In the past few years, there has been an explosive growth in the use of video conferencing as a fundamental unit for business to enhance collaboration and communication among employees, clients, and partners. The technology has made significant developments from early adopters to its current form of mass market deployment. Video conferencing may be one-to-one meetings, one-to-many or many-to-many depending on the type of communication required. However, video conferencing is not a complete substitute for face-to-face meetings but in many situations being able to see and hear from someone irrespective of their geographical location improves communication and cuts down travel cost and time.
At the simple level, a video conference is an online meeting that allows users in different geographical locations to have a live and visual connection where each participant can see the picture of the other, and where the parties involved can listen and speak in real time. Webcam, microphone, speakers and a display unit are the components required to make it happen.
For individuals, a desktop solution is used, and for a video conference where groups of people are involved, a room-based solution is applied.
Video conference for business is a distant communication by clients, employees, administration or stakeholders, where the participants can see live pictures and speak to one another on real time basis.
According to a recent survey, video conference is desired more by employees, and it is no longer a matter of how one will have the technology integrated but when. The following are the benefits of video conferencing:
Video conferencing was considered expensive and a luxury some time ago. Today, one literally carries the technology in their pocket. The following free softwares are available for video conferencing
The following systems are available at the premium level for clients; the fact that one pays to access their services means they are reliable and worth having it.