Historically, telepresence systems haven’t been known for their flexibility. Some systems might allow you to add a second row of seating to accommodate more people, and perhaps you could pick from a couple of colors. But otherwise, what you see is what you get.
User expectations for video conferencing have radically evolved over the past decade, and telepresence is no exception. There’s still tremendous value in amazing face-to-face conversations that telepresence systems are so effective at providing. But users are looking for much more out of these systems, and six seats all facing the screens isn’t always the most efficient way to hold your meetings.
That’s why flexibility is such an important part of what we’re delivering in the new RealPresence Immersive Studio Flex, Polycom’s latest teleconferencing offering. Many customers will be best served with the matching table you can order with the system, ensuring you get a great video experience at all times. But others may have a different vision for the space in which they use a telepresence solution:
- Perhaps it will be a collaboration space, with modular furniture that can be reconfigured depending on the type of meeting.
- It could serve as a board room, with different demands on the style of furniture being used.
- The number of seats available for participants could be increased or decreased, depending on demand at each location.
There are countless other unique applications that are an ideal fit for RealPresence Immersive Studio Flex. But you’re not on your own in figuring out how this new telepresence flexibility fits in your existing spaces and workflow. Polycom’s Workspace Design Services can work with you to identify the right setup based on your organization’s specific requirements.