Dispelling the Myths of HD Video Conferencing – Part 5 of 7

Myth 5: High definition video communications is too expensive

Fact: It is true, some high definition video conferencing system are extremely expensive. For example, traditional telepresence systems in dedicated conference rooms can run as high as $300,000, not counting the tens of thousands of dollars in monthly service fees and network maintenance. However, it is important to understand that this is not true for all video conferencing technologies. Users will be relieved to know that more flexible, high quality options exist at a fraction of that cost.

For example, LifeSize Passport delivers telepresence-quality at a price point that enables broad deployment – $2499 USD. Passport is a small, simple device that connects to any standards-based video endpoint and provides great quality at 720p30 True HD resolution. HD video enablement for the one-time IT cost of about two laptops – it’s hard not to justify.

Here’s a look at a typical five site deployment estimate:

A word to the wise: be sure to identify the specific high definition video features required for your particular business application so you can ascertain how that impacts overall cost. Also, consider factoring in maintenance programs, support staff and service provider arrangements.

Selecting the right video conferencing system for your business or organization is an extremely important decision. That is why it is imperative to shop around, as you would with any other product, to make the best choice for your company and its specific needs. If you are looking for a high-quality, compact video product with the best price performance at the lowest total cost of ownership on the market today, take a look at LifeSize Passport.

For more information on the financial impact of video collaboration, read our Forrester report.

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