Room in a Box Solution
SKC’s Room in a Box Solution gives you everything you need to make home workers and office workers collaborate effectively in one simple bundle.
As the workplace has evolved in 2020, more people than ever are working from home, and those who are going to the office are finding different needs in how a conference space is structured and how connected it is.
In response to this, SKC Communications has released their “Room in Box” bundles. These are bundles of equipment, targeted specifically at types of solutions, which allow a customer to order one SKU and have everything necessary to make a space conference enabled with no, or very minimal, installation.
The bundles include solutions for:
- The worker at home
- A mobile cart
- The huddle space
- An Interactive classroom/training room solution
“What I like about the way we’ve structured the bundles is that they’re peripherals we’ve assembled knowing they can work together, yet we can customize the bundles based on stock or feature set,” said Brad Sager, Design Engineer at SKC.
Home Office Bundle
The bundles for those working from home include a headset and webcam, a necessity for those trying to office from home, Sager says.
“When you think about work from home, you think about a nice cozy nook to do work in, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes there are pets, children, another roommate, or a spouse also trying to work from home. It can be distraction city. Utilizing a headset lets you hear others on a conference and lets you focus on the task at hand, it also makes you sound better as the microphone is close to your mouth, picking you up clearly and not picking up all of that extra sound. Finally, you get the webcam that you can prop up or place on a tripod. That gives everyone else an eye-level view, so it feels like a face to face conversation and you don’t have others looking up from that camera on your laptop, which is one of the most unflattering views and always has the worst lighting.”
Mobile Cart Bundle
SKC also offers solutions for the office. One is the mobile cart which comes with a display, an integrated soundbar with built-in microphones, camera, and speakers. The cart allows any space to become a conference space simply with the addition of a laptop. All a user needs to do is plug in HDMI and USB and they can run a room meeting directly from the device through the cart. If a company didn’t want to do a bring your own device setup, SKC offers, as an additional option, a small form factor PC or Mac to attach to the cart.
Huddle Space Bundle
There’s also a huddle space option for rooms with existing displays, but no conferencing ability.
“Our huddle space bundles are great because they include super wide-angle webcams that can capture a whole room or be smart enough to crop just the people in the room into the frame. I think that’s going to be a big deal as office space becomes more socially distant and a room that used to hold ten people now holds four and they’re spread all over. Plus, we have the ability to let anyone use their own computer so there are fewer foreign items to touch. I think workers will really appreciate that,” Sager said.
The huddle space units also come with a USB speakerphone, USB hub, and if a room doesn’t have one already, the optional upgrade of a display.
Interactive Room Display
Finally, SKC offers an interactive display, with built-in cameras, microphones, and speakers which is touch-enabled. People can use a stylus if they prefer not to make physical contact with the display and it allows interactive meetings where people can be in a room, on a video call with other users, collaborate on documents collectively, editing from all locations of the meeting and then email or save the documents or meeting notes out to all participants, all from the interactive display.
The interactive is available as a stand-alone, on a cart, or even upgraded with a confidence monitor and separate camera for the back of the room, allowing a classroom-style presentation; where an instructor can stand at the front of the room, back to the display, yet still see participants, be seen by the classroom and the far side, and teach in a format most instructors are used to.
SKC understands the need for easily deployable, simple solutions that can be deployed quickly as the need for agility is paramount to the bells and whistles most companies have been used to installing. While there is a need for those types of rooms with the options and the integration, and the workforce will get back to those soon, for right now, it seems that these room in a box bundles could be an easy answer to upgrade work experiences in the latter half of 2020.
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