Video Conferencing Means Saving Carbon
It won’t be long before businesses will be required to report their environmental statistics formally, and that means fuel consumption from your fleet cars, air and rail travel. It is logical to expect the next step to be targeted reductions in carbon emissions, the largest savings being in air travel. This is going to make businesses really look at what they can do to maintain the level of communication in terms of meetings and events, while reducing the amount of travel involved.
One of the most effective ways of reducing the amount of travel is the implementation of videoconferencing. This can be via webcam on a one-to-one basis right up to large events, where live presentations can be broadcast to huge audiences. Most commonly, businesses will have one or more large screen videoconference units set up in a boardroom or other meeting room and will conference with other sites. Audits, interviews, workgroups, multi-site meetings and many other types of engagement can be carried out over a videoconference link using either standard iSDN technology or business broadband.
Cost-effectiveness depends on the level of usage. Connecting via iSDN may be more appropriate for an occasional user – after line rental, charges are per minute of live use. However, you may need several iSDN lines in order to reach the required bandwidth. Connecting via broadband for business is a more cost-effective option for high usage because although line rental is higher, unlimited usage is included. SDSL broadband is the most appropriate for videoconferencing because downstream and upstream rates are equal, ensuring a smooth and lag-free conversation between sites. Using ADSL is possible, but there needs to be a guaranteed minimum upstream rate appropriate for the quality of videoconferencing required.
5G Communications provides advice across all aspects of business communications including business broadband, iSDN2 and iSDN30. We offer managed services, line rentals and business broadband packages to suit your comms strategy, and ongoing reviews ensure your business is keeping ahead of the game.