Telepresence Options has broken down the telepresence marketplace by matching various solutions with the appropriate target audience. Great overview for those considering investing in new or additional systems. IVCi client Duke University’s virtual lecture hall is featured in the section ‘Large Group Systems and Telepresence Classrooms.”
A recent New York Times article describes the sale of Skype to Microsoft as one example of video conferencing hitting a critical mass with consumers and businesses. Other factors that are contributing to video conferencing’s popularity are the proliferation of broadband and an increased use of desktop computers/mobile devices.
“As more and more people are telecommuting and not working in the same office — or state or country — there’s more of a need to find other ways to communicate,” the article states.
While video will never replace all in-person interactions, the time has come for it to be a serious alternative to travel.
Pope Benedict conducted the first ever video conference with the astronauts of the International Space Station. The pope spoke to the astronauts through a video link in the Vatican’s library.
A new study published by a telepresence provider has identified a trend that we have seen among our customers: technology, specifically video conferencing, continues to play a pivotal role in SMB competitiveness. An increasing number of these businesses will invest in video this year to cut costs and be more efficient, and those with video will add to their existing solutions. Those who don’t will get left in the cold….
We have a higher education client who is using their custom telepresence system to create a global university, connecting students across the country and the world to each other and to subject matter experts.
The telepresence solution is giving students a unique opportunity to learn because the classes are interactive and in real time. A student in the US and in India may attend the same class, and listen to a lecture by a business leader who did not have to take the extra time to travel for a personal appearance.
It is exciting that younger students may also have access to this technology, and expand the boundaries of the classroom, even if it means sacrificing some snow days…