We’re always keeping an eye out for the latest and greatest in the AV space — it’s what allows us to keep bringing innovative solutions to our customers.

Today we’re going to take a look at the hottest trend in AV right now: distributed workforces. What’s important to keep in mind though, is that this isn’t the same type of distributed workforce we saw at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout 2020. Now, organizations are moving away from their temporary remote setups and into more permanent remote and hybrid solutions.

Let’s look at the role AV systems play in that shift.

Fostering teamwork in a hybrid work environment

Many organizations are taking the “best of both worlds” approach, announcing a hybrid environment as their permanent work arrangement to give employees flexibility while maintaining a level of in-person collaboration.

As part of this transition, companies are looking for meeting solutions that are user-friendly, secure, and work seamlessly for both in-office and remote users. To meet this need, we’ll likely see an adoption in the use of huddle rooms. That way, those who are working in the office can gather together for meetings, while having the technology necessary to accommodate remote participants.

Making a meeting that’s remote-user friendly focuses around AV conferencing equipment. Having a quick plug-and-play option for users to be able to share content and sign in from their devices in huddle rooms is important, along with secure connections for remote users. That way, teams can seamlessly work together regardless of physical location.

In July 2020, a study by Crestron showed that 50% of businesses were looking to increase their video conferencing capabilities in the next two years, and that prediction is holding strong under hybrid work arrangements.

Work from anywhere

As travel restrictions and stay at home orders are lifted, “work from home” has shifted to “work from anywhere” for many organizations who made the decision to remain remote permanently. To accommodate, businesses are closing the doors on their large corporate offices in favor of smaller, satellite offices in a wide range of locations.

This requires top-of-the-line connectivity for remote and hybrid meetings. As a result, organizations will start investing heavily in monitors, connectors, and audio systems in these satellite offices — and the teams that can help maintain them since technology teams may no longer be in house or on site.

This is predicted to bring about the rise of AV as a Service (AVaaS), a subscription-based model that gives organizations access to all the AV equipment, support, and service they could need without requiring internal resources.

Staying on top of — and ahead of — AV trends

If you’re looking to stay ahead of AV trends and bring the latest and greatest to your organization, partner with an AV integrator like IVCi. With offerings like AV as a Service, it’s easier than ever to ensure you have state of the art technology and top-notch service.

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