5 Video Conferencing Trends to Watch in2022
The pandemic changed the overallworking culture in most organizations and, in the process, pushed videoconferencing technologies into the mainstream. With the technology now firmlyentrenched in the business communication ecosystem, a number of enhancementswill help drive even more innovative uses for the technology in 2022 andbeyond.
Here are five important trends likelyto benefit users in the near term:
The greater speeds and capacity of 5Gmobile networks will make it easier to connect with colleagues, customers andpartners via video. It will also improve the quality and reliability of thoseconnections. With speeds 20 times greater than the 4G standard, 5G networkswill also be able to support high-definition (HD) video without delays,interruptions or latency.
Such performance enhancements will beparticularly impactful for the telemedicine market. Up to now, healthcareorganizations have had to rely on wired networks to gain the high-quality videonecessary to deliver clinical care at a distance. With 5G, it will be possibleto use mobile networks to handle video appointments.
Artificial intelligence disciplinessuch as machine learning, natural language processing and text analytics willhelp make video conferencing a more intuitive experience. For example, integrateddigital assistants enable users to start or join meetings, call colleagues,access reports, manage calendars or share files with simple voice commands.
Integrated facial recognitionprovides important contextual information by identifying all participants in avideo meeting and creating name labels for everyone. Automatic noise detectionand suppression ensure meetings are free from distracting background noise.
Augmented reality (AR) addscomputer-generated elements to real-world environments. The use of AR filtersand virtual backgrounds for team video conferences is perhaps the best-knownuse of this technology. While this may seem a somewhat frivolous use, it canactually be important for making video meetings more enjoyable and helpingparticipants remain engaged and attentive.
Look for organizations to expandtheir use of AR to offer remote assistance through enhanced video. For example,IT technicians can use the technology to guide remote users through repair andmaintenance. A user can point a smartphone camera at a device, and thetechnician can use AR to demonstrate a series of actions to resolve the issue.
Platform incompatibility has oftenimpeded effective real-time video collaboration. Because these platforms arebuilt with proprietary technology, users operating on different platforms haven’tbeen able to connect through a single interface. That has forced people toswitch back and forth between multiple apps to communicate with differentaudiences. However, major providers such as Zoom, Cisco and Microsoft aredeveloping new APIs to enable frictionless transitions between platforms.
As organizations continue to refinetheir hybrid work strategies, more will transition away from room-sized videoconferencing systems to smaller huddle rooms. These spaces typicallyaccommodate about a half-dozen people with high-quality A/V systems that can beused for impromptu meetings and rapid collaboration. Frost & Sullivananalysts predict that huddle-room meetings will represent almost 70 percent ofall video conferencing room meetings in 2022.
With expertise in both videoconferencing systems and the networking technologies required to support them,SSD can help you implement a solution that leverages the latest advances tohelp you connect and communicate. Contact us to learn more.