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Make your Virtual Conferences look like real life Meetings through Telepresence

March 14th, 2017

Telepresence assures conference attendants  a fully immersive, totally interactive and absolutely distraction-free experience . That really makes the difference with traditional video conferences. For these reasons, this technology is gaining ground in global companies environment. 

Imagine to be sitting at your desk and to be speaking to a customer at the opposite side.  His voice, appearance and size are absolutely like in the reality, despite the fact that he is remote and speaking through a monitor. This perfectly describes telepresence, one of the emerging trends envisaged by Frost & Sullivan in their latest survey on the web conferencing market.

The name speaks by itself, being it a combination of the suffix “tele” – far – with the substantive “presence”. So, it means literally:“Being present from distance”. Now, an objection rises immediately: what makes the difference with traditional video conferences? Have not they the same function as telepresence, after all?

The trick is the so-called telepresence effect, the ability of rendering voices and faces exactly like in the reality. This is obtained through the utilization of huge HD monitors and appropriate conferencing services and products, like, for example, R-HUB`s TurboMeeting (http://www.rhubcom.com/v5/video-conferencing.html) , a suite of high quality on-premise servers purposely designed  to assure users the best possible experience with their virtual conferences.

Through an ordinary video conference,  it is impossible to get the same level of realism of telepresence: one problem is the size of PC screens, that is too small; other problems  are connected to the needs  to have high quality HD color images and sounds, without which the telepresence effect is immediately lost.

The second important keyword to catch is the immersive experience that is possible to get through telepresence. Watching an icon-sized image of somebody talking to you through a small screen is much different from the stunning sensation of having a remote speaker standing right in front of you like in the reality.

In other words, telepresence immerses you so much in your virtual conference that the barrier between what is real and what is virtual becomes so thin that we may consider it as being not existing.  Do you feel perplexed? Simply pay a short visit to the above-linked page and have a look at the images to get persuaded.

Why shall we use telepresence? The main benefit is the end of distractions, one of the most annoying problems of traditional video conferences. Another benefit is an increased level of interaction, which is obtained through the high level of visual and audio clarity that only telepresence ensures. This goes far beyond even the best traditional HD video conferencing service, as not only does it rely on the quality of the web conferencing software that is being used, but also on the utilization of  big monitors and some other technological equipment.

These are the two reasons why telepresence has become popular in many enterprises.  In a global world, meetings are fatally destined to go virtual, with subsequent urgent need for technologies that can ensure a level of interactions as close to the reality as possible. Telepresence does exactly that, and it does it better than ordinary video conferencing.

What about its costs? This much is true, that it is not exactly what they call an inexpensive technology. LifeSize, for example, offers systems starting from 65000 $, Cisco from $350.000. R-HUB TurboMeeting is probably the most affordable solution, as you can buy a R-HUB server with less than 2000$.

With TurboMeeting, you will have then to add the prices of monitors and other pieces of equipment to the bill. But you will bring a high-quality telepresence system home without spending an arm and a leg. Plus, you will have a level of security that only on-premise server based web conferencing solutions ensure.

In conclusion, telepresence is one of the most interesting technologies for global companies. It assures users highly interactive and fully immersive meetings that are not as far from those that they have in the real world.

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How much do you benefit from Video Conferencing?

December 6th, 2016

Comparing the costs of a face-to-face meeting with and without video could be the solution to the challenging problem of quantifying video conferencing benefits. In this way it is possible to have a criterion to make all those calculations like ROI that every responsible organization has to do in order to take rational decisions.

How much does a business benefit from video conferencing? The quick and dirty answer is: “a lot”. But how much is it a lot? Making an exact quantification of video conferencing benefits is a bit of a challenge, as there are too many factors that affect the result. For example, how to quantify the benefits of working from home? Or the ones of meeting distant people that you would have never met in the reality as the travel costs outweigh the profits?

A solution that has been recently proposed is to introduce a common denominator of video conferencing benefits, the ‘face time’ clients get when they utilize video conferencing. It is anything else than the amount of time that they spend in a face-to-face conversation.

Once that the total amount of face time has been reckoned, it is possible to calculate and then compare the costs to get an X amount of face time through travelling and video conferencing. Not surprisingly, video outmatches travels.

The assumption on the ground of this approach is that the real value of video is strictly linked to the ability to meet people face-to-fac;  you could not have met in person, while the savings in fuel, fares and hotels are secondary. In one word, it is necessary to change perspective: the big step is to shift attention from the saves on travel costs to the gains that a business gets from video and the cost it has to pay in order to reach the same goals without video.

However, there are still some problems left aside. For example, no solution has been proposed for the calculation of the intangible benefits of video conferencing. While it is possible to reckon how many new customers that become reachable through video are worth, it is really difficult to give a monetary value to items like the comfort of working from home.

On the other hand, this criterion is undoubtedly useful, as it allows businesses to know what potential return on investment they can expect before making the big step to video conferencing. In fact, this is a crucial datum that every responsible organization must get before taking any decision.

If you are interested in the new opportunities that video conferencing offers, you are going to find more materials on R-HUB web site, http://www.rhubcom.com

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Video Communication is behind the high growth of many Enterprises

October 6th, 2016

Video communication is an important key-factor of the growth of many enterprises, as it enhances worker production and team engagement. This is the reason why it has become the new mainstream for executives and managers today, at the point that the budgets for streaming and video equipment of 30% of enterprises has exceeded $100.000 annually.

In a recent study conducted by Wainhouse Research, it is reported that nearly 60 per cent of enterprises have an annual video budget of at least $10,000 per year, while the budgets of the remaining 30 per cent has largely exceeded $100,000 per year. These numbers give an idea of the importance of video communication in the global economy.

But there is an even more interesting datum. Wainhouse Research also reported that seventy-five percent of high-growth businesses use video-enabled collaboration. That’s 1.3 times the use rate reported by low-growth businesses. In one word, there is evidence that investing in video has serious returns.

Why is video so powerful? One impact of video is on the length of the talent acquisition process. It has been estimated that the time to hire a talented resources is 35 per cent faster today. And talents are crucial for organisations, as they drive growth. So, it is very important not to lose them through a slow and leaky hiring process.

Another reason is the improvement of collaboration and productivity across geographically dispersed teams. According to Frost & Sullivan, 50 per cent of companies that have adopted video communication have reported significant results in this field.

The third reason is that video is able to improve communication both inside and outside the organisation. In fact, the percentage of the organisations that use video for external communications is almost the same of the organisations that use video for intra-company conferencing, that is 82 per cent.

But the more trenchant argument for video is the numbers. The global enterprise video market is estimated to grow from USD 16.98 billion in 2015 to USD 36.84 billion by 2020, CAGR of 16.7 percent from 2015 to 2020. This market is driven by the increased demand for video communications in various organizations across the globe.

These numbers should make reflect any executive on the fact that competitors are likely to invest in advanced video solutions that will increase their productivity and make their businesses grow, when the time to allocate the budgets for communications comes along. To cut it short, video conferencing has become a strategical asset for any organisation in today’s global world that must not be neglected.

If you are interested in video conferencing and the challenges that it pose, you are going to find more resources on R-HUB Communications’ web site at http://www.rhubcom.com

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Blurring the Lines between Countries with Desktop Video Conferencing

June 4th, 2015

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Historically, language and time zone barriers have made face-to-face meetings in different countries a necessary expense for conducting business globally. In the past, running a global business meant actually traveling physically to various countries in order to perform business conferences in person.

Consequently, this required a significant amount of additional preparation not only for the travel itself but also for the actual meeting. For businesses with a strong international presence, this can result in a lot of extra time and money spent just to get business done.

Fortunately, desktop video conferencing has eliminated the required costs for arranging physical meetings in different counties. Furthermore, desktop video conferencing has practically erased the barriers between countries themselves. While desktop conferencing does not resolve all of the issues associated with multi-lingual meetings, it does go quite a long way in terms of reducing many of the major hassles associated with those meetings.

There are two primary challenges that most businesses face when hosting an online conference with participants who speak different languages. Desktop video conferencing can help to reduce both challenges.

Language

Although language barriers do still exist, if you are using online or desktop video conferencing,  those barriers become much easier to handle when all of the tools are presented in the participant’s native language. For instance, with R-HUB web conferencing servers, you can have a multi-lingual interface. What this does is allow everyone who is in the conference to be able to use all of the various tools that R-HUB web conferencing servers provide without running into any language blocks.

This helps to smooth out the process of multi-lingual conferences and makes them more productive. There is no longer a need to wait to have a conference until you are able to have a translator available. At the same time, you can rest assured that everyone attending the conference is able to benefit from much clearer communication without the worry over potential miscommunication.

Time Zone Differences

Because various countries are in different time zones from others, online video conferencing can eliminate the time zone differences via the use of recast, recording, and replaying. The original meeting can be recorded and replayed for attendees at convenient times in accordance to their relevant time zones.

These attendees can still interact during the meetings as if they were attending it live and experience the same viewing quality as the original meeting. No longer is it necessary to schedule conferences at certain times in order to coincide with business hours in other countries. Everyone is able to attend at the time that is most convenient for their local business hours, thus helping to boost productivity.

By implementing online or desktop video conferencing, your organization can maintain a global presence while saving both time and money.

R-HUB web conferencing can help you to continue to break down country barriers for effective business communication. Contact us today at 1-866-758-0984 or email us at sales@rhubcom.com for more details on our desktop video conferencing services.

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How Important Is HD to Desktop Business Video Conferences?

March 31st, 2015

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Desktop video conferencing has rapidly become a vital tool for businesses around the world. By reducing the need for travel, desktop video conferencing software offers a time-saving and cost-saving solution that allows businesses to connect with clients and partners from around the world. Additionally, it offers an opportunity to communicate in a more personal manner, while enhancing internal communication. While there is no doubt that desktop video conferencing offers a number of important benefits, you might wonder whether it makes a difference if your desktop video conferencing is broadcast in HD.

The Difference HD Makes to Desktop Video Conferencing
HD desktop video conferencing can enhance your business communications in three important ways:

Improved Client Meetings
Meeting a client face-to-face is an excellent way to form a long-term relationship and build the foundation for resolving any work issues. HD Desktop Video conferencing offers a high quality image and sound solution, ensuring that your video conferenced client meetings will feel as though you are actually in the same room with your clients. In this case, the difference between HD and SD is the difference between being able to communicate only adequately and being able to communicate in a way that generates long-term relationships between your business and your clients.

Attention to Detail in Training
Corporate training is among the most useful methods for utilizing desktop video conferencing. With that said, if the screen does not provide perfect image and video quality, it becomes difficult for employees to learn in an effective manner. With HD desktop video conferencing, every employee you train will be able to see every element of their training, ensuring they are able to perform work tasks to the best of their ability.

Improve Internal Communication
Internal meetings are an integral part of every business, regardless of industry, because they offer a productive method for resolving business problems while providing a vehicle for steering campaigns in the right direction. Meetings facilitate improved working relationships because they provide immersive experiences. If SD desktop video conferencing is utilized for a meeting and there happens to be an image distortion or the sound quality is only average, it is impossible to replicate the immersive experience of an in-person meeting. HD desktop video conferencing provides a true in-the-room feeling for meetings, ensuring that business issues can be resolved and employees are able to be more productive.

Using R-HUB HD Desktop Video Conferencing
If you would like to improve the desktop video conferencing experience in your workplace dramatically, R-HUB desktop video conferencing can deliver the sharpest image quality and the clearest audio possible. Regardless of the industry or sector in which your business is involved, R-HUB can provide you with a video conferencing solution that will significantly improve your internal and external communication. Call us today at 1-866-758-0984 or email us at sales@rhubcom.com to begin your free demo. We are confident that you will be amazed by the power of R-HUB desktop video conferencing in HD.

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