Mobile video conferencing not quite ready for center stage

Thursday, May 26 2011

The burgeoning mobile technology market is making investors and innovators scramble to find ways to implement mobile technology in a variety of systems. Employers are beginning to use smartphones for employee scheduling and doctors increasingly use tablet PCs for diagnoses. It seems as if the software and machines related to mobile technology should be perfectly fitted to video conferencing.

According to, the time for that is not yet quite right. While many companies offer mobile extensions to web conference suites, the technology does not yet seem vesatile enough to handle even a small company's telepresence. Smartphones and other portable PCs can indeed hold video calls. However, they are mostly suited to bringing other people into a conversation that is already supported by a traditional web conferencing suite.

However, mobile video conferencing - even if its current incarnation - offers many advantages. The ability to jump into a video conference at a moment's notice is a significant asset. Managers or support members who need to contribute to a long-distance conversation can add their two cents and do so with video technology. Yet for now, it seems that mobile devices have a bit more growing up to do before companies begin to think about using them exclusively and getting rid of large video conference systems.