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Experts Predict Visual Communications Will Replace 2.1 Million Airline Seats Annually

Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, has predicted that the financial crisis will drive a shift from physical travel to video calls, echoing the expectations of many commentators in the video communications market. “The challenge of the current economic conditions demands that every organisation revisit the need for face-to-face meetings,” said Gartner fellow Steve Prentice.

“Telepresence is not the answer in every circumstance… but not every meeting needs to be face to face.”

“There is no doubt that telepresence and other approaches to virtual collaboration…. will provide a real alternative for many businesses. Companies should put aside previous prejudices and bad memories of older video-conferencing services and seriously investigate these new technologies.”

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