Hybrid meeting rooms: experience a taste of the future

30 November 2022 | Story Yacoob Manjoo. Photos Cindy Mathys. Read time 4 min.
ICTS is offering departments a unique opportunity to experience sophisticated hybrid meeting rooms.
ICTS is offering departments a unique opportunity to experience sophisticated hybrid meeting rooms.

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Information and Communication Technology Services’ (ICTS) new hybrid facilities bring together the best of both worlds, combining in-person and remote gatherings.

With the pandemic behind us, and in-person activities taking place again, UCT is exploring the concept of “the office of the future” – hybrid working environments and models that give people a chance to meet in ways that work most effectively for them, while maximising productivity. This model allows colleagues to work together – whether they are in the same room or not.

UCT’s Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) has set up hybrid spaces where colleagues on campus can work together in a physical meeting room, while those working from home can join in remotely.

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The hybrid meeting rooms include state-of-the-art conferencing equipment.

What’s on offer?

The rooms – which seat 12 and 20 people respectively – are located in the ICTS building on Main road, Mowbray.

They are fitted with large touchscreens, electronic whiteboards on which presentations can be written or displayed, styluses, specialist video conferencing cameras, wireless speakers and sophisticated microphones which allow for clear communication with those joining through Teams or Zoom. The rooms are also backed by generator power to allow for continuity during loadshedding.

Ready to book?

The model is being piloted until the end of February 2023 and UCT departments are encouraged to book and use the hybrid rooms for meetings and other collaborative activities by visiting the ICTS website for booking instructions.

Watch the video to take a closer look at the equipment used in ICTS’s hybrid meeting rooms. Video ICTS.

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