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Volcanic Ash Boosts Need for Video Conferencing

Posted by Benh Pham on Apr 23, 2010 2:42:00 PM

The volcanic eruption in Iceland caused a complete halt in travel plans all throughout Europe. As thousands of flights in and out of Europe were cancelled, many people were left stranded with no word on when the next flight out will be. Business meetings were cancelled and destinations were unreachable. But as the saying goes, "Every cloud has a silver lining." In this case, the silver lining consisted of an integrative and innovative piece of technology, why of course- video conferencing.

With many business travelers unable to reach their destinations, the need for video conferencing and telepresence has sky rocketed.  Despite an unseen, natural event, businesses and travellers were still faced with deadlines and decisions. Video Conferencing was the solution to what may have been a business disaster. Video conference rooms are packed and the telepresence business is booming. People are feeling the urgency of communication, despite being trapped thousands of miles away.

Imagine not having to worry about the unpredictable aspects of travel- the traffic, connecting flights, and airline delays. Telepresence and video conferencing allows businesses to have face-to-face interaction and communication without being physically in the same room. Telecommuting increases business productivity, while decreasing travel expenses and carbon emissions. Video conferencing was the solution all along.

Topics: telepresence, telecommuting, travel expenses, technology


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