The future is here! Remember those movies where the star is walking through an airport or coffee shop “some time” in the future and stops to make an important video call? OK so maybe it’s just me but in any case that scenario appears to be closer than you may think. Tandberg USA, a leader in the videoconferencing products industry has announced the release of the Tandberg Compass. From the Tandberg Website:
“Innovative, fully-integrated solution designed for public spaces. With simple controls, users can easily tap into resources such as information help desks, travel services and translation assistance.”
Could this be a common scene in every airport, department store, mall, or anywhere you see payphones today? It would seem that’s a more than likely possibility. These endpoints specifically designed for immediate f
ace-to-face information access in public spaces. That of course raises a few privacy concerns. Would you want to use a video phone to talk to your loved ones that anyone standing behind you can see? What about business applications. Sure it’s a great way to visually get the message accross but with eavesdroppers just feet awayhow secure is that? It’s more than likely the first issue this would pose for whatever venue attempting to impelment this is creating a privacy booth around the phone. But then, would it be abused? Would Joe User take a moment to call his fiance for a private peek show at the airport on his way to a business meeting? Would that be appropriate? How would federal wire tapping laws apply?
The desire for personal video communications is and will continue to be there. The only questions is what will we do with it once we get it.
Video Conferencing technology is all the rage among corporations. Recently educational facilities have begun taking advantage of Videoconferencing technology to support learning and education. Videoconferencing equipment can help facilitate instruction and provide distant learners with a host of resources and access to content providers, teachers, librarians and more.
More and more teachers are adopting Video Conferencing as a method of enhanced communication and instruction. Many California schools are using Videoconferencing to connect with one another and produce networks carrying large volumes of video and text data to educational facilities, teachers and students. Other people that benefit from Videoconferencing technology include librarians who can use Videoconferencing to develop strategies, provide resources and improve the quality of their service and delivery.
Video Conferencing And Learning
Video Conferencing facilitates learning by allowing remote or distant learners to meet regardless of their location. Students can take classes at multiple universities. In essence classes that are not available at one location may be available at another through Videoconferencing. Videoconferencing can also benefit non traditional students who are not able to attend classes during normal hours.
Video Conferencing can also be used as a career or employee training tool. Many colleges are now collaborating with local businesses to offer students certification and business training. Expert subject matter delivered from individuals in the field is easily delivered to students using this new technology. Student can also take advantage of mentoring services offered by companies in distant locations using Video Conferencing technology. The possibilities are virtually endless.
Those familiar with Video Conferencing might describe it as a virtual field trip around the world. Video Conferencing has the ability to connect consumers, employees and employers and students from around the word. Corporate representatives can use Videoconferencing to meet with world class experts or business executives in multiple fields, locations and within many different industries to expand their knowledge base, network and improve their strategy and procedures.
Students can use Videoconferencing to meet with experts and instructors in various fields to enhance their understanding of a particular subject or area of interest. Consumers can use Videoconferencing to explore exotic locations, vacation spots or perhaps investigate a new area to live in.
Benefits Video Conferencing
More and more individuals and organizations alike are starting to realize the benefits Video Conferencing has to offer. Videoconferencing can increase a non profit organizations ability to extend knowledge of their programs and engage in outreach efforts. Healthcare providers can use Videoconferencing to communicate with experts in their field from around the world, to solve a new case or come up with new treatment ideas or research areas.
Perhaps the biggest advantage Video Conferencing has to offer the world today is its ability to connect people from around the world so face to face communication results. This will dramatically increase man’s networking ability and our ability to explore, conquer, understand, learn and succeed for years to come. Video Conferencing truly is the wave of the future, a method for engaging in virtual field trips to any location in the world.
Video Conferencing can be used in a host of different environments, which is one of the reasons the technology is so popular. General uses for Videoconferencing include business meetings, educational training or instruction and collaboration among health officials or other representatives. Thus far Videoconferencing has been used in the following fields:
- Emergency Response
Advantages and Benefits of Video Conferencing
Perhaps the biggest advantage or benefit Video Conferencing has to offer is the ability to meet with people in remote locations without incurring travel expenses or other expenses associated with face to face communication. Business meetings, educational meetings, healthcare conferences and more can all be easily conducted thanks to Video Conferencing technology. Individuals living in remote areas can also use Video Conferencing to keep in touch if you will, with the world at large.
More people are easily accessed and contacted using Video Conferencing. Because of this technology information and knowledge are often disseminated at more rapid rates, and collaboration between people occurs more willingly and freely. Students can take advantage of Videoconferencing to take classes at distant locations that would normally be unavailable. They can also take classes that will accommodate busy schedules.
Video Conferencing can stimulate better brainstorming, knowledge sharing
and information gathering. Businesses can use Videoconferencing to provide presentations to key members of an organization or to solicit new clients in a professional manner, regardless of their location. The possibilities for communication are virtually endless thanks to Video Conferencing technologies.
What Videoconferencing Is And Is Not
Videoconferencing is nothing more than a form of technology that allows video and audio images to be transmitted from one physical location to another using cameras, video displays, and computers. Of course there are other components involved in the process of transmitting data from one part to another.
Videoconferencing is beneficial for communication with individuals located in distant or remote locations and for situations where you might want to communicate with someone that is not ordinarily accessible due to physical or other restraints.
While Videoconferencing is often used by corporations and organizations to enhance business communications, more recently it has also been used to facilitate distance education. Videoconferencing allows real time instruction from distant locations, accommodating the needs of non traditional students that might not otherwise be able to attend traditional classes.
Abstract Uses for Videoconferencing
Videoconferencing has allowed communication in areas that have formerly been restricted, like surgical operating rooms and even on the space shutt
le. Videoconferencing can be used for multiple abstract purposes, such as observing wildlife in a natural environment or to enhance surveillance and security in remote locations. Videoconferencing when combined with micro instruments can even be used to explore the organs and other features within the human body (though it is unlikely you would use Videoconferencing to communicate with the body, only to take video of the body’s organs).
Anyone interested in taking advantage of Videoconferencing should know that multiple technologies are available that provide Videoconferencing capability. Thus it is important a user decide what types of network connections, services, software video and audio equipment and other tools and systems they will need to enhance their remote communication experiences.
In order to take advantage of Videoconferencing you need the right ingredients or tools. There are some basic components that anyone, whether an organization, educational facility or individual needs before they can communicate with others using Videoconferencing technology.
Of course the most basic piece of equipment necessary is a camera. A camera will allow a user to capture video information at their site and transmit it to someone at another site. Parties using Videoconferencing will also need a video display to display the video at their site, a microphone to hear the video and speakers to play the audio material.
Most Videoconferencing terminals also require what is called a codec or Compressor/Decompressor interface. This piece of equipment helps compress information being passed from audio to video to make transmission of materials feasible over the Net. Without this piece of equipment most files would be too large to send from one computer to another. The process of compression data using a codec machine is often referred to as decoding and encoding information.
Finally, a computer and reliable internet connection are also necessary to facilitate Videoconferencing. A high speed connection is recommended to make the Videoconferencing experience not only endurable but also enjoyable. The actual computer you have is not as important as the size of your display. Remember that when using Videoconferencing equipment, the larger your display the better your picture and the more easily a time you will have ‘conferencing’ with other people on the Web.