Modern A/V hardware is essential to many collaboration projects, but video conferencing software cannot be overlooked either. Dozens of tech companies have offered applications designed to facilitate remote communications, responding to a business climate that demands instant collaboration between multiple parties. However, there is a handful of program suites that stand out among the rest, typically offered by some of the best hardware brands as well. And beyond finding the right application for the job, companies need a proper interface that is customized to their needs. It’s a lot to tackle for a business, which is why most will turn to an A/V integrator to help get the job done right.
The Kings of Video Conferencing Software
It makes sense that companies that have long provided superior collaboration hardware will also offer strong application suites as well. While many smaller tech companies can provide some competitive web-based applications for communication purposes, to get a fully immersive experience a company will need an application that is designed for use with high-end A/V equipment. Here are a few of the most popular choices:
- RealPresence Desktop and Mobile – Polycom has long been a major player in the A/V communications area, offering some of the best mobile, room and immersive communication solutions available. This approach to quality and detail is extended to its RealPresence applications, which are designed to make collaboration easy for professionals that are too busy to step into meetings. RealPresence offers complete connectivity between mobile and room systems, backlight compensation and extensive interoperability. Polycom also takes audio control seriously, which is why RealPresence comes equipped with Acoustic Fence, which intelligently identifies and removes background noises.
- Skype for Business – Skype is a well-known name for anyone who has made a phone call over the internet, but Skype now goes much further with its own enterprise level video conferencing software. Skype is partnered with Microsoft, so users on Skype for Business have access to the company’s full Office suite, allowing meeting members to share various media and presentations through the application. Skype for Business also comes with excellent interoperability, allowing meeting members to connect through various mobile and web apps.
- Cisco Jabber – Cisco is another experienced hardware manufacturer that now has a robust presence in the video conferencing software Cisco knows the value of interoperability, as its devices have been used in a huge number of industries. It’s not surprising, then, that Jabber is one of the most versatile applications in this regard. It can connect to a range of mobile devices, including iPads, and is not hamstrung by brand ecosystems. As such, companies using Jabber can connect to most other parties, regardless of their setup.
These are just a few of the top options, but there are plenty more. An A/V solutions expert can help a company make the right choice and ensure that it is configured properly.