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HP Unveils Conferencing and Collaboration Portfolio for Hybrid Workforces: Page 2 of 2

Called HP Presence, the sprawling set of hardware, software, and services is designed to make meetings easier for remote and office-based employees to participate in together and easier for IT professionals to manage and secure. By Rich Freeman

Features designed to make attending meetings less tiring for remote participants include PC-based camera technology that automatically keeps users who are on their feet in view and “scene detection” functionality that senses and adapts to room lighting conditions. “It automatically adjusts for optimal video, so you don’t need to move locations, you don’t need to adjust the lighting in the space, and you also don’t need to keep opening and closing your blinds so that you look good and clear at any time of day,” Lai says.

Dynamic voice leveling technology, meanwhile, automatically ensures that remote speakers sound close to the microphone whether they’re leaning in, leaning back, or roaming their room.

HP Presence meeting space solutions, which will be sold in pre-assembled kits, are slated to begin reaching market next year, beginning with two kits for small meeting rooms set to arrive in late February. Additional kits for small, medium, and larger rooms will ship next spring. 

HP Presence updates for both the HP Elite Dragonfly Max notebook and HP EliteOne 800 all-in-one become available next month, with support for additional PCs to follow.

Analysts expect hybrid work arrangements in which employees split time between home and office to persist well after the coronavirus pandemic recedes. Some 43% of employed Americans working from home, in fact, don't want to return to the office at all, according to a July research study conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Sungard Availability Services, while 51% percent would prefer a mix of remote and in-person work. 

In response to that trend, HP reports, offices are increasingly becoming places for people to work together rather than simply work. Eighty percent of organizations are changing their office footprints to accommodate collaboration, the company says, and 79% are investigating how to upgrade conference rooms generally and conferencing video systems in particular.

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