Video Conference Calling
Business today requires face to face interaction. With the ability to work at multiple sites, from home or while travelling, it is important for companies to ensure they can enable video conference calls.
Video conference calling is now used in almost any industry, and if it’s not used, it probably could be. Video conference calling allows staff to stay interconnected regardless of their locations. Video conferencing allows for consultants or specialists to be included and participate with teams projects. Video conferencing reduces travel costs as it allows you to provide pitches and presentations to potential customers/users without losing the presence and atmosphere of being in person. Video conferencing allows for better long distance interviews. Rather than having a phone interview where all you can gauge is the answers you receive, a video conference call interview will allow you to understand the potential employee's presence and their mannerisms as well. Video conferencing allows ceo’s and upper management to be present and informed for any aspect they feel they need to be informed about. Additional when video conferences are recorded, they can be reviewed when information or discrepancies may arise.
Types of Video Conference Calls:
- Room-based Video Conference Calling:
Room-based video conference calling is one of the most standard versions of video conference calling. It is especially effective when companies have many satellite locations with large amounts of employees. A single screen is mounted in a conference room allowing for video conferencing with similar conference rooms in the other satellite locations. This typically allows for the greatest ease when dealing with one site to a second site. Adding multiple sites is certainly possible and is done. When adding extra sites, the view is not as useful as it becomes split.
- Desktop/Mobile Conference Calling:
These video conference calling methods are most commonly used to link groups of individuals. Typically software is located on the computer or device that will link into the video conference. Alternatively there are a large number of web based applications and companies that allow for web and cloud directed video conference calling. This is often the easiest method for basic video conference calling.
- Telepresence Video Conference Calling:
Telepresence is the Cadillac of conference calling. Telepresence does everything it can to simulate for each of the participants. It uses multiple large screens to allow for life size views of fellow meeting participants. Telepresence uses multiple directional cameras and directional acoustics. This allows the participants to see every person in the teleconference, and also to be able to hear them directionally. Sound isn’t as muddled and feels far more natural than other video conference calling because of its directional nature. Modern telepresence can also include some 3d touches. This setup is obviously quite complicated and can be resource and maintenance intense. Companies offering telepresence hardware usually will also provide service and maintenance service/experts as an additional cost to keep the telepresence video conference calling running smoothly and looking good.
- Alternative/Hybrid Conference Calling:
Beyond the listed types are various combinations to help meet individual business needs. A common combination is a mix of room-based and telepresence calling to allow for larger groups of employees to be able to video conference call together with each other.