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Videoconferencing provides safety, global industries turn to "technical" travel

Jun 11, 2009

What happened to my security?

14:00 on 1st June 2009, a French airliner with 228 passengers disappeared, cause of disappearance unknown.

It is reported that there were many prominent figures aboard the aircraft: the last descendant of the Brazilian royal family, high officials of the French company Michelin Tyres,  German steel manufacturer ThyssenKrupp's Brazilian branch and the Brazilian mining company Companhia Vale do Rio Doce were all aboard the aircraft,  as also was a Brussels based manager of the Coca Cola company ... probably all 228 people aboard were lost, including 9 important Chinese managers. In the past few days world safety has seen many tragedies, the loss of the French aircraft, the spread of HINI, the public transport fire in Chengdu, a fire in a Mexican kindergarten ... so many vivid lives just snuffed out in the blink of an eye.

CIOs cry out: we must have safety and we must have conferences

From the viewpoint of the recent nosedive in the price of air travel one can see that  the loss of this French airliner has caused people all over the world to start feeling very nervous about this apparently comfortable form of travel. In the history of commercial culture, people always followed this kind of habit, or the belief that first impressions are strongest: we just need to arrange a meeting and friendly relations will be established. However, nobody thought that this kind of face to face discussion could perhaps be replaced by video cameras and Internet connections. But surveys show that the CIOs of many companies have stated that the loss of the French airliner is one of the reasons why people are turning to "technology" to replace actual travel. Other fundamental reasons include: commercial travel is more and more common and requires more and more capital expenditure, airline timetables are frequently changed, globalisation means that the offices of many trans-national enterprises are more and more scattered and so on. But the loss of the French aircraft certainly had a catalytic effect on changing people's deep-rooted travel habits. The CIO of one trans-national company said, since the French aircraft went down, commercial travelling had decreased considerably, and the company's offices spread across more than ten different regions were using V2 video conferencing systems ten times as much as before. The ability to hold conferences in complete safety is greatly appreciated by these companies.

The spokesperson for V2 Technology's communication technology said that the French accident had changed people's behaviour, because after the incident many business people were looking for safer forms of travel, and certainly didn't want to go by air. If they had no alternative to using video conferencing systems to realise "face to face" communication, they found they quickly got used to them and learned to like them.

On the Chinese mainland, for the last ten years V2 Technology (www.v2tech.com) has been promoting the V2 video conferencing system on the basis of the Internet, relying on their technical knowledge of multi-media and deep understanding of applications and services. This kind of remote, multi-point, real-time, interactive multi-media video conferencing system has already started to become familiar to everyone. V2 video conferencing systems are able to bring maximum efficiency to industrial users on the basis of economy, business travel, meetings, communication, management, policymaking, data transmission, security, compatibility etc. At the same time, the capital expenditure is very low. The system is completely based on existing computers and networks and just requires the addition of video cameras and headsets to start a conference. It is easy to use. It has a direct and simple user interface, and can easily be integrated with all kinds of office software, giving users a creative, flexible and convenient platform for their communication. As long as users can connect to the Internet, they can hold conferences anywhere and anytime, and enjoy powerful data-sharing functionality.

Currently, several forward looking companies have already started using software video conferencing systems, like the National Earthquake Bureau, Coca Cola, Legend Holdings, Wal-Mart, Galanz, China Pacific Insurance, China Railway No.9 Group, DHL, Shijiazhuang Electric, Guangdong Fire Department, Capital Iron and Steel Group, Guangzhou Honda, TCL, Nanfang Media Group, China Telecom head office and others, to facilitate internal and external negotiation and communication, and they have all selected V2 systems to accomplish this goal.

Video conferencing, double insurance for the future

If we say that video conferencing systems is a business that is stimulated by disasters, this will certainly cause controversy. But the facts show that the "9/11" attack and the spread of SARS both stimulated sales of video conferencing systems. Before the world was awake to the seriousness of the spread of H1N1 flu, and when the French air disaster was still yet to occur, the reduction of business trips and attention to safety had already become essential for all businesses. Aside from safety, during the current economic crisis, businesses cry out for careful calculation and strict budgeting, particularly on business trip expenses. Practically speaking, remote video conferencing technology not only saves money and improves efficiency, but is reliable, easy to use and inexpensive to acquire, and can reduce the risks and environmental pollution associated with travel. As far as the future is concerned, it is an economical and safe method of convening conferences, and a truly "green" technology.