Start 2017 Off Strong with Conference Room Automation

Start 2017 Off Strong with Conference Room Automation

Learn How to Modernize Your Chicago Business with the Latest Technology

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s the perfect time for business owners throughout Illinois to start thinking about improvements for the new year. This year, a lot of advancements in business technology made it possible for Chicago companies to operate more efficiently and effectively—are you planning on taking advantage of them? In this blog, we outline how conference room automation can add value to your bottom line and some easy ways to get started.

The Value of Conference Room Automation

One of the greatest things about any automation system is that it can be custom-tailored to meet the needs of individual companies. If you find your employees are spending a lot of time trying to get all of your conference room equipment to play nicely together before a meeting, that’s an operational issue that automation technology can fix. If your conference room is missing that “wow” factor when you bring in key clients or stakeholders, that can be just as (if not more) detrimental as operational inefficiencies.

Energy efficiency, improved atmosphere, and time savings are just a few of the many benefits that conference room automation has to offer companies in the Chicago area.

What Is Conference Room Automation Anyway?

Conference rooms are usually loaded down with devices. Speakers, microphones, teleconferencing controllers, projectors, screens, remotes… if you can name it, you can probably find it in the average boardroom. However, the main issue with all of these devices is that they’re all treated as separate systems. That’s why it takes so long for employees to get the room geared up and ready for a meeting—you have to turn on the projector, boot up the laptop, set up the teleconference, find the remote for the speakers, manually lower the shades, and so on.

Renovating a boardroom with commercial automation technology doesn’t necessarily require you to scrap all of your existing equipment and replace it with “smart” versions. The goal with automation is to bring all of these devices together as one cohesive, easily manageable system. Here’s an example of what that might look like:

To get ready for an important meeting, you walk into the boardroom. Immediately, the lights turn on, and the system goes into “ready” mode. Using the integrated touch panel on the wall or conference room table, you press “Start Teleconference.” In response, the window shades lower, the overhead lights dim, the audio system starts up, the screen lowers, and the projector displays the meeting start screen. It all happens instantly without any effort on your part beyond tapping once on the screen.

There’s no wasted time, no delays while you try to troubleshoot what’s wrong with the projector, and no cluttered pile of cords and remotes for you to sort through. Instead, you gain a system that works right the first time and promotes a clean, seamless design throughout the room.

How to Get Started

Whether you’re in downtown Chicago or the outskirts of Naperville, the automation experts at Barrett’s Technology Solutions can design, install, and maintain a conference room system that will stand the test of time. We start the process by discussing the unique needs of your company. Using information gained from that discussion and an on-sight assessment of the conference room, we’ll use our industry knowledge and expertise to put together a plan for making your goals a reality.


Ready to see conference room automation in action? Contact us today.