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.