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    Conferencing: Types And Benefits

    Conferencing: Types And Benefits

    With the outbreak of Covid two years ago the lifestyle and work patterns of people have changed, with more people choosing to work at home. This has worked to the benefit of 

    Companies such as Zoom and Zoho, as online platforms are in higher demand for video conferences and such, between managers and their subordinates and even for educational purposes.

    There are two types of conferencing method available for corporate use - Audio and Video.

    Audio Conferencing: this system is where two or more individuals in different locations use technology like a conference bridge (a conference bridge is a form of remote meeting using a business phone system) to hold an audio call. Audio conferencing is different to a traditional phone call due to the fact that all participants dial into a central system that connects them instead of directly calling each other. A benefit of audio conferencing is that it aims at achieving communications and collaboration simultaneously. Many audio conferencing products may also have online collaboration elements standard or optional, like screen-sharing, to further enhance the value of audio meetings.

    There are two types of audio conferencing: 

    1. Point-to-point conferencing system which enables two people located in different locations to collaborate and communicate with each other.
    2. Multipoint conferencing system facilitates communication between three or more people located in different places.

    An essential requirement to audio conferencing is that all users must have the conferencing software installed in their computers or phones. The computers or phones for conferencing must also have speakers and microphones, and a fast or data connection.

    Some audio conferencing platforms can support a number of conferencing hosts, exempt special event connection costs, and come with add-ons. This makes audio conferencing a great way for more than two people to connect with each other at the same time.

    Video Conferencing: Video conferencing is where two or more people engage in a live audio-visual call.

    In a business, people would use video conferencing to communicate and collaborate within and outside the company. You just need to set up the necessary hardware and software to get the most out of the experience.

    A video conferencing system would require a stable internet connection, a video display device, webcam, microphone and so on, the conferencing software which should be available to all participants, of course a device such as a computer or a conference phone.

    Types of video conferencing: 

    1. Point-on-point conferencing, as with audio conferencing, there are only two participants communicating from different locations in real time. 

      Some example of point-to-point conferencing would be one-to-one customer support and job interviews. 

    2. Multipoint Conferencing: There are many ways for you to conduct a multipoint video conference, typically depending on the number of active speakers in the meeting and total number of participants.  

      Team meetings and webinars would be some examples.

    Some benefits of video conferencing would be improved productivity, humanized conversations, well-structured meetings and remote workforce support, this would mean that outsourcing is made very possible.

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