The use of video conferencing has grown exponentially over the last decade. Video conferencing enables personal interaction with colleagues in remote locations.
By using video conferencing, businesses and schools save money on travel and time away from the office. High-speed broadband is a key component for successful virtual conferencing. In addition, each participant needs a computer, web camera and microphone.
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With the latest video and audio equipment, video conferencing helps companies be more productive by bringing people from all over the world together for face-to-face interaction.
Professors can give lectures in live classrooms and broadcast them to hundreds of other students around the world. The possibilities are endless.
Looking ahead, there are plans for a virtual community where video conferencing is commonplace for any company that wants it. The goal is for more people to do their job from the location of their choice.
This can free people from the daily commute to work. The benefits will outweigh the time and money saved by commuting to work, but will also benefit the environment as more people work from home, reducing emissions and pollution during peak hours.
As some professions become more specialized, video conferencing is an opportunity to be taught and mentored by experts without the headache of traveling. Many people who may be restricted for health or financial reasons are free to participate fully in business and educational activities.
Video conferencing brings together people from all over the world. With the rise of global business and politics, video conferencing can be a positive force in promoting peace and sound political negotiations between countries, businesses and around the world.