The modern workplace is changing as never before …
- a younger workforce adopting new work practices
- constant demand for ever-more-efficient use of office space
- office designers and estate managers challenged to deliver digital transformation in the workplace
Ad hoc collaboration space is high on the list of requirements in modern offices and the technology becoming available to meet this demand is evolving by the day.
But to misquote George Orwell, some technology is more equal than others and sometimes the benefits are not intuitively obvious.
Take the humble video meeting camera, for example. All much of a muchness, right? They’re all PTZs, about 12 times optical zoom, about 90° field-of-view so job done, next.
Well, no. Cameras are changing from the dumb, light-gatherers of old to innovative devices employing advanced artificial intelligence and revolutionary optics and they bring important implications for the office estate.
Making the right choice of video camera could boost your available meeting room hours by up to 50% for a given floorspace
A Wider View of the World
The Jabra PanaCast is one such newcomer. It’s the world’s first and only camera array for video meeting rooms employing three camera elements and providing a field-of-view (FoV) of up to 180° but without the distortion usually associated with such a wide angle.
Why is this important? Having such a wide FoV means the camera can be placed nearer the table – about 1 meter or more closer. In a small huddle room, that can save up to 30% of the floorspace normally required for a 5/6 person room (see figure 1 below).
See: http://bit.ly/space_calc for more on this
Who’s in the Room?
The Jabra PanaCast camera also has built-in AI capabilities employing advanced video analytics to provide a live room headcount.
Most room reservation systems are dumb and blind. They rely on the calendar to let them know if a room is occupied or not. The PanaCast’s headcount facility can inform your room reservation system of the real occupancy status, reducing phantom bookings by up to 70%
See more about this: http://bit.ly/5rcount
These two properties of this remarkable camera together can offer almost 50% gain in meeting room space efficiency.
Here are the numbers: