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The future of meeting technology

Meetings are the lifeblood of any organisation – and mSMART-Room-Systems1 CMYK bumaking meetings more efficient is now a major concern for organisations. By focusing on access to people and resources, some argue that today’s solutions still have a way to go to replicate the advantages of face-to-face. UC News shows how technology can supplement face-to-face and ‘virtual meetings, making both more effective.

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Putting the intelligence into Smart

Last year’s London Smart Business Conference was focused on energy savings – where the discussion was focused on the process rather than the broader outcomes. This year’s event looked at a much wider interpretation of the term, aiming to redefine ‘Smart’ to include commercial and residential solutions that offer a degree of intelligence, learning from their occupants.

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First impressions

Not so long ago, foyer or reception lobby design was all about security and process – is the visitor in the right place? Do they have an appointment? The graphic elements within a foyer were usually limited to the company logo and perhaps a mission statement. Today, the thinking has changed. Large format displays, content networks and interactivity turn a graphically barren waiting room into an experience that communicates an organisation’s activities and values.

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The NEW Business Case for Video Conferencing

Real world deployments have traditionally focused on the conference room as the implementation, the business meeting as the application, and reduced travel expenses as the benefit. But now all this is changing.

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Selecting the right collaboration solution

According to the World Bank Institute, collaboration technology is: “software, platforms, or services that enable people at different locations to communicate and work with each other in a secure, self-contained environment.

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Introducing the BYOD office

The use of mobile devices in meeting room applications is growing exponentially. Here, we take a look at some recent product introductions that can be integrated with mobile devices and some of the limitations.

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Big Data: what is it and how does it affect you?

According to Intel, since the beginning of time to 2003, mankind has generated 5exabtyes of data. By 2012, this volume will increase to 2.7 zettabytes – 500 times bigger – and will increase again by a factor of 3 by …

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Remote working: has Yahoo got a point?

So the anti-remote working bandwagon has started to roll. Triggered by a leaked memo, the contents of which are said to have originated with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, a number of significant employers are jumping on the ‘working under one …

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Microsoft develops Lync for the meeting room

Last month, Microsoft announced its reference architecture for the Lync Room System (LRS) – an extension of the popular desktop communications platform to the meeting room. UC News had an opportunity to look at an early sample of the SMART Technologies’ interpretation of the architecture at UC Expo.

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2013: predictions and forecasts

It’s the time New Year predictions, and UC News has received a few.

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