Video Conferencing Systems - Bring the World at Your Finger Tips

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Airlines from around the world have reported a huge drop in the number of people travelling in business class in last 8 to 10 years. There are many reasons behind this decline in number of business travelers. Two of the most important reasons are recession and video conferencing systems. These days, almost every company has some or the other video conferencing system installed in their meeting room.

Let’s take a look at some of the equipment necessary to conduct a video conference.

Computer with internet connectivity

Almost all the video conferencing require a computer and high speed internet connectivity. You should opt for a computer with minimum 2 GB ram and the latest operating system for hassle free conferences.

Video conferencing software

You can download video conferencing software using the internet or you can install it using your computer's DVD drive. There are several free and paid video conferencing softwares available these days, you can select software based on the features and other requirements that you are looking for. Some of the most popular softwares are- Cisco, Mega meeting, Skype, IBM conferencing, Google, etc. These days most of the organizations around the world use Skype because of its affordable rates and user friendly features.

Camera

Camera is the most important device in the video conferencing system as it generates the image and sends it to the computer. There are hundreds of video conferencing cameras available in the market; you should opt for a camera which offers high quality/ HD video output. If you have a huge budget for video conferencing system, you can opt for a camera which can be operated with the help of a remote control.

Microphones and Speakers

A microphone captures the audio input from the conference room and sends into the video conferencing system's computer. You can select a microphone from hundreds of brands available in the market. You should opt for a microphone which offers echo cancellation with HD/ Stereo output, and can be attached to the computer with USB or RCA jacks.

Speakers provide audio output, you should opt for good quality – Dolby digital speakers.

Projector

Projector is most commonly used as a display device for video conferencing system. You can opt for a projector depending on your budget.

Desk Phones for Video conferencing

There are several desk phones which offer video conferencing. These desk phones come with built in display, speaker and microphone, so there is no need to buy all the devices separately. However, using desk phones for lengthy video conferences can be a painful experience, as the individual using the desk phone has to sit in a particular position while speaking, or hold the handset near his/her mouth. Some of the most popular desk phone makers are- Cisco and Avaya.

There are several video conferencing equipment makers in the market. Some of the best and most sold equipment is manufactured in Singapore. Before buying your video conferencing equipment, you should be sure about your requirement. You can visit equipment maker’s website or call them up to discuss your requirements.

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Alex Tan has 6 articles online

Given the highly connected society that we live in today, traveling across borders for important meetings is no longer a chore, as they can now be conducted via Video Conferencing and Real-Life Telepresence. ESCO works with reputable partners that own highly recognized brands for such solution. Based on your requirements and budget, we are capable of defining the right product to meet your needs.

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This article was published on 2013/03/05