Telepresence assures conference attendants a fully immersive, totally interactive and absolutely distraction-free experience . That really makes the difference with traditional video conferences. For these reasons, this technology is gaining ground in global companies environment.
Imagine to be sitting at
your desk and to be speaking to a customer at the opposite side. His voice,
appearance and size are absolutely like in the reality, despite the fact that
he is remote and speaking through a monitor. This perfectly describes
telepresence, one of the emerging trends envisaged by Frost & Sullivan in
their latest survey on the web conferencing market.
The name speaks by itself,
being it a combination of the suffix “tele” – far – with the substantive
“presence”. So, it means literally:“Being present from distance”. Now, an
objection rises immediately: what makes the difference with traditional video
conferences? Have not they the same function as telepresence, after all?
The trick is the so-called
telepresence effect, the ability of rendering voices and faces exactly like in
the reality. This is obtained through the utilization of huge HD monitors and
appropriate conferencing services and products, like, for example, R-HUB`s
, a suite of high quality on-premise servers purposely designed to assure
users the best possible experience with their virtual conferences.
Through an ordinary video
conference, it is impossible to get the same level of realism of
telepresence: one problem is the size of PC screens, that is too small; other
problems are connected to the needs to have high quality HD colour
images and sounds, without which the telepresence effect is immediately lost.
The second important
keyword to catch is the immersive experience that is possible to get through
telepresence. Watching an icon-sized image of somebody talking to you through a
small screen is much different from the stunning sensation of having a remote
speaker standing right in front of you like in the reality.
In other words, telepresence
immerses you so much in your virtual conference that the barrier between what
is real and what is virtual becomes so thin that we may consider it as being
not existing. Do you feel perplexed? Simply pay a short visit to the
above-linked page and have a look at the images to get persuaded.
Why shall we use
telepresence? The main benefit is the end of distractions, one of the most
annoying problems of traditional video conferences. Another benefit is an
increased level of interaction, which is obtained through the high level of
visual and audio clarity that only telepresence ensures. This goes far beyond
even the best traditional HD video conferencing service, as not only does it
rely on the quality of the web conferencing software that is being used, but
also on the utilization of big monitors and some other technological
These are the two reasons
why telepresence has become popular in many enterprises. In a global
world, meetings are fatally destined to go virtual, with subsequent urgent need
for technologies that can ensure a level of interactions as close to the
reality as possible. Telepresence does exactly that, and it does it better than
ordinary video conferencing.
What about its costs? This
much is true, that it is not exactly what they call an inexpensive technology.
LifeSize, for example, offers systems starting from £64,000, Cisco from
£290,000. R-HUB TurboMeeting is probably the most affordable solution, as you
can buy a R-HUB server with less than £1,200.
With TurboMeeting, you will
have then to add the prices of monitors and other pieces of equipment to the
bill. But you will bring a high-quality telepresence system home without
spending an arm and a leg. Plus, you will have a level of security that only
on-premise server based web conferencing solutions ensure.
In conclusion, telepresence
is one of the most interesting technologies for global companies. It assures
users highly interactive and fully immersive meetings that are not as far from
those that they have in the real world.