No more traffic! Start your first meeting from home via video conference

Avoid traffic headaches, start your first meeting via telepresence

Avoid traffic headaches, start your first meeting via telepresence

Honk! Honk!  Beep! Beep!  Oh, the sounds of rush hour traffic.  A lot worse than usual, and you only have 30 minutes left to make that important meeting.  You left in plenty of time. Well, better call the team and let them know you will be late.  

Sound familiar?  It’s a very common occurrence and there is a solution.  A solution to make all morning meetings forever be on time.  Video conferencing from home.  Yes, that’s right.  Everyone sit down in your favorite comfy chair at home, turn on those laptops, connect to the video conferencing service, and have your favorite morning drink by your side (no alcohol please, or at least don’t make it obvious).  

Sounds wonderful.  But, there is a problem. There is a rumor that it is to expensive to setup video conferencing.  Or is it?  If your company is going to buy all the hardware, software and possible bandwidth increase required to setup video conferencing than, yes, it will be expensive.  And some companies prefer this way and have the funds to do it.  However, it is not written anywhere that you must do it this way.  There is an alternative.

There are businesses designed to service your video conferencing needs.  These businesses acquire all the needed hardware, software, and telecommunications connections (a.k.a. lots of bandwidth) required for a great video conferencing experience.   These video conferencing service companies will than share their investment and technology with you, at a fraction of the price it would have cost your business to do the entire setup internally.  In addition, they have the knowledge and experience to support and maintain these services.

There are a few ways you can implement video conferencing services.  It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing scenario. Here are some ideas:

  • You can sign up for the service to do a proof of concept.  In other words, evaluate video conferencing as a new tool before deploying it company-wide.  The feedback you receive from a select group in your workforce, will be invaluable to helping deploy telepresence as a  communication tool company-wide. 
  • If you decide to setup video conferencing in house, but don’t have the expertise to manage it, no problem.  Outsource the skill set from an expert in the video conferencing business.
  • Sign up for the service and use it full time for your video conferencing communications needs.

Implementing video conferencing into your business doesn't need to be expensive or scarey.  Just find a video conferencing service provider to do all the expensive and hard stuff for you.  Which leaves you with only one serious decision.  Honk! Honk! Beep! Beep! first thing in the morning?  Or the restfulness of your favorite chair to get that morning meeting started on time, every time.

Batipi is a video conferencing service provider.  They offer cutting edge technology, cloud hosting, flexible pricing plans, and great customer service that includes a single point of contact.  Best of all their service can support connections from a PC, MAC, iPhone, iPad, or Android capable devices.

 

Google Enlists the Help of Vidyo for Improving Video Quality

Vidyo, batipi's powerful telepresence technology, has gotten another vote of confidence from the world of technology. Google has recently enlisted the help of Vidyo to improve the video quality of web-native applications that do not require plugins or special software. It's not a new partnership, necessarily. Google previously called on Vidyo to power Google+ Hangouts. Seeing the effectiveness of Vidyo's scaleable video coding (SVC), they expect the technology to aid WebRTC improvements.

The magic of Vidyo is in its responsive design. With SVC extensions, video and audio automatically adjust quality and bandwidth depending on the characteristics of the device accessing the content. 

The partnership will serve as a great boost to WebRTC, Google's current protocol for responsive real time communication (RTC). Expectations are that the power of WebRTC and the expertise of Vidyo will create a sort of RTC dream team. Web-native content will be more responsive and app-like, giving the user a better real-time experience.

Those signed onto a telepresence service powered by Vidyo already understand the importance of the technology in video conferencing. Responsive design allows browser-to-browser and browser-to-server communications to give every participant in the video conference a quality experience, no matter where they are or what device they're using. Mobile and field players are better brought into the fold.

Organizations looking for a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to link team members and partners separated by satellite and field offices, can trust in clear communications with minimum technical glitches. Vidyo's responsive design minimizes clumsy load times and sporadic disconnections that interrupt important discussions and hinder productivity. They can do so without the cost and carbon footprint of extensive travel.

Google understands the power of Vidyo's technology, and we do, too. For more information about how Vidyo's telepresence technology can improve your video conferencing, contact us.

 

3 Reasons It Is Worth Considering Meeting via Video

In the digital age, more and more people are working from home. One in five Americans work remotely at least once a week. This number is expected to continue to rise in the next few years. The appeal of working from home is one reason to consider having your next company meeting be a video meeting, but there are a variety of other reasons companies are now turning more to online meetings.

Save Money...period

Whether you are meeting with employees across the city, across the state, across the nation, or even internationally, people do not have to worry about the travel expenses associated with getting to the meeting. For companies with employees situated geographically far apart, food and hotel accommodations are also not an issue. Because people are participating in the meeting from their own locations, money can also be saved on office space. Also, not to mention the improved work efficiency of your staff relates to time saved, and most would agree, time equals money. 

Productive and happy employees

With business meetings involving people who have to fly or travel large distances productivity can be a real issue. The person will have less time to work on the project while traveling. Plus, travel makes people tired which results in them being less productive. With video meetings, employees can work up until the point of the meeting, and as soon as the meeting is over, everyone can get back to work. The people are not exhausted and can continue to be productive employees. Of course this does not refer to working longer hours, rather completing work tasks efficiently and more time is available for employees to manage their personal affairs.

More People Can Participate

Company meetings can include the people who would otherwise not be able to make the meeting. Maybe your company has an employee either based internationally or who is currently working internationally. Through a video meeting, that employee can participate in a meeting he or she would otherwise miss. An investor or potential business contact living elsewhere can also come to the meeting when it is hosted virtually. Video meetings are also great for the mother who wants to work for your company but who lives across the country and is who reluctant to move because she really likes her kids’ school or her husband already has a great job where they currently live.

Video meetings are also appealing when the weather outside is bad. Whether a winter storm has made visibility almost zero, heavy flooding has made travel dangerous, or other weather-related issues make staying at home sound wonderful, a video meeting allows the meeting to still take place.  

Vidyo Technology Leads the Pack. Just Ask Google

Vidyo recently announced a signed agreement between the company and Google to enhance video quality in Google’s web-native applications that do not require plug-ins or special software. As the current software provider for Google Hangouts on Google+, Vidyo will now extend its contribution to Google’s services by providing the software that will allow users with different quality video and audio streams to access the same content based on their unique bandwidth and device characteristics.

Vidyo’s technology will automatically lower quality and bandwidth to a Smartphone with a weak 3G connection while automatically providing full quality streaming to desktop users of Google Fiber. Chee Chew, VP of Engineering at Google, said in a statement,

Vidyo has been a great partner, working with Google to provide a high quality video solution for Hangouts.

Vidyo has brought that same adaptive technology to video conferencing. Their VidyoRouter™ architecture monitors in real time the performance and capabilities of each endpoint device. By monitoring the underlying network, Vidyo’s technology adapts video streams instantaneously to optimize video communication. A more natural communication experience is delivered due to reduced end-to-end latency compared to traditional MCU-based solutions.

By finally capturing the technology that produces high-quality multi-party video Vidyo provides unmatched telepresence quality and multi-point video communications. This is an amazing tool for companies and business owners with employees scattered all over the city, the state and the world.

In-person meetings have always been a daily event in the world of business. However, with one out of every five people working from home and the expense involved in getting people to a central location, the typical meeting has become more and more costly. As evident by the growing use of video conferencing business professionals obviously see the benefits of the technology and are using it in increasing numbers.

Haven't Made Video Conferencing A Priority Yet? Consider the Following:

Why waste the time and effort of traveling to another city, state or even country to have a conference meeting when you could do so in the comfort of your own home, without having to leave your loved ones? 

Meeting face to face, whether it be with corporate stakeholders or an employee, has never been so painstakingly simple. No matter where you're located, and whether you're on a laptop, smart phone or tablet, you can harness the benefits of video conferencing and personal telepresence to improve your business communications right now. 

Why Would Your Business Even Need Video Conferencing? 

Before you decide to even learn the benefits of video conderencing and personal telepresence, you need to ask yourself why you really need it. Is it to allow executives who lack necessary time to meet virtually face to face to discuss issues and resolve problems?

Could you use video conferencing for face to face training, to answer questions or have discussions with new or potential employees? Do you need important face time with a potential client and want to bring together the key decision makers from their various locations?   If you could make use of the above key points, then you probably need an easy to use video conferencing tool that streams flawlessly in HD quality. 

DIY Or Outsource to a Provider? 

Now that you have an idea of the benefits and how your company can benefit from personal telepresence, it's time to decide whether you want to take the do it yourself route of putting extra pressure on your IT staff or utilize a service provider.

A few of the key benefits that come with outsourcing all of your video conferencing needs are:

  • The most cost-effective benefit is that you never have to pay excessive amounts for video conferencing servers, most of which which will become outdated within a few years. 
  • You gain access to a qualified, courteous customer support team that is able to resolve any issues or technical problems you may encounter. 
  • You never have to hire extra employees or re-train within your IT staff.
  • A turn-key solution that allows your business to immediately adopt a new communication tool and start conferencing. 

Many believe video conferencing is the future of the old-fashioned "corporate meeting", and they just might be right. Don't let the distance between employees get in the way of your company's productivity, take a leap forward and make the upgrade to using personal telepresence in your business today!

 

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