Conference rooms have been a hallmark of corporate offices. However, a shift in the workforce due to the pandemic is evolving their use. To discuss this evolution, David Garlett, Manager, Key Accounts & Consultant Liaison at Audix, joined On-Axis.

Garlett is a lifelong AV expert who has worked in various segments, including manufacturers, integrators and systems design.

Garlett described the post-COVID conference room. “[In] outfitting a conference room for executive teams and employees, it was easy to justify the costs. Now, it’s a single person in the room managing a team of remote attendees. As a result, the overall cost and requirements changed.”

Audix is helping the end-user and integrators understand the performance of different equipment. The company built a conference room and interacted with stakeholders on video calls, demonstrating the microphone in real-world applications. “We couldn’t do this in person. The end-user is also participating now. It’s a way to be transparent and objective on how well the microphone works,” Garlett noted.

As for the future of conference rooms, Garlett surmised that it will be a hybrid and that video conferencing will still be in heavy use. The realm of conferencing will continue to change to meet market needs.