The fastest way to downgrade a sleek, modern design of a meeting space or huddle room is cables and cords cluttering up the space. According to a recent Forbes article, designing a space people actually want to work and collaborate in requires an efficient layout and easy connectivity. Excellent cable management and wireless collaboration gives meeting attendees the flexibility to use an array of devices in different situations without the clutter of cords and creates an environment that lessens distractions and stress leading to more collaborative and productive meetings.
Below are some options on how best to manage or get rid of cords in meeting spaces.
- Pop-up desk outlets and products can be installed in existing furniture, saving companies from buying specialty tables. The ability to pick the number and type of ports allows customization to match the conference room’s function and occupant capacity.
While pop-up outlets keep cords centralized and prevent users from having to step over them as people move around the room, this solution poses a different cable management issue. Unless the conference room is BYOC (bring your own cables), the chance of USB cords, HDMI cables, and adapters wandering off increases. It may be necessary to purchase a lockbox, or the department may designate a “keeper of the cords” who is responsible for collecting them at the end of each meeting. Babysitting cables is not the best use of resources.
- Raceway channels hide cables along the floor and wall without the need to alter the building’s infrastructure. Raceways keep cords together and prevent users from having to hunt them down, wasting valuable time. While not the most aesthetically pleasing, they offer a flexible, cost-effective option.
After the initial purchase, however, users are stuck with the length and capacity of the raceway channel. This effectively establishes a limited area where they can work in the room, which is not ideal.
- Technology like Mersive Solstice focuses on wireless collaboration and screen sharing, which allows users to use any device including laptops, tablets, and smartphones to connect to an in-room display from anywhere in the room. Meeting startup times are reduced significantly since there is no need to search for cords or figure out where to plug them in. Users can also move around the meeting space comfortably while sharing content at the same time. Solstice's ease of use allows meetings to be about the content and human interaction - not the tech being used. Best of all, Solstice is a perfect solution for every meeting room size and configuration from large conference rooms to ad hoc meeting spaces and huddle rooms.
Mersive’s Solstice wireless collaboration solution boosts productivity by putting content at the center of the meeting experience. Participants are more engaged because of Solstice’s intuitive, software-based interface makes it easy for any number of users to share content from any device. Moreover, corporations and universities can securely deploy the solution across locations and centrally manage them from a single console. Learn more about Mersive.