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Blueprint for Success in Corporate Boardrooms

The tony corporate boardroom is a well-trod market for AV integrators, but not the most hospitable one. Some rooms are older than the oldest board members, barely wired for speakerphone, let alone stereo surround sound and high-definition plasmas. Others, the new rooms, are so image-conscious they're built without regard for the way AV and architecture must play nicely together.

Controlling Types

The touch panel, the other display in the room, ideally provides simple buttons for turning systems on and off and selecting sources. Simplicity is the watchword, and not just because it can keep support calls to a minimum. In boardrooms, egos and personal impressions are important, especially in remote conferencing.

At board meetings, people expect to hook up their laptops for power, VGA, and network connectivity. Keep the connection points within a reasonable distance and make it so they disappear.Photo: Julie Solomon, CCS Presentation Systems

"They will not tolerate the failure of that system to work when they have a lot of money on the line in a meeting," Kruse says. "They don't want to look inept."

To avoid such embarrassments, AVW-TELAV typically has a 30-day "burn-in" period when it makes adjustments to the touch panels and back-end control systems based on its own testing and customer feedback.

Standardizing user interfaces and equipment across rooms in the same building can also reassure customers by building redundancy in case of a failure in one room, Kruse says. He adds that a spare projector will be kept in the Intuit building.

With so many people bringing laptops to meetings, it is necessary to provide hookups for power, VGA, and the local Ethernet network within a reasonable distance from each seat.

The typical approach is to have hideaway connector plates in two or three places along the tabletop. Intuit, for example, used Cable Cubby 600 enclosures from Extron in its conference room tables, Kruse says.

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