Most companies are aware that there are off-site meeting spaces available across CBD capital city locations, but they may not be fully aware of the level of sophistication on offer today.
Marquart thinks the quality of the technology provided within facilities like Dexus Place is a key differentiator in the market. He refers to it as boardroom-to-boardroom connectivity.
Dexus provides Immersive Studio technology across its Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane locations, which allows lightning fast connections to each location. It boosts the sense of real-life participation when the meeting’s participants are actually separated by hundreds of kilometres.
Up to 21 participants across each of these three sites can interact with each other via 84” thin bezel displays and pinpoint audio – as if they're literally in the same location.
"By creating an environment where up to 51 people from three locations are in the one place, companies are reducing unnecessary travel and accommodation costs, while eliminating lost productivity from having people in transit," Marquart points out.
Being able to project on a screen without going through a Wi-Fi network makes for a more secure environment and high quality picture and stereo surround sound.
Dexus also provides considerable choice when it comes to the size of the rooms, although timing is important here. While smaller rooms can usually be booked within a month of use, larger rooms seating more than 15 people require more forethought. These typically need to be booked more than a month in advance.
In a real-life illustration of the benefits of off-site meeting rooms, real estate services firm CBRE has reduced its travel expenses, employee down-time and room hire costs by around $10,200 per meeting through using all Dexus Place CBD locations across the eastern seaboard
CEO Ray Pittman says cost savings are one of many reasons that Dexus Place is the perfect solution for CBRE's off-site executive meetings.
"Giving staff video conferencing capability on their laptops and mobiles – allowing meetings to be undertaken remotely – is a viable cost-effective alternative to interstate travel."