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The evolution of video conferencing equipment: From analog and digital
Timeline of video conferencing:
The first transmission of an image over wire along with the audio effect. This concept evolved from Bell Labs.
1920s:Audio transmission is relatively simple however video is not. The problem relies on the camera, not the transmission technology. Operational TV cameras entered the market in the 1920s where they set up the stage for video communication. Two-way audio and video connections are enabled and AT & T Bell telephone works on the TV communication complex and broadcasts the live moving image.
1930s:AT & T demonstrated a two-way video communication session where both parties could see each other. However, there are some effects which put a hold on the development of video communications.
1936:Modern video telephony was developed for commercial purposes during the Olympics in Germany. The visual telephone system developed and created connections between Berlin and Leipzig about 100 miles apart with coaxial cable. And expected to extend miles however the technology is discontinued.
1959:A two-way video communication system created with Bell Telephone was discovered to transmit to one frame every two seconds but it was a clear and stable image. And later it developed and failed in the mission of 30 frames per second with the office video communication system. In 1982, Compression Labs was the first commercial group to launch a video conferencing system. Later, MIT students invented the first commercial video codec for efficient data transfers and provided two-way real-time audio and video connections between Picture Tel headquarters in Paris.
1990s:In the early 1990s, the first desktop video conferencing platform was developed. The first webcam was launched in 1991 by students in the Cambridge University computer science department. 320 X 240-pixel resolution with a grayscale colour depth of 16 shades at 60 frames per second or 15 frames per second if it was switched to 256 shades of grey. In 1998, Logitech purchased the Quick Cam. Later Polycom was founded in 1990, a triangular speakerphone with high-quality audio that enabled both parties to simultaneously.
2000s:Smartphones have rear-facing cameras rear-facing cameras for shooting pictures but quickly moved to front-facing cameras for video conferences. Later Kyocera visual phone VP-210 Japan in 1999 was the first smartphone with front front-facing camera. Later, Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime emerged in the late 2000s with a tap button, which supports Wi-Fi connections but Apple supports 3G and 4G/LTE.
The pandemic led the employees to start work from home and video conferencing tools became very popular among schools and businesses to keep people connected. This way virtual communications started to emerge and other video conferencing tools like Zoom cloud meetings and Microsoft Teams in 2017.
With the extended features in video conferencing, this now started to grow like screen sharing, increasing the network speeds. Thus, businesses now started to incorporate these technologies and systems where everyone can participate and work more effectively and productively.
Advantages of incorporating video conferencing in business:
- Video conferences facilitate personal connection maintenance between teams, regardless of geographical distance, which expedites physical decision-making and enhances worldwide collaboration.
- Teams may concentrate on their meetings rather than being concerned with debugging each one by creating a centralized online meeting solution with a straightforward user interface that is centrally managed.
- Businesses are finding greater value in complete video conferencing solutions that include audio conferencing, screen sharing, chat, meeting recording, and event live streaming and are replacing their outdated web or voice conferencing providers.
- Video conferencing tools can be useful for connecting with your whole company, all of your clients, or the general public. These technologies let you hold panel discussions, webinars, product debuts, and more for audiences in your office or around the globe.
- Video conferencing allows groups to meet in person and collaborate, providing a collaborative “in-person” experience without the cost of travel.
- It’s necessary to provide enterprise-class assistance and performance as the top concern in your solution as video continues to develop into an aspect that is essential to corporate operations.
- It allows businesses to hire the best people and provide them the freedom to work from any location.
- Face-to-face interactions allow you to establish a personal connection, read nonverbal clues as well as verbal ones, and start the trust-building process.