Designing for high-tech meetings

Hunter Roberts hired technology integration firm Mode:Green (a team that installed technology in the Nasa Launch room) to design the tech elements of a new conference space. Bill Lally, president of Mode:Green explains the task

No matter what industry you’re in, collaboration is a major part of the business. Interactions with clients, colleagues in their field or experts from other industries are rarely in-person, and we rely on technology to make these meetings happen. There is a lot more that goes into this than just setting up a phone system. Interior designers often have a hand in creating conference spaces, and they work with integrators to design the technology inside.

Hunter Roberts Construction Group went through this process when they opened their new headquarters; my team was brought on board to be their technology experts to install the video walls, interactive boards and control system for the conference spaces.

Before designing their new rooms, they identified some areas of their old office that was holding them back. They didn’t want to have these problems in their new space. The new HQ needed state-of-the-art technology that wouldn’t require frequent technical support, which was a constant issue in the old office.

We’re used to working in hotels, where guests know nothing about the technology but have to be able to use it as soon as they walk in. The same principle applies to conference rooms; the technology needs to be easy to use, or people don’t use it at all.

When designing the technology for the new conference spaces at Hunter Roberts, we incorporated that mindset, evaluating the problems they had and designed a system with automation that interconnects each conference room, as well as interactive whiteboards and native conferencing for easy collaboration.

Hunter Roberts got more than they asked for – automated and interoperable network of conference rooms with broadcast control for their training room. The blend of technology in their conference rooms allows the Hunter Roberts team to work collaboratively with their clients using Google Maps, letting them draw on designs and even hosting events on technology that works well every time. The technology that they used goes beyond phone lines and web cams to provide an immersive, intuitive and more collaborative experience.    

Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

Martin Fullard

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Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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