Posts Tagged ‘HD video conferencing’

Best web conferencing software for a small non-profit?

January 19th, 2016

An R-HUB HD video conferencing and web conferencing server (www.rhubcom.com) is an affordable alternative. It supports up to 30 webcams and 8 monitors at each end point to support a telepresence experience. It starts at $1,495. The installation is a plug-and-play. After installed, the server runs 24 x 7. The hardware is a reliable network appliance just like a router and no IT maintenance is needed. The software is self-updated.

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RHUB’s 15-Way HD Video Conferencing Solution Offers Improved Business Outcomes for SMEs

October 11th, 2014

Today, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) have more opportunities than ever to expand their reach and offer services and products to an increasing global marketplace. Traditionally, this has required expensive travel, but the rise of advanced technology is making it possible for SMEs to engage with partners and customers anywhere in a cost-effective manner. Among the fastest growing communication solutions to make this possible is video conferencing. In order to take advantage of those benefits, SMEs must make certain that they have the right equipment to meet their needs. Businesses that have utilized video conferencing software in the past may have found the process to be unrewarding and difficult due to poor quality and unreliable connection issues.

Ensuring the right size equipment for today as well as tomorrow is essential for companies within the small to midsize enterprise segment. As a result of their size, it is not unusual for SMEs to lack the robust procedures and in-depth IT knowledge required for IT hardware purchases. Consequently, such SMEs may spend too much on the purchase and deployment of enterprise-level hardware in order to serve only a small number of concurrent users.

An IDC report issued in 2013 on the use of telecom resources by SMEs found that 30 percent of mid-market companies used video conferencing resources that extended beyond simple webcams. Another 30 percent stated that they planned to deploy the use of video solutions in the near future.

With the rise of video, the stage has now been set for significant growth within this sector. In fact, estimates indicate that the number of SMEs making use of video conferencing could double over the course of the next year.

RHUB’s video conferencing solution offers the use of advanced technology and customized solution to assist SMEs in improving customer interactions and boosting productivity. Through the RHUB video conferencing all-in-one solution, it is possible to provide SMEs with superior value with a simple and cost-efficient desktop and HD video collaboration capability.

SMEs are able to take advantage of the opportunity to establish a virtual conference room capable of accommodating up to 15 participants with a simple click-to-join capability through laptops, desktops, etc. As a result, it is possible to engage with conference participants who may not be within the SME’s internal network, setting the stage for face-to-face meetings. While audio is great, the ability to connect with clients in an open and honest manner while taking advantage of face-to-face conservations can assist in building loyalty and trust in critical business relationships.

RHUB offers a robust array of features, including content sharing, voice and audio, chat functionality, and more. In addition, video collaboration is not restricted to just big companies with massive budgets. All it takes is a simple click for both internal and external parties to work together in a face-to-face manner. Consequently, this can drive faster collaboration, improved decision making, and healthier business outcomes.

Would you like to learn more about solutions available through RHUB? If so, call us today at 1-866-758-0984 or email us at sales@rhubcom.com

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HD Video Conferencing Available through RHUB Web Conferencing

July 26th, 2014

 

As a RHUB customer for many years, I have been very pleased with the flexibility, cost, video quality, and screen sharing that RHUB offers. With the new HD video service, I can create video conference with as many as 15 attendees and without incurring any additional costs. Built into the latest RHUB 5.0SP1 software, this new feature doesn’t require any separate video conferencing equipment. All that is necessary is a microphone and webcam. Of course, if you want to reduce background noise, it’s nice to have headsets. Users can also take advantage of the opportunity dial into an audio bridge. Individual streams are displayed at a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, providing a maximum resolution of 1360 x 768 pixels.

When attending a demonstration with 15 attendees, I discovered that everything was extremely easy to use. In addition, the quality was quite good. RHUB software, which is available for Mac and Windows, is very quick to download. One of the things I like best about it is that you do not need to adjust any settings. The audio was absolutely perfect and video quality was very good, as well. By providing the service to 15 users at the same time, RHUB is able to provide more visibility during meetings.

One of the great benefits of this service is that a split screen is automatically displayed, dividing into the appropriate number of boxes necessary to show each attendee. When desired, there is also a screen sharing space. RHUB has also put a lot of thought into adding several user-friendly features, such as a white outline that will show which attendee is speaking at any given time. In addition, you can take advantage of the option to resize the viewable area in order to maximize the shared desktop, if you like.

In just the last few years, the world of business has changed dramatically and it’s become more important than ever to be able to communicate in real time. If you are not able to do that, there’s a good chance that you’re falling behind the competition. Traditional phone calls may work for casual communication, but when you need to disseminate important information, HD video web conferencing provides the ability to communicate faster and more effectively. Compared to a phone call HD video web conferencing capabilities from RHUB give attendees to review graphics and charts while simultaneously being able to view facial expressions and gestures, thus ensuring accurate and clear communication of relevant information. With this feature, you can interact with customers as if you were in the same room without racking up travel costs that could impact your bottom line.

Existing RHUB customers can take advantage of HD video conferencing and it is also available to trial users at no additional costs.

Are you currently using RHUB? Would the addition of video capabilities make the service even more appealing? If so, we welcome your feedback at support@rhubcom.com or contact us at 866-758-0984.

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The Top Benefits of Conference Calling and Desktop Sharing Technology

May 6th, 2014

Conference calling is rapidly becoming a popular solution for anyone who is interested in having a business meeting with multiple people simultaneously from a remote location. Offering three types of communication—web-based conference calling, audio, and video, conference calling makes it easier to work more efficiently from a distance.

While conference calling has significantly increased in popularity, most collaborative type meetings now focus on sharing some type of data. The ability to share data via computer screens offers a far more efficient and effective solution compared to conferencing calling only. As a result, data sharing makes collaborative meetings more productive.

The video element varies in terms of efficacy. I, and many others, like to leverage the video element for associating a name with a face. This can prove to be highly beneficial for team members who may not be physically acquainted with one another to work better on a more personal basis.

For me, as well as for many of the analysts with whom I have spoken, once a visual representation is established, the webcam often becomes more of a distraction than a help. Even so, it does facilitate team bonding. The web cam can be a true aid in context of a training meeting, particularly in demonstrating how something is done.

RHUB’s web conferencing servers offer both web conference calling and data sharing in one convenient setup. As result, businesses are assisted in establishing a real-time communication with their valued clients.

There are also many financial benefits associated with web conferencing and data sharing. One of the most important of those benefits is the fact that participants are not required to travel. Businesses are thus able to save on travel expenses. In regards to a big company, this can easily run into a few million dollars. RHUB web conferencing servers also provide a variety of other benefits. Take a look:

Cost-Effective Application

To use a web-conferencing application, you will need to pay either a certain amount on a pre-scheduled basis or at one-time. Various service providers charge differing fees. Full-featured web conferencing applications are typically the most expensive.

Nevertheless, RHUB web conferencing servers have only a one-time payment option. With that one payment, you own the server for life. In fact, it can typically be paid off within 3 to 10 months, compared to the recurring monthly subscription costs of hosted services.

Unlike hosted services, which charge named users for subscription fees, the RHUB web conferencing server uses floating licenses and has no limitation on the number of users. Consequently, it is far less expensive than hosted services. Take a look at the following examples:

For 2 employees, it takes 3 – 12 months to pay off WebEx/GoToMeeting, LogMeIn or combined.

For 10 employees (using RHUB), it takes only 1 – 2.5 months to pay off.

Saves Time

Financial savings are not the only benefit offered by web conferencing. It also saves time. Whether meetings are held within the office premises or elsewhere, employees still lose a tremendous amount of work time in order to participate in such meetings. When employees participate in a conference call using RHUB; however, they do not even need to leave their workstations.

Promotes Healthy Relationships between Employees

The process of initiating and holding meetings in which all employees participate is usually not that complicated in a small to medium sized company. This is not the case in a large company where thousands of employees may work within a single complex. In a big company, it often simply is not possible for meetings to be held on a regular basis for each department within the company. As a result, this can cause employees to feel left out and unengaged.

By using RHUB web conferencing servers, it is possible to benefit from conference calling without any limitations. Conference calls can be held at any time and with an unlimited number participants taking part. In this way, it promotes regular, two-way communication between employees, thus significantly strengthening working relationships.

Easy to Use

RHUB web conferencing servers are also extremely easy to use. No special software is needed for conference calling. The only equipment necessary is a desk phone or a cell phone.

Allows You to Transfer Data

RHUB’s web conferencing servers can also be used to efficiently share files, videos, presentations, and much more. The ability to share data presents a clear advantage over verbal exchanges by obviating the risk of misrepresentation or misunderstanding of facts, figures, values, etc.

Geographical Location Is Irrelevant

Web meeting solutions, such as those offered by RHUB, have dissolved physical boundaries. This is quite crucial in light of an evolving global business environment. It is even possible to participate in a web conference with complete comfort and easy from any location. Regardless of where you are located, if you have a working computer, phone, and fast Internet connection, you can participate in a web conference.

With so many advantages offered, it is hardly surprising that so many people are now embracing and utilizing conference calling and data sharing technology.

Without a doubt, conference calling and data sharing have become inseparable and invaluable. According to many experts, this trend will continue to expand in the future as new technological advancements are introduced. For more information about RHUB products, please visit http://www.rhubcom.com or call 866-758-0984.

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Lower Costs and Increase Sales with Remote Sales Presentations

April 16th, 2014

Traditionally, sales presentations have been cost heavy through incurred travel expenses and time away from the office. Additionally, the logistics of trying to plan sales presentations can often be a significant challenge for sales representatives with a hectic travel schedule. The inability to manage multiple meetings in geographically diverse locations often results in either increased travel expenses, lost sales, or both.

Remote sales presentations with the RHUB web conferencing servers make it possible to manage time more effectively by accomplishing more. As a result, sales teams are able to book more sales presentations in less time while also significantly decreasing travel expenses.

The ability to communicate with other parties remotely via webinars and other technology is certainly not new. Until now; however, most sales representatives have found existing technology to be severely limiting and not ideally suited for sales presentations. There are simply too many variables involved in sales presentations that cannot be left up to chance when conducting a remote presentation based on outdated software.

With the RHUB servers, sales teams are able to tap into a robust array of tools that make it possible to conduct presentations in a personalized manner. One of the most frequent drawbacks to making presentations remotely in the past was the inability to receive critical feedback. When you make a sales presentation live and in person, you are afforded with the benefit of being able to observe body language and then adjust your presentation accordingly. Along with being able to actually observe critical body language, it is also important that you be able to actively engage with the other party.

The RHUB servers provides several important tools that make it easy to communicate effectively with the other party, including 15-way video conferencing that allows up to 15 webcams to join the video conferences. This tool can prove to be highly beneficial in the event that you need to make a sales pitch to multiple principals of the same firm in diverse locations.

As you know, engagement is crucial to the success of any sales meeting. One area that has been significantly lacking in the past with other video conferences tools is the ability to provide critical documents as part of the presentation. That is not a problem with the RHUB servers. File transfer is included, allowing you to send folders or files to your clients. A whiteboard is also available for drawing as is an annotation feature that allows you to mark anywhere on your computer screen to emphasize important ideas or points. You can also take advantage of the remote printing feature to print relevant documents to the client’s location. Whether you need to provide clients with the latest sales literature, catalogs, brochures, or other information, these features will allow you to do so with the same ease and convenience as presenting in person.

The process of trying to balance sales presentations in today’s hectic business climate can be challenging. With the RHUB servers, sales teams have the opportunity to close more sales while incurring fewer costs.

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