Deaf, hard of hearing and mute people find videoconferencing a particularly lucrative option as a means of communicating with each other in sign language thus eliminating the need of any ‘in between’ proxy.
Education seems to be the field which has benefited the most from videoconferencing. Videoconferencing has provided students with an opportunity to learn by participating in two-way communication forums. Through videoconferencing students are now able to visit other parts of the world to speak and interact with their peers and avail other educational facilities through virtual field trips.
It is a highly useful technology for real-time telemedicine and telenursing applications such as diagnosis, consulting and transmission of medical images. Rural areas in particular can benefit from videoconferencing as experts now would no longer need to visit a remote place. Instead the patients may contact the doctor over of videoconferencing interface.
Businesses with distributed locations have been using videoconferencing internally to conduct meetings between employees at various locations to achieve a closer synchronisation of operation throughout the company.
Since 2007 a new concept of press videoconferencing has evolved which allowed journalists to attend conferences in some other part of the world without leaving the office premises. IMF has many journalists on their registrations list for closed conferences of this type.
Videoconferencing has opened an option for the law and order enforcing agencies to allow witnesses to testify on a videoconference if they are reluctant to attend the physical legal setting due to any reason like psychological stress. The pros and cons are still debated as it might be a violation of certain laws.
Handheld and portable telephony has been spearheading the video conferencing campaign for some time now. Today, if a small kid knows how to make a video call, its credit goes to the smart phone his parents own, and the cellular service provider. Next contributor is the internet and computers. These can be considered to be the predecessors to telecom companies in making efforts to popularize this technology and a major groundwork has been done by this market segment. But with computing power coalescing to fit in the palms of the consumer in the form of powerful smartphones and tablets, the mobile computing platform seems to be taking the steam off the desktop and laptop market segment.
Major telecom providers in the US have successfully completed their switch over to LTE (3.5G+). Japan and European nations have been using video conferencing for a long time now. Indian telecom operators have been slashing their 3G price plans and a famous few even introducing 4G into their telecom circles. As more and more telecom providers embrace technologies like 3G and beyond, a major part of the population will be able to converse over a video conference call in a short span of time from now.