If you ever thought that video conferencing was a trend that would fade, the fact that Google Launches Chromebox for Meetings should make you re-think that notion. It relies on Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps and is currently priced at $999, including a $250 first-year support fee. The idea is that users can quickly set up a virtual video conference room and manage their connections from a web-based console. You still need a screen display, but laptop screens can be shared wirelessly. It can integrate with Google Calendar and get up to 15 video feeds from participating computers or mobile devices. It’s designed to be used with Gmail accounts, but Vidyo can connect traditional video conferencing systems and UberConference can connect phone-only colleagues.
This makes a browser-based video conference feasible and emphasizes the fact that business, education, and entrepreneurs are increasingly dependent on remote collaboration. Even if the Chromebox doesn’t become popular, the need for a practical and economical way to interact face-to-face with good sound and video while sharing information is here to stay. Google has a well-deserved reputation for keeping its virtual finger on the pulse of communication and anticipating the demand.
WhyGo has been in the videoconferencing field for over ten years now. We started out with the idea that it should be as easy to book public video conference facilities as it is to book a flight or hotel room. We’ve succeeded, too! The WhyGo network has over 3,500 facilities all over the world. We also have three global operations centers scattered around the globe so you can get support any time you need it. Check us out and see why video conferencing is more popular than ever.
Imagine a robotic screen moving around the room, shifting angles and interacting with the people there. The screen holds the image of the person controlling it remotely, and the changing placement of the telepresence robot is a literal reminder of their interest in the conversation. Some people think this is a great way to interact with family across the miles…you can just park your robot in the living room at Grandma’s in Arizona, for instance, and move it around when you want to see something from your computer in Australia.
Other people think that Grandma would not appreciate a telepresence robot that just starts wheeling around and looking at things and that she’d tell you to stop it. Which you could, because you control the robot. The Beam+ Telepresence Robot recently has been introduced as an affordable technology for those who are in favor of this idea. With a lower price, it is changing the game as far as home telepresence options are concerned.
Most of us aren’t ready for remotely controlled robots in the home if we are not going to be the one controlling them. This is why the public telepresence facility rental idea is popular: you get the detailed immersion sense of being there for the videoconference, but you are in control of the situation.
If you want to explore the possibilities of telepresence, it is easy to search the WhyGo Video Conference Booking System using the “telepresence facilities” filter and see exactly what is available. You can get the very best High Definition quality available in Immersive Telepresence today for the price of the room rental, along with all the support the WhyGo system offers.
According to Worldwide Networking Trackers Research Manager, Petr Jirovsky,
Video as a key component of collaboration continues to place high on the list of priorities for many organizations. IDC believes that among the challenges customers are currently trying to work through are exactly when and how to provision their video deployments.
This observation is made in the recent article titled “Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing and Telepresence Market Sees Mixed Third Quarter Equipment Revenue Results, According to IDC.”
The IDC (International Data Corporation) assists businesses and IT professionals in making fact-based decisions on business strategy and technology purchases by providing market intelligence for the telecommunications, information, and consumer technology markets.
For the videoconferencing equipment market, revenue in the third quarter of 2013 was approximately $576 million. There was an increase of 8.2% every quarter, but, interestingly, the yearly numbers show a decline of -9.7%. Room-based video systems decreased 5% year over year while increasing 6% quarter over quarter. With the quarterly revenue growth being positive and yearly revenue being the opposite, it can be confusing. As the numbers are gathered, distilled, and dissected it is clear that only those immersed in the industry can figure out how to apply them to a specific situation.
Still, the use of video conferencing and all that it entails has proven to be an asset to an enterprise. One way to stay current with the market by prioritizing video is by utilizing the advantage of WhyGo’s video conferencing network. This gives you the flexibility of the telepresence or video conference without having to put the major expense of equivalent video conferencing facilities into your budget.
Take a look at all the places the WhyGo network covers. We can help you keep video on your business priority list with ease.
Polycom recently announced the results of a survey showing that 76% of today’s business leaders currently use video solutions with over half of respondents using video conferencing at least once a week. The majority say that using this technology improves productivity by overcoming distance and cultural barriers — IF everyone can hear clearly.
According to the “Global View: Business Video Conferencing Usage and Trends” survey, video conferences are essential tools which are only outranked by email and conference calls in preference. The use of video is expected to grow in the next three years because of these advantages:
- better collaboration between globally dispersed colleagues (54%)
- greater clarity of topics being discussed (45%)
- more efficient meetings (44%)
The numbers increase in countries like Brazil, Singapore, and India (two thirds of respondents use video conferencing weekly) and within generations. Almost ninety percent of 20-30 year olds use consumer video conferencing technology at home, and half of them use it weekly. This familiarity with video collaboration has a direct affect on the workplace and the technology used there.
Jim Kruger, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer atPolycom, says: “Some key factors to making video as popular in the office as it is at home is ensuring it’s easy to use, providing a high quality connection, delivering enterprise-grade security, and participants’ willingness to accept and adapt to cultural differences as they communicate across borders.”
The study predicts that conference room usage will increase to 51%, up from the current 48% of video conferences being held today. That means that almost half of the videoconferencing today is held in a private or public video conference room and a lot of them have been with public videoconferencing services like WhyGo.
Contact WhyGo today to see how easily you can put the power of this technology to use in your enterprise.