Wow! Have we come a long way in the past 7 years. Why it didn’t seem so long ago that video conferencing systems sold in the range of $10 – $20,000 (per unit). Maybe you felt the same… those kinds of prices seemed crazy! Back then, I had hopes that technology would change and make systems more affordable to everyone.
Well, change it did! Firstly, came the Cloud. Secondly, came web conferencing. Then along came unified communications. Lastly, came less expensive and more versatile video conferencing systems. Video conferencing today covers a wide spectrum of users and options. Now, pretty much any desktop with a camera can act as a video conferencing endpoint. No longer the need for huge infrastructure costs.
Back a few years ago, you had basically four options (I did say basically). One, you had peer-to-peer systems which allowed a one-on-one video conferencing call. Second, you bought a codec that allowed for up to 4 users to communicate simultaneously in a call. Third, you could purchase a codec that allowed up to 8 users to communicate simultaneously on a call. Fourth, you would either purchase or subscribe to a Bridge that would allow more than 8 users at a time. Costs for these options ranged from $10,000 to well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Today’s new standards vary somewhat, depending on what your organization presently has or which platform you want to go forward with. Having said that, there are many affordable solutions available, whether it be virtual solutions, web conferencing solutions or unified communication applications. Options such as Zoom, Skype for Business, Google Hangout, LifeSize, Polycom, Cisco, and many others can provide efficient and cost-effective video conferencing solutions for your needs.
The questions you will ask is… what is the best solution for me? What equipment will I require? Can I obtain a video conferencing system that will suit my budget?
That’s where we come in. Call us or fill out our online questionnaire at www.amplifiedavsolutions.com. We are here to help.