More businesses are now engaging with the idea of virtual collaboration. Video conferencing (VC) is one of the many ways to make this possible as it allows individuals to communicate remotely through competent software delivery platforms. Here are some video conferencing options that can be applied in your company:
Point-to-Point Video Conferencing
This is the simplest form of VC. Designed for two parties in a one-on-one situation (person to person or P2P), both parties can talk from different locations. This can be useful to business owners who are talking to other employees and it can also be beneficial to small businesses with minimal staff. P2P is cheaper and easier to install than multi-point VC.
Multi-Point Video Conferencing
Extending the single point-to-point conferencing to different parties by allowing two or more connections, multi-point consists of a video-networking bridge or a Multipoint Control Unit. Large-businesses or even companies with large infrastructures could benefit from this.
Being present (tele-present) in all but person, this is almost like a live meeting because it simulates a real life setting. Some use 3D or holographic images for a more convincing and immersive experience.
Desktop Video Conferencing
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This type of video conferencing relies on desktop computers, laptops or other devices. It also depends on links and reliable network bandwidths.
Popular with people on-the-go, typical office workers or remote employees, there are two options available:
- Software client on your desktop
- Hardware codec that acts as your computer monitor
Desktop VC delivers full-motion video conferencing through your PC. Systems for desktops can accommodate standard-based video conferencing; desktop systems that are available today provide H.323 video and voice. According to TechTarget, H.323 is a standard approved by ITU or the International Telecommunication Union. It recognises the compatibility of video conference transmissions over IP networks.
Perhaps the biggest development in this use case is the growth of Microsoft Skype for Business which enables collaboration for up to 250 employees. For large presentations, Skype for Business easily scales up to 10,000 employees using a feature called Skype Meeting Broadcast. To handle the challenges associated with large scale video delivery, Microsoft has integrated Skype Meeting Broadcast with Kollective’s SD ECDN – the key ingredient to avoiding network congestion which can occur when sharing large files across corporate networks.
Integrated Video Conferencing
Often used in a boardroom or a conference room with many participants, the codec/wiring is in the centralized location and is accompanied by routed hardware or a processor. The main camera is mounted in the conference area and includes the video sources; this configuration comes with many features that are also used for other functions. The price range depends on the size and the equipment’s capabilities. The limit of collaboration is generally around 250 viewers, so companies are looking to use their conferencing facilities more often to reach larger audiences. Video Conferencing company Vidyo is now able to broadcast to thousands of employees using Kollective Konnector and Kollective’s SD ECDN.
Set-Top or Appliance Video Conferencing
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These are complete video conferencing systems made to sit on a monitor. Useful in most small conference rooms or other small group venues, the set-top VC is sometimes placed on a cart so that it can be moved to other rooms.
Room-Based Video Conferencing
This type of conferencing includes a large screen attached to the meeting room wall; some screens are also positioned on carts so that you can move them around if needed. A room-based VC can also focus on some physical elements like:
- Interactive elements
- Limitations on distraction
Video conferencing has proved its worth, becoming indispensable to businesses of all shapes and sizes.