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Video Conferencing the World!

It is fascinating how far we have come in technology.   Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for businesses to work together when geographically seperated?  I mean, seriously.  Think about back in the 1940’s.  No email.  No internet or computer systems.  Just phones and paper (did they have paper back in the 40’s???) 🙂

Fast forward to present.  We have taken email and instant messaging for granted.  Hearing news that’s 5 minutes old, from the other side of the world is common-place.  We are just too connected.

I bring this up, because I just finished testing a Video Conferencing call with a Taiwan supplier. through the internet  They were very nice, and it was really neat being face-to-face, as it were.  Obviously, the test was a success. 

I must say, that I was incredibly impressed with their internet.  I poorly assumed that Taiwan’s internet access would be like China’s internet access (an outhouse is probably cleaner than China’s internet).  Much to my dismay, I was wrong.

After 3 minutes, the Polycom’s video algorithm took affect, and our 256k video through the internet was looking very good.  It’s just amazing…..

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3 responses to “Video Conferencing the World!

  1. kenny October 14, 2007 at 6:29 am

    Looking nice, can you post any details of the video conferencing setup? I’m looking at Cisco’s telepresence at the moment, but 256k video through the Internet is also worth a look!

  2. apaxson October 14, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Thanks Kenny!

    I haven’t looked into Cisco’s Telepresence. I went with a safer route, which was Polycom. Cisco knows how to transport the video traffic, but Polycom knows how to use that traffic.

    With Polycom, it uses a special algorithm, that learn’s the “background” of the video being broadcasted. After some time, it will only deliver the “changes” of the video, rather than sending ALL the data. Cisco may be doing that as well, but I haven’t learned into it yet.

    I am using a Polycom VSX 7000e with 2 50″ plasma’s at each location, with an Image Share device (allows us to deliver VGA from a laptop, for presentations or sharing). I am mostly using the Video Conferencing across our MPLS-based WAN, with CoS assigned 384k. However, there are times where we want to do Video Conferencing with other companies, in which case, we do that through the internet.

  3. Kevin November 1, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Aaron… what did you end up spending to setup your Telconference system? Looking at doing something here to conference with the showrooms, remote users and Hong Kong.


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