The Future of Video ConferencingUnlike a decade ago, the idea of videoconferencing is no longer a faraway dream. Today, it is the best and most effective collaboration tool for global organizations. Businesses of every size experience the benefits of virtual meetings. This is especially true as bandwidth costs decline while availability increases.

Videoconferencing technologies are here to stay as the favored method for global business collaboration and communication. According to a number of studies and surveys:

  • Seventy percent of employees prefer videoconferencing over travelling to a physical meeting. Additionally, 75 percent of executives believe videoconferencing will supersede conference calls in the future.
  • The global market for videoconferencing has been projected to reach almost $3.6 billion in 2016.
  • Eighty-seven percent of executives below the age of 35 prefer to work in an environment that supports videoconferencing capabilities.
  • Employees’ attention spans are 50 percent longer on video calls in comparison to conference calls.

Better yet, there is no need to invest a fortune for virtual meeting and conferencing tools. Videoconferencing technologies are increasingly simplifying. Projections show that by next year, half of all video calls will originate from a mobile device. Moreover, the ultra-high-speed networks available today provide new opportunities for videoconferencing. These networks are likely to play a key role in the future.

The Rising Popularity of Off-the-Shelf-Telepresence

Modern videoconferencing systems rely heavily on compression in order to minimize bandwidth requirements and ongoing bandwidth costs, and telepresence systems are the highest quality videoconferencing systems available. Using compression, they reduce the required amount of bandwidth by a factor of 1,000. However, they do cost a bit more, so factor that into any future purchasing plans.

Experts believe that ultra-high-bandwidth networks democratize videoconferencing and pave the way for high-quality video at reduced costs. Achieving telepresence-like videoconferencing quality by using a desktop/laptop computer and a high-definition camera is possible. To do so, you have to swap more bandwidth for less compression. In the future, end users will be able to turn up their bandwidth for a limited period of time. This way they pay for the extra bandwidth only when necessary.

Service providers are likely to support this capability through software-defined networking. This is a new technology that allows on-the-fly network provisioning via centralizing network control.

3D Telepresence will be a Big Thing for Telemedicine

3D telepresence is one of the newest applications changing how people communicate in the telemedicine industry. It allows the use of 3D imaging which, for example, can lead to a better diagnosis of a patient’s injury.

These telepresence systems come with a combination of a built-in video camera and a built-in depth camera and/or sensor. The latter measures how far objects are from each other. It generates a data structure using multidimensional points to represent a 3D object. This system is a virtual framework that recreates the form of the object; however, it lacks surface details.

The video conferencing industry has taken a direction that clearly indicates “cloud is the future of videoconferencing.” Experiencing crystal-clear HD video conferencing is as simple as clicking a button or downloading an app on your mobile device. It engages employees and tends to their preferences. All kinds of industries find it a useful collaboration and communication tool. And with compression addressing bandwidth requirements, videoconferencing is becoming more affordable and effective. Now’s the time to invest in the future.

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