On their own, SMART boards and video conferencing systems are powerful tools. Interactive SMART boards let you share and collaborate on data locally and remotely. Video conferencing lets you join in the discussion wherever you are. Imagine how powerful these tools are when you combine them.
Together, video conferencing and interactive white boards have revolutionised the way we work. However, most businesses use one or the other … but there are huge benefits to be had from using both technologies together.
SMART boards are really useful when you need to share data, documents and multimedia materials remotely and with colleagues in the office. SMART boards let you collaborate by annotating and highlighting documents and manipulating objects, and then you can save and share the session to reflect on and use in the future. However, collaboration is never going to be fully effective unless you can communicate verbally with the other participants while you work on documents together.
Video conferencing is great when you want to discuss projects, schedules and budgets. Being able to see the other people involved leads to less chance of misunderstanding, especially if you use a High Definition video conferencing system, as you can see every expression or gesture clearly. But what if you need to refer to a document or open a spreadsheet? Without rearranging the furniture it’s going to be tricky to share data.
By using SMART boards with video conferencing you get the best of both worlds – crystal clear communication and the ability to share data. The implications of using SMART boards and video conferencing are huge. Remote training becomes more dynamic when you can see both the trainer and the training materials at the same time. Conferences are more effective when you can see who is writing and who is talking simultaneously. Communication improves hugely when you combine visual and audio contact with the ability to collaborate in real time.
Put simply, using SMART boards and video conferencing together is the next best thing to being in the same room – it’s as effective as that.
There are a number of options available that let you use SMART boards with video conferencing, from software that lets you integrate a number of web cams with an interactive white board, to dedicated systems that give you all the features of both technologies.
Give us a call today and we’ll help you find the best solution for your business – and your budget. Better still, book into one of our Room in Action Days, where you’ll be able to see for yourself the benefits of using SMART boards and video conferencing in combination.