Audio and video technologies have matured substantially in recent years. From video conferencing to complex SIP phone systems, these new technologies offer quantifiable savings for nearly any corporation. With a difference in features and quality from the latest releases just a few years ago, many corporations neglect to upgrade their aging technology or simply do not know where to turn. These audio and video devices and platforms are a must-have way to leverage the benefits of new technologies for your business.
1. Cisco Unified 9900 and 8900 Series IP Phones
Whether you are talking with an associate in the next office or sealing a deal with investors in Tokyo, your phone is often one of the most important parts of your office space. The IP 8900 and 9900 series phones by Cisco put unrivaled features and quality at your fingertips. Each phone includes a high-resolution 5-inch display, high-definition audio support and the ability to utilize a number of accessories ranging from high-definition video cameras to Bluetooth adapters. This means you can take part in web conference, answer calls and stay on top of your daily agenda without having to stop the task at hand. With support for multiple extensions and lines, these phones make it simple to build a cost-saving and feature-rich phone network for businesses of any size.
2. Avaya Aura Conferencing Solutions
With the ability to monitor network usage, invite users with a few clicks, scale conferences dynamically from just a few to thousands of users and secure transmissions for safe business use, Avaya�s Aura Conferencing solutions are some of the most powerful options available in video conferencing technology. Combine these features with Avaya�s Radvision Scopia applications and you can extend the conference room to include anyone with access to a smartphone or PC. From collaborating on projects to quarterly reports and investor pitches, these solutions offer power, flexibility and savings with the professional quality and support your business needs to maximize its benefits.
3. Cisco WebEx Solutions
From basic collaboration between small groups and remote customer service to online employee training course and corporate meetings with thousands of virtual attendees, the Cisco WebEx platform makes it simple to build a powerful voice and video communications solution without the need for dedicated hardware and IT staff. Services are accessible from both PCs and mobile devices for easy integration with existing conference and office hardware. Services and features can be easily configured and scaled based on your current business needs. This provides a great balance of cost versus performance and makes it possible for business of any size to leverage powerful corporate-level solutions to meet their goals and boost productivity.
4. LED and OLED Displays
When it comes to video conferencing, the display is a crucial and often overlooked part of the system. No amount of high-resolution cameras, dedicated bandwidth or specialized lighting can make up for a bad display. Recent advances in display technologies have resulted in a wide range of LED and OLED powered displays. These offer crisp details, superb contrast and response times often near 1 millisecond. This means that every detail of the conference, from screencasts and charts to facial gestures and body movements, are easy to see for everyone in attendance. Combine this with a long service life and power savings when compared to many other display types and you have an ideal solution for any dedicated conference room. Popular manufacturers of these displays include Samsung, LG and Sony for a wide range of price, size and feature options.
As technology continues to advance, businesses can expect even better gear in for the future. For 2013, however, the above are definitely state-of-the-art and highly recommended.
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Steven Taylor has been writing about technology and business solutions for nearly a decade. When he’s not writing, you can find Steven reviewing phone and cable services for businesses on Time Warner’s site.