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Our speed of communication has improved dramatically and I can ensure important messages are displayed across both buildings on the site almost instantaneously. It means that we can have our briefings by data conferencing, which adds to the flow of inteligence.
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Video conference calling

When you start using video conference calling in your business you gain in many ways. Video conferencing means that you can cut down on the amount of travelling you do, which saves you money and time and also reduces your business’ carbon footprint. Instead of travelling between offices or overseas to meet colleagues, clients and suppliers you can use video conference calling to speak to people face to face from the comfort of your office.

How do you access video conference calling?

There are many different options for companies who want to use video conference calling, from free or very inexpensive software solutions to high quality dedicated hardware. Perhaps the easiest way to get started with video conference calling is by using a free service such as Skype or Google+ Hangouts. These internet-based services let you make video conference calls to other registered users free of charge. However, because they are free services the quality of the connection is often poor, leading to jerky images and calls that could cut out every few minutes.

At the other end of the scale you could access video conference calling through a dedicated system. The most expensive systems combine audio visual equipment with a bridge, which gives you the ports that let you connect to other people. Although the initial cost of video conferencing equipment can be high, if you are a regular user of video conference calling you will soon see a return on your investment.  Companies such as Smarter Interactive can also offer you an operating lease on video conferencing technology, which lets you pay for the use of equipment over a number of months.

There are also video conferencing managed solutions available – this is where you purchase the video conferencing equipment but lease the connection ports. If you don’t use video conference calling very often or you would like the flexibility to increase the number of connections as and when you need them, this could be the best choice for you.

If you’re not yet using video conference calling in your business, or you would like to explore the options available, give Smarter Interactive a call on 0118 336 0010 and we’ll be happy to help.

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