Video conferencing is increasingly becoming a popular solution across many industries. With simple and affordable technology making it easier than ever to meet with people from around the world, many companies are purchasing video conferencing equipment and dedicating multi-purpose rooms for video conferencing by installing room video systems. According to Infonetics, the enterprise telepresence and video conferencing equipment market is projected to reach $5.4 billion by 2015. Additionally, videophones are the fastest-growing segment in this market. With such rapid growth, the future of video conferencing looks bright, although it is set to make changes in how companies and individuals do business.
Attend a Meeting from Anywhere
With more businesses implementing video conferencing software that connects across multiple platforms, including downloadable apps for smartphones and tablets, it is easy to jump onto a videoconference from anywhere. Not only can employees now telecommute with ease, they no longer need to travel to meet with clients or attend large meetings. Instead, they can join in on videoconference using dedicated software or apps. There is no need to purchase any additional technology, since most computer, tablet, and smartphone cameras work with many of these software programs. Therefore, even if a person needs to run an errand or be out of the office, he or she can still jump in on a video conference call.
As more and more companies utilize the video conferencing services that work with mobile technology, it will become even easier for employees, managers, and executives to join a meeting regardless of their location.
All in One Video Conferencing Packages
With more and more companies adopting video conferencing, the industry is now focusing on providing all in one packages to make video collaboration even easier, such as the packages offered by Bluejeans. These services typically provide much more than just the technology necessary for video conferencing. It also includes easy to use online meeting tools, including sharing documents, presentations, and more. Instead of using different services to achieve all these objectives in a meeting, companies will look for an easy to use service that provides everything in one. These services also make it easy for team members to work on a project from different sites.
Out of the Office and Into the World
With video conferencing technology expanding, it will most likely leave the office and begin be used by other industries in their interactions with clients and customers. For example, some doctors and medical offices have implemented telemedicine services, where doctors can talk with patients from a remote location. This allows sick patients to remain home, rather than coming into the office and potentially getting other sick as well. It also provides doctors a way to monitor ICU patients from afar. With video technology, the doctor can actually see the patient, facilitating a diagnosis. With the rise of 3D imaging adoption, doctors can provide an even better diagnosis without having to actually meet the patient in person.
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Another industry hopping on board with video conferencing is education. Many schools now use video conferencing and office sharing technology to bring the classroom to the students in ways that go further than the standard online classroom. According to the Learn Now, Lecture Later study by CDW-G, around 33 percent of students and 37 percent of educators from high school and above use telepresence, which includes video conferencing and web conferencing, and number that is increasing every year. The legal industry has also looked into adopting this technology for prison visits, parole hearings, and even court trials. More and more industries will most likely adapt this technology, making it easier for consumers to not have to leave their home for the services.
Out of the Boardroom
As video conferencing technology and software becomes more affordable and ubiquitous, it will leave the boardroom to be used by all employees. As companies provide the video conferencing technology and software to desktops, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, employees can use video conferencing from anywhere, rather than just the boardroom. Employees can meet with other employees in the company on a different site, telecommute, or otherwise take advantage of the technology. For many years, this technology was left in the boardroom to be used by management and executives. The future of video conferencing will bring it to all employees.
The future of video conferencing is bright. According to a survey by Polycom and Redshift Research, about 76 percent of respondents already use some video conferencing and 96 percent of business leaders believe in its ability to improve productivity. The combination of new technology and adoption of the techniques will bring it to many companies from a variety of industries. It will not longer be used just for meetings; companies can use it to talk with clients, customers, or collaborate with other employees. It will also make it easy for employees to work remotely, and reduce the amount of travel employees need to make for meetings.