Audio conferencing becomes more life-like

Man on phoneAudio conferences are set to become more life-like following a decision by BT to use the latest technology from Dolby Laboratories Inc.

BT Conferencing - one of the world’s leading providers of audio and video conferencing solutions - is trialling a technology that makes audio conferences sound and feel like in-person meetings.

Using the Dolby Voice technology, users simply need to plug headphones or  smart phone into a computer running BT’s conferencing software. The result creates the impression that sounds are coming from unique points in space so people can easily identify who is speaking and what they are saying.

“This new system mimics a real-life conversation,” said Mark Bagley VP of BT’s innovation scouting team. “It’s like going from watching a movie with a single mono speaker at the front of the cinema, to watching a blockbuster in full surround sound. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never want to go back.”

Dolby has already used the technology in the gaming industry allowing players to talk to one another as if they were in the same room.

Andrew Border, senior director, Voice Business Group, Dolby Laboratories, said: “Audio conferencing promised a reduction in the need for face-to-face meetings, but when the stakes are high people meet in person to capture important details and express themselves clearly.

With Dolby Voice, there’s no longer any need to travel just to hold an effective business meeting,” he said.

Trials of the service are due to begin later this year.