Video conferencing can be used in a host of different
environments, which is one of the reasons the technology
is so popular. General uses for video conferencing
include business meetings, educational training or
instruction and collaboration among health officials or
other representatives. Thus far video conferencing has
been used in the following fields:
Videoconferencing provides businesses with
the ability to meet and to work with others over a
distance. The following list includes several examples
of the benefits for businesses using videoconferencing:
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- Reduce travel costs.
- Improve use of executive time.
- Speed up decision-making.
- Keep meetings brief and more focused than
- Enable top management to quickly and effectively
communicate with employees sitting in multiple
- Allows virtual project management via video and
data conferencing with geographically dispersed peer
groups at short notice.
- Provides an effective way of delivering
cost-efficient training to individuals without the
requirement to consistently travel to central
- Creates a medium for conducting interviews.
Videoconferencing is an exciting technology for
education. Teachers and students are able to see each
other, share documents and discuss topics together in a
situation similar to a traditional classroom setting.
The main difference being that the teachers and the
students may be in different states or even
Distance Learning Videoconferencing increases
- Saving travel time and expenses.
- Increasing an instructor's audience.
- Maintaining the ability for interaction between
teachers and students.
Many schools are currently using videoconferencing
systems for a variety of purposes, including:
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- Traditional courses.
- Connecting with guest speakers and experts.
- Multi-school project collaboration.
- Enabling teachers to share information and team-up
with teachers in remote sites.
- Virtual field trips to museums, zoos, aquariums,
institutions and other interesting locations that are
geographically distant from the school.
Telecommuting / Home Office
Working out of
home has never been easier or more practical.
Videoconferencing makes it possible to stay connected
with people in a very real way. Videoconferencing allows
users to save resources by meeting with clients and/or
colleagues via videoconference. This reduces travel
expenses, while maintaining face-to-face contact.
For a minimal cost, it is possible to set-up a fully
functional videoconferencing system that works in a
professional and reliable way from your home
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The use of
videoconferencing technology is becoming more prevalent
in today’s courtrooms. Videoconferencing systems are
used to enable testifying witnesses to “appear” in court
without having to travel to the courtroom. Expert
witnesses, prisoners, and various other witnesses can
provide the same testimonies from remote locations. From
the prison, prisoners will see and hear everything that
takes place in the courtroom and will be able to answer
questions posed to them by the presiding judges and
lawyers. Videoconferencing in the court system offers
significant cost savings and improved security by
reducing the need for high-security prisoner transport.
The entire courtroom experience will be made shorter,
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There are times
when a person needs medical advice but is unable to
visit their personal physician or even more likely, a
specialist. In such situations using videoconferencing
can make all the difference. A patient in a rural
location can easily “meet” with a specialist from
anywhere in the world. Videoconferencing enables
patients to get the necessary information and expert
guidance they need quickly and easily. While
videoconferencing cannot replace all visits to a medical
professional, in some instances it can be the only
method of meeting with a specific doctor, and in a
difficult situation it may prove to be a