Beyond the Boardroom – Video and Web Conferencing For All – Part 2

In a recently published article Beyond the Boardroom: Video and Web Conferencing for ALL – Part 1, we listed five industries outside of the boardroom who are taking full advantage of online communication tools to save time, money and increase productivity. Here are five more industries who are thinking “outside the box”:

Judicial System

From conducting client depositions to allowing remote witness testimonies, the justice system is using video and web conferencing to cut back on legal costs and shorten the lifecycle of trials. The prison system is benefiting from it’s use as well by allowing high risk prisoners to appear in court remotely, reducing the possible safety hazards of transporting them. Other ways the judicial system is using video and web conferencing include remote hearings and arraignments, as well as prisoners meeting with friends and family members without anyone having to travel to the prison or jail to see them.


Today’s society moves fast; people want things now and don’t have the patience to wait. Video and web conferencing has allowed the Manufacturing Industry to reduce production time, ultimately resulting in reducing the time it takes for a product to get into the hands of the public. This is made possible by allowing manufacturers to speed up product feedback, increase quality control and bring together teams of developers, designers and vendors, all located in different areas throughout the world..

Healthcare Services

It used to be common practice for doctors to make house calls, but as society grew and technologies changed, it became normal for patients to visit doctors in their office. Video and web conferencing has allowed doctors to bring back the house call, making their patient visits more personal. Doctors are now able to conduct medical consultations, get advice from fellow physicians, monitor patients and offer support to patients without leaving the comfort of their office. In addition, hospitals are using video and web conferencing to help train future physicians by allowing them to go online and observe surgeries as they are taking place.

Media Relations

Journalists and news reporters use video and web conferencing to expand their reach into the public, giving them an international appearance. They are hosting video press conferences and conducting web based interviews without having to travel to locations around the world.

Interpreting and Sign Language Service

Communication is a prominent issue facing individuals who are hearing impaired. Video and web conferencing has given these individuals a tool which allows communication barriers to be broken down. Interpreter services can now use video and web conferencing to communicate with those who are hearing impaired. This works especially well in a classroom setting where interpreters act as an advocate for students, staff and parents, giving equal access to education for everyone.

As the popularity of video and web conferencing grows, more and more industries will begin to adopt this technology, making it a “must have” necessity to doing business.