The high tech boardrooms and meeting rooms in today’s commercial world must accommodate a wide range of technological needs.
Use varies from quick team ‘catch ups’ in huddle spaces, standard meetings with powerpoint presentations, to training seminars with more complex audio visual requirements, and video conferencing or internet meetings. All are commonplace and part of ‘business as usual’!
Even the lighting must be easily controlled to allow for such variation in use.
The easiest way to is have a lighting control system with a choice of pre-set “scenes” to suit how the room is being used. If plans or documents are being examined, lighting will focus on the table. If listening to a speaker, the lights may dim, but leave the speaker illuminated. A presentation will require the dimming of the lights to focus on the projected images. For a ‘mix + mingle’ event some atmospheric lighting may be preferred.
Lighting scenes should not be over complicated, but should provide sufficient pre-sets for the most common uses of the room, and allow easy selection of the appropriate ‘scene’.
Providing a control system to link the various technologies makes the board room or meeting room much easier to use. Dynamic Labelling Technology for wall switches allows easy distinction between the “buttons” that operate various pre-set scenes.
For example: the push of one button labelled “presentation” starts a designated sequence of events
e.g. the blinds close, the screen slides down, the lights dim down – all ready for the audio visual presentation to begin. A second button, “End”, operates the same sequence in reverse, as the room returns to its normal setting. Remote control can also be utilised if required.
Full system, or standalone
The control system for your high tech boardroom may be linked to an existing ‘whole office’ system, or can be installed as standalone controls for a single room or suite of rooms, allowing lighting, blinds, audio visual systems etc to be linked together for easy control via a switch panel, remote, iPad or other smart device dependent on requirements.
When the room is vacated, occupancy sensors can ensure lights, heating/cooling, audio visual equipment etc, revert to “off”.