Is video conferencing affordable?
New technologies are useful to most people most of
the time but are they affordable? This is the question that is commonly
raised by people who are confronted by new technologies and who believe
that new technologies require new equipment and therefore increased
The internet used to be expensive for most people
but that as when it first came out in the market. Today, internet
connection has become more affordable to most people that even
households have their own internet connection. Perhaps the popularity
of the technology has made it more affordable to more people.
What appears is that the increasing demand for
internet connection has made the connection price more varied and
affordable. There are now more choices and packages for those who would
like to b connected.
The newest technology to come out in the market is
video conferencing. This technology makes use of computers, microphones
and speakers, video cameras and internet connection. It allows two more
people to communicate with each other in real time via live audio and
Companies who want to make use of video
conferencing facilities in their offices admit that installing such
facilities will require new investment. However, some companies found
the idea of installing video conferencing facilities in their offices
So how can video conferencing technology be used?
Video conferencing is useful for companies that require daily meetings
with their staff or managers who may be located in their international
branches. Such meetings required the executives to travel hours to
individual branches just so they can monitor the status of such
offices. This required representation and travel expenses not to
mention the valuable time lost on the way to the airport or in resting
before a meeting just because of a jet lag.
With video conferencing, busy executives can
conduct meetings in the privacy of their own offices or even their
homes. This makes running an office and even a conglomerate more cost
effective and efficient.
While the prices of technological gadgets like
speakers, microphones, video cameras and other equipment required for
video conferencing can be a notch higher compared to ordinary office
equipment, the benefits that can be obtained from this new technology
can be greater than its actual cost.
A survey of shops selling video conferencing
equipment also show that the more people who want to make use of the
technology, the more it is becoming affordable., Some computer shops
have already reduced their prices in anticipation of higher demand and
too many competition.
Video conferencing equipment used to be expensive
but the competitive rates have made it possible for the new technology
to be embraced by small companies who see the cost effectiveness of
For larger companies, the cost can be lesser since
they can purchase the equipment wholesale and with huge discounts. It
is also wise to canvass computer shops for video conferencing equipment
to get the best price for the equipment.
The capital investment for video conferencing
equipment can also be easily recouped because of the benefits of this
technology. It can lessen a company’s travel expenses while
enhancing the productivity of its employees Travel hazards are also
minimized because officers no longer have to travel for important
Video conferencing equipment may be a bit
expensive for those who are buying the equipment for the first time but
the return on investment can be seen not only in terms of lesser travel
expenses for the company but also in terms of a well-motivated and
constantly monitored workforce.