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Creating Social Distance in the Meeting Room

May 22, 2020

Keeping staff and visitors safe as we return to the office will place a big demand on office space; no more so than in the meeting room

A number of conflicting issues are becoming apparent:

  • Not all staff will return to the office immediately. Shift patterns and flexible working are likely to be introduced and some staff may never return; preferring to work remotely. So keeping in touch with all members of your team will create a demand for more meeting space
  • Due to social distancing rules, it will no longer be possible for a number of workers to huddle round a laptop or desktop screen so meeting rooms with a large screen will be in greater demand
  • But…social distancing will also mean that fewer participants will be able to gather safely in the meeting room

How can this be resolved? One simple thing that can be done immediately to mitigate the problem would be to stop wasting space in the current meeting rooms.

The right choice of room video camera can have a significantly positive impact on the efficient use of floor space.

Many video rooms employ legacy pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) cameras with a field-of-view of around 90° or less. This restricted angle of visibility imposes a gap between the camera/display and the room table to ensure participants closest to the camera are in shot; typically producing around 40 sq. ft. (~4m2) of wasted floorspace.

Jabra PanaCast from Intermedia

The Jabra PanaCast’s distortion-free, wide field-of-view opens up the room and creates more space for social distancing reducing this wasted floor space to zero. There’s more on this here:

As we cautiously return to the office, wasted space in the meeting room is not only a real estate cost issue but is now an urgent matter of workers’ health and welfare.

Using the Jabra PanaCast camera will allow more people to use a meeting room while still maintaining essential social distancing.

Think outside the PTZ box

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Jabra PanaCast in the Huddle Room

As organisations adapt to new flexible working patterns, they are finding that the office needs to change

Traditional desk space is being traded for more and smaller collaboration spaces and huddle rooms

The majority of these rooms and spaces will need video capability to support equitable hybrid working

What our clients say!

  • “(PanaCast 2) is a very different form factor than the usual 1080p camera that we are using elsewhere in the lab. You can see it has no seams and it’s a very good picture quality.”

    ScobleFuturist / Rackspace

  • “PanaCast…actually seems like something that would be both fun and exceedingly useful.”

    SeoWriter / TechCrunch

  • “The actual image captured by the camera when we tried it in a lecture theatre (300+ seat) was perfect. Every seat in the frame, handled the lighting conditions well, good focus, seamlessly stitched. Very impressed.”

    Geoff Lambert
    Sr. Project Manager of IT & Digital Services / University of Western Sydney

  • “… a great improvement over standard video chat experiences.” Read article

    Michael Gorman
    Editor-in-Chief / Engadget

  • “The panoramic view allowed me to see all five remote participants at the same time, and the 4k resolution provided great visual detail – allowing me to feel ‘connected’ to everyone in the meeting.”

    What Ira M. Weinstein thinks about the PanaCast 2
    Senior Analyst & Partner / Wainhouse Research

  • “We chose the PanaCast 2 video camera because it gives an immersive sense of participation to remote meeting participants. With PanaCast 2, there is no need to squeeze together to get into the scene or waste time panning and zooming like with a typical conference room camera.”

    Jolean De KortJolean De Kort
    Director Employee Technology / GoDaddy

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