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TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review

December 29, 2012

Today, fewer and fewer companies are flying their employees to important meetings due to the wonderful world of conferencing. With audio and video conferencing, employees can participate in a meeting online without having to get on a plane.

Vidtel’s cloud-based MeetMe service enables video conferencing of any-to-any cloud video conferencing services. This week, the company partnered with another video conferencing manufacturer- VTEL that interoperates with its services. VTEL’s customers can now employ MeetMe and conduct multiparty video conferencing spanning a variety of equipment vendors and service providers, without having to bother about endpoint, platform or service.

MeetMe service supports video conferencing between different systems, is affordable and high quality. More importantly, the service does away with the need for expensive bridges or exchange services. Together with the flexibility it provides, this makes Vidtel’s MeetMe a viable option for enterprises, regardless of size.

"Offering the low cost Vidtel multipoint videoconferencing service along with VTEL IPanels enables our end-users to dramatically reduce the capital expense required to implement an enterprise-wide professional quality video conferencing solution," said Richard Ford, CEO at VTEL.

In other Conferencing news, the latest in remote project handling methods have been covered by a business telecoms study by DigitalOlympus.com. The study offers detailed insights that will assist enterprises in triumphantly setting up virtual or remote offices.

Enterprises can therefore extend across the globe without being disturbed due to failures in communication and production losses. They can now harmonize and administer projects from a remote location using the idea of ‘remote project handling.’ Technology needs to be implemented especially when workers are located at different places.

“Remote project handling is possible with a sound network of VoIP phone systems and telecommunications equipment supporting real-time multi-party conferencing, multimedia file sharing and high-performance long distance calling. Remote project handling allows businesses to expand globally through virtual offices without worrying about communication breakdowns and loss of control,” said a Study Collaborator at Digitalolympus.com.

Lastly, for companies that believe person-to-person meetings are the only way, a high-quality, Web-based video conferencing solution might be a way to save money, employee stress and carbon emissions all at the same time.

Business travel has gotten expensive as airline tickets and fees have skyrocketed and hotels recoup higher costs in heating and utilities. Additionally, if you’re attempting to stick to a corporate sustainability program, sending your employees to the airport for a meeting can make it difficult to stay green, according to Sustainable Business Forum.

So video conferencing solutions aren’t the cumbersome technologies they once were. Older generations of the technology seemed to require a degree in IT to operate, but this is no longer the case. It allows companies to save time and travel while creating a personal interaction between participants. Aside from internal meetings, conferencing solutions can serve other needs like allow for remote video-based job interviews.

Video conferencing can also be used to train employees or help instill new skills in existing employees. And it can make it easier to use remote workers, taking geography out of the equation when it comes to choosing the best candidates from the hiring pool.

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