How Does Video Conferencing Work

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Businesses and especially technology have evolved over the last ten years. They are both trying to strive to maximize profits by using the least amount of money. With new technology being introduced every couple months, it has helped businesses become more efficient. One fairly recent piece of technology has been able to revolutionize how businesses operate. With the Internet comes video conferencing, which enhanced business-to-business communications. Because we are always inventing and upgrading technology, it has made video conferencing cheaper and can help companies save a lot of money on their communication budget.

Although this may seem like everyone would hop on this bandwagon of new technology, people are hesitant about change. Business owners who are open to introducing their employees to video conferencing face the challenge of convincing employees to accept change. A long term employee may be hesitant of new routines and adjustments, especially when it comes to technology. By conducting a seminar on the new technology being used in your company greatly increases the chances of employees incorporating new technology into the workplace.

To get people to understand what video conferencing is, you need to make them understand how it works. The basic principle is that the audio and visual signals are compressed so that they can be transmitted over long distances. The mode of transmission is usually through the Internet. Accompanied with the compression, there are encoding practices that work to reduce the amount of information lost during the transmission phase. In short, this means taking technology where video and voice are integrated to be able to connect to other people that are in other areas across the world. What this type of technology is trying to do is break the barriers of communication by creating a way where people in two different places can see, as well as hear each other as if they were in the same room at the same time.

Now that we know what video conferencing is, it is time to see what type of equipment is needed to carry out this task. Each party is going to need a personal computer with a considerable amount of memory, a web cam, a microphone, and a high speed Internet connection. These items make up the basic components that are needed for a simple videoconference.

Businesses on the other hand have more sophisticated equipment to ensure a more reliable connection between the two parties. Some of the higher quality equipment that are being used by businesses include large screens, wall mounts, tabletop microphones, and of course faster internet to handle more than just a two way conversation.

Unlike VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), which are used for voice communication over the Internet, video conferencing lets people see and talk to each other as if they were having a normal conversation in the same room. In order to establish a normal conversation environment, both users should have good bandwidth. In addition to voice communication, most conferencing software includes other features. For example, desktop sharing, a whiteboard, text chat, and real-time collaboration, which are almost all standard on conferencing systems today.

There are two types of video conferencing. When a video conference is being conducted between two individuals in different physical locations, it is referred as point to point video conferencing. It uses individual IP addresses and connects two different users from different places directly. If the conference is being carried out between three or more people ranging from at least three different locations at one time, it is called multipoint conferencing. Multipoint conferencing has become increasingly popular in corporate world. With the Blue Jeans Network, it is a great way to meet people and discuss matters without the cost of a trip. Not only will your company save on the costs associated with travel, but it saves precious time as well.

One of the best advantages of video conferencing is that two or more parties can have a virtual face to face meeting to conduct business. Many businesses such as educators, medical and health professionals are using video conferencing to give lectures, teaching about topics that require a visual aid. People in the health industry can give a patient a diagnosis by having an examination using video conferencing. There are numerous advantages within this technology and it has to do with the growth in technology over the year.


+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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