Videoconferencing is on the rise and the benefits are numerous. From reduced costs in travel and time, to improved remote collaboration, to global client meetings—no matter the industry video conferencing is changing the game when it comes to business operations. And as a result of the widespread adoption of video applications such as Skype and FaceTime, employees are becoming increasingly familiar with the technology, meaning little time has to go into training, and even less time has to go into convincing them to use video.
A study by Frost & Sullivan found that effective collaboration is a key component of business performance. It also discovered that IT professionals place a high value on the importance of collaboration, recognizing that it leads to increased productivity as well as it being a competitive advantage.
HD Videoconferencing systems are becoming cost effective solutions, scalable for businesses of all sizes. For enterprise HD video systems, organizations can invest as little as $3000 for point-to-point HD. In fact, a closer look at HD video systems reveals that the cost is close to, and sometimes even more affordable than that of many of the leading high-end standard video (SD) conferencing systems available on the market. In some cases, HD video systems may be even more affordable. Let’s delve into some of the practical applications of HD for different industries.
Education. Many universities already employ video strategies in their lectures. Professors often record them so students who missed class or want to review the material can do so later. However, the remote use of lecturers and special guests via HD video conferencing has yet to be widely embraced. As the popularity of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continues to increase, the potential for lecturers to engage with their students remotely looks very promising.
Medicine. In the medical industry, time is of the essence. Unfortunately for doctors and nurses, they can’t be everywhere at once. Videoconferencing can be beneficial in patient diagnosis and in staff training. By sending high definition medical images and video in real time, medical professionals can save vital time across their practices. Imagine the implications for patients in rural areas who need an immediate diagnosis but have no access to specialists.
Law. The legal field is another area in which we will see the technology flourish. For example, you may be able to depose witnesses who can’t physically be present in the courtroom. Now lawyers can utilize incredibly valuable testimony without needing to extradite a witness.
Business. This is the industry in which videoconferencing has already seen the most widespread adoption. The technology allows project managers to connect remotely with their employees. This reduces travel costs and stimulates productivity and innovation. Real time collaborative tools and face-to-face communication can facilitate the creative process and improve communication among team members.
Ultimately, HD video conferencing is a must have for your organization. The industries listed here are just some of those that can benefit from the technology. All industries, including non-profits, real estate, and finance are seeing the advantages. With better nonverbal communication and more lifelike appearances through HD, video becomes an enabler of communication and collaboration, not an obstacle. .
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