While it's a common practice to use the terms teleconferencing and video conferencing interchangeably, the two solutions are not the same. Teleconferencing and video conferencing are frequently used for similar activities, like conducting meetings for employees patching in from a variety of locations, but there are distinct differences between the two. Here's a look at those differences, and how their features compare.
In a teleconferencing call, users participate using audio only, joining in via IP desk phones or mobile devices. Teleconferencing doesn't require as much bandwidth as a video conferencing call, but the limitations are clear. With no visual feed, participants may not be as interested in meeting content, and it's not unusual to find someone on a teleconferencing call multitasking by participating in some other activity at the same time.
Video Conferencing Basics
Video conferencing improves on teleconferencing solutions by adding visibility. Participants can still join in via their mobile devices, but the experience is more like a face-to-face meeting. Video conferencing is an ideal solution for companies with remote or traveling employees. Some of the significant benefits include:
- Active engagement — Video conferencing attendees are more likely to stay focused on the meeting, and active participation is more likely than with an audio-only meeting.
- Improved collaboration — Remote employees can easily collaborate on critical projects by attending video conferencing meetings from any location.
- Improved client meetings — Spend more quality time with important clients by eliminating costly and time-consuming face-to-face meetings.
- Save money — If you've been hesitant to spend money on business travel, video conferencing is a perfect substitute. It eliminates the high cost and wasted hours associated with airline tickets, hotel reservations, and other travel expenses without sacrificing important meeting time.