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Poland and CIS View Videoconference Integration Differently

July 07, 2014

Videoconferencing enterprises TrueConf and Garets Sp z o.o. recently conducted a survey of workers living within Poland and Commonwealth of Independent States to determine their views on the usage of videoconferencing software and hardware. Overall, they found that Polish workers are accustomed to using videoconferencing inside meeting rooms while their CIS counterparts are accustomed to using it as a personal workspace communication tool.

The enterprises also determined user’s preferences and expectations regarding videoconferencing units and the impact such preferences have on usage. Cost, it turns out, is apparently the most important factor users in both geographical regions consider when deciding whether or not to use video communication solutions. The study shows that 75 percent of Polish respondents were interested in cost as a primary measure of device selection. In addition, 53 percent were concerned with audio and video quality, and another 38 percent considered integration with external equipment and safety as two primary selection factors. In CIS, 70 percent selected audio and video quality, and 65 percent selected cost.

With regard to their personal implementation of videoconferencing solutions, the researchers found that more than 63 percent of Polish survey respondents indictated that their meeting rooms contained a videoconferencing system. In the CIS, however, 57 percent of users indicated that they preferred to attend videoconferences from their own desks.

Researchers also found a slight difference in how Polish and CIS workers tended to use videoconferencing on their own mobile or desktop devices. For Polish users, 58 percent said they use built-in cameras or webcams, 36 percent use PTZ cameras, 22 percent use IP cameras, and five percent use documentary cameras. CIS workers indicated that 76 percent use webcams, 35 percent use PTZ cameras, and 20 percent use IP cameras.

Overall, the study shows a strong with with global and consumer trends. Workers usage of videoconferencing from workstations instead of meeting rooms conforms to what is trending in the global market, and consumer preferences in Poland and Russia for webcams and their counterpart devices mirror the researchers' findings here.