The Dawn of Live Video Conferencing

An Emerging Technology

There was a time when telephones where a major technological feat. It was a marvel of technology that allowed people to connect over great distances. Now people don’t just talk on the phone anymore; texting, downloading files, and internet searches can all be done from a standard mobile phone. It seems almost every month; a new technology is introduced onto the market. If you are using you mobile device to only make phone call, you are an “out mode”.

Live video conferencing, or point to point video conferencing, is the newest way for people to connect. Video conferencing makes it possible for two or more people to meet despite miles of distance between them. Participants can exchange ideas, converse, import details and much more. It reduces the amount of travel that is mandatory for employees to work with clients.

Point to Point Conferencing Set-up

Setting up the system for point to point conferencing is not difficult but you need to start with hooking up Video Conference Terminals (VCT). The VCT are the main bodies of the system and they will control the ingoing and outgoing streams. To use the VCT, a user needs to enter the IP address of the terminal that the wish to connect with. The request crosses through the web and makes the connection. Once the connection is established, participants can stream live video and audio.

Video Conferencing Opening Doors

Video conferencing is not only limited to corporate business. It has grown very popular in the mute and hearing impaired population. The technology permits visual language like signing to be used to communicate. It also makes it possible to add a translator to the conference if necessary.

There are several options that make it possible for translators to participate. They can be physically present at either end and provide real time interpretation. They may also conference in from a completely different site. This method would require the use of a phone system that can translate spoken word into written language in order to ensure that everyone is clear on what is being said. This would mean that a phone line must be available at all sites.

Video Conferencing in Medicine

Live video conferencing is finding a place in medicine as well. The ability to send images and documents for immediate interpretation has become increasingly popular among physicians. It can literally save a patient’s life because a doctor can contact any number of specialists all over the world. This can help open up diagnosis and treatment options. Doctors can now have access to new procedures and treatments that other doctors have implemented no matter where they are.

Remote regions can also benefit from this technology. Places that have very limited medical care can now find the assistance that they need. If they can access the internet, they are just a click away from help.

Point to point conferencing technology is changing the world. It is bridging gaps that once were thought impassable. It is connecting cities, countries and nations across the globe. It can save time and money while still supporting personal interactions. Communication has come a long way since the telegraph machine; what will tomorrow bring?