Video-Conferencing Outlook for 2014
2013 had been an exciting year when it comes to Video Conferencing. The continual growing acceptance of the technology in all corporate verticals coupled with the constant innovation in technology had led to the increasing adoption and deployment of Video Conferencing in many companies.
During the span of time in the existence of Video Conferencing, the technology has mainly been predominantly hardware-based systems deployed over leased lines. With the increase of bandwidth availability with the proliferation of fibre-based internet connection, Video Conferencing is rapidly converging to be part of an expanding function within the scope of an ICT deployment.
On that note, the manufacturers of Video Conferencing equipment are constantly developing more and more powerful codecs that could transmit encode and decode incredibly high quality video and sound in a secured connection by adopting highly efficient protocols such as H.323, H.264 and SIP. The technological improvements to desktop clients and mobile devices (mainly smartphones and tablets) further promote the use of multipoint video conferencing. In fact with its increased processing powers, VoIP and content sharing are now all made possible.
I am no fortune teller, nor do I own any telepathic gifts, but for 2014, based on a technical and professional (as a specialised ICT integrator) point of view, I would predict the 2014 direction and outlook of Video Conferencing in the following area to be as such…….
End Points and Codecs
The constant need of new hardware will diminish pretty much from now on. As the trend of the recent developments by the Video Conferencing manufacturers and developers had emphasised their focus developing efforts mainly on software and interfaces that would enhance collaboration and interoperability. This efforts will lead to a scenario whereby hardware, software and technologies, both existing and yet to come, are brought together to...