Advantages of Telepresence | disadvantages of Telepresence

This page covers advantages and disadvantages of Telepresence system and its basics. It mentions benefits or advantages of Telepresence and drawbacks or disadvantages of Telepresence.

What is Telepresence system?

Globalized workplace requires close interaction between multinational teams widely separated by regions. The telepresence system makes it possible by means of latest IP based devices.

Following are the typical components or devices used in a telepresence system.
• Codec• Large screen monitor• Microphones and speakers

Telepresence system

Conference call is one form of virtual telepresence. Audio or video conference provides feeling of presence to the participants. It allows all the participants a strong feelings as if they are sitting at the same room around the same table.

A telepresence system consists of dedicated hardware and software linked with sufficient bandwidth in order to provide high throughput of HD audio/video informations. Successful telepresence system requires IP based connectivity with sufficient bandwidth in order to transmit/receive multimedia data.

The telepresence system works on two protocols viz. SIP and H.323. SIP is standardized by IETF where as H.323 is standardized by ITU.

Example of telepresence system:
Cisco CTS-3000

Benefits or advantages of Telepresence system

Following are the benefits or advantages of Telepresence system:
➨It helps in establishing effective nonverbal communication. The facial expressions, body language and voice can be visible in this visual communication.
➨It offers greater engagement by enhancing visual interaction and reducing likelihood of distraction.
➨It prevents all the bottlenecks in the path of business growth.
➨It reduces or eliminates travel. It saves time of employees.
➨It eliminates costs associated due to travelling. It saves cost to the companies.

Drawbacks or disadvantages of Telepresence system

Following are the drawbacks or disadvantages of Telepresence system:
➨It requires sufficient bandwidth to have feel of physical presence.
➨It requires extremely less delay over the IP connections between two end telepresence systems.
➨User experience may suffer when two telepresence systems from different vendors communicate inspite of having same protocols. This is due to different implementations used by different manufacturers.
➨High resolution telepresence system requires more investment. This increases expenditure of the company.
➨Stationary cameras are setup in predetermined rigs. This confines people to the area covered by stationary cameras.

In order to understand advantages of Telepresence and disadvantages of Telepresence one has to understand Telepresence basics.

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