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Integrating Voice Controls in Conference Rooms

No doubt voice control is catching up fast - in people’s daily lives as voice-enabled systems flood homes and cars. What follows naturally is for voice control to extend its reach to offices.

And it has already begun.

Voice is poised to be a key tool to help people interact with each other, places, and technology to make their working lives better. The voice recognition biometrics market is showing no sign of slowing down.

A Technavio report estimates this market to grow to a $601 million industry by 2019. Like the influx of video conferencing technology, AI-assisted voice recognition solutions are changing the way conferences and meetings are held.

It All Started in the Home

Automation and the Internet of Things helped set the tone for the birth of the smart home. Science fiction has a way of challenging technology scientists to make Star Trek stuff a reality.

Advancements in voice recognition technology initiated by both titans and startups in the industry have paved the way to making voice-controlled smart homes a part of the present.

You are familiar with the players: Google Assistant smart speaker, powered by Google’s AI personal assistant, Amazon's Alexa, Apple's SIRI, and Microsoft with Cortana.

These smart speakers are changing the way we turn off the lights, change the temperature, start the coffee, and order whatever pops into our heads in a given moment

The Potential of Voice Integration

Now voice control is quickly moving into corporate infrastructure. Smart speaker enabled conference rooms are where meetings of the future happen, eliminating mundane tasks like scheduling, setting reminders, and note-taking.

With voice technology getting smarter, both big and small players are jumping into the game to be ahead of others. Alexa, Siri, Google Home, and Cortana are household brands around the world, but bringing them from the home to the conference room is still a challenge.

However, it's important to understand the critical difference in expectations in the corporate setting. Stakeholders want any new investment into voice to not just be a way of keeping in step with the trend but solve problems, improve productivity, and maintain a healthy bottom line.

Inroads are being made, though.

Earlier this year, cloud-based software platform Teem added voice command to meeting room management, allowing people to book meeting rooms through voice control with Amazon Alexa. The system allows them to check into a meeting and extend a meeting on-demand.

As developers bring the very latest iteration of this technology to market, AV integrators consider how voice services will enhance their clients' workday.

From scheduling the actual meeting, to keeping minutes, gathering revenue and other data on the spot, to delegating actionable steps beyond the meeting – the potential is huge for integrators to make meetings easier and more productive with voice recognition devices.

Functioning in office settings with voice commands will become second nature, like using voice activation to make hands-free calls in your car.

As an AV integrator, we can help usher in this change working with stakeholders to place voice-controlled technology where it will make the most sense and have the best effect on productivity.

Let's start exploring your options and see how voice can be integrated with existing AV tools that use gesture, gaze, or brain activity to become the next generation interface.

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