Category: Video Conferencing

Video conferencing has proven to be a great way to enhance collaboration and increase productivity. In the last few years, video has gained popularity due to technology advancements and ease of use improvements. That said, there are important user elements to keep in mind to ensure a successful video call. Here are five best practices to keep in mind: 1. Lighting: Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a video call and bad lighting can take a good quality to poor quality very quickly. First, make sure there is enough light in the room. If dimly lit, turn more lights …

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Top 10 Video Conferencing Terms

October 18, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Video Conferencing

Video has traditionally been viewed as complicated with a wide range of phrases that many don’t understand. It seems as though every day there are new terms and buzzwords being used in the video industry that make keeping up and mastering the technology very difficult at times. With the rise of video conferencing popularity understanding some of these terms is imperative in choosing the right solution. Here are 10 of the most common terms and their definitions: 1. Endpoint: The physical equipment or software used to make a video connection. They can be in the form of a room based system, desktop client, or a …

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This Week in Collaboration

October 11, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Industry News, Video Conferencing

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. Working Smarter: The Paradigm Shift in Business Collaboration Great insight on how individuals embracing new collaboration tools will benefit from a more innovative, efficient, and happier workforce. In contrast to past work environments, these new disruptive forces in collaboration technologies have created new strategies for companies to implement. 2. Fufulling the promise of advanced collaboration  Although the advanced collaboration technologies emerging in our market today are increasing productivity, there have been many IT challenges along the way. One of the most difficult hurdles for implementing these tools is the lack of …

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American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo, Jonathan Linkous, CEO, and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine. Congress In the wake of the Government shutdown, Congress continues to debate several different legislative proposals and provisions. One aspect involves the repeal of the medical device tax which charges a 2.3% tax on all medical devices; including some telemedicine components. The provision to repeal this tax is on the table; however, Capistrant says while this is possible it is not probable. Bill HR 3077 was introduced by Congressmen Devin Nunez and Frank Pallone to allow providers with one …

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Advancements in video technology have had a tremendous impact on the creation and proliferation of distance learning programs. By integrating video conferencing solutions, universities are able to extend the reach of their programs to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend. Calvin Hughes, Instructional Technologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, talks about his experience with video conferencing and the impact it has had on the University. IVCi: Can you give us a brief overview of your video environment? CH: We currently have 5 classrooms that hook up locally at the College of Dentistry. There are also 6 or 7 …

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Developing a Mobile Video Strategy Part II

October 4, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Video Conferencing

As stated in Part 1 of this series, when choosing to deploy a mobile video strategy, having a plan of attack is of utmost importance. The first step was defining the video environment to determine what is necessary for a successful implementation. The second step in developing a mobile video strategy is to assess different aspects of the organization’s network environment. This focuses on the following key areas: Office Network Remote Network Infrastructure Platform Consideration Active Directory Integration Specifically, this means that attention needs to be paid to an office’s wireless network configuration, remote network essentials, defined software platforms, necessary infrastructure, and determination of active directory …

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Video Conferencing Comes to Banking

October 2, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Video Conferencing

Video conferencing is slowly emerging in the retail banking sector as a way to meet growing customer expectations and combat declining foot traffic in branch locations. There are so many things customers can now do online that they don’t even need to go to a bank. Checking account balances, transferring money between accounts and even paying bills can be done with a few simple clicks on a bank’s website. As a result, banks need to find new ways to interact with their customers. International financial research and consulting firm, Celent, recently released the report Video Banking: Lights, Camera, Transactions?, discussing how …

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For companies looking to dive in to this mobile video craze, having a solid plan of attack is very important. Not only will it help determine the technology requirements, it ensures a consistent user experience for all participants involved. The first step in developing a mobile video strategy is to define the organization’s video environment. This focuses on determining the following key areas: End users Video devices & applications Meeting types Current video equipment Goals & objectives Essentially, this means organizations should outline who will be using mobile video, what devices these participants will be connecting with, what types of meetings will be conducted, and the objectives …

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Video Conferencing Security Basics

September 10, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Cloud Services, Video Conferencing

Video conferencing security continues to make news every now and then. Last year, it was HD Moore who hacked into conference rooms around the globe and this year German magazine Der Spiegel said the NSA hacked into the United Nations video conferencing system. In the wake of these events, many users of video conferencing get worried and some get downright paranoid.  However, video can be extremely secure if it is configured properly. All standards-based video conferencing systems include 128-bit AES encryption which secures the audio and video data being sent between users. Encrypting the audio and video packets prevents hackers from …

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With the next generation of executives taking control over established companies, new changes are bound to arise. The 2013 Cisco Global Young Executives’ Video Attitudes Survey shows that many of these new managers are interested in video collaboration and plan on incorporating it into their business or company. Many new managers understand the benefits video can provide for their company, and some will not even consider working with other companies unless they use it as a tool. The convenience of video conferencing is something that many young executives and managers are taking advantage of because it allows participants to read visual …

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