Video Conference Installations: The Universal Boardroom

Overview: Video conference systems are advancing communications and making education more accessible. Read the following blog to find out how video conferencing is being used in universities and to learn more about its potential in other industries.

A university in Miami is using multiple Polycom HDX 8000 video conference systems at their campus to allow students to obtain their degree from anywhere in the world. A Polycom application on tablets and smartphones allows students to have communications with live lectures or to watch them at their own convenience. Students viewing from off campus have the same ability to participate as if they were there in person. Anyone enrolled in the course has the ability to engage and have questions answered in real time via video conference. When a professor is asked a question from a student thousands of miles away, an icon appears on their video display. Clicking on the icon brings up the student's image and name, allowing for their question to be answered.

Academic institutions are not just using video conferencing for students internationally, but also regionally. It’s becoming increasingly common for universities to have multiple campuses and to be partnered with one another. If a course at one campus requires 50 students to be enrolled for it not to be cancelled, video conferencing to another campus can ensure that the minimum number is reached. And once again, the lecture can be viewed either in lecture halls set up by the partnering campus or watched on a smartphone/tablet at the student’s convenience.

Distance education is not a new concept, online courses have been offered for years. However, video conference capabilities allows for greater number of disciplines to be available. Some colleges in the US have video conference technology installed at restaurant facilities so students in culinary arts can be a part of world-class lectures with top chefs.

Academic institutions have used the video conference system beyond the classroom for administrative purposes, including meetings and interviews for new faculty staff. The technology is not just limited to universities; businesses have been using video conferencing as a means to stretch their boardroom to offices around the world. The upgrades in systems and Internet connections have fixed the bugs in recent versions, so meetings are no longer interrupted or frozen. The potential that video conferencing holds for other industries is great as well. For example, take the oil and gas industry. Engineers with scale models of pipelines can video conference with colleagues in the field in real-time. The real-time communication allows engineers and experts to work together, come up with solutions for problems, and apply them safely.

The Bottom Line: Alberta Pro Group is connecting multiple industries to one another, from corporate offices in Calgary to engineers out in the field. Video conferences have evolved from the days of bulky phones used in conference calls. Video presentations can be viewed simultaneously in multiple boardrooms around the world. Video conferencing is evolving fast and technologies are constantly changing. Before any installation you need to be informed on all the latest equipment available by speaking to the experts at Alberta Pro Group.

For more information on video conferencing for businesses in Calgary, contact Alberta Pro Group today on 1-855-333-1223.