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Hybrid work plans should include state-of-the-art technologies for facilitating better formal and ad-hoc meeting experiences.

Balancing the experience of virtual and in-person meeting participants is a top-of-mind issue for many business leaders as they hone their hybrid work strategies and technology plans around building a collaborative work environment. Video meeting application and equipment providers are giving them lots of options.

Culled from products announced or on display at the recent Enterprise Connect 2023, here’s a look at how come providers are furthering the state of the art for hybrid, collaborative workforces.

Meeting spaces, intelligently defined – From Metrigy’s global “Employee Experience & Workplace Engagement 2022-23” research study, we know most companies already place high value on artificial intelligence (AI)-driven video meeting functions. More than half of 250 participating companies consider in-meeting voice assistance and content search to be of high value, with 48.4% indicating the same of speaker identification. These types of capabilities are great starting points, but providers are now getting even more innovative on how they use AI to improve the meeting experience.

A prime example comes from Cisco, which introduced a feature its calls “meeting zones.” This capability gives IT the ability to set virtual boundaries for in-office collaboration spaces, essentially turning them into areas for meeting with remote colleagues without distraction. The AI technology individually frames in-office meeting participants in a condensed view so that virtual attendees see only them and nothing or nobody outside the defined meeting zone. This is a bit hard to visualize but try to imagine an open office environment with a corner virtually cordoned off for team meetings.

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