While most companies have implemented robust cleaning procedures of all touch surfaces, it’s ok to still be concerned about safety. As we return to the office and prepare for in-person meetings, there are numerous solutions that greatly reduce or even eliminate the need to touch shared technology surfaces.
Touch-less and touchless aren’t the same. Touch-less reduces the need for users to physically touch shared technology surfaces. Meaning you still need to touch something, but just touch it less frequently. One great bi-product is streamlined user interaction with the technology. Users now have more time to focus on why they are meeting instead of figuring out how to get started.
Control manufacturers have smartly focused on using QR codes to allow users to scan the code with their phone, and now they have a full system touch panel on the phone. This is also known as Bring Your Own Control, and it isn’t only for new system installations. Manufacturers have made it simple to update existing systems as well.
Voice control in the corporate office is still in its infancy, even though most people can now ask Alexa to turn on their kitchen lights and listen to Bob Dylan. In many instances the conversations about voice control in the office stop when we get to talking about security. However, even if you’re not ready to implement Alexa for Business, there are simpler starting points on the systems you’re already using. Zoom meetings can be started by voice only and Webex offers more enhanced voice control actions.
ONE-TOUCH DIAL / ONE-TOUCH TO JOIN
Manually dialing IP addresses, room aliases, and scrolling through touch panel phonebooks is a thing of the past. The primary video conferencing platforms all offer calendar integration to enable viewing and starting meetings with a single button press. No more fumbling with an AV system for 5 to 8 minutes just to start your meeting. Just press the Join button and away you go.