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James Henrey, CEO

How to use meeting room technology to improve communication and collaboration in the construction industry

Every industry is looking for ways to save time and money and work more effectively, and the construction industry is no different. By using meeting room technology such as SMART Boards construction companies can collaborate and communicate remotely, reducing the need for travel and effectively resulting in increased productivity and faster project completion.

SMART Boards are interactive white boards that let you access any digital content, including documents, applications and programmes such as AutoCad and NavisWorks. Using SMART technology you can open and navigate your way through content, write and draw on the board and then capture and distribute the information with your notes embedded for future reference.

Once you have a SMART Board installed there are several ways you can enable other people to communicate and collaborate remotely. Using SMART Bridgit software you have access to an internet-based server which allows you to connect with up to 500 users or devices spread over several meetings. Users can join the meeting using another SMART Board, portable Podium device, interactive monitor or their PC or Mac computer. You can even give users access to your SMART meeting using their iPad; they simply download a free app and then join the session and have the same interactive options as everyone else.

Setting up a remote SMART session is simple. Your meeting is hosted on the server and has a unique passcode that anyone you invite needs to input to join the room. Your SMART Board has a toolbar that is easy to access and you can invite people directly from the SMART Board with the touch of a button. You can bring people into the conversation instantly and give them full access to all the material you are using, without any need for travel or further meetings.

When you start using SMART Boards you gain many benefits:

  • You reduce the need for people to travel for meetings
  • You improve communication across the board
  • You increase the speed and efficiency of your meetings
  • You boost overall productivity as you free up previously wasted time

If you would like to find out more about how to use meeting room technology to improve communication and collaboration in the construction industry come along to one of our Room In Action Days, on 15th and 22nd November 2012. During each Room in Action day, a range of meeting room technologies, including SMART products, will be demonstrated at two locations (London and Bagshot) to show you the benefits remote collaboration could bring to your business. To book your free place follow the links below.

Book London Room in Action event 
Book Bagshot Room in Action event

Alternatively, watch this video to see a SMART Board in action and understand more about how to utilise it in your business. You can also call Smarter Interactive on 0118 336 0010 for more information.

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