Virtual Conferencing: Building a Better Environment

Today, many organisations are willing to do their bit for the environment and are putting efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. To do this, many organisations look for ideas and solutions that will help them to keep the environment pollution-free, which can also provide the advantage of reducing their company’s expenses. One such solution that can very well help in keeping the environment safe and clean is web video conferencing. This solution has emerged as one of the most feasible and simple communication technology in recent times. It helps to reduce the operational costs of a company by helping to reduce travel needs of the company’s personnel. Therefore, owing to the lower costs involved with web video conferencing, many organisations are employing this service over traditional conferencing methods.

Also, a big advantage that video conferencing provides is that it reduces the distance between people, separated by long distances, with call in conference service. In addition, the call in conference service helps organisations in reducing the carbon emission rate that assists them to earn valuable carbon credits. As we all know, business travel has its effect on the environment in a big way. Thus, companies that deploy call in conference service products can, thus, lower their carbon footprint in a substantial manner. This service helps organisations in a big way, in their corporate social responsibility efforts.

Video conferencing solutions enable personnel of an organisation to collaborate with their peers, clients and employees, any time and anywhere, synchronously. With the help of video conferencing services, organisations can efficiently cut down their expenses of renting a venue, abroad travel expenses, hotel bookings, expensive meals and car rentals. Additionally, this service also helps in reduce the travelling time, and this time can be used for other important work, thereby increasing organisational and individual productivity.

There are various reliable conferencing service providers that offer several facilities for top-quality conferencing. One such facility is the availability of recording feature that can be used to record an entire meeting for future references or reviewing sessions. In addition, the service providers generate a secure ID and pass code for participants, so that the information and documents shared during the conference call, does not get leaked. These solutions are a great alternative to huge conference halls for conferences, and other miscellaneous costs associated with them. An online conference call can be attended from one’s small workstation, as well; it saves a lot of event organising costs. Using these solutions, organisations can also arrange for training sessions for employees, internal meetings and brainstorming sessions to keep their employees updated about the developments within the organisation and outside. Web video conferencing also enables professionals to be in constant touch with their peers in other branches of the organisation, since, it has become an essential activity in today’s corporate culture to interact with one-and-all.

In order to set up a web conference, the tools required include a computer with an Internet connection and relevant applications that allow initiating a virtual meeting. With growing advancements in conferencing technology, users can choose for specialised conferencing consoles, laptops, smartphones and tablet computers to initiate or join a conference.

Medianet Architecture: Now and Beyond and Why Do We Need It for Video Conferencing?

According to Cisco’s forecasts, 90 percent of consumer IP traffic will be video in 2013. Cisco also predicts that mobile data traffic will also be overtaken by video, reaching 64 percent of total mobile IP traffic by 2013. With the increasing uptake of video and rich-media applications throughout organisations across the globe, networks face a host of challenges associated with the display of video over the network, including ensuring predictability, performance, quality, security, and mobility. Traditional IP networks are not well-equipped to handle the interactive and real-time requirements of video, making delivery and quality of media unpredictable and increasingly complex for network operators and managers.

Technologies such as medianet help address these challenges by accelerating deployment of applications, minimizing complexity and ongoing operating costs, and helping to scale the infrastructure for the best user quality of experience Medianet is an end-to-end architecture for a network comprising advanced, intelligent technologies and devices. Offered by Cisco, Medianet architecture integrates a smarter network with smarter endpoints to simplify the deployment and operation of various media and applications.

Building a Medianet experience Medianet architecture can detect and optimise different media and application types, such as telepresence, video conferencing, digital signage, enterprise TV, unified collaboration, video surveillance and desktop video streaming to deliver the best experience. It automatically detects and configures media endpoints and responds to changes in device, connection, and service availability. With Medianet technology embedded within the network, the network becomes smarter about video traffic, applications and services. And, when embedded into endpoints, video endpoints become smarter to connect to and communicate with the network.

Cisco is delivering video enabled client software to endpoints, including WebEx and Cisco TelePresence. Eventually mobile endpoints, such as android and tablet devices will also be supported. The software is called Media Service Interface (MSI) and by placing network intelligence into the endpoint delivers auto-configuration assistance and provides a quality user experience.

Medianet Readiness Assessment (MRA) service

Enterprises can face several challenges as they prepare their networks for video adoption. Unlike voice, video is more bandwidth intensive, and it is more sensitive to delay, jitter and packet loss. As the benefits of video are realised, the adoption rate of video applications and convergence will accelerate in the coming years, putting more pressure on enterprises to get ready for video.

The Benefits of a Medianet

A medianet has built-in intelligence to address the unique challenges of video by giving customers:

• Enriched video quality and end-user quality of experience over the network

• Simplified installation and management of video endpoints

• Enhanced troubleshooting for voice, data, and video applications

• The ability to assess the effects of video, voice, and data on your network

Architecture to organise and harness the power of corporate video communications

Endpoint devices and their video applications should be embraced, as the technology has the power to put people at the centre of collaboration. Cisco Medianet architecture seeks to deliver a simple consistent video communications experience throughout the enterprise.

Contact us today to find out if your network is ready for your future video strategy!

Cisco WebEx Capabilities for Audio Video and Web Conferencing

When you are unable to meet in-person with your customers, colleagues, or partners, Cisco WebEx™ technology is the next best alternative. Meet, present, share, and collaborate on content with as few as 3 or as many as 3,000 participants – all on the web.

Cisco WebEx has what you need to get the job done right. And because it is delivered over the Internet as you need it, you eliminate the hassle of required downloads, updates, and maintenance.

Whether you want to schedule a conference in advance or conduct one on the fly, Cisco WebEx one-click meetings makes starting your conference as quick and easy as a click of your mouse. You can launch a conference from Microsoft® Office, Outlook®, or your own personalized Cisco WebEx URL, and invite your participants via email, text, or instant message.

Once inside your virtual conference room, Cisco WebEx’s multipoint video integration in standard and high-definition lets you incorporate real-time video. Multimedia content, application and desktop sharing provide a more engaging and effective experience for your participants, and give you the ability to grant participants control if you so choose. Documents and presentations can be shown in full screen or zoom mode with no degradation in image clarity or quality. True browser-based web page co-navigation allows hosts to guide participants through any website with the option to share control.

In addition, Cisco WebEx web conferencing, audio conferencing and video conferencing services provide a robust list of features, including polling, integrated audio controls, note taking panel, distribution lists, Lotus Notes®, Microsoft Office and Outlook integration, floating icon tray, auto-play presentations, desktop collaboration and application sharing, and support for PowerPoint® animation and transitions.

Finally, with the record, edit and play back feature, you can record and then edit your entire conference or desktop application for future play back. Once saved, your participants will be able to listen and view your recording offline. Conference transcripts – can be kept with the conference host or sent to all participants to ensure all post-conference decisions/actions are conducted in a timely manner.

Cisco WebEx technology allows you to connect with anyone, anywhere, across platforms and devices, whether they’re inside or outside your firewall. If you’re interested in learning more about what Cisco WebEx can do for you and your business, give us a call today! FastBlue Conferencing is an online one-stop shop for all breeds of conferencing services, including web and audio conferencing powered by PGi, Adobe® Connect™ Pro, and InterCall®.