Nowadays, video conferencing systems are a crucial part of businesses and other workspaces. These telecommunication technologies allow companies of all sizes to connect remotely with customers and partners from all over the world.
With a video conferencing system, enterprises can remain competitive in a global economy while reducing travel costs and increasing overall productivity. In fact, from 2018 to 2023, the video conferencing market is forecasted to have a high growth as next-generation devices will be embraced as the preferred mode of effective communication.
When choosing a video conferencing system for your business needs and preferences, it is essential to differentiate the main characteristics between the two types of VC systems on the market: standards-based and software-based. Therefore, to help you decide on which system you should invest in, take a look at the pros and cons we analyze below.
This video conferencing system is based on hardware codecs that are configured and installed in your meeting room (endpoint communication) ―including cameras, multipoint interfaces, remote controls, microphones, speakers, conference phones, and any other hardware.
These systems communicate over the standard algorithms set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) such as H.263, H.264, H.323, and SIP. This means that your video conferencing solution is compatible to transmit audio and video signals, across IP networks, with other systems based on the same protocol.
Some of the most popular standards-based systems are from companies like Polycom, Cisco, and Logitech, which offer plentiful hardware solutions for conference rooms.
This type of video conferencing system uses software-based codecs, which are what we know as web-based video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, BlueJeans, and many more ―which have to be downloaded and installed on devices like laptops, tablets, desktops, and smartphones.
With these systems, there is no need to use additional hardware as advanced devices integrate cameras and microphones.
However, there are video conferencing systems such as Zoom where you can integrate hardware codecs directly to H.323 and SIP endpoints to elevate your conference needs. You only need the corresponding software licenses and providers.
At Vivo-Comm, we offer solutions customized to your meeting space. For example, our VizoRooms are designed specifically for businesses that are looking for a plug-and-play solution ―with ready to use devices―that can be integrated into Zoom Rooms.
When purchasing a video conferencing system, whether it's standards-based or software-based, you will have total control over your conference room, allowing you to customize your meets according to your preferences and requirements. Nonetheless, with a purchased standards-based system, your hardware can become outdated over the years.
With Vivo Technologies, you have the option to lease any of our video conferencing software and equipment depending on your business needs. This represents a great chance for your company to stay up-to-date with the best IT trends in the global market.