If someone said to you the words ‘Video Conferencing’, like most people I would expect you to immediately think about a camera and a screen on the wall with someone at the other end talking away.
So when considering what VC system to choose, most people concentrate on those 2 items.
I’d like to challenge this way of thinking as I personally believe they’re way down the pecking order in terms of importance.
When discussing VC requirements with our clients, we run through a full range of important topics and considerations, such as:
- Participants – Who/where/how many
- Potential barriers to user adoption – such as having to ‘log in’
- Technology – Room systems/desktop/mobile. Also, do you have any legacy equipment we can use
- Platform – Are you open to suggestion, or do you have a strategy around using something like Cisco or MS Teams?
- Recording requirements
- Industry – Regulatory compliance/solutions for your vertical sector
- Room Acoustics – Resonance/echo-cancellation/soundbars
- Camera – Fixed or Pan/Tilt/Zoom capable. Position in relation to screen
- Mics – Wired/wireless, desk/ceiling, location
In summary, I would suggest that the single most important thing you can do when considering a VC solution is to NOT go directly to a manufacturer for advice, as they’ll only tell you the strengths of their product. They also often are not aware of complimentary products that are able to best-fit the customer’s needs.
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