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Seven Obscure Benefits of Video Conferencing No One Thought Of

August 10, 2017

Seven Obscure Benefits of Video Conferencing No One Thought Of

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. Crystal-clear, live HD videoconferencing is often much more effective than a phone call in many different situations. 4K displays will make the quality of experience even better than is currently available; however, for the majority of applications, high-definition produces stunning quality at Internet bandwidth levels available to the vast majority of businesses today. H.265 and other emerging video compression standards will also improve the effectiveness of video calling; however they will also require an increase in computing power that, in the short term, may restrict adoption in the average video conferencing environment.

We know that videoconferencing can increase productivity, reduce a company’s travel costs, connect remote workers, give callers information through body language, and be used to share documents. But is that all videoconferencing is good for? Some of the obscure benefits of video conferencing can also be advantageous, such as the ideas that follow:

  • Disaster management – Some customers use video to mobilize response teams during disaster situations, be it a weather emergency, a traffic accident, or even a terrorist threat. Response teams can collaborate with the federal Department of Homeland Security to evaluate terrorist threats quickly and efficiently.

  • Distance learning – One professor teaches some of the best and brightest musical students in the country at Juilliard School in New York City, but does so from his home in Michigan. This musician conducts private classes while his students dial in from practice rooms in NYC. This allows the teacher to have dinner with his family and saves him time and energy.

  • Legal hearings for prisoners – Video can be used to help incarcerated individuals who must attend hearings, including formal reading of all charges, the defendant’s rights, and bail amounts. Without video, this process is extremely time-consuming and wastes tax dollars. Now, individuals can attend these hearings virtually using video conferencing that provides crystal-clear, lifelike experiences.

  • Sign language translations for the deaf – Companies that provide translations for sign language for the deaf can use video technology that enables face-to-face communication. This is a great way for deaf people to speak to each other and to understand what others are communicating.

  • Student field trips – With the right equipment, school children can take field trips without ever leaving the classroom. Students can “visit” places and talk with people that were considered off limits before video conferencing technology came to light. Classes can talk to experts in a variety of different areas to help them understand a particular subject they are working with. Studies have shown that contact with experts from the real world truly helps students: It can improve their interest in a particular field.

  • Video recruiting – Fast and efficient, video interviews improve upon finding the best employee and eliminating unqualified candidates. Video conferencing makes the process a quick and cost-effective experience for everyone involved. It also enables human resources departments to expand their search to areas with deep talent pools without using up their travel budgets.

  • Telemedicine – At times, people need medical advice but are unable to visit their personal physicians or, more likely, specialists. When this happens, video conferencing can make all the difference. This is especially important in rural areas such as Alaska. Video conferencing can allow a patient in a remote location to speak with a specialist from anywhere in the world. Patients can receive the necessary information and guidance they need quickly and easily. Although videoconferencing won’t replace all visits to a medical professional, it can sometimes be the only method of meeting with a specific doctor, and in a tough situation, it may prove to be a lifesaver.

VARs should mention some of these ideas to clients to show their level of expertise and in order to build a relationship. VARs can even go back to existing customers that have already installed video conferencing to suggest some of these applications, which may result in additional sales. Thinking outside of the box with video conferencing can be lucrative for resellers.

Are there additional obscure video conferencing applications that should be addressed in this blog? Please feel free to comment!