The Evolution of Video Conferencing

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  • 1. The Evolution of Video Conferencing Presented By S. Ann Earon, Ph.D. TRI Inc. 609-597-6334, annearon@aol.com December, 2006 COMING UP NEXT
  • 2. Sponsored By: www.polycom.com
  • 3. The Evolution of Video Conferencing Presented By S. Ann Earon, Ph.D. TRI Inc. 609-597-6334, annearon@aol.com December, 2006
  • 4. Agenda
    • History Lesson
    • Definitions
    • Collaboration Trends
    • Video Conferencing Today
    • Critical Success Factors
    • Growth of Video Drive By:
    • Productivity Enhancing Reasons
  • 5. Agenda
    • HD & Telepresence
    • The Value of IP
    • User Case Studies
    • UltimateHD ™
    • Steps To Successful Adoption
    • Next In Line For Video Conferencing
  • 6. History Lesson
    • 1982 – Can people communicate at a distance and both see and talk with one another?
    • 1984 – Can moving video be sent over telephone lines?
    • 1994 – With PCs now on every desk, can a system be built that fits inside?
  • 7. History Lesson
    • 1996 – Can a system be built that is completely integrated and sits on top of the monitor?
    • 1997 – Can a system be built that operates over IP?
    • 2000 – Can a system be built that truly integrates the value of the PC and videoconferencing?
    • 2005 – 2021 – What does the future hold for collaborative communications?
  • 8. Definitions
    • Conferencing
      • Electronic communications between groups of people separated by distance and/or time that combines audio, data and video technologies
    • Collaboration
      • Integration of electronic communications technologies to allow people to interactively share information at a distance (i.e. messaging, conferencing, & shared work spaces)
  • 9. Collaboration Trends
    • Collaborative Convergence: melding of audio/data/video and asynchronous/synchronous technologies
    • Industry Consolidation: market can’t support 100 + vendors
    • On-demand work events
    • Majority buyers – early adopters to mainstream buyers
    • Emergence of vertical market offerings
    • Movement to mobile market
  • 10. Video Conferencing Today
    • ISDN Group Systems Are Not Dead
    • Growth in Set Top Boxes and Small Group Systems
    • Desktop Video Is Used By Some and Will Be Used By Many, but also as a Group System
    • HD & Telepresence becoming more attractive
    • Collaboration, streaming & remote presentations will become dominant applications, with videoconferencing included in the mix
  • 11. Critical Success Factors
    • Simple/fast/reliable connections
    • Easy extension of users’ applications
    • Readily deployable over accessible communications
    • Adapts to common meeting styles
    • Cost effective
  • 12. Growth Of Video Driven By:
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Corporate Downsizing
    • Drive to Control Costs
    • Need to Reduce Response Times
    • Negative Events (war, weather, illness)
    • Decreased Costs & Increased Functionality
  • 13. Productivity Enhancing Reasons
    • Reduce the need for people or work teams to physically reside in the same place.
    • Enhance teamwork & collaboration within organizations by offering a high level of intimacy & interactivity.
    • Collaborate on a document or graphic creation with insertions, deletions or alterations made to the document by any participant in real time.
  • 14. HD & Telepresence
    • HD – high definition; idea came from film producers; 16 x 9 aspect ratio; 3 times better than TV, 9 times better than standard video conferencing
    • Telepresence – share everything at a distance as if you are there; address multiple cameras, control systems, room environment, transport; 4 x 3 aspect ratio
    • Look at resolution, frame rate & format, display systems, bandwidth, audio quality, and camera designs
  • 15. Dramatically Changed Environments
    • Psychological & organizational barriers to adoption are falling.
    • Video conferencing can help organizations address issues:
      • Dispersion of global teams
      • Need to make decisions & implement them in shorter time frames
      • Need to respond more quickly to intense competitive pressure
  • 16. The Value of IP
    • Converged IP networks are becoming the norm for voice, data and video communications.
    • IP has become the network layer protocol that is often deployed for broadband access services using DSL, broadband wireless, or optical fiber
  • 17. IP Advantages
    • Continued network development with increased functionality
    • Proliferated globally
    • No toll charges with IP calls
    • Development of add-ons like chat, directory services, etc.
  • 18. IP Disadvantages
    • IP end-to-end networks do not extend outside private networks
    • Bandwidth not always sufficient
    • IP not designed for video; packets dropped
    • Solution…
    • Quality of Service (QoS)
    • Sufficient Bandwidth
  • 19. User Case Studies
    • Mansfield Health Education Center
    • Waterloo University, Canada
    • Virginia Supreme Court
    • Barrow Neurological Institute
    • Manhattan School of Music
  • 20. UltimateHD ™
    • Enhances productivity, effectiveness & efficiency
    • Facilitates a new class of Unified Collaboration Applications
    • Ensures a lifelike user experience everywhere
    • Enables the next generation of unified collaboration
    • Becomes the collaboration core of any unified communications strategy
    • Provides unmatched flexibility
    • Delivered without compromise
  • 21. Next In Line For Video Conferencing
    • On Demand Collaborative Solutions
      • Ridicules the idea of scheduling as the majority of interactions are not scheduled
      • Meet when and where you need to meet
      • On demand is as effective as being co-located
  • 22. Steps To Successful Adoption
    • VIDEOCONFERENCING
      • Make it easy to use
      • Provide open house demonstrations
      • Quantify cost savings
      • Provide training
      • Provide a user competency test
      • Pick up charges under general overhead to promote usage
      • Get senior management endorsement
      • Make it part of the corporate culture that everyone be trained and required to use the technology
      • Promote, promote, promote
      • Hire a consultant
  • 23. QUESTIONS
    • AnnEaron@aol.com, 609-597-6334
    • www.TRIInc.com
  • 24. Sponsored By: www.polycom.com