How VoIP and Video Conferencing Differ

PC with video conferencing device

How VoIP and Video Conferencing Differ

Many people believe that VoIP and video conferencing are all the same technology and having a Voice over Internet Protocol app means you video as well. Actually, VoIP does not necessarily provide video capabilities although many VoIP platforms provide video as well. These are not synonymous technologies and you need to know the difference to get out the most of both.

VoIP and Video Conferencing Technology

Both VoIP and video conferencing require Internet connection and appropriate bandwidth to run. Basically, VoIP enables you to conduct voice communications, get emails and conversation transcriptions, have autoresponders and so on. On the other hand, face-to-face video chat is a main feature of video conferencing solutions.

VoIP is independent of other technologies and is able to operate on its own while video conferencing usually requires another software to function, including VoIP for transmitting voice and data. Thus, you can have VoIP without video but cannot have video conversations without VoIP.

Most contemporary VoIP platforms provide you with conferencing capabilities. The number of people in a conversation ranges from two users to dozens of people participating in a conference call. Cutting edge hosted solutions already offer video capabilities should you have the bandwidth to handle video calls.

VoIP and Video Conferencing Solutions

A good number of people use video conferencing solutions such as Skype but they have certain limitations when the needs of businesses are concerned. Unlike such free solutions, VoIP platforms combine all your communications into a single solution. You can store calls, activate voicemail and email notifications, have chat and video, and go mobile through mobile VoIP phones.

Adding video capabilities to a hosted VoIP solution is very easy as plug-and-play hardware is maturing. Recently, Yealink have introduced VC200, a huddle room video conferencing solution, which provides multi point video conferencing capabilities.


VC200 video conferencing device by Yealink

Source: Yealink

It integrates codec, camera, microphone, and bracket while fitting televisions ranging from 6mm to 50mm thick. VC200 is also a scalable platform for any business to scale it up and down depending on its current needs.
Its Ultra HD 4K camera is supporting 4x digital zoom and e-PTZ with super-wide 103° horizontal field of view. This way you can have two to six people on the screen. VC200 features six built-in microphone arrays that support directed voice pickup, resulting in a clearer voice by automatically identifying and comparing voices.
It has a wireless application and can handle a heavy video load. VC200 provides 1080P full HD video conferencing, and H.265/HEVC codec support. Connectivity through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is available as well as connections to wireless applications, including one-click wireless content sharing.

Future of VoIP and Video Conferencing

To conclude, while many current VoIP platforms lack video conferencing capabilities, the two technologies will become increasingly intertwined in the coming years. The inevitable shift to cloud-based solutions for communications is forcing software developers to build feature-rich solutions that combine VoIP with video conferencing. Further, the very competitive market for hosted VoIP service will put additional pressure on the service providers to offer video services.