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Audio conferencing is known to enhance productivity by quickly bringing together workers from disparate locations. And besides offloading the inconvenience of trying to gather a lot of busy professionals into one physical location, it saves businesses time and money on travel.
If you’re ready to bring the benefits of audio conferencing to your company, several factors should be taken into consideration, as not all systems are created equal. You should closely assess the manufacturer, the number of Ethernet ports and the number of lines that support your teleconferencing needs. Your budget will also play a role in settling on the right system.
Perhaps your most important consideration is the type of phone network available to run your system. Your organization probably has either a VoIP/IP-based phone system or an analog PBX. In general, VoIP/IP systems will deliver a better solution, with the right equipment. A VoIP/IP system is basically a phone system using Internet protocols to carry the phone call signal. If your business uses a VOIP or IP network, then an IP conferencing unit will be ideal for most situations.
Then, once you know the network you’ll be using, a good way of choosing an audio conferencing system is to base your decision on the size of the room you’ll use for audio conference meetings. The challenge is to make sure that the selected model will meet the needs of the specific room environment where it will be installed. Let’s say you’re in a medium-sized meeting room: Selecting a conference phone with enough microphone pickup to cover the entire room is critical in ensuring that everyone can be heard, especially during dynamic and fast-moving conversations.
Accordingly, Yealink recently introduced a new audio conferencing system that is perfect for small- and medium-sized meeting rooms of up to 60 square meters. The audio conferencing solution pairs the company’s Diamond IP conference phone CP860 and its CPE80 Expansion model. The system allows for 360-degree surround-sound pick-up in a five-meter range via three built-in microphone matrixes. Full duplex technology, auto-echo cancellation and reverb elimination make conference calls as natural as being in the same room.