Unified networks for video conferencing
Theres been a significant increase in the adoption of unified communication.
The healthcare, education and government segments are expected to deploy these
solutions as prices of hardware and bandwidth fall, and awareness about the
technology spreads. Factors such as cost of ownership, maintenance of infrastructure,
and the general perception which people have that video-conferencing is a luxury
is slowly dying with emergence of unified networks.
The video-conferencing equipment market was estimated to be worth $10.8 million
in 2004 and is likely to grow at a CAGR of 24.9 percent till 2011. Given the
present low level of penetration, Frost & Sullivan anticipates a growth
explosion30 percent for the next two yearsin the medium-term beyond
which market growth rates will stabilise to grow at a still robust 22 percent.
Additionally, any increase in the availability of broadband networks at cheaper
rates will also fuel growth. The existence of different inter-operable standards
between vendors could hamper market evolution in the long run. Yugal Sharma,
Country Manager, Polycom India disagrees: I do not think inter-operable
standards between various vendors are today a deterrent to wide-scale spread
of the technology.
Depending on the use, nature of deployments and price-points, two approaches
of video-conferencing systemsGroup Systems (integrated systems and portable
units) and Desktop Systemsare in vogue.
Enterprises today are looking forward to leading-edge technology, flexible
conferences, flexible deployment, common management suites, highly scalable
solutions, secure VoIP conferencing, embedded multipoint options and more in
video-conferencing solutions. Video-conferencing therefore spells the power
of integration, states Sharma. It enables easy sharing of any type of
information, instantly arming participants with the knowledge they require.
This, in the long run, is extremely important for swift analysis, decision-making,
bringing products to the market and gaining an edge over competitors.