The typical videoconference doesn’t involve an actual telephone these days. When videoconferencing was first invented, it consisted of two closed-circuit television sets connected either by radio waves or coax cable. The first commercial use of this technology was in Germany in the 1930’s, when people could go to the post office and pay to speak to someone in any of the other post offices that were connected via coax cable to the network.Prior to 1984, videoconferencing involved machines typically weighing 100 lbs, that cost US $100,000.00, and were proprietary equipment, meaning you could not use your equipment to talk to someone with another company’s equipment. This made teleconferencing a very limited technology, and it was therefore not widely used at all. Since then, however, the technology has developed incredibly quickly, with today’s videoconference capabilities far outstripping what was possible even ten years ago.
How Quickly Conferencing has Changed
Barely 2 years ago Video Conferencing was the latest big deal and everyone was making sure they had the ability to have images / video based meetings.
Today video conferencing has become normal and if you had a provider in the sector without Video you are going out of business. In Truth it is actually tuff to find anyone with voice only conferencing capability. Now specialty Conference Capability is becoming more and more important. A Classic example is Conferencing specializing in the Tech sector where the participants can share screen on the side to review Programming and have the entire group run thru code. This truely makes programmers able to work from home.
When we look back at the early Conferencing it is no wonder thatVideo Conferencing has become the New Minimum Standard. Consider that people use all our senses to take in our world. Sound, smell, but as Humans we rely on Visual above all others. This means we read so much into what we see when we talk to others that conferences held Voice only as too ‘Flat’ to be as effective as Video Conferencing. In truth many participants in Voice only Conferences leave with the wrong impression on at least 5 things that we covered in the meeting.
This is a disaster for business meetings as the goal is to get the entire team moving in one direction.
Video Conferencing Requirements
Today’s videoconferences involve a fast internet connection, microphones, speakers, cameras, reasonably powerful computers, and software that supports and connects all of those things. The basic technology used to enable videoconferencing is digital compression of audio and visual stream in real time. Good quality equipment can be obtained today for a very reasonable price, and can save a company a great deal of money by making physical travel unnecessary in many instances.
Top 3 Video Conference Requirements
There are only three basic types of videoconferencing systems, and both have their advantages and disadvantages. The first type is a dedicated system, where the equipment is specifically built only to accommodate videoconferencing. It consists of a console with all the necessary hardware pre-installed. These consoles can be large, and installed in conference rooms meant to hold many people, or small and meant to be used for communication between individuals. The second type of system is an add-on to a desktop computer, where the hardware components are installed on the original computer, and the software components synchronize them and allow them to be used as an integrated whole. The third type of system is a WebRTC platform. This is a system that is available through a standard web browser, requiring the software to be downloaded, or the user to access a designated URL that gives them access to the videoconference.
Whichever method is chosen, most of them work remarkably well, making it possible to have a face-to-face conversation with someone thousands of miles away.
While many people work in a traditional office and only go to meetings down the hallway, a new breed of satellite office workers are now only using Video Conferencing methods for all there meetings. Read our Main Article on Video Conferencing to understand your options and limitations.