Videoconferencing Demystified

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Recently, video services have seen a 300% uptake as distance learning and videoconferencing are being called upon to replace much business travel. The delivery technology has advanced to a point that represents a viable and economically sound alternative to travel, but it often fails in practice, because of a lack of understanding of management, deployment, usage, and logistics issues. This book will allow any organization to successfully employ videoconferencing.


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Overview

Recently, video services have seen a 300% uptake as distance learning and videoconferencing are being called upon to replace much business travel. The delivery technology has advanced to a point that represents a viable and economically sound alternative to travel, but it often fails in practice, because of a lack of understanding of management, deployment, usage, and logistics issues. This book will allow any organization to successfully employ videoconferencing.


* Videoconferencing assessment: in what circumstances is it effective, and where does it fall short
* Details available equipment and service providers
* Quick tutorials on all relevant technologies and standards
* Videoconference service options
* Key Quality of Service (QoS) issues

ON THE CD-ROM—
* See examples of videoconferencing from top products and technologies that demonstrate different sampling rates
* Color illustrations to augment the book's black and white illustrations

HASSLE-FREE VIDEOCONFERENCING—MAKING VIDEO SERVICES WORK

In classic Demystified style, expert Steven Shepard unpacks videoconferencing technology and shows you how to bring it to any business. Just as importantly, he makes it plain what the technologies are good for and where they fall short.

YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK IF—
* Your travel budget is down, and so is employees' yearning to fly
* Distance learning, virtual meetings, and videoconferences are looking more and more appealing
* There are rent-or-buy or product choice decisions to be made
* Sample video streams, independent product evaluations, and expert insights could help you make your choices
* Your firm is sizing up videoconferencing, and your middle name is "deployment"
* You want to know about LAN capacity, IP multicasting, and Web conferencing
* You need answers on baseline technologies, equipment issues, network compliance, regulations, standards, and QoS
* A failed system is not an option
* Investing in a business with an exponential growth rate has its appeal (and you want to know where it's best to put your money)
* You have an unquenchable curiosity about new communications technologies and how they work

Videoconferencing has come of age. Viable technologies, workable economics, and surging demand for virtual meetings have fueled 300% growth in a single quarter. This book shows you how to bring videoconferencing benefits to your business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071400855
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/22/2002
  • Series: Demystified Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Foreword PART 1: CONFERENCING APPLICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGIES Why Conferencing? Conferencing Modes Conferencing Applications Conference Techniques Streaming Media Video Technology Marketplace Realities 56 kbps Modems Wireless Access Technologies Transport Technologies Terminating the Signal Virtual Reality An Image of the Future Back to Real Reality PART 2: THE VIDEOCONFERENCING INDUSTRY System Manufacturers Bridge Providers Backbone Providers The Service Providers PART 3: CONDUCTING A SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE The Corporate Videoconferencing Facility Articles Web Resources Photo Credits Corporate Trends Media History in Adult Education Back to Diving Conclusion APPENDICES A through E Index
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