For the last few weeks, we’ve been taking a closer look at the future of mobile video conferencing – that is, video conferencing solutions in which mobile devices serve as the endpoints. In the first part, we discussed the exploding smartphone and tablet markets and how they were opening exciting doors for this new technology; in the second part, we took a closer look at some of the industries that were early adopters of mobile conferencing, and the benefits they’ve seen as a result.
This week, we’ll take a look at some of the practical concerns you might encounter as you adopt mobile conferencing at your company. We’ll talk about some of the issues you might encounter, and what you can do to make the process as smooth as possible.
An Overview of Issues
As you start considering mobile conferencing solutions, remember this fundamental truth: mobile video conferencing units are different from room units. If your company already employs a traditional room-based video conferencing system, you might assume that adopting a mobile solution is simply adding on to your existing system. Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly the case. Depending on the size of your company and the number of mobile users you anticipate, you might need to invest in a more scalable solution.
You have a couple options at your disposal when it comes to meeting the increased bandwidth needs of many-endpoint mobile video conferencing. Before you settle on one, it’s a good idea to discuss your options with your IT professionals, who’ll know more about your particular situation.
Look into the latest and greatest. Advances in video compression, virtualization, and software infrastructure technologies are greatly reducing the computing burden associated with video conferencing, making a mobile solution easier to support. While staying on the cutting edge might not be financially viable for every company, investing early in next-generation video conferencing technology can save money in the long term.
Mobile video conferencing is the future, and while the technology is still in its infancy, it’s advancing at a tremendous rate. Early adopters will reap the greatest rewards, as they’re able to make important decisions quickly and without incurring massive travel expenses – and best of all, mobile conferencing is available to you. There’s a world of opportunity waiting for you; all you have to do is explore it!
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– Dan Lothringer
Dan is a regular contributor to VideoConferencingSpot.com.