Developments of video conferencing have progressed so rapidly that it would appear this method of communication will soon become firmly ingrained into everyday life. Telecommuting has become a regular feature of the office environment and so it would seem video communication has grown in other sectors as well. Technology insiders from Total Tech Room have listed the advantages of the most important sectors below.
No objections, your honour
Heavily populated trials have been a cultural norm for centuries as judges, lawyers, defendants, witnesses and even the general public piled into one room to witness the ensuing legal battle.
However, now that video conferencing technology has developed so thoroughly, many of these people may be able to attend remotely.
Travel costs are continually on the rise, there are obvious risks in transporting prisoners to and from the court and lawyers are in shortage in underdeveloped areas which may need them the most. By utilising this technology, important members of the case will be able to be visible in the court room at a fraction of the risk and cost.
“This method has already been utilized in Courtroom Connect, a business with presence in New York, Atlanta and California. The company focuses upon the video communication of professionals such as lawyers and attorneys within the court room and have seen the amount of time and money which can be saved with such a method” said a technology specialist from tech-crash.com
The Honorable Judge Gary L. Day has said of the developments: “In an ideal world…I would prefer all parties, witnesses and attorney present in my courtroom. However…video conferencing provides the best method of improving access to justice since the invention of the telephone.”
Matters of life and death
The development of all technology in the medical field is perhaps the most vital. By utilizing such technology as video conferencing, many more lives could be saved as a doctor anywhere in the world can be present almost instantly at an emergency.
Telemedicine now plays a significant role in hospitals and as the technology becomes cheaper to develop, ensuring it works as well as possible is helping to protect the wellbeing of patients. This technology has advanced in such a rate that it’s even predicted that a large percentage of American homes may soon be able to install the technology themselves.
Such technology will allow constant access to a doctor for at-risk groups and those with geographical limitations. It also provides the patient with the comfort which can only be found with face-to-face interactions, but without the delays of transporting the patient.
The money shot
ATMs around the world are due a complete change as the banks move from inner-city locations to more rural areas. By using video conferencing, ATMs will become small versions of banks and allow customers face-to-face interactions with tellers without having to visit the city.
The multi-function NCR SelfServ 32 ATM has been revealed by NCR and looks set to change the face of banking forever. The ATMs will allow people in remote areas to use services which usually can only be fulfilled within the bank, such as the application for loans and changes details of their accounts.
John I. A business manager and professional and author on totaltechroom.comand simplelize.com with extensive experience in Business Analysis, and IT related environments has worked on behalf of Britain’s biggest companies.