Businesses 'want video conferencing to go mobile'

News Article - Wednesday, 16 November 2011 11:24

Category: Connectivity

Businesses want to extend their unified communications solutions - including video conferencing technologies - to the mobile workforce. According to Andreas Weinhold, vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at LifeSize, the liberation of video conferencing from its traditional boardroom setting will pay dividends in the long run.

Speaking to AV Interactive, Mr Weinhold said: "We are moving towards volume deployment of systems. People are using room systems in their offices, but they want to connect to people out on the road."

Bolstered by the proliferation of smartphone technology, video conferencing has come to the fore in the business world and adoption rates appear to be rising rapidly. In fact, Polycom recently claimed that the unified communications market could soon be worth $10 billion (£6 billion).

Further research from IT analyst Ovum has shown that the "explosive" growth of the telepresence market has underpinned the rising popularity of video conferencing, which the organisation expects to generate $1.1 billion a year by 2016.

Ovum's principal analyst Ian Jacobs has stated that telepresence solutions have matured and currently offer a huge array of productivity-boosting features. They have also bolstered workplace collaboration, Mr Jacobs concluded.

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