We recently authored a post in response to an article that quoted Continental Airlines CEO Larry Kellner who shot down his company’s first forays into video teleconferencing (VTC)due to quality and because business is done “in the bar, over dinner, at the golf course.”
The truth is, that was then, and this is now. The VTC technologies available today have seen significant increases in picture and audio quality. Two major developments, the introduction of HD video teleconferencing and the rapid and widespread adoption of high-bandwidth broadband Internet access, have taken the already improved VTC technologies to unprecedented heights in picture and audio quality.
The improved picture and audio quality of VTC has led to doctors diagnosing via video, enabled students to tour the Great Barrier Reef from desks in Indiana, and is removing a major hurdle for government organizations that had concerns about embracing the technology due to perceived issues with clarity.
In fact, TANDBERG just announced that its Codian MSE 8000 Solution received Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification from the Federal government. The Codian family is the first and only truly high definition video conferencing bridge to be JITC certified. This certification acts as a virtual stamp of approval, and adds the Codian series to a list of pre-tested products that government organizations and defense agencies can purchase and implement quickly.
The value of VTC for bringing people together regardless of the distance that separates them, enabling collaboration and increasing efficiency while decreasing costs is documented. The rapid adoption and recent JITC certification of HD video teleconferencing solutions shows that the concerns are gone, and only the benefits remain.
The future is here and it’s crystal clear.