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Collaborative work

How the HDL300 system beat the audio conferencing “battle station”

By Dave McKean
on May 16, 2018 12:45:00 AM

“We tried everything.”

Those are the words of Ken Lange, describing his search for an advanced audio conferencing solution for Williams-Keepers, a Missouri accounting firm where he is director of IT.

Everything? Just about. They tried several brands, and when a particular desktop mic didn't provide adequate pickup, they even tried hanging it from the ceiling. Some found the result amusing – it loomed over the conference table like some kind of battle station from a science fiction movie – but the audio still wasn’t acceptable. It was then they realized they had exhausted the possibilities of conventional meeting room microphones.   

It shouldn’t be that hard.

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Microphone Mist™ technology: from idea to audio conferencing game changer

By Dave McKean
on May 15, 2018 5:45:00 AM

For David Martin, cofounder of Nureva, the importance of hearing and being heard has been on his mind for a long time.

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Thirty voices in one room. A daunting audio conferencing scenario.

By Dave McKean
on Apr 19, 2018 10:45:00 AM

As audio conferencing scenarios go, it was, in a word, daunting.

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HDL300 audio conferencing system is a “slam dunk” for problem room

By Dave McKean
on Mar 29, 2018 5:45:00 AM

“My experience with the HDL300 has been fantastic. We’ve tried so many solutions. So many wires. So many mics. This solved our problem as soon as we plugged it in!” That’s the ringing endorsement for the Nureva™ HDL300 audio conferencing system from John Curran, CEO and founder of Rocscience, a geotechnical software company.

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Beyond beamforming – some reasons to consider other options

By Dave McKean
on Feb 21, 2018 5:45:00 AM

f you’re considering an advanced audio conferencing solution, you’ve probably heard about or considered a system that employs beamforming microphone technology.

It’s the technology most often featured in complex, higher-priced, in-celling installed systems (as well as some simpler on-the-wall or hung-from-the-ceiling mic arrays), so it’s sometimes thought of as the leading conference call microphone solution.

However, several factors might make you rethink a beamforming system. Let’s jump in.

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Meet the (hard-to-hear) Conference Call Characters

By Dave McKean
on Nov 29, 2017 6:00:00 AM

You probably recognize these types of people in conference call meetings at your company. They speak too softly, move too much or position themselves so they can’t be picked up by conventional meeting room microphones. They can kill conversations and collaboration – and cause service calls for AV/IT to “fix” the room. We call them the Conference Call Characters, and understanding them is the first step in helping them be heard.

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QuickShare – the fastest way to share an idea in Span software

By Tricia Whenham
on Oct 31, 2017 7:43:00 AM


It’s 9:55 a.m. on a Wednesday. In 5 minutes, people from across your organization will come to your meeting room to review your team’s latest web design.

You need to show everyone your mockups and wireframes. You need to gather constructive feedback from each person in the room. You need to avoid groupthink. You also need to create an even playing field, where ideas are judged on their merits and not because of who shares them.

And it all must happen in 60 minutes so you can get back to putting your plans into action.

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8 ways the agile process is shaking up business-as-usual

By Lavonne Boutcher
on Oct 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you need more evidence that agile has hit the management mainstream, look no further than a recent article in the Harvard Business Review. In May 2016, the prestigious general management magazine published Embracing Agile, which described how the revolutionary management methodology moved beyond the confines of IT to become a “radical alternative to command-and-control-style management” in a wide range of functions and businesses.

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11 fun ways to unlock creative thinking at your next meeting

By Tricia Whenham
on Oct 5, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Quick – come up with 3 words to describe your last meeting.

Did words like productive and collaborative come to mind? Nice work – you must be doing something right. Or maybe you thought frustrating, unproductive or words we can’t write on this blog. Yikes – that’s a whole other problem.

But either way, I’m guessing the word creative wasn’t top of mind. And that’s a huge missed opportunity. When we meet, often the goal is to solve a problem or figure out a new course of action. Creativity is crucial, but it’s often MIA during the process.

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Why collaboration needs advanced audio conferencing - and how to get it

By Adrian Doughty
on Sep 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Businesses are embracing collaboration like never before. And it’s no wonder. According to a survey by Deskmag, 71% of workers say they are more creative when they work as a team while 62% said their standard of work improved significantly.

In this video from the 2017 AV/IT Summit, I introduce the “Collaboration hierarchy of needs,” a framework for building and prioritizing conferencing systems. It’s an important guideline for the vital role AV/IT leaders have in supporting collaboration – from providing better mobile solutions to creating easy-to-use spaces for innovation. You’ll also learn how advanced audio conferencing is fundamental to creating the conditions that help teams, including remote workers, imagine and execute the next big idea.

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