So far, we’ve introduced cloud video conferencing and explained some of its lesser and better-known advantages – from the minimum initial capital outlay involved and ease of use to the long-term cost-effectiveness of such a service and even its worth in presenting your company more professionally than would be possible with ‘free’ alternatives like Skype and Google Hangouts.
However, one of the greatest advantages of video conferencing as a service will always be its interoperability. While a more traditional service of this type would entail installing the associated software and ensuring that all prospective participants do the same, a managed video conferencing service simply requires that every participant has an Internet-connected device along with a camera and microphone.
The device used really doesn’t matter
It doesn’t matter whether the participants have a Windows, Android or iOS device – when you invest in a cloud video conferencing service like that offered by Smarter Interactive from UCi2i, VaaS-t or Lifesize, they can simply click on an email invitation to join in. Choose our video conferencing package, and up to six guests can be connected in HD quality to any standards-based video conferencing system.
Of course, while such services as Skype, Google Hangouts, Webex, Lync and FaceTime are popular alternatives to a managed video conferencing platform, they only work if each participant has an account with the service that they are connecting to, in addition to using the software of that service on a supported hardware device. The list of supported devices naturally varies depending on the service.
The advantages of our specific services
Our current supported devices include Windows or Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and smartphones. All of our available video conferencing services are known for their interoperability – however, they are complemented by further features that only make them even stronger aids to your business efficiency.
For example, while VaaS-t offers video conferencing to any device, with no need to check that the same software is being used by everyone, the HD resolution video and crystal clear audio also makes for a more professional experience and more productive meetings. You are also given calls of the lowest available latency, eradicating the time delay that tends to occur with traditional multi-party meeting solutions. 128 bit AES encryption on calls ensures further peace of mind.
Nonetheless, it is the interoperability of our solutions that has long made them such a draw for our most discerning corporate clients. With your firm providing the hardware but ourselves providing the software, there’s no need to think about the technology – only the task in hand.