3 Popular Meeting Room Technology and Ideas needed for your Office in 2021

A study by ,Gensler Research Institute have found that only 12% of employees wants to work from home full time while others are looking at having a mixture of both working from home and from office. Thus, many companies are looking to revamp their meeting rooms to a safer collaborative space, equipped with the latest technology. Follow Trish, Marketing Executive, as we find out about the most popular meeting room technology and ideas that companies can look at when it comes to revamping their meeting rooms for their employees’ safe return.

If you are reading this article, you’ve probably survived 2020, the year where there were massive changes in our work processes that we thought could never be put in place, ever in a million years. For instance, remote working or working from home was not an option for many corporate’s plan for their employees but due to the pandemic, many are forced to implement this as a part of their work processes. Also, a study by Gensler Research Institute have found that only 12% of employees want to work from home full time while the others are looking at having a mixture of both working from home and from office. Thus, when employees return to their workplaces, they are expecting the office to be equipped with safe devices and measures.

For a start, companies are slowly looking to invest in a safe meeting room space in their office once the pandemic starts to fade. In order to make things easier for these companies to know which devices to include in their meeting rooms, here are the top 3 popular meeting room technology devices and ideas needed for your office in 2021.

1. Zoom Rooms and Microsoft Teams Rooms

With the proliferation of video conferencing usage during the pandemic, the need for video conferencing devices in meeting rooms that are compatible with video conferencing software is of paramount importance for the ease of communication and presentation with clients or colleagues. For instance, companies such as Zoom and Microsoft, 2 of the leading leaders in video conferencing software, have created Zoom Rooms and Microsoft Teams Rooms to facilitate a smoother video conferencing experience in the meeting room for users. The typical set up for these rooms usually includes hardware that are installed with either Zoom or Microsoft Teams software such as display panels, video bars, interactive display board and even controllers.

As Zoom and Microsoft Teams does not have its own endpoints, video conferencing systems or room-based software, companies can look at the different Zoom Rooms and Microsoft Teams Rooms solutions that are in the market, ranging from small to large conference rooms, depending on the size and main function of the rooms.

There are a vast number of certified Zoom and Microsoft hardware components that are developed by companies such as Poly, Logitech and Crestron. For example, for companies that would like to set up their large meeting rooms to Zoom Rooms, they can opt for the Large Rooms solutions from Crestron that includes M-Series Tabletop Conferencing and C-Series Integrator kit. As for companies who would want to convert their room to Microsoft Zoom Rooms, they can opt for Poly Rooms solutions for Microsoft Teams such as Poly G10-T, Poly G40-T and Poly G85-T. For example, Poly G40-T that includes Poly GC8, Lenovo Thinksmart Edition Tiny, Wall Mount and Poly Studio is great for companies who would like to convert their small meeting room to a Microsoft Teams Rooms.

2. Room Management Software and Conference Room Scheduling Displays

With everyone slowly returning to office, face-to-face meetings in the office is unavoidable and this can be a potential risk for employers if they don’t take precautions. Moving the seats 1 meter away is not enough in preventing the transmission of virus thus, companies should consider limiting the number of people in meeting room. In order to facilitate an ease in detecting the number of people in a meeting room, there are room management software and conference scheduling displays that will make it easier to manage meeting room capacity. For example, Crestron Room Scheduling solutions will be perfect for companies who are would prefer a fuss-free way of managing their meeting room capacity and also to provide a better experience for their employees. The solutions contain a wide range of options that companies can choose from such as touch screens, mount options, indicators and occupancy sensors. In this case, the occupancy sensors can communicate directly with any Crestron scheduling touch screens to instantly update room status and gather usage data and does not require any special programming. This will help to alert IT/Facilities manager if there is overcrowding in the meeting rooms. Furthermore, the built in Crestron software can directly connect to most popular calendaring platforms such as Microsoft, Google, Ad Astra and CollegeNET.

3. Wireless and Touchless Devices

Wireless and Touchless Devices are considered to be one of the trends for meeting rooms in 2021 due to the pandemic. Thus, there are companies that came up with wireless and touchless devices that can be used in any meeting rooms to reduce the potential risk of virus transmission. For instance, Barco’s Clickshare device enables any user to walk into any meeting room with their own laptop and connect wirelessly to every aspect of the meeting room ranging from camera, microphone, speaker – regardless of manufacturer or models. Furthermore, there is no software needed, no touch panels to control and no settings to be managed. Not only that, but it is also fully compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices and can be used alongside any Unified Communications technology and a wide range of AV USB peripherals. With just a conferencing button and the Clickshare app, you will be able to collaborate more effectively and safely in meeting rooms.

Another wireless and touchless device that companies can consider for their meeting rooms will be Alexa for Business, a virtual assistant AI technology that is developed by Amazon. Users can now turn on any devices with just using voice command. For example, by saying “Alexa, join my meeting”, Alexa can find the upcoming meeting from the calendar, turns on the display, and connects you to the meeting. Furthermore, Alexa for Business can integrate with popular video conferencing devices, room control systems, meeting room scheduling options and even calendar systems.

Meeting Rooms in 2021

It is to no doubt that the pandemic has disrupted the way we work, live and communicate. Who would have known that having face to face meetings, sitting close to each other, sharing devices with your colleagues are no longer normal. These external forces has caused companies to prepare their offices for their employees to return to the office, safely. Thus, the meeting room technology trends and ideas in 2021 such as Zoom Rooms and Microsoft Teams Rooms, Room management devices and scheduling displays and lastly, wireless and touchless devices are often sought after by companies who would like a turn their meeting room to a safe collaborative space.

If you would like to get to know more about safe meeting room solutions that are customizable, contact ESCO at esco@esco.com.sg.

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Heald/Evo

The unique design of the Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) bollard means it can be installed at a depth only slightly greater than the height of the actual bollard itself with no loss of protection.

Technical Specification

Performance Rating
IWA14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N2A]/64/90:1.3

Bollard Diameter
273mm

Raised Height
1000mm

Power
415v/3 phase
230v/ Single phase
Or to suit country regulations

Options
EFO (Emergency Fast Operation)
LED lights available
Battery back up generator
Electro mechanical hydraulic operation

Normal Raise Speed
3-4 seconds approx

EFO Speed
1.5 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated

Finish
Galvanised then primed and painted black with red refl ective band. Alternative finishes and covers available on request.

Heald Matador HT3

Heald’s Electro Mechanical Matador is the latest addition to Heald’s product range. The EM Matador is an award-winning, sliding bollard system which is operated electro mechanically and has many additional benefits.

Technical Specification

Crash Testing
HT3: IWA 14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N3C]/64/90:1.3 (N3C 18 tonner vehicle)IWA 14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N2A]/80/90:4.8

Bollard Height
1100 mm

Bollard Diameter
273 mm

Foundation Depth
Surface mount (base requirements): 150 mm
Recessed:160 mm

Composition
Welding in accordance with BS 4872-1:1982.
Manufacturing in accordance with BS 6571.

Options
LED Lighting, Architectural Paving System, specialist cover options, Hydra Control and trace heating

Normal Operating Speed
6 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated

Motor
0.37 KWT (1 per dynamic bollard)

Finish
Base shot blasted and applied with special hard wearing resin
Top surface finished with anti-slip coating
Bollards galvanised with stainless steel covers

Heald/Raptor

Heald’s Raptor combines the high security of a roadblocker with the flexibility of a shallow mount bollard. The Raptor is the most resistant bollard of its type on the market due to its internal reinforcement which other bollards simply don’t have. Tested to both UK PAS 68 and US ASTM standards, not only will it halt a 7.5 tonne truck travelling at 80 kph it will also continue to function following the impact.

Technical Specification

Performance Rating
ASTM: M50-P1 Zero Penetration (SD-STD2.01 K12)
ASTM: C40 P1 Zero Penetration
PAS68 Blocker/Bollard V/7500[N3]/80/90:3.3/18.9

Axle Loadings
Will withstand any road going vehicle (In-house test certificate). Axle weight 120 tonnes or more.

Raised Height
985 mm

Width
380 mm

Composition
Profiled steel plate
Welding in accordance with BS 4872-1:1982
Manufacturing in accordance with BS 6571

Motor
Spec dependant on site requirements and may be altered after consultation with client. 3 kW motor.
Immersed pump (optional addition).
Extra Heavy duty solenoid valves (24 V DC) for reliability in operation.
Manual hand pump.
30 litre tank.

Power
415 V/3ph and neutral/50 Hz. Alternatively, power to suit customer requirements.

PLC Control Voltage
24 V DC

Options
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO) via accumulator
Hydra remote control and monitoring
Trace heating
LED lighting
High security lock out valve

Normal Raise Speed
4 - 6 seconds approx

EFO Speed
1.5 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated.

Finish
Galvanised then primed and painted grey or yellow, Chevrons available.Other colours available on request.

ATG/DEFENDER

The ATG Access Defender Automatic Bollard is a K4 impact tested bollard able to cope with a high number of operations per hour, making it ideal for sites with high traffic flow.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
US DOS - K4 Rating: 6,800 kg at 30 mph (48 kph)

Minimum Array
3

Power
External HPU

Diameter
273mm

Height Above Ground
762mm

Foundation Depth
1235mm

Finishes
Galvanised or painted yellow with the option of an aesthetic sleeve (279mm). Indirect red LED lights an option - check with technical team on application for a quotation.

Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

SP400 Automatic Bollard

The SP400 Automatic Bollard is PAS 68 rated and available in a multitude of finishes and operation types making this product one of the most versatile high-security bollards on the market.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/48/90:0/0
Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:2.3/2.7
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
240mm (lid), 209mm (core)
Height Above Ground
998mm
Foundation Depth
1528mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard, with or without two machine bands (client preference). Options include an aesthetic sleeve (219mm diameter) or direct LED (RGBW) lights. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

SP400 Manually Retractable Bollard

The SP400 Manually Retractable Bollard offers an impact tested solution that can be easily operated without the need for electricity. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/48/90:0/0

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:2.3/2.7

Minimum Array
1

Power
Integral HPU

Diameter
209mm (core)/ 240mm (lid)

Height Above Ground
998mm

Foundation Depth
1509mm

Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard with two, yellow reflective bands. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.

SPTT Automatic Bollard

The SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard has a unique double retractable design which ensures smooth operation and acts as a depth saving feature. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)64/90:0.5/6.1
Minimum Array
1
Power
External or Integral HPU
Diameter
209mm (top) / 280mm (bottom)
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
900mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard. Option to sleeve with a stainless steel finish depending on application (210mm top, 282mm top diameter). Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy. A RAL finish is also possible on request.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard

The SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard has a unique double retractable design which ensures smooth operation and acts as a depth saving feature. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:0.5/6.1
Minimum Array
1
Power
Integral HPU
Diameter
209mm (top) / 280mm (bottom)
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
900mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard. Option to sleeve with a stainless steel finish depending on application (210mm top, 282mm top diameter). Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy. A RAL finish is also possible on request.

ATG/Stealth

Tested to IWA 14-1, the Stealth Automatic Bollard is an automatic system with integral hydraulics that can be retrofitted into existing systems. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
IWA 14: V/7200(N2A)/80/90:2.4 (Single Bollard)
Security Rating
IWA 14: V/7200(N2A)/80/90:0.8 (Dual Bollard)
Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/80/90:0.795/10.4 (Dual Bollard)
Minimum Array
1 (single bollard), 2 (dual bollard)
Power
External or Integral HPU
Diameter
230mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1514mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard with two yellow reflective bands. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (240mm diameter) or direct LED (RGBW) lights - the external HPU model only. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

ATG/SP MKII Titan Automatic Bollard

The Titan MK II Automatic Bollard is a cost-effective way of protecting key access points, available in a variety of operating sets and arrays. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500/80/90:4.0/33.5
Security Rating
ASTM: M50 P2
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
273mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1684mm
Finishes
Galvanised and then painted as standard. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (323mm diameter). Direct LED (RGBW) lights are also available for the unsleeved variant.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

ATG/SP MKII Titan Manually Retractable Bollard

The Titan MK II is a manually retractable bollard impact tested to the British BSI PAS 68 standard.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500/80/90:4.0/33.5
Minimum Array
1
Power
Integral HPU
Diameter
273mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1684mm
Finishes
Galvanised and then painted as standard. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (323mm diameter).

ATG/SP1000 Automatic Bollard

The SP1000 Automatic Bollard is the first ATG Access high-security bollard to be impact tested as part of the PAS 68 testing program, becoming one of the strongest automatic bollards available in the security market.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)80/90:0/10
Security Rating
ASTM: M50 P1
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
300mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1933mm
Finishes
Galvanised as standard with two yellow reflective bands. Can be fitted with either a black or stainless steel aesthetic sleeve (350mm diameter).
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

ATG/SP1200 Automatic Bollard

The SP1200 Automatic Bollard is the world's strongest impact tested bollard, and the only one tested with a 30,000kg vehicle.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: 30,000(N3)/80/90:3.30/25
Minimum Array
1
Diameter
300mm
Height Above Ground
1200mm
Foundation Depth
2040mm
Power
External HPU
Finishes
Galvanised as standard with two yellow reflective bands. For any alternative finishes, please discuss with our technical team on application for a quotation.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

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