Top 5 Must-Have Meeting Room Technologies for Your Coworking Space

Top 5 Must-Have Meeting Room Technologies for Your Coworking Space

The office meeting room is experiencing a renaissance right now.

Once seen as - dare we say it - a somewhat soulless realm, the meeting room has evolved into a flexible, dynamic and attractive proposition for employers and employees alike. But some are better designed and fitted than others.

In the era of hybrid work, meeting rooms provide a space in which teams can reunite to explore ideas and make important decisions. And they’re not just for traditional meetings: they can also host workshops, pitches, seminars and exhibitions.

Meeting rooms are valuable revenue generators for coworking operators; they’re often rented to non-member individuals and organisations, such as the business owner who works from home and requires a satellite space for a couple of hours.

The role of meeting room technology

While a meeting room’s size, style and decor are important for setting the right tone, technology is crucial when it comes to inclusivity, accessibility and functionality.

Today’s meeting rooms must be equipped with the technology required to facilitate seamless collaboration between in-house and remote workers. For meeting rooms in shared spaces, it’s even more important for technology to be shareable and intuitive.

Once the domain of very basic communication tools like the humble telephone, meeting rooms have grown to encompass high-tech integrated systems that aid a range of collaborative tasks and activities.

Security is also more advanced.

Features to keep in mind when searching for solutions include end-to-end encryption for video calls, multi-factor authentication for room access, and privacy filters. At a time of unprecedented data sharing, it’s important for any sensitive content in meetings to be protected from potentially prying eyes.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s run through five must-have meeting room technologies for meeting rooms in the coworking and shared spaces of today.

1. Smart room booking system

Before the advent of smart technology, meeting room scheduling was organised using paper diaries or simple online calendars - a time-consuming endeavour for busy office managers.

These methods were more vulnerable to double bookings, while last-minute cancellations and no-shows meant that meeting rooms often went underutilised.

Today’s more advanced meeting room booking systems work on mobile or web interfaces, and are designed - and regularly updated - with integration in mind.

Nexudus’ meeting room software permits members to book meeting rooms in a way that suits them. They can reserve a spot through the coworking space’s office portal, for instance. Or they can book on a tablet positioned outside the meeting room itself.

Both of these methods are contactless, making the workspace manager’s working life a whole lot easier.

Some advanced systems also have analytics capabilities to track room usage and identify patterns for better space management. For example, with Nexudus, coworking operators can identify gaps in meeting room usage and use this data as a springboard for growth ideas. 20% off meeting rooms on a Friday, anyone?

2. Video conferencing system

A video conferencing system connects dispersed teams and clients.

High-definition video and audio are often preferable, as is the ability to integrate with key platforms like Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams.

An HD camera will ensure top-notch video, while quality microphones and speakers will provide participants with almost crystal-clear audio. It’s important for any system to have screen-sharing capabilities that allow participants to share content with ease.

Video conferencing key benefits:

  • Facilitates remote meetings and collaboration.
  • Essential for hybrid work environments.
  • Enables connection with clients and teams across the globe.

Like most modern technologies, video conferencing continues to evolve. Currently, AI is facilitating automatic speaker tracking, where the system is able - through voice direction and volume - to hone in on the person speaking.

Features like this are closing the gap between in-person and remote meetings by making it easier for participants to track the conversation. Some advanced systems can even track multiple speakers, switching between them as they speak.

VR has also entered the meeting room. You’ve probably already heard of the companies offering immersive VR meeting room environments that mimic real life.

3. Digital whiteboard

Modern digital whiteboards enable users to write, draw, and annotate on a digital surface, and allow for the real-time sharing of content across different locations.

They are widely used in educational settings such as schools and universities, and workplaces are also getting “on board” (excuse the pun).

Digital whiteboards can integrate with cloud services, allowing users to save and share notes with team members, clients and other stakeholders. Aside from the collaborative benefits, it reduces the reliance on physical materials in meetings.

Digital whiteboard key benefits:

  • Encourages active participation in meetings.
  • Makes it easy to share and edit ideas.
  • Reduces paperwork and stationery.

4. Smart lighting and climate control

Smart lighting and climate control features are must-haves for any coworking space taking steps to boost its green credentials. This technology automates changes in light and temperature depending on the occupancy of the room, the time of day, and other predetermined variables.

Customising the meeting room environment in this way helps meeting room operators cater to the individual needs of each meeting. It can also result in a reduction in operating costs, as lighting and heating are only used when necessary.

Smart systems key features:

  • Automated lighting changes brightness based on time of day and occupancy.
  • Temperature control ensures optimal comfort levels and reduces wastage.
  • Energy monitoring tracks usage to optimise energy consumption.

5. High-speed Wi-Fi and network infrastructure

This last one is pretty obvious, but worth repeating because it underpins everything. If people are using your meeting rooms to share files or deliver presentations, having a top-notch internet connection will allow them to do it seamlessly.

The higher the Mbps, the faster the internet is.

People often bring multiple devices to meetings nowadays, including laptops, tablets and smartphones. High-speed Wi-Fi and network infrastructure is able to accommodate all of these without compromising performance. It can also help to facilitate advanced security measures designed to protect data.

Fitting your coworking space’s meeting rooms with the best technologies is going to contribute to the quality of the member experience, and it’ll support productivity in meetings for years to come. When deciding which technology to opt for, always keep flexibility, usability and compatibility in mind; like the rest of your space, your meeting rooms must meet the diverse needs of your coworking members.

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