Interactive Displays Come to the Boardroom

Posted: Oct. 13th, 2015

Back in the old days (the 80s and early 90s), blackboards in classrooms were the norm. They were pretty much the same technology that our grandparents had seen in their schooldays. Since then, we've seen a lot of innovation, with whiteboards replacing the dusty old blackboard, before being replaced by interactive whiteboards and flat panel displays.

These new interactive display devices have only been accepted in schools for a little over a decade, but already they are becoming the new standard. In the UK, 90% of all classrooms use them, with the US lagging behind at 40%. The reasons for their wide acceptance are quite simple: they make life easier for teachers and make lessons more engaging and fruitful for students.
Interactive displays have been widely used in the educational world

Having already secured their future in the academic space, interactive display manufacturers have set their sights on the corporate world. While it may seem like a strange transition, it's worth remembering that many of the multimedia presentation techniques used in education were originally developed for use in presentations and meetings. The digital projector and Microsoft Powerpoint have effectively paved the way for interactive displays. So, in a sense, the corporate world is the spiritual home of the interactive display.
interactive display manufacturers have set their sights on the corporate world

Interactive displays have a number of advantages over regular Powerpoint presentations. Slide-based presentations lend themselves to a linear presentation of data. But meetings are not linear events. People interact, ask questions, and ask to refer back to things you mentioned 5 minutes ago.

With a Powerpoint presentation, you often reach the point where you switch the projector off and start waving your hands instead, losing at least half your audience. However, the simple interface of the interactive display such as Intech's Large Touch Screen -5 Users(TS) series makes it easy for you to control the presentation without disconnecting from your audience, and adapt your presentation to their questions and feedback.
Interactive displays such as the Large Touch Screen series enable a smoother relay of information between presenter and audience

Besides, these presentations are digital files, which means that interested parties can copy them and refer to them after the meeting, accessing the information they need without going through the slides one by one.

The benefits mentioned above are quite similar to those experienced in education: a smoother relay of information between presenter and audience, with greater engagement and interactivity. Companies that are using interactive displays in the boardroom and for staff briefings find that meetings and presentations are faster, smoother, and more productive. These in turn have a direct impact on management coordination and staff productivity, helping companies remain agile and adapt quickly to changing circumstances. In other words, the clever use of interactive displays confers a competitive advantage to organizations and businesses.

Currently, the fastest growing corporate markets are in the United States, UK, Germany, and Sweden. As companies in different industries continue to benefit from improved collaboration, it's only natural that their competitors will want to emulate their success. So it won't be long before we see these devices in the majority of boardrooms and conference spaces worldwide.

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