Steps to Choosing a System
Let PicturePhone design a custom videoconferencing solution to
meet your specific visual communication requirements. Give us a
call and let one of our video communication specialists guide you
through our simplified videoconferencing needs assessment.
1) What is the intended use for your system?
Generally speaking, how do you wish to use the equipment and whom
are you going to talk to?
2) Number of sites?
How many locations do you need to communicate with and what resources
will each have at their disposal? Will you be making point-to-point
video calls or will you require multi-point videoconferencing capabilities?
3) Number of participants per site?
How many people do you want to participate in video calls at your
various locations? Do you want the same videoconferencing set-up
for every location? Or, do you want to have a Telepresence suite or integrated
visual communication system for your headquarters?
4) Size of your room(s)?
Where do you want to put the equipment? For example, is your current
conference or meeting room big enough to add a system? Does your
current meeting environment offer sufficient size, lighting and
ancillary resources to accommodate an appropriate videoconferencing
What IP resources are available at the various locations? OC3, T-1,
Fractional T, xDSL, Cable-modem? Will legacy connectivity be required for
ISDN? Will the connection be dedicated to the conferencing system? What
types of communications do you plan? Tele-presence, high definition
videoconferencing, multi-point conferences? (The type of communication
will determine bandwidth requirements.)
6) What type of systems or formats will you be
An IP based (network) system typically communicates using the umbrella
h.323 voice/video standard. IP videoconferencing systems are available
in both High Definition and standard definition configurations. HD uses
a 16:9 format and provides 20% more information display on screen at a
minimum resolution of 720p (1280x720). A legacy ISDN system typically
sends and receives voice and video data using the h.320 standard. Each
umbrella standard is comprised of a video and voice standard. For
example a common video standard is h.264. You can only call between
systems that use the same standard. Also, gateway and bridge (MCU)
devices are available that will allow you to translate calls between
the common standards. (Standards are defined by the International
Telecommunications Union and are the same worldwide.)
7) Do you need data capability in addition to
video & audio?
A typical videoconference has an audio channel, a video channel
and optionally a data channel. H.239 is the latest standard for multi-media
communications and allows for the presentation of both the videoconference
and the associated data in a dual stream IP environment concurrently.
8) Who is your preferred dealer or system integrator?
PicturePhone is a value added distributor of videoconferencing products
and accessories. We'll gladly review your communication requirements and
assist you in addressing the preceding questions. Once we understand your
needs, we would be happy to work with your preferred integrator and assist
them in delivering and implementing a cohesive videoconferencing solution
that accommodates your current visual communication needs.