Videoconferencing 101…let’s begin.

With many different options available, organizations considering a videoconferencing solution must begin with a basic understanding of the major types of systems, as each is unique in its equipment, set-up and operability. When the correct solution is applied to the right situation, a greater level of return on investment can be recognized.

Telepresence refers to a videoconference session created to closely replicate an in-person meeting experience. Typical usage environments usually include an engineered setting with a high-quality audio system, lighting and multiple screens that are large enough to render people in near life-size proportions. Rooms may also be designed to optimize the acoustics so that remote participants sound like they were sitting in the room. Advanced telepresence equipment and resources can be used in many industries, from health care to manufacturing and is considered the most natural form of virtual communication.

Room-based videoconferencing systems are designed to be used in conference room settings and traditionally include large, wall-mounted screens. This can include both dedicated systems and carts used to move video equipment between rooms.

Desktop videoconferencing is designed for personal use on desktop computers, laptops and other devices such as smartphones. Desktop-based systems usually offer a lower cost of entry and give every employee access at his/her computer, helping to avoid potential scheduling conflicts.

Hybrid videoconferencing systems combine elements of multiple types. Telepresence and room-based conferencing often overlap and can be used differently depending on the environment. Integrated systems can be created in which different business applications or user groups in a company utilize different video conferencing equipment or software based on their needs.

Service-based videoconferencing is a fully managed product that gives organizations the benefits of videoconferencing technology without a major investment in infrastructure and hardware. This allows anyone to access from anywhere, increasing use and improving collaboration between workers in-office and those working remotely.

If you have questions about which videoconferencing solution is right for your business, ask the experts at Trinity. Trinity Video Communications provides the most cutting-edge videoconferencing technology including software-based solutions and BYOD videoconferencing for commercial, healthcare, legal and law enforcement, education and government applications.

Trinity is based in Louisville, Kentucky, with additional offices in Cincinnati, Ohio and Sterling, Virginia. To learn more about how Trinity can transform the way your organization communicates, contact a representative today at 800-261-9008.


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