meetings now trumps face-to-face, but are office environments changing to reflect the growing demand for well-equipped meeting facilities? One major challenge is the room acoustics - particularly in the modern structures where glass and reflective surfaces are a nightmare for the audio. Most businesses have at least one of these 'problem rooms', the one that workers avoid using because they know the sound quality is awful. Now, for every problem room, there is a solution. One that will wipe out the issue of background noise and allow attendees inside and outside the room to be heard loud and clear. 

The solution should: 

  • Help the business to maximise their meeting space with minimum cost and disruption to current layout
  • Deliver the highest level of audio quality for all attendees including remote participants
  • Improve productivity by turning problem rooms into active meeting spaces
  • Work for companies looking for flexibility in multi-use office environments
  • Be simple to install and use without the need for technicians

The right acoustics

In office design, the focus is often on aesthetics rather than acoustics. It seems the furniture, design and technology are top of the agenda, while the acoustics are frequently overlooked. State of the art meeting rooms may look stunning, but are worthless for all those corporate conference calls if the audio is poor. Resolving the problem used to involve calling in the experts and having a complex beam-forming or array system fitted to alleviate some of the audio issues. Or companies just learn to live with the problem, to accept the associated disruption and cost implications, knowing their technology is incapable of producing the best sound quality for calls. 

Tackling the audio issues

Whether a company is trying to conduct a constructive internal call or impress a new client, any problems with audio are disruptive and damaging. So what is it that causes the issue in a 'problem room'? It's a common challenge in both old structures and modern new builds. The acoustics are affected by everything from the shape to the surfaces of the walls and desks, or sound omitted from electrical equipment. Any effective technological solution has to overcome these different audio challenges and ensure participants' voices are heard regardless of the room design. 

Learn to love the audio in the problem room

Many offices are at full capacity in terms of spaces suitable to host conference calls. A common-sense solution for 'problem' rooms in the NurevaTM breakthrough Microphone MistTM technology that effectively fills the room with up to 8,192 virtual microphones. Whether the speaker is seated at a table, holding a stand-up meeting or working at a screen, the microphones will focus on the speaker's voice. It is the first system to provide true full-room pick up for dynamic meetings where participants move freely through the space to interact. 

The elements of a 'problem' room such as glass walls, movable furniture and electrical equipment are all overcome with the virtual microphones and advanced processing. The system can tell the difference between multiple people seeking and distracting background noises so people will only hear what they need to hear and voices will be clear no matter where they are, whether inside or outside of the room. And it automatically recalibrates to accommodate different layouts.

For businesses looking for a simple solution for their 'problem' room, the HDL300 system is not only cost effective, it's a plug and play solution that can be up and running within 30 minutes. The microphone and speaker bar are simply hung on the wall so it's a fraction of the cost and inconvenience of an in-ceiling system and will fit with any flexible room layout. Ideal for use in any office meeting space as it is plug and play and integrates easily with commonly used Unified Communication platforms such as Skype. 

Why HDL300?

Audio conferencing is a common complaint in the corporate world. Team members can't be heard as they move about the room. Expensive installations can take a room offline for a day or more. Set up and calibration requires a technician, while the costs quickly accumulate. Now there's a new approach to audio conferencing to solve the challenge of 'problem' rooms. Microphone Mist technology will fill any space with virtual microphones to provide true full-room pickup. Installation is easy. Calibration is automatic and no specialist technicians are required. Costs are under control as are complaints from employees and every conference call will have the highest audio quality. 

  • For flexible office spaces, the system will automatically recalibrate to provide complete coverage for any room configuration
  • Meeting participants can be heard no matter where they move in the room or which direction they face
  • Supports businesses' existing UC&U platforms Skype® for Business, Skype, Zoom, Cisco WebEx™, GoToMeeting™, StarLeaf, BlueJeans, and most other UC&C software
  • The Dual HDL300 can be used in large spaces and costs a fraction of traditional systems

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