Nefsis video teleconferencing lets you run
all aspects of your teleconference — multiparty video, live web
collaboration, and telephone conferencing — all through a single,
easy-to-use online service.
Introduction to Video Teleconferencing
Traditionally, video conferencing involved large, installed-site,
standalone systems connecting one boardroom to another via a dedicated
line. Organizations that sought to connect more end-points in other
offices had to make heavy investments in add-on products, gateway
servers, and network re-engineering. The teleconference connection
itself required a subscription, which is yet another separate expense.
As many organizations put these additional products, services, and
TCP/IP connections in place, security holes, synchronization problems,
and steep learning curves took place.
Not anymore. Nefsis video conferencing online
services provide multipoint video conferencing for desktops
and conference rooms with live
collaboration; VoIP and telephone conferencing are all ‘baked
in’. Today, there’s no need for managing a long list
of separate products and teleconferencing subscription services.
What’s more, Nefsis scalable
video successfully operates over virtually any connection
type regardless of bandwidth, so network upgrades and re-engineering
are not required either.
The Old Model: Lots of Steps, Parts, and Snags
Is your organization using separate video conferencing
end-points, infrastructure components, and teleconferencing services?
Is it installed and running? If so, then you or someone in your
organization probably went through the following steps:
- You purchased video conferencing hardware, including codecs
or multipoint conferencing units (MCUs) to connect more than two
endpoints. The number of physical video ports was an
impediment to expansion right from the start.
- You installed the hardware in your conference rooms, or
contracted for a third-party to manage the installation. Most
hardware codecs use fixed bitrate encoding, so dedicated lines
and matching "speeds and feeds" were required for
- For any web collaboration beyond simple H.239 screen
sharing, add-on collaboration servers were required. These were
often provided by a third party other than the video conferencing
- If you planned for external desktop users in your video
teleconferences, then a desktop gateway server was required for
firewall and proxy traversal.
- For multiparty, telephone audio, somebody in your organization
subscribed to a domestic or international teleconferencing
- Once installed, all video teleconferencing sessions were
scheduled since the installed-site equipment can only handle one
session at a time.
- The end result is not a point-and-click system. Somebody had
to train the system users and be on standby for all video
Problems with the Old Model
While the video quality in traditional video conferencing systems
is usually good, it comes with several costs and compromises:
- High capital expense and risk – The
price tag for end-points and video-specific routers, gateways, and
collaboration servers adds up fast. Total up-front costs are often
over $50,000 with no guarantee of success. With multiple vendors
involved, the risk of failure is high.
- Complex maintenance – The proprietary,
single-purpose equipment used in many video conferencing systems
requires hands-on, physical maintenance for security key resets
and firmware upgrades at each location.
- Problems with interoperability –
Standalone systems are almost entirely limited to conferencing
with similar, previously installed equipment, so getting them
to connect to other makes and models usually involves significant
expertise not found in all IT departments.
- Lack of desktop connections – Most
video conferencing systems cannot access desktop users, only
other, installed-site systems.
- Security considerations – It can take
significant effort to enforce security on point-to-point video
connections. When collaboration tools are added, they
use separate protocols and connections, often requiring equal or
more effort to secure. The alternative is to send data in the
clear and tolerate the network security holes.
- Often internal use only – Because of
the above complications, most organizations cannot use videoconferencing
products for external applications like sales and customer training,
which require connections from external desktops and different networks.
- Lack of collaboration tools and media sharing –
Without the addition of more costly products, most video
conferencing systems don't have any collaboration capabilities
beyond simple screen sharing. The limited support for file
sharing, if any, does not extend to media like audio/video files
and movies. To play a media file during a traditional video
conference, the host must manually distribute it to each
participant (via e-mail, FTP, network share, CD/DVD, etc.), and
all participants must then run it individually on their own
- Partial recordings – Some organizations
need to record and save their conference session, but most products
capture only a portion of the conference, usually phone or video,
but rarely the data shared during the conference.
- Steep learning curve – The learning curve
does not necessarily end once the teleconferencing equipment has
been installed. It is common for ordinary users to require
assistance in setting up and conducting video teleconferences.
Most experience difficulty in part because the multi-vendor
approach requires learning several different hardware consoles
and user interfaces.
The Nefsis Approach: All-in-One, Easy Video Teleconferencing
Nefsis provides all web conferencing, video conferencing, and
teleconferencing capabilities in one easy-to-use, cloud-based
online service. The benefits of this all-in-one video teleconferencing
- Low financial risk – Working in the
no capital expenditure or heavy, up-front costs, either to
deploy Nefsis or to maintain it.
- Automated maintenance —
Nefsis cloud-based online services automate maintenance and make
it easy for IT staff to expand any installation.
- Suitability for any desktop or conference room
– Nefsis supports webcams and HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras typical
in laptops, desktops
rooms, so video teleconferences are no longer limited to specially
- Worldwide reach – The Nefsis cloud is
accessible anywhere in the world, all that is required is a
computer and Internet connection.
- More secure – Industry standard SSL/TLS
encryption is enforced and automatically maintained by Nefsis. All
data communications, web, VoIP, and video, are encrypted for
- Real-time collaboration and rich media sharing –
Hosts can share their entire desktop, web browser, individual applications,
individual documents, slide decks, and video files (including HD) for rich,
productive meetings in real time.
- Complete recording – Hosts can record the
conference for later reference and review. Nefsis records the entire
conference, live sharing, audio, and video, not just one component or
- Easy learning curve – Nefsis’ all-in-one
user interface resembles that of any other well designed application,
with point-and-click simplicity for all web conferencing, video
conferencing, and teleconferencing features. There are large,
illustrated tool buttons and mouse-overs for every feature. Most
users do not require IT help for productive online meetings and,
for those that do, Nefsis offers free training.
Nefsis All-Included Features
Nefsis brings extra richness and depth to toll-free, reservationless
teleconferences and online meetings. It supports dial-in and, where
communications security policies apply, dial-out functionality.
Nefsis includes all of the
conferencing, collaboration and video features of common desktop
products, plus enterprise-grade HD
video conferencing, media sharing (play a movie file), and
advanced collaboration tools. For details, click complete
Reservationless Video Teleconference Meetings
host simply clicks into their own virtual meeting room to get started.
The host can also take advantage of Nefsis features to create
specific meeting rooms for recurring team meetings, customer
meetings, and special events.
telephone, e-mail, or instant messaging, the host invites participants to
their meeting using ordinary web
links (URLs) associated with the virtual conference room.
- The participants click on the link and join the video
teleconference session, where all video and live sharing
components are displayed on the computer. Depending on the
user’s computer and company network settings, software
components are loaded dynamically or the user may receive
a prompt or two during the first session.
- If desired by the host, Nefsis prompts users to dial into
the teleconference bridge or enter their phone numbers for
dial-out service. Nefsis offers toll, toll-free, domestic, and
international dialing plans. The meeting host can also select
multiparty VoIP audio, eliminating teleconferencing fees
entirely — a popular choice for recurring meetings.
- The host and any designated presenter can activate video
and easily share their own materials in the teleconference as needed.
Cloud-Based Video Teleconferencing is Easy to Expand
More customers are turning to online services, plug-and-play
standard peripherals for their video conferencing requirements. In particular,
Nefsis provides a full suite of business-grade web conferencing,
video, and teleconferencing capabilities all in one easy-to-use online service.
In addition to the affordability, security, and ease-of-use advantages
mentioned above, the Nefsis cloud offers automated fail-over, load balancing, and
scalability — a much better fit with today’s IT strategies for managing
business-critical services. You don't need to worry about a single point of
failure or running out of video ports anymore; Nefsis is robust, highly scalable,
and easy to expand.
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