The ultimate achievement for any technology or manufacturing process is to improve performance and efficiency while reducing environmental impact. At Controlled Thermal Resources, a Southern California company that produces lithium battery products in a near-zero-emissions facility, sustainability is at the core of its business. That’s why the company selected videoconferencing equipment from Konftel for an upgrade of its meeting rooms.
The Swedish technology company manufactures high-performance, easy-to-use cameras and conference phones for videoconferencing. The company also has made sustainability core to its mission – as a Climate Neutral Certified organization.
The Tech Decision
Controlled Thermal Resources required an affordable, platform-agnostic videoconferencing solution that would allow them to collaborate with Zoom, Teams, WebEx and any other service a client or partner might utilize.
“Over the last two to three years, virtual collaboration and videoconferences have become part of our daily work process, and the consumer-grade equipment we were using simply wasn’t up to the task,” said Paul Magana, Controlled Thermal Resources’ real estate manager in a statement. “Being able to clearly see and hear remote partners is vital to our ongoing success, and between the finicky setup process, frequent issues with connections and screen sharing, and sub-par audio and video quality, we knew we could do better.”
The Kontfel Videoconferencing Technology
Controlled Thermal Resources chose several Konftel videoconferencing products, including the Konftel 800 conference phone and Cam50 1080P video camera with pan, tilt and 12x zoom capability, providing full-room coverage in one of the conference rooms.
“We looked at various solutions, and Konftel’s wireless products that can run on Power over Ethernet provided significant benefits for our space while being one of the most affordable options,” said Magana. “What’s more, the fact that Konftel is one of the industry’s strongest proponents of developing carbon-neutral processes and products made it a perfect fit that exceeded all of our expectations.”
Some of the other solutions the client considered would have required tearing up concrete floors to lay new wiring, with some using proprietary cables. The Konftel 800 conference phone is powered by PoE (power over ethernet) and uses Bluetooth to provide simple, fast connection no matter who is running the meeting.
In addition to the cameras and conference phones, Controlled Thermal Resources’ new conference room includes an 85-inch wall-mounted digital display with an Apple Mac Mini mounted behind it. Through this combination of technologies, users are able to easily and quickly launch meetings without all the fuss of the former setup. Previously, meeting hosts had to connect their laptop to the room’s equipment and ensure everything was running smoothly before each meeting, which reduced efficiency and often required IT support.
The Client Feedback
“The new system we designed is easier and more reliable, and the quality has been fantastic,” Magana said. “The first time we had a meeting with 20 executives from all different locations, there were no glitches, no drop-outs, every word and image was crystal clear, and attendees shared their screens with no issues. The vast difference between the old solution and Konftel’s professional-grade equipment has been a game-changer for our daily meetings.”
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