Can video meetings feel as real as face-to-face meetings?
In this InTechnology video, Camille talks with Neil Fluester, Global Director of Technology Alliances at Crestron Electronics and host of CresTV. They get into the latest uses of AI for video meetings, as well as what the future holds in regard to privacy and new applications for video conferencing technology.
Improving Video Meetings with AI
In response to the global pandemic, the world swiftly embraced video conferencing as a means to sustain collaboration and communication among remote working teams. Today, these virtual meetings have become an integral component of our business routines. Companies such as Crestron, specializing in video conferencing technology, are now revolutionizing the space with the assistance of AI and machine learning.
Neil sheds light on how AI is utilized to establish “meeting equity,” which ensures that every participant in the meeting has equal visibility. This is achieved through the use of multiple cameras that leverage face tracking technology, sound source localization, and the rule of thirds to enhance the presentation of speakers and the meeting room. The result is akin to having a real-time video production crew operated by AI. AI is also employed in other beneficial video conferencing tools such as filtering video meeting recordings based on specific speakers or keywords, providing accurate automated transcriptions, and generating personal avatars.
Where Privacy and New Applications for Video Conferencing Are Going Next
The advent of facial recognition technology in video conferences is seen as a milestone both for AI-enabled video tracking and ensuring that the individual appearing on screen is indeed who they claim to be. However, this development raises privacy concerns. Neil stresses the importance of offering users the choice to either participate in or refrain from features such as facial recognition or recording. There are various global regulations, like the GDPR in the EU, that would govern privacy rights in video conferences.
On another note, the innovation trends in video conferencing are expanding towards more specialized applications beyond conventional business meetings. These emerging applications encompass video interviews, medical video consultations, podcasting, training materials recording, and various other forms of content creation. The technology is evolving from simple live video recording to more advanced video production techniques.
Neil Fluester, Global Director of Technology Alliances at Crestron Electronics
Neil Fluester, with over a quarter-century in video production and tech product management, currently serves as the Global Director of Technology Alliances at Crestron Electronics, and he is also the host of the CresTV podcast. His vast experience includes nearly a decade as Product Director—EMEA at Poly. Recognized as a thought leader in the realm of unified communications and video technology, he often takes the stage as a keynote speaker, shaping discussions and driving innovation in the field.
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