Video conferencing is more affordable than most think

Tuesday, November 23 2010

The future is here for video conferencing, but the technology is more accessible than some businesses think, according to an industry expert.

"Video conferencing, even on really high-end systems, may not be as far-fetched as you think," says Mark A.R. Mitchell of Business on Main.

Mitchell says the key is to think in terms of tiers when it comes to video conferencing software and equipment. There is a tier of relatively low-end solutions that are fine for internal meetings with team members and, in some cases, with clients. Then, there is a tier of higher-end systems that may be a reach for many small businesses.

However, the cost of installing a more expensive system may be lessened by the savings acquired by eliminating many business trips in favor of the technology. A quality video conferencing system also offers the priceless opportunity to further a business by connecting with people at all ends of the globe.

A report by Network Instruments found that there may be a strong future for the video conferencing industry as more businesses find the technology advantageous. According to the study, 90 percent of respondents said they plan to deploy a video conferencing solution within 24 months.