If 2018 promises anything in the world of meeting room technology, it’s that video conferencing is going to become more and more popular in offices up and down the country. For many years now, the slow rise of the remote worker has been creeping up on us, but as we tip over into the New Year, it’s clear that this trend is here to stay and it’s largely thanks to improvements in technology.
Ever got tired of waiting for the WiFi to connect on a video conference call, given up and used the telephone instead? Well we think those days are finally history.
Why video conferencing?
There are some fairly obvious, but nonetheless great reasons why video conferencing is such a valuable tool for businesses everywhere. The first of these is clear – it simply saves you a whole lot of time.
If your client is based on the other side of the city and it’ll take the best part of an hour to drive each way, then you’ve saved two hours’ worth of productivity on a meeting of exactly the same length.
But from a remote working perspective, it means you don’t even need to be in the office at all. Ever. The shape of our office teams is changing to an unimaginable extent as some sectors see recruitment drives opening up to cover the entire country – if not the world.
The potential for new business and innovation here is endless – video conferencing technology brings people together where geography would previously have imposed an immovable barrier.
How far has video conferencing come?
The thing with the rise of video conferencing tech is it’s a bit of a chicken and the egg scenario. What came first: the technology that facilitated all this increased video conferencing, or the demand for that very technology? We reckon they both grew simultaneously, feeding off each other and growing exponentially.
It’s probably the rise of WiFi and cloud-based video conferencing technology like Skype that’s caused such a fundamental shift in the nature of remote working. Before Skype came along, video conferencing was clunky; self-contained conferencing systems worked independently from each other, making communication all but impossible unless people had the same hardware.
A close look at the statistics reveals that this trend is far from anecdotal. In 2011 alone, use of video conferencing grew by about 25 per cent. Nowadays, about 1.8 billion hours’ worth of Skype calls are made each year, and over 70 per cent of all SMEs have said they’d much prefer to video conference a meeting rather than travelling.
What’s the best video conferencing tech available?
While it’s the development of good quality conferencing software and ubiquitously available fast internet access that’s propelled the rise, there’s still a lot to be said for using the best possible hardware for your money.
The truth is that a laptop’s built in webcam, or even a dedicated USB webcam accessory doesn’t really work for meeting rooms. They’re acceptable for 1:1 meetings, but that’s about it. If you want to supercharge your collaboration – then its best you look to some professional solutions to do so.
Our range of video conferencing technology features some of the most practical and reliable products on the market. The 120 degree ultra-wide camera on this Yamaha video collaboration system, for example, can guarantee that the entire meeting room will be included on any conference screen.
The impact that including everybody in this way can have on the atmosphere during a meeting is enormous.
Meanwhile, our most popular video conferencing product from Logitech will allow the entire office to be seen and heard in impressive detail – making the conversation easier than ever and essentially bringing everyone into the same room.
No more crackles and lost comments from crappy laptop mics. No more excuses. And no more low motivation and dead time.
If you want to find out more about our fantastic range of video conferencing technology, then you can take a look at our full range of options here.