White Paper: Dispelling the 7 most common myths about video conferencing

Video conferencing is fast becoming a popular and practically ubiquitous option for businesses of all sizes and in all domains. However, there are still some myths that persist about video conferencing.

This white paper by Lifesize helps dispel 7 of the most commonly held myths about video conferencing. These myths are…

1) Video conferencing is expensive. While traditional telepresence systems in dedicated conference rooms can be expensive, several flexible, high-quality options are available at a fraction of the cost.

2) It is hard to use. This is not true, with most video conferencing solutions enhancing simplicity of use. In fact, the simpler the solution, the more widespread its use.

3) Audio conferencing is a good enough option. If your company is relying on audio conferencing alone, you are leaving most of your message to chance. This is because 93 percent of communication in companies is nonverbal by nature. Also, the essence of business relies on effective collaboration. This is where video conferencing can help. Technology like HD video collaboration ensures that no inflection is missed and no gesture is left unnoticed. This puts you in control of your message and eliminates miscommunication.

4) Web and free conferencing are the same as video conferencing. Web conferencing is great for lectures and speeches, but for meetings it leaves a lot to be desired. Business-class HD video conferencing is designed specifically for use in meetings and offers lifelike interaction that perfectly recreates the experience of a face-to-face dialogue.

5) You need a special Internet connection. This is not true. You can run an HD video over the public Internet, whether it is across the city or across the continent. Business-class video systems can adapt to every-changing network conditions, ensuring a fluid, lifelike experience.

6) It is difficult to deploy and manage. Again, this is not true. In today’s virtualised world, it makes sense to also virtualise video infrastructure and makes the lives of IT administrators easier. Video communication is shifting from the meeting room to broad, network-wide distribution.

7) It is costly to scale up your video conferencing solution as your needs change. This is not true. The use of video conferencing software on a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet can change the way companies do business. With video conferencing becoming easier and easier to use, as well as inherently scalable, most businesses are jumping onto the video conferencing bandwagon.

Some important points:

“Be sure to identify the specific high definition video features required for your particular business application so you can ascertain how that impacts overall cost. Also, consider factoring in maintenance programs and service provider arrangements.”

“Virtualization takes the headache out of video deployment and management by maximising server appliance real estate and powering new levels of utilisation.”

“Scalability is inherently less expensive than purchasing infrastructure in a fixed capacity. By purchasing only what you need now and having the option to scale as your company grows, your company can make smarter investments and protect its bottom line.”

So, these are the myths about video conferencing. You now know the facts separated from the myths. So, do consider video conferencing for your home or business and enjoy seamless face-to-face communication, anywhere, at anytime!

For more information, you can read this white paper. To know more about installing and deploying video conferencing for your home or business, contact Actis at 022-30808080 or at contact@actis.co.in.

(Content courtesy: www.lifesize.com and images courtesy: www.telepresenceoptions.com and www.polycom.co.in)

AV Solutions, Audio Visual Consultants at Actis Technologies India