Video Conferencing

Video Conferencing

Video Conferencing for Business

It’s not just “the next best thing” to being there, it’s better than being there. The cost advantage is enormous when compared to paying for business travel, accommodations and staff per diem expenses. And besides the immediate cost advantage, holding meetings via video conferencing allows for a much greater level of efficiency. More people from more places can participate, and this means that your business gets done quicker and with greater levels of participation.

Bandwidth Issues

Before deploying a video conferencing solution on a wide scale, one must consider the bandwidth requirements. Sending and receiving video requires a strong broadband connection. Video, like audio, is sensitive to delay, and a weak or inadequate connection or one with no priority mechanisms in place will result in poor quality video. Keep in mind the bandwidth availability for all participants. Your office may have an excellent T1 connection, but if half of your participants are on DSL or a dial-up line, you’re going to have trouble. Keep in mind for multi-directional video conferences, many ordinary household broadband connections have higher bandwidth coming in than going out, and this may also affect the overall quality of the feed. Secure video conferencing is often a concern, and most modern video conferencing solutions can integrate very well with existing firewalls.

Integrating it with Audio

Your video web conferencing solution will need sound to go along with it, and there are several different ways to blend both together. In some video conferencing systems, there will be a VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) module, and the voice traffic will be sent over the same connection. Others may require a phone bridge, which will allow for a standard telephone conference to take place in conjunction with the live video feed.

What Equipment You Will Need

Video conferencing services can be as simple as a few people chatting over the Internet using Instant Messaging and a twenty dollar webcam. For business use though, this is usually inadequate. Better quality video cameras will be required, and if you plan to send a video feed of a conference room, a larger video camera capable of panning the entire room will be required.

More sophisticated features may include a picture-in-picture feature, and the ability to incorporate other applications or documents within the feed. Most will also have collaboration tools, such as a shared whiteboard, session recording, and desktop sharing. The latter is particularly useful for video conferences used for training and support.

Find Out More

At Go To Telecom, there are real people behind the website, ready to give you personalized guidance towards finding the perfect and most cost-effective solution for you. To find out more about the video conferencing solutions offered by Go To Telecom, please feel free to contact us at any time. For quick access to details on pricing and service information, please complete our Carrier Services Quote Tool.

 

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