Attending meetings via video-communications is becoming an indispensable element of the business communications mix. Travelling – including flights, taxi, hotel, meals,… - is expensive. In addition, business travel is not all fun: crowded airports, flight delays, locations one does not really like to travel to, the security hassle, the risks involved, bad meals, tight seats on planes, jet-lags, weather conditions, risks for pandemic spread , etc…. Most companies today have an environmental charter whereby reduction of CO2 emission is part of the company policies and that implies the minimization of travel. Business travel also puts somebody’s personal, private life ‘in the back-seat’. These are all good reasons to look for ways to reduce business travel. But undoubtedly the most important reason to minimize business travel is eliminating the time it takes. Totally wasted time. It is an eye-opener to analyze carefully time-consumption patterns of the travelers in your organization. It is amazing to look at the facts and figures and learn how much time is spent ‘idle’ : non-productive use of time and talent. If a company wants to boost productivity, the most effective way to achieve this objective, is to take all possible measures to free-up as much time as possible to enable the people to do what they have been hired to do. Travelling (even if one does carry a PDA, laptop and mobile phone) is probably on top of the list of the time-wasters. In the past, travelling was inevitably the only good way of doing business. That is different now : the 3D TelePresence systems do offer a viable alternative. It IS as effective as being in the meeting. Business travel can be reduced dramatically without giving anything up. On the contrary !
In order to maximize the use and to minimize the possible resistance of the users, it is therefore of the essence to invest in what is probably the best technology available today. With 3D TelePresence, you do just that. This is not just our opinion, but that is what many companies today experience and acknowledge. Feel free to talk to our customers and they will acknowledge this.
Key executives can extend the reach of their personal influence by taking advantage of 3D TelePresence. Using global networks, they can attend meetings at international business locations and command attention through their life-size presence and eye contact. They can maximize the efficiency of their time by using 3D TelePresence to instantly transmit to the location where they are needed without losing time travelling. Unlike video conference systems which cannot achieve eye contact, the 3D TelePresence systems bring the key executives face-to-face with their customers, partners, peers or employees in a realistic life-size 3-D presence for personal communication. Their presence is as compelling and as effective as actually being there.
Specialists from around the world now have the ability to meet, daily, at the same table and work on the same project, as if they were in the same room. Including their documents, presentations and files. Data sharing and White Boards are seamlessly integrated in the collaboration process. This concept is especially effective in applications such as joint software development–involving experts from different continents can shorten the time to market considerably and save lots of time and money in the development process. Software companies can now mix programmers from the West with programmers from the East (for instance Europe, US and India). Thanks to this, the project is not worked on 8 hours per day at European or American salary levels, but 18 hours per day at 20% Western and 80% Indian salaries. The total cost goes down dramatically. The quality is ensured because the specialists ‘are sitting the same room’ and are working on the same server for the same customer. The development time is vastly reduced. Large software companies use this concept since many years and the ROI is simply phenomenal.
Managers and directors can meet, face-to-face with their employees, peers and co-workers around the world. With eye-contact which is essential to build trust and understanding. Thanks to frequent personal high-quality communication , the rapport between employees and the management can improve dramatically, resulting in a happier workforce and….an improved bottom-line.
3D TelePresence systems are ideally suited for employment interviews in a recruitment process. Many employers and employment agencies currently pay to have applicants travel to another location for a final set of interviews. Through 3D TelePresence the companies could have an effective face-to-face meeting without the cost of travel. This is also a powerful tool for Executive Search assignments : not only can the interviews take place over distance, but it is also possible to record the interview and show the entire interview to the client, who will be able to ‘feel and read’ the candidate as if he was sitting at his table. Employment agencies with a national network of TelePresence Tech systems could connect applicants with employers to speed up and improve the interview process. In a very cost-effective manner. Thanks to the eye-contact and the trust this conveys, assessments, job evaluations and reviews can be conducted using the 3D TelePresence system. Also very worthwhile application for employees residing or working in remote or isolated locations (other countries, oil rigs, etc…). Motivating. Discrete and confidential.