Video conferencing a valuable cost-cutting tool

Video conferencing a valuable cost-cutting tool

The use of video conferencing can provide a financially efficient option for businesses looking to embark on international communications, according to the Remark Group.

The company claims the technology is rapidly beginning to become a valued part of almost any firm, whether its a sophisticated installation in the boardroom or a method for multi-point simultaneous conferencing.

Other popular items now seen in boardrooms up and down the country include high-spec monitors, state-of-the-art webcams as well as speakers providing high quality surround sound.

The group has also said that it was important for companies to ensure they make the right choice in AV installations, and think about what impact they might have on the business as a whole.

One of the main aims for firms looking to communicate on an international level is how to make video conferencing between clients as good as possible.

The recession has recently placed a number of business under pressure to cut costs, and the advances in video conferencing mean that it is now a far more attractive proposition for many companies than the idea of just hopping on a plane.

The cost of international calls is also prohibitively expensive in such an economic climate, meaning that it is off-limits to many firms.

David Lyons, IT services director for the Remark Group, said: "There has been a real shift in the way people handle international relations and now the days of expensive cross-country calls or flights abroad for meetings are few and far between. The options available for businesses to facilitate virtual meetings are endless. Thanks to technological innovations, premium visual, sound and connection quality in video conferencing can make the whole experience both stress-free and enjoyable."

Companies are still advised to ensure they choose their provider for such as service after a great deal of though in order to get a deal that is suited to them and the needs of the business.

Although cost is a high priority, there are other considerations for many firms, such as the need to successfully integrate any new technology with the existing systems of the business.