Winning a NAB Best of Show Award, that needs some explanation

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Published on May 14, 2018
by Peter Ryckaert, Founder-Director at crowdbeamer

Our first participation in the NAB Show (April 7-12, Las Vegas) proved to be a rewarding experience. Crowdbeamer made a big impression at NAB, even far beyond the many people visiting our booth.  To make a long story short: crowdbeamer won a NAB Best of Show Award, presented by Newbay Government Video.

NAB Best of Show Award

Why crowdbeamer won a NAB Best of Show award

As the official press release states “ a NAB Best of Show Award is evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and is selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Crowdbeamer’s open way of communication is ideal for all kinds of federal, military, state and local government institutions and organizations.”

Crowdbeamer supports digital transformation in government

In fact, crowdbeamer’s open way of communication supports the digital transformation processes that government institutions and councils are working on. Now that smartphones and tablets are everywhere, a digital communication platform such as crowdbeamer enables them to deliver better services to the public while saving money.

Crowdbeamer is the first presentation system that streams any HDMI or VGA video signal in real time to all wirelessly connected portable devices. Using a free app – available for all major operating systems – the audience can view the presentation in Full HD quality. And it can capture the presentation as well, add personal notes and export all that to other business apps.

Facilitating direct communication during meetings and events, crowdbeamer creates opportunities for government institutions and councils to increase participation of both government professionals and citizens. And eliminating the need for paper, crowdbeamer enables a more sustainable approach to information sharing during any meeting or event.

Putting crowdbeamer in action

So let’s highlight what crowdbeamer can do concretely for government professionals and citizens. After all, that’s why crowdbeamer won a NAB Best of Show Award.

There’s no better way to illustrate crowdbeamer possibilities than with a few concrete examples that underline its benefits

No matter what crowdbeamer is used for, nobody in the audience needs to connect to an existing network. In other words:  there is no danger of sharing any unwanted information. Nor is there any danger of providing anybody unintentionally with access to internal networks.

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Using crowdbeamer during a press conference

It’s easy to see how crowdbeamer brings value during press conferences to both organizers and the press. Even if a traditional press kit provides a lot of valuable information (such as a press release or a background info sheet), this information is pretty static.

In contrast, crowdbeamer allows for a much more dynamic way to share information during press conferences. Crowdbeamer makes it possible for the organizers to share digital information with the press instantly. And by connecting to the crowdbeamer WiFi network, journalists get that information delivered on their smartphone, tablet or laptop – ready to be used off the shelf. The result? More interaction, time savings for everyone.

Using crowdbeamer to inform the public during information sessions

Information sharing during public information sessions is another challenge that government organizations frequently face, especially at the local government level. And to be honest, it can be a real hassle. For one thing, it is never certain how many people will participate. Also, there are often limited facilities available that enable participants to take note of what they find interesting.

It’s a lot more effective to use crowdbeamer during public information sessions, especially since most citizens will bring a smartphone or a tablet with them anyway. No need to worry about the (lack of) note taking facilities. No need to prepare paper handouts for an unknown number of participants. Thanks to the crowdbeamer app, every participant can capture up-to-date presentation slides and add personal notes. In short: no stress for the organizing authority, and great value for citizens as they are more closely involved.

Using crowdbeamer to share information during city councils

Sharing information with both council members and the public during city councils (or any local government council) is another excellent example of a crowdbeamer use case.  And as crowdbeamer accommodates both small and large events, audience size doesn’t matter at all.For any audience up to 200 people, a single crowdbeamer device does the job. To reach out to an even bigger audience, all that is needed is a network of crowdbeamers.

Using crowdbeamer for high-level government communications

At the state or national level, crowdbeamer is the perfect tool for government members to inform representatives from industry, the social sector or civil society about new legislation – to give an example. Crowdbeamer offers a perfect solution for high-level presentations by government members. It allows representatives in the audience to decide on the spot what information is relevant to them. And they can capture that information instantly.

On top of that, anybody in the audience can easily complete this information with ideas collected during the presentation. And everybody can compile that information into a fully personalized report. If government members are looking to amplify the impact of their message, crowdbeamer is the tool of choice to help them with that.

Using crowdbeamer to facilitate cooperation on working committees

Crowdbeamer not only brings benefits to public meetings. It enables government institutions and organizations to upgrade internal meetings and operations as well. Working committees, for example, bring together people of relevant expertise from different parts within an organization to widen viewpoints, to share out responsibilities and to coordinate actions. If needed, working committees can also involve external experts to provide advice on matters that require specialized knowledge or technical judgment.

Whatever, there’s a lot of information shared on working committees – either through well-prepared presentations or during live discussions. That makes a solid case for crowdbeamer, for a simple reason: crowdbeamer puts the information directly in the hands of all committee members. There’s no better way to make sure they can pick up what is interesting for them. There’s no better way to make sure they can easily store that information for future use.

Using crowdbeamer to train staff

Crowdbeamer is also a great way to facilitate audience engagement during staff training. Facilitating audience engagement is not always easy. So many things can grab people’s attention. Not in the least the projector screen and flipchart as typically found in many conference rooms. As a result, many training sessions quickly degenerate into a presenter monologue.

But with crowdbeamer, entirely different setups become possible. Why not have everybody (including the trainer) sit around the table, eyes facing each other? With the trainer sitting amidst the audience and without any need for a projector screen, everybody gets into the heart of the training. This setup brings about entirely different group dynamics, with real interaction and dialogue between trainer and staff.

Crowdbeamer also makes it easier to manage the attention of training participants. And it enables everybody to capture relevant information during the training, and use it long after the training. Taking selective screenshots with crowdbeamer has far more benefits than distributing piles of handouts. After all, people only use information if it is relevant to them.

Using crowdbeamer during guided tours in public institutions…

To conclude, a final case illustrating how crowdbeamer makes it easier for federal, state and local government institutions to connect with citizens. Think about guided tours in public institutions, for example. Such tours are a great way to find out how these institutions work and what value they bring to the public. It’s nice to talk about all that during the guided tour. But it’s even far better to make things more concrete by adding visual information.

With crowdbeamer, that’s a lot easier than you might think. All the guide needs to do is take a tablet and a crowdbeamer along during the tour. And as soon as the visitors connect their smartphone to the crowdbeamer network, they’ll have access to all visual information shared by the guide. That makes the guided tour a lot more concrete and interactive for visiting citizens. And it also provides them with loads of useful information that they can quickly go back to, even long after the tour.

…and (living history) museums

As crowdbeamer makes it possible to turn guided tours into interactive events, it is a particularly interesting solution for museum tours. And since crowdbeamer’s private WiFi network and built-in battery enable tour guides to share information with a party of any size at any location, this applies to open-air museums and living history museums as well. Any background information (including HD video) can be shared in real time with the tour party. Whatever the size of the tour party, everybody always gets a view in full-HD quality.

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So many reasons to be impressed with crowdbeamer

I said it before: the best way to talk about what crowdbeamer can do for government professionals and citizens is through a few concrete examples. And let me emphasize once more that I’ve only given a few examples, as crowdbeamer use cases are countless. I don’t have any doubt that crowdbeamer’s flexibility was among the many benefits that impressed the NAB Best of Show Award panel.

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