What is video conferencing?

Video conferencing is two-way interactive communication. In today’s world it is delivered using Internet technologies that allow people at different location to come together for a meeting. The video conference can be as simple as a conversation between two people in private offices (point-to-point) or involve several sites (multi-point) with more than one person in large rooms at different sites.

A basic video conference setup has a camera and a microphone. Video from the camera and audio from the microphone is converted into a digital format and transmitted to a receiving location using a coding and decoding device, often referred to as a “codec”.

At the receiving location is another codec device that decodes the receiving digital stream into a form that can be seen and heard on monitors or televisions. At the same time, video and audio from cameras and microphones at the received location is sent back to the original location. This process is practically instantaneous.

What are the benefits of video conferencing?

Video conferencing saves travel time and money. Participants can see and hear all other participants and communicate both verbally and visually, creating a face-to-face experience. PowerPoint and other on screen graphics can be employed to further reinforce the message that is being delivered. People downtime is reduced and productivity gains are achieved by removing the logistics of flight preparations, airport delays, hotel stays, and all the other inconveniences of business travel. In distance education or training, video conferencing provides quality access to students who could not travel to or could afford to relocate to a traditional campus. Video conferences are also used in legal depositions and employee recruitment. People utilizing the video conference service provided by Executive Suites at Lakewood Ranch can connect with other individuals in other parts of the world without having to leave town to do so.

People use video conferencing when:

A live conversation is needed;
Visual information is an important component of the conversation;
The parties of the conversation can’t physically come to the same location;
The expense or time of travel is a consideration.

Executive Suites At Lakewood Ranch provides video conference service to the public utilizing state-of-the-art IP based video conference equipment in a professional room dedicated strictly to providing video conference service.