As smaller and medium sized businesses are utilizing the power of the internet on a more regular basis, video conferencing has become a real alternative to travel and commuting. But how does it work?
There are various forms of video conferencing that are all easy to use in day-to-day work life. Point-to-point video conferencing is super simple and allows two computers to be connected through one IP address. Personal conversations that would usually take place over the phone would best utilize this method, and is great for a catch-up with a member of staff who is working from home or temporarily based at another office, thus ensuring an increase in productivity. These calls require a webcam and a microphone at each computer being used, though most laptops now feature these pieces of technology within the machine itself.
The multi-point video conferencing method is useful for group conferences, and there are different types available, dependent on your budget. The multi-point bridge is one computer being used for up to three people to communicate via; the roll-about system uses a cart in which the microphone, camera and codec are all installed. This is ideal for small groups as it can be transported from room to room. Finally, there is the option to set up cameras and microphones around a conference room which can be used by multiple users at the same time, providing the most immersive conferencing experience.
By utilizing these methods and figuring out which technique is best for your business, you can save time and money simultaneously. Face-to-face meetings require travel, and with the price of petrol and public transport costs continuously rising, video conferencing is the second best way to create a close professional relationship, without actually being there.
Once the technology is actually installed, the time saved is also immense. Where once before a full day, or even up to a week, would be taken over by traveling to and from conferences. However, by using video conferencing technology, several meetings can take place in one day all from the comfort of your office or conference room. This will allow more meetings to take place over a shorter space of time, and allow you to do separate work in between calls.
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