Meeting tech expectations

Dubai-based Jumeirah Emirates Towers recently implemented a new video teleconferencing system.

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By  Gareth Rees Published  May 27, 2008

Dubai-based Jumeirah Emirates Towers recently implemented a new video teleconferencing system.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers is regarded as one of the best business hotels in the Middle East, offering its corporate guests the large Godolphin Ballroom and a full range of meetings technology in its Biz Pod business centre.

"Current demand in meetings technology is for state-of-the-art equipment, which is user friendly and compatible with the equipment that is carried around with the business traveller," says the property's IT director Julian Kraft.

At Jumeirah Emirates Towers we are keen to set state-of-the-art technology benchmarks.

Jumeirah has recently introduced a number of new meetings technology solutions to its congress rooms, including a state of the art plug and play audiovisual and projection system.

"The entire system features inputs for six computer displays with audio, and switching is remotely controlled either by a 10-inch touch panel located on the wall at the entrance to the congress room or a wireless executive remote control," explains Kraft.

"The guest also has the option of routing presentations to large 42-inch LCD or plasma screens and an audio video recording facility and additional wireless or congress delegate microphones are available to use on request. This is serviced at all times by a back-up team of dedicated IT professionals."

Other meetings technology trends to keep an eye out for are futuristic DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology, which is streets ahead of LCD technology according to Kraft; digital audio and video; HD projection; and video via IP.

"Communication is [also] a vital part of our lives today, especially for the business traveller and business professionals need to have quick and easy access to communication tools, hence the increasing demand for the latest phones, Blackberries and laptops,' adds Kraft.

Jumeirah's meetings tools

• Live web casting

• Temporary LAN settings for 10-50 users

• Back-up teams of IT and audiovisual professionals

• Dolby surround sound

• Motorised projection screens

• Plug and play audiovisual and projection

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