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Video Conferencing

As advances in video conferencing have made great strides and as companies expand distant outreach to clients and employees’ alike, video conferencing has quickly become the tool to provide clear, direct and personal communication. Today video conferencing systems have evolved to the point where they are:

• Affordable
• Reflect High Quality High Definition Video
• Provide High Definition Audio
• Free of technical glitches and artifacts
• Cross Platform Compatible

As travel costs continue to escalate, video conferencing has become a preferred alternative. While face to face meetings will always be important, video conferencing is a great alternative, reducing travel time and costs while supporting collaborative work sessions.

Video conferencing systems range from laptops with built-in camera’s, a basic one camera system with a flat panel monitor, to sophisticated multi-camera multi-microphone systems all connected and controlled to an audiovisual presentation system.

Careful consideration of your conferencing requirements and other factors are important when selecting a video conferencing system. Evaluation of your requirements will ensure your current and future needs will be met.


Considerations Include:

Frequency of Use

  • Do you plan to use the system once a week or every day? Smaller firms may need only one system while larger companies may require a number of systems. First time users may under estimate their actual needs, especially when it comes to training, marketing, and sales, after the systems are installed.

 

  • It is important that any design consideration includes reviewing the number of rooms capable of simultaneous video conferencing, as it is possible to reduce the number of codecs required. (The codec is the heart of the system.) Technology Plus understands how this is best achieved. Our designs support the need for the number of conference locations verses the number of simultaneous sessions in a cost effective manner.

 

Type of Use

  • Do you plan to use the system for small or private conferences, distance learning, training, work sessions or other uses? Users should consider the types of meetings and the number of participants. Determining these requirements will help in selecting the best solution, not only from the system standpoint, but from an architectural room design consideration.

 

Room Acoustics

  • It is important to consider the acoustical properties of the room or rooms that will be equipped with video conference systems. The quality is dependent on the acoustics of the room. Is your room free of echoes, noisy heating and cooling system (HVAC), or any reverberant qualities or cave like sounds? If the acoustical properties are not right, listeners will have difficulty understanding what is being said and distracted by unpleasant sounds.

 

  • Microphones, unlike our ears, cannot discriminate between a voice and other sounds. Sounds such as paper shuffling and pen tapping can drown out voices and make communications difficult. You will lose the attention of the listener.

 

Extended Solutions

  • Do you need to accommodate for persons attending a video conference, but can’t be present in the room? If so, the video conferencing system should include desk top solutions and solutions such as a smart phone or the Ipad.

 

Technology Plus understands how to identify and address your various needs for the right video conferencing solution. Our vast experience with audiovisual and telecommunication systems allow us to design and implement the solution that will work best for you.


Contact Technology Plus today to understand how we can help you select the right video conferencing solution for your current and growing needs.