The bad old days of video conferencing — when systems were complex, clunky, and costly — meant that a video conference happened only between two expensively-equipped conference rooms that left participants feeing disconnected from the conversation. Average participants (read: not those in the top executive suite) needed to reserve the video conference space, so meetings were rarely spontaneous.
Not surprisingly, video conferencing remained niched. Regular people (read: not top executives) found that video conferences were simply more trouble than they were worth.
But not anymore , thanks to the “cloudifying” of HD video conferencing, which reliably enables multiple face-to-face connections via widely available IP, 4G, and satellite channels to boardrooms, desktops, and mobile iOS, Android, and Windows devices.
Based on the latest SVC ( Scalable Video Coding ) standard, today’s Cloud HD video conferencing solutions are designed to perform in lossy real-world network environments without need for pricey network upgrades or complicated bandwidth management.
The right Cloud HD video conferencing solution is affordable, easy to use, accessible to everyone via any IP device, and uses a redundant infrastructure that ensures reliability and anytime availability — no reservations required.
Here’s my list of key Cloud HD video conferencing capabilities to look for:
- Intuitive web-based interface with self-service convenience creates a consistent, reliable user experience that connects seamlessly and is easy to use
- Connects any conference room, desktop, or mobile device with high-quality audio and high-definition video (up to 1440p/60fps with ultra-low latency) via standard broadband IP networks, including 4G wireless and satellite link
- Ability to host meetings and invite participants from any device
- Can use existing conference room systems to connect (Polycom, LifeSize, Tandberg, and Cisco)
- User-specific customizations, including personal preferences, permissions, logos, messages
- Easy to escalate to HD video conferencing from audio-only conferencing (e.g., chat, VoIP call)
- Secure, thanks to signaling links by TLS, media streams through SRTP, and industry standard AES 128-bit encryption
- Easy to dynamically scale to hundreds of endpoints
- Can record meetings and broadcast them online