Amplifying your hybrid meeting experiences with Neat

By Jason MacBride, Regional Director ANZ, Neat
Friday, 07 June, 2024

Amplifying your hybrid meeting experiences with Neat

With hybrid work here to stay, the demand for video devices that not only look good but help people meet more easily, regardless of location, shows no sign of abating. Australian tech firm, Atlassian strongly opines that flexible working is the future. According to its distributed work report, Lessons Learned: 1,000 Days of Distributed at Atlassian, businesses that try to return fully to pre-pandemic working conditions will hurt productivity. In fact, 9 out of 10 employees surveyed say that the company’s distributed work policy allows them to do their best work and is a critical reason for staying with the company. The report also finds that an astounding 99% of Australian executives confirmed that work will become more distributed in the future.

Meanwhile, Iva Durakovic, a researcher in workplace design at UNSW Sydney agrees that companies expecting hybrid working to die off are setting themselves up for disappointment. A study last year by the National Bureau of Economic Research further found that the average Aussie wants to work from home two days per week.

It is evident that managers need to adapt and cultivate increasingly empathetic relationships with geographically dispersed teams. This is where the ‘magic’ of Norwegian-based video technology pioneer, Neat happens.

Enabling a human-centric work experience

While it’s obvious technology can never replace meeting someone in real life, Neat continues to edge closer to lessening the digital divide between the physical and virtual, by helping people engage on video more naturally than ever before.

Since its inception in 2019, the company have had an entirely unique approach to video collaboration by helping organisations strip away complexity, streamline workflows, enhance communication and boost productivity with its collaboration devices purposefully designed to be radically flexible, simple and easy to access.

Neat further rely on their core principles of creative thinking, problem solving and the end-user experience to put people first by enabling meeting equity for all. Their devices are designed to allow users to meet, create and collaborate whenever, wherever and however they want while natively supporting Microsoft Teams, Zoom and a range of compelling business applications.

Leveraging AI to solve meeting room problems

Neat has also taken artificial intelligence (AI) to the next level that renders the technology practically invisible — this means people don’t have to think about it and ‘everything just works’.

Neat Symmetry combines advanced AI with a high-resolution sensor to detect everyone in the meeting room, zooming into individually pinpoint and auto-frame each person, then presenting them up close on remote participants’ screens. This technology is unique to Neat and makes virtual meetings feel almost as real as meeting face-to-face — bringing it back to establishing meeting equity.

Neat Center for complete video meeting equity

Neat recently boosted its award winning portfolio with Neat Center — a companion device that frames people in the meeting room face-on, ensuring remote participants remain at the centre of the conversation by clearly seeing and hearing everyone for complete meeting equity. A double Red Dot design award winner in 2024, Neat Center delivers even more human connectivity with its 360° meeting experience that ensures remote-based participants remain front and centre of every conversation.

Enhanced by AI, Neat Center frames each team member to elevate the feeling of meeting equity for all attendees. It works in any room where there is a main Neat device and ensures remote meeting attendees can follow conversations more closely, even when those in the room are far away from the main device or facing inward, discussing something among themselves.

It’s simple to set up, gives users flexible placement options, and improves the capabilities of existing Neat devices including Neat Bar 2 and Neat Board.

Neat is the best hybrid meeting technology for PZH

An increasing number of small, medium, large and prominent Fortune 500 businesses use Neat’s devices for simpler, more flexible, reliable hybrid meetings. Dutch governmental organisation PZH acknowledges that Neat Symmetry is the solution for their equitable and inclusive hybrid meetings between its in-office and remote employees. At the same time, they rely on Neat Pulse which gives employees complete control over its multiple Neat deployments. As a true hybrid organisation, PZH also uses Neat Board, Neat Bar, Neat Bar Pro and Neat Pad, with Neat Center in the pipeline, for collaboration. According to Daniel de Korte, Product Employee (ICT) at PZH: “Neat keeps adding new functionality and improvements. So, it’s definitely a good investment, especially since these advanced devices are future-ready.” Read about PZH’s implementation here.

Driving the modern hybrid workforce forward

The modern workplace has created a fundamental shift from private offices and closed-door meeting rooms towards multi-purpose open spaces for impromptu social gatherings, hot desking and focus pods. These spaces require technology that is adaptable enough to fluctuate with the need of the moment, turning any space into the right space to meet. Neat offers cutting-edge innovations and transformational solutions that redefine the way people work and elevate businesses’ meeting experiences.

The Neat Center retails for USD $2,290 and is available for order in Australia and New Zealand now.

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