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Poly and Microsoft assist Australia plenary council

The Plenary Council of Australia has turned to Microsoft and Poly to help organizers host the First Assembly in a hybrid and distributed format.

Poly headsets with noise blocking and acoustic fence technologies, in collaboration with Microsoft teams, will enable the Australian Catholic Church to communicate clearly during critical hybrid meetings.

To host the annual meeting, the Council had to navigate the logistics of virtually bringing together nearly 300 delegates in different locations, but also had to have a suitable technology solution that could support the scale of this meeting.

The committee turned to Microsoft and Poly’s joint efforts to help. Surface laptops and Blackwire 5220 USB headsets were distributed for the nearly 300 delegates to participate in the First Meeting via video conferencing on Microsoft Teams.

This technology gives members the ability to clearly hear and be heard wherever they join.

Maggie Tiongson – Head of Digital Engagement for Catholic Education Western Australia, says that even with the different ages and trust levels of members, the solution enabled an easy and manageable experience for all involved.

“Given the age factor of the delegates participating in the plenary session, as well as the anticipated technological literacy challenges, learning and becoming familiar with video conferencing has been an encouraging and positive experience for many of them,” she says .

“The exceptional experience we had with the Poly Blackwire headsets certainly helped increase our confidence that the overall quality of dialogue in the plenary council would not be compromised by the challenges of being remote.”

Pandemic constraints have changed the way organizations have operated, and Unified Communications has been a key method used to achieve better outcomes.

In the Council’s case, Poly says it delivered excellent sound quality, allowing delegates to hear and be heard with remarkable clarity, while remote delegates were able to turn off distractions while participating virtually in the ongoing dialogue.

Other recent Poly announcements include the development of Poly Studio Systems for Zoom Rooms, powered by HP.

This technology means that every Poly Studio system offers a range of solutions, certified for Zoom Rooms, powered by the HP Mini Conferencing PC, plus a Poly TC10 controller and scheduler.

The company also announced this year that its award-winning line of Studio X video bars would be the first Android-based, single codec video devices for Google Meet.

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