What is MultiPoint Video Conferencing Solution?

If you are looking to invest in a video conferencing solution for your business, there are several options available to you. There is HD Video Conferencing, Desktop Video Conferencing, Cloud-based Video Conferencing and Mobile Video Conferencing. There is Skype, Cisco, Lifesize, Vidyo Linux and even Google products that try to meet the demand in this space. But what makes a solution multiPoint?

What is unique about multipoint  video conferencing is that it allows three or more remote sites to participate in a simultaneous video conference. The sites must connect via a video bridge, which is called the Multipoint Control Unit or MCU. With this capability, a company that has teams in various locations can bring them together via video conference to collaborate on a project or participate in a company meeting or event. With this capability, everyone on the conference can hear each other in real-time using video and audio. The MCU is the controller for the meeting and connects all the participants on the call. It regulates which audio or video feed participants see, depending on who is talking (the loudest), so that participants can follow the party that is leading the call or presenting information at each particular time.

When investing in a Multipoint Video Conferencing tool, you have to decide what kind of MCU you want, because there are several options to choose from and which one you select determines your experience and cost. There are Software MCU, Hardware MCU and Software and Hardware
Combo MCUs.

How Multipoint Video Conferencing Solution Works

The video above, by LifeSize,  one of the major players in the industry describes in very simple terms how MultiPoint Video Conferencing Solution works and the components needed to set up a functioning unit for your business.