This is the second part of a three-part series about the future of mobile video conferencing. For the first part, click here.
Last week, in part one of our series on the future of mobile video conferencing, we wrote in general about the technology, why it’s important, and the telecommunication trends that are driving its rise to prominence. This week, we’ll look a lot more closely at a few industries that have been at the forefront of this technological change, and how they’re using mobile video conferencing to change the way they do business.
In business, the dictum has always been “time is money;” in healthcare, it’s more accurate to say “time is lives.” Because quick, effective, and affordable medical treatment can make the difference between life and death, or a smooth recovery and lengthy secondary care, it’s no surprise that the healthcare field was one of video conferencing’s early adopters. Now the paradigm is changing again, thanks to the expansion of high-quality mobile solutions.
Doctors are beginning to use tablets and smartphones to immediately respond to time-sensitive medical situations, eliminating travel time and improving the quality of first-response care. Additionally, mobile technology allows them to share test results, scans, and other data quickly and remotely, resulting in better, quicker, and more affordable medical care.
From elementary schools to colleges, educational institutions have long been proponents of increased adoption of video conferencing solutions; the US Military in particular has been researching mobile learning (or “mLearning”) for a number of years, and is starting to adopt it on a wide-scale basis.
Many universities already offer remote classes to students, connecting them to remotely located experts or letting the students themselves attend courses from far-distant locations. As tablet and smartphone sales continue to dominate the market, the already pervasive mLearning trend will only continue to gather steam.
Businesses working in an array of fields have also benefited from adopting mobile video conferencing solutions, from construction companies reducing time spent traveling to identify problems at worksites to financial institutions responding to changing global economies at the speed of light. Whether your company employs thousands of employees all over the world or you’re a small outfit trying to compete with the companies that do, mobile video conferencing gives you the tools to do more with less.
Next week, we’ll look at how you can take advantage of this trend before the competition does, by setting up a mobile conferencing solution and avoiding the pitfalls encountered by first-time adopters.
– Dan Lothringer
Dan is a regular contributor to VideoConferencingSpot.com.