Video conferencing has had many false dawns, but perhaps something is changing. Some of the technology perceptions that have affected its adoption for a long time still persist. There are concerns about interoperability between different vendors’ products, the quality of the sound and video, the communications costs and impact on network bandwidth. Most of these concerns are no longer valid, yet something stills seems to be holding adoption back.
It would have been difficult to miss one term that hit the videoconferencing market in recent years; ‘telepresence’. While there is no doubt that it leads to really impressive demos, one thing is elusive. Just exactly what is the true definition of ‘telepresence’?