Hotels have always been a gathering point for businesses, whether for formal conferences, a company meeting or networking. They also provide a backdrop for personal life moments, like weddings and major celebrations. While in person events may not be happening in the same capacity that they were 12 months ago, meeting spaces are still an important aspect for any hospitality organization. Technology like device-agnostic presentation tools enable these organizations to offer increased flexibility, productivity and enhanced collaboration to their guests.
Whether streaming a photo collage directly from a smartphone; eliminating messy cords, lag time or buffering; allowing multiple people to connect at the same time for easy collaboration; or enabling more proficient uses of the meeting and event venue, device-agnostic presentation tools are an adaptable solution to use for weddings, meetings, and more.
Key Factors to Look For
With a broad range of technology available for meeting spaces, it can be difficult to identify where the priorities should be. The top factors hospitality organizations should look for when choosing a collaboration solution to integrate into their venues are improved flexibility and efficiency, streamlined collaboration and enhanced safety for guests.
- Improved Flexibility and Efficiency
Device-agnostic presentation tools with capabilities to connect to a range of devices, address the current bring your own device (BYOD) trend, offering guests the flexibility to work from the devices they are most comfortable with. This means guests can take advantage of any tech they travel with whether a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. This also helps to save time and money, as it eliminates the need to download software or share and upload content prior.
Because this device-agnostic technology is wireless, there’s also more floorplan flexibility for these spaces, as the venue needn’t worry about where the presenter needs to stand of where cords and cables are going to go. This provides the option for more open, collaborative floorplans ideal for group work.
- Streamlined Collaboration
Integrating technology that allows guests to easily collaborate and share ideas can be a beneficial selling point as the last thing anyone wants to have happen during a meeting is a technology glitch. Having the flexibility to have one or multiple presenters sharing their information at the same time satisfies any meeting scenario.
This type of technology also eliminates potential disruptions by enabling smooth transitions through a simple wireless connection. Presentation tools that are also capable of presenting high frame rates and high-definition content with low latency offer professional crisp and clear visuals. All of this is made possible with through a simple plug-and-play set up that delivers a consistent, intuitive user experience.
- Enhanced Safety
As in-person meetings and gatherings begin to reconvene, the need for technology with built in safety features is top-of-mind as it will increase guest comfort and peace-of-mind when organizing and attending events. Device-agnostic technology means users can work off of their own devices, limiting the amount of people touching the same device. Adopting hardware with keys and buttons that have an anti-microbial coating to help prevent bacteria from sticking and multiplying, provide an added safety barrier. Also, a solution that can be easily cleaned with an alcohol-based solution without risking damage will be beneficial when disinfecting between uses.
As mentioned previously, wireless collaboration technology also opens up possibilities for socially distanced meetings and events, since guests aren’t required to sit where the technology is wired in to use it.
The hospitality industry should incorporate collaboration solutions that address the changing needs and requirements businesses and consumers look for. Finding collaboration technology that’s device-agnostic and can deliver on a range of possibilities, opportunities and choices for venues will provide greater efficiencies for meetings, while heightening the customer experience.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rudolf Vitti oversees many aspects of Panasonic’s US professional display business
including product development, marketing, as well as application support across
the commercial space. A 20 year veteran of Panasonic, Rudy has held positions in business engineering as well as management of multiple categories within Panasonic’s consumer
group. He oversaw the launch of the DVD category and was later responsible for
all aspects of Panasonic’s consumer video imaging product line. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.