Nothing has amplified the impact of incompatible technology on meetings and education as much as the recent global pandemic. That’s not to say that pre-COVID-19, technology issues didn’t happen, it was just less likely, as there were less foreign objects being introduced into existing IT systems.
As lockdowns have eased and organizations have opted for hybrid approaches, the device, equipment and platform conundrums have become glaringly clear: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Bring Your Own Meeting (BYOM) may have become the new norm, but technical failures as result of incompatibility have become commonplace too. This reduces the quality, effectiveness, efficiency and overall experience of collaboration and learning.
CIO Dive reports that hybrid work transitions tend to overwhelm and challenge IT departments as they grapple with managing multiple applications, maintaining security infrastructure, and, of course, supporting the AV needs of hybrid/HyFlex users.
Given that business and educational users are not all on the leading edge of tech-savviness (and they need not be) and that the latest hybrid/HyFlex room setups include a wide range of equipment, including multiple cameras and microphones, speakers, monitors, displays, computers and tablets, new technology solutions must be implemented for improved interoperability and control.
Wireless conferencing and presentation systems, such as BARCO’s ClickShare Conference, offer a hassle-free means to provide a more enhanced meeting, collaboration and learning environments for participants. Users can easily “plug and play” their devices into the system without the technical headaches, making BYOD or BYOM a breeze.
However, as users embark on more sophisticated content sharing, with multiple peripherals and complex setups, conference and presentation systems still require some AV tools to make the whole experience truly seamless and immersive.
INOGENI has developed innovative yet simple solutions that easily connect to all the conferencing equipment in a room. They can control - with zero latency - multiple cameras, as well as conference system video and audio source inputs to the wireless ClickShare Conference system. Let’s look into them a little more closely.
SHARE2 is a dual input to USB AV converter with PiP – it improves the production value of live events by having both presenter and presentation on the screen simultaneously.
SHARE2U, a flexible hardware mixer for multi I/O capture, and CAM300, an advanced multiple camera selector, both optimize a ClickShare Conference like never before. Both devices enable video with audio capture from up to three HDMI and USB camera sources. They feature an easy and intuitive mixer control with picture-in-picture and split functions. Less hardware complexity. No drivers and no setup required for ClickShare Conference.
4K2USB3, 4KXUSB3 and HD2USB3 converters expand ClickShare Conference versatility and also require no drivers. They are the most reliable and convenient tools to capture uncompressed video and audio from HDMI equipment to send to a ClickShare Conference system.
The SDI2USB3 converter is the easiest and most reliable tool to ingest uncompressed 3G-SDI video with embedded audio into a ClickShare Conference system. No driver installation is required, and it features a 3G-SDI input with active loop output and supports SD and HD video formats up to 1080p60.