Video Conferencing – a new way forward

Video conferencing is a point-to-point or point-to-multi-point communications tool where all parties can both hear and see each other. For SME business users there are basically three types of product on the market.

Desktop, where the video application is loaded on a PC using a small camera – suitable for individuals.
Workgroup or Set Top video where a video control unit literally sits on top of the TV – suitable for three or four people.

Boardroom, where a complete video system is usually fixed in place – suitable for larger groups.
Significantly, in recent years, technology has become much better and costs have plummeted and at the same time video conferencing products have become easier to use.

Why have it?
It’s easy to calculate the return on investment (ROI) for video conferencing, especially if you can use it to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of international travel. But that’s only part of the picture; say you travel 200 miles to a management meeting once a month. The day after something happens that changes all your plans and you all have to convene again to make decisions. Video lets you make as many ‘200 mile trips’ as you want. Training? That’s another good reason to use video as it engages specialist remote assistance – hospital/medical application.

Other Considerations
Progressively, video conferencing systems are moving to IP based WAN connectivity from the dial up ISDN methods originally used. As broadcast, IP VPN’s and private digital circuits become more cost effective their higher bandwidth, offers greater, faster, better communications than ISDN. today, most Ste Top Video offers both type of connectivity.