Answers To Some Common Questions

What is StandByVideo?
What is Videoconferencing?
What is Streaming Video?
Videoconference FAQs
Is videoconferencing the same as Skype?
What is a Public Room?
Where are Public Rooms located?
How do I set up a Videoconference Interview?
How do I set up a Videoconference Deposition?
Who is using Videoconferencing?
Corporate Videoconference History
When Does Videoconferencing Make Sense?


What is StandByVideo?
StandByVideo is a company with a mission to drive videoconferencing into the main stream as a practical and convenient and cost effective alternative to compulsory travel. In order to accomplish this mission we promote certified Public Videoconference Rooms as a reliable, professional and convenient way for people to access videoconferences. Point-to-point, multi-point, domestically or internationally, we can help you to arrange your state-of-the-art business quality conference. Our task is to convince 1% of business travelers to choose videoconferencing at least 1 time a year. Said another way; We Need 1 out of 100, to choose 1 Videoconference once a Year. We know that it is up to us to make your videoconference convenient, reliable and cheaper than airfare if we are to succeed.

What is Videoconferencing?
Videoconferencing is a live, two-way electronic communication that permits two or more people in different geographic locations to engage in face-to-face audio and visual exchange. That is to say, they interact as if they were in the same physical location even though miles separate them. Meetings, depositions, interviews, seminars, classes, conferences, etc., are conducted normally, however the participants don't have to travel or leave their hometown. There are many obvious advantages that are derived from this "instant anywhere" meeting technology.

What is Streaming Video?
When you watch a website video, even a live event streamed to your PC; it is delayed and "buffered" but the results are excellent because you are not interacting with the video content. Streaming is an extremely useful and popular solution when a large broadly disbursed group needs to consume video content from their PC or smartphone. Videoconferencing differs in that the videoconference meeting requires interaction that closely emulates a real live face-to-face meeting in every way.

Videoconference FAQs
The benefits of videoconferencing are both obvious and subtle:

Is videoconferencing the same as Skype?
Skype is a program that may exist on your computer, or more likely on you smart phone.
Skype allows very simple video images to flow back and forth real time between users that both are members or account holders with Skype. The similarity is in the fact that video is exchanged real time. The videoconference facilities that belong to StandByVideo have all purchased sophisticated video and audio equipment and have secured tested network and personnel to make sure that your real time distant video encounter is the best that it can be. Your meeting will not be distracted by and instead is enhanced by the video technology. Please be very careful especially in the case of an interview or deposition that you do not gamble the outcome on questionable consumer technology.

What is a Public Room?
A Publicly Accessible/Rentable Videoconference Room/Facility is a business place that has purchased videoconferencing equipment, and supplies a high quality (not consumer internet), digital network with a professionally trained support staff. Whether domestic or international, this staff allows people meet face-to-face for meetings, interviews, depositions, etc. This technology is expertly installed in a comfortable conference room setting suitable for executive meetings. These businesses help defray their costs by renting these facilities on occasion through a professional room broker. StandByVideo is one of several brokers that offer these rooms for a percentage of the hourly rental charges.

Where are Public Rooms located?
The best estimates in late 2011 place just under 6,200 business quality Public Rooms world-wide. It is safe to assume that any city with a business density sufficient to support an airport has multiple business-quality videoconference Public Rooms. It is also safe to assume that these Public Rooms are anxious to host good quality business videoconferences and look forward to serving new guests. Not all of these Public Rooms have registered with StandByVideo as of yet, and we are always actively seeking out and adding new Public Rooms. StandByVideo does not charge a Public Room anything to register or to maintain an account. We do insist on high quality business standards and excellence in videoconferencing quality. If you have a requirement for a videoconference in a city for which we do not have an available room, please click here to submit an inquiry and we will make every effort to locate an appropriate facility.

How do I set up a Videoconference Interview?
An executive interview requires discretion and convenience as well as speed in decision making. Generally a final decision will require a face-to-face personal meeting but several discrete candidate visits can be easily, economically and successfully accomplished using videoconferencing. We will provide the candidate the directions and the room contact person in their city. The candidate should confirm that they will be able to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled videoconference time. In this videoconference you will be able to see and hear the candidate just as if they were in your office. We recommend visiting Click Here to submit your inquiry.

How do I set up a Videoconference Deposition?
A deposition requires that legal professionals be able to see and hear a witness as they ask questions to explore the issues of the case. Normally this will require a Public Videoconference Room in the city that is convenient for the witness, and a Public Videoconference Room in the city that is convenient for the deposing lawyers. We recommend Click Here to set up a deposition.

Who is using Videoconferencing?
Videoconferencing, like most new technology has gone through an evolution over the last 16 years or so.

Corporate Videoconference Facts

The most valuable resource in a business persons’ life is time. Time is finite and each moment must produce results or the opportunity it represents will simply become the property of our competitor. Too much time is spent traveling to gain competitive advantage, or to understand our situation in order to make decisions and act. Videoconferencing can bring the time, expense and the disruption of travel under control.

Videoconferencing is not an "un-budgeted expense". Most corporations are already spending thousands of dollars for travel and related expense. Videoconferencing merely replaces some of that jet fuel expense with network expense, and provides substantial additional benefits.

Send a memo: "Videoconference at 3pm EST today" to your people in San Francisco and Dallas. By 4pm have your meeting, work through the issues, make decisions and have your strategic plan in place and ready to execute. Let your competitor arrange to fly everyone into their Minneapolis headquarters for a one hour "sit-down" meeting. Their people will be waiting at airline terminals or car rental booths. You will have completed your videoconference and your plan will be on the street by the time they have left the runway.

Look into the faces of your regional managers. Are they really on-board? Are they confident or are they just hoping that you will forget this crazy idea? The information that we receive visually is subtle but critical to the decision making process. Not every meeting will be appropriate for a videoconference, but every meeting deserves eye-to-eye contact if you are investing your time and your companies’ future.

The accurate flow of information at all levels is essential in the decision making process. Videoconferencing enhances both time and budget management at every step…immediate information exchange, productive meetings, experts and decision makers immediately available in crisis situations. Make all your resources available to all levels instantly wherever they may be.

Videoconferencing is reaching a long-predicted critical mass. It is not a question of "IF" you will use videoconferencing technology, it is only now a question of "When". The difference between now and later will have an effect on how your company is viewed in your marketplace. Using videoconference technology indicates a commitment to be forward thinking and aggressive in all things that promote and secure your companies’ future. Current and prospective customers will have the impression that they can look to your company for new ideas and new ways of doing business.

The bottom line is the bottom line.
Boost your operational performance, improve your bottom line and join with other videoconference users who have experienced the advantages!

Corporate Videoconference History
In the early days the technology was the exclusive domain of government, universities and the "Fortune 50" corporations. This was largely due to the expense and the technical expertise necessary to maintain the equipment and the network.

Early videoconferencing made use of satellites to carry the video information from one point on the globe to another. Usually this was not "interactive". This sort of buckshot broadcast from one point to many hotels or meeting rooms, was (and still is) very effective for large groups but it is not spontaneous, not interactive and requires much planning and expense. Time on a satellite, (space segment), is a very limited resource and with a finite number of geosynchronous orbits around the equator this resource is not likely to increase. Video Streaming utilizing the Internet is a much more practical and cost-effective means of video broadcast distribution, but again not interactive or suitable for face-to-face meetings.

So, this is why videoconferencing migrated to special high-speed circuits like ISDN as well as cultured MPLS IP VPN's. The result of this change to terrestrial network is that the corporate videoconferencing technology has become more common, easier to use, and less expensive.
All of which lead industry analysts to conclude that videoconferencing will follow the "fax model" and the "email model" to become a "must have" communication tool before the year 2014.

Certain types of businesses have been quicker in adopting videoconferencing than others. The legal profession and especially court reporters have been quick to adopt videoconferencing for remote depositions. Human resources firms, especially executive recruiting firms, are also dedicated users of videoconference technology to get a sense of the person behind the resume' before making a critical decision. Try a simple videoconference today…leave the flying to the birds.

When Does Videoconferencing Make Sense?
There are three predominate reasons for a business to use videoconferencing technology in 2011. If none of these reasons fits your business model, then videoconferencing might not make sense.

Do these situations apply to you:

1) My business requires extensive travel to maintain relationships with critical customers, or to manage my remote divisions and offices. I have to reduce the expense and increase my productivity.

2) My customer has videoconferencing, and they are asking me to use the technology in order to improve my service quality. I fear losing them to my competition.

3) It is critical that our business conveys an image of forward-thinking fresh ideas and alternatives. We must be perceived as occupying a leading-edge position in our industry.

If you see your business in the above examples, it is time for you to start using videoconferencing.

A simple test, is the best way to start.

Choose one meeting next month that you would normally need to book an airplane flight (or flights), to accomplish and plan to do your meeting via videoconferencing instead.

Give us a call at 1-877-949-8728 and we will provide you a quote via email. Review the videoconference option in your next staff meeting. Let us help you with questions of where, when and how and then let us book your first videoconference for you.

Please ask your associates to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled conference start time for a brief orientation.

We will call and ask you for your reactions, after your conference is complete.

Happy Videoconferencing!

John Harrington
Don't GO There,.. BE There! ®


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