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Like many other pieces of technology in today's digitally-transformed environment, the conference phone is not the complicated and clunky system we once knew.

Conferencing isn't just about dialing into a conversation on a desk phone anymore. Today's conference opportunities are designed to support better collaboration in a range of environments, whether you prefer video calls, web conferencing, or something else entirely.

Studies suggest that Americans are holding around 11 million meetings a day. The stats are similar throughout the UK. Unfortunately, a large portion of these conferences are complicated, time-consuming and lacking in productivity. As the workforce becomes more remote and dispersed, the conference phone could be the key to unlocking better meeting experiences.

Conferencing and Collaboration

Used correctly, conferencing tools can open the door to next-level collaboration and innovation in business environments. When team members are brought together with videos, digital whiteboarding, and cloud-based file sharing tools, it's easier to get things done according to a strategic agenda. With 9 out of 10 people admitting that they daydream their way through most meetings, the challenge of the modern conference is finding a way to keep your people engaged.

As we continue to explore the possibilities in new and disruptive technology, the conference phone and surrounding conference solutions will evolve. Already, we're exploring the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence and virtual assistants that automatically transcribe and record meetings. Conference systems can come with their own intelligent bots that help teams to book rooms with ease. There are even video systems that can track and analyse the number of people in a room.

Going forward, everything from VR, to AR and wearables may have an impact on the conferencing space.

ClearOne  www.clearone.com
Dolby Voice www.dolby.com
Grandstream www.grandstream.com
Jabra www.jabra.com
Logitech  www.logitech.com
VTech www.vtech.com
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