Companies are looking for a more simple solution to giving presentations in meeting rooms and boardrooms. These companies are tired of over-priced and over-complicated commercial electronics, but simple wall-plates and cable connections are not enough. Every 10 years or so, there are dramatic changes that take place as technology advances and users begin to want and expect better solutions. This happens in the medical field, financial institutions, and any other industry that is driven by technology. In the corporate environment, organizations want to cut the cords in their conference rooms and adapt to technology that allows them to utilize all the tools at their disposal. This means not only controlling costs on AV equipment, but it means being able to give presentations from any device including Windows laptops, MacBooks, smartphones and tablets.
Undoubtedly, this is ushering in the need for HD wireless solutions. These BYOD devices have nothing in common when it comes to their cables or connections, so companies are now actively seeking 1080p HD wireless presentation systems that are cost-effective, reliable, secure, and easy to use.
It is no longer viable for IT departments to standardize on a single platform. Employees will be using a mixture of company computers and their own devices, so there is now a growing need to support multiple platforms in meeting room environments. These platforms include Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, and AV consultants, AV integrators, and company IT Directors must adapt and seek out viable solutions. These solutions must not only solve the multi-platform (BYOD) problem that companies face, it must also maintain the integrity and security that companies have sought to put into place over the past decade.
Network Security, Guest Access, & Software Management
The biggest hurdle for wireless presentation systems in the workplace is network security. Generally, companies have policies in place that limit or even prevent employees from connecting their mobile phones or tablets to the company network, and some even go as far as limiting any wireless point-to-point connections. Oftentimes companies have a wireless guest network that is sectioned off from the internal LAN that their employees use, providing guest’s access to the internet.
As companies move toward 1080p HD wireless presentation systems in their conference rooms, there are many things to consider, and the WiPG series of wireless presentation systems from wePresent offers many great solutions. wePresent units can hard-wired to the LAN, which enables it to be accessed over an existing network and leverage a company's existing security protocols. This means that internal users can connect to the network as usual and give a wireless presentation. It works with any PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device to it is simple for the IT department to deploy and maintain, and anyone can use it.
The wePresent wireless presentation system also acts as a wireless access point and adheres to strict corporate IEEE security protocols, including Enterprise-Level encryption and has gatekeeper functionality. When this option is enabled, it allows guest users to connect to the device directly to give their wireless presentation, and the device call block all traffic from passing through to the LAN. This allows guests to use the system, and the company does not have to give out passwords to their internal network.