Video Conferencing Software For Frequent Business Travelers

Initially the video conference was confined for a boardroom, where all the participants who are participating in the meeting must log-in through boardrooms. In most of the organizations, there are business people who often travel from one location to another for business purposes. Let us assume that if an executive is out of station or in travel, and he/she wants to attend the meeting and share important documents. In such cases with the hardware video conferencing it is merely impossible for him to attend the conference.The general complications that a business traveler faces during the business tours is, improper communication. Such business executives cannot explain or share the amendments or business proposals through phone or through mails instead of which it can be more productive if he/she gives a presentation through video conferencing software.Through the video conferencing software, the business traveler can instantly share any kind of data which are embedded in his wireless PC. With a very nominal Internet speed of 128 kbps per video, the executives can attend the conference and can even transfer any kind of document to all or selected participants. In traditional video conferencing, it was a very difficult task to share or play a graphics video and audio file, but this software enables the users to share or play the graphics file, within seconds with the minimum bandwidth.The beneficial part of this software is even during the time of traveling, the executives can connect to the Video Conferencing, through his/her wireless PC such as laptops, android mobile phones and I pads. With the aid of the business video conferencing software, the managers and the business executives can flexibly participate in a meeting without baring any expenses. Through remote collaboration, the frequent travelers can attend all the internal meetings of the organization just by using this solution.This software solution doesn’t require huge hardware components, instead it can run on any standard PC and can run under minimal Internet speed. The minimum requirements for the frequent business traveler for availing the applications are camera, audio & video devices and a license to install the software application in his/her wireless PC.The top ten video conferencing advantages for frequent business travelers:
• The business executives who have to move frequently from one location to another, can participate in the meeting from anywhere during the time of travel.
• Reduced complexity in connecting to the boardroom video conferencing, Highly interactive and effective communication
• Minimized cost of traveling, for the executives who must have to give frequent sales presentations, corporate meetings or any training sessions. Operational costs are also drastically low in comparison with the hardware solution.
• If a business executive is in very long distance, e.g., out of the country, then the IDD (International Direct Dial) charges for video calling will be more expensive, but through the video conferencing software solution, one can conduct video calls without any additional charges.
• The users can transfer any kind of computer generated material such as graphics, text files, excel files or PDF files.
• Enables very close communication, the executive can feel as if he/she is presented live in the meeting.
• The users can attend the meetings that are scheduled immediately
• Complex free and cost-effective means of communication
• The software conferencing solution will support both broadband and leased lines
• Through this solution, the cost of logistics is drastically minimized.Finally it can be concluded that, the video conferencing software solution can be a good solution for the frequent business travelers to attend a business conference remotely by being anywhere in the world.

Why the London Riots Created a Greater Business Travel Threat Than a Terrorist Attack

Introduction to the London riots threatIf you have business travel to London, you need to read this article. In this article you will discover why the London riots created a greater travel threat than a terrorist attack. We will examine the threat posed by the London riots and demonstrations, terrorist attacks and resulting travel delays, disruptions and changes. At the end of this article, you will have a specific understanding of the required business travel management response and awareness as to why this will happen again.The London riots and demonstrations has resulted in one of the largest business travel disruptions of 2011.London Riots and DemonstrationsThe London riots and demonstrations have come as a complete surprise to many. It is not a unique event and certainly not unique to the UK. The scale, violence, fire and failure of the authorities is often something expected in other countries but the lack of preparedness for destinations like the UK is common and widespread. Therefore, the lack of preparedness and last-minute scramble to respond and the inability to avoid major business travel disruptions are widespread as a result.Due to the footprint of disruption, many routes and modes of transport have been negatively affected. Simple commute from the airport, trains and ports to planned accommodation options have been altered and continuous review of hazard or threat assessment are required. Furthermore, travel support providers such as taxis, hotels, restaurants, emergency services an other basic amenities have also been affected, to varying degrees.Travel and risk managers need to immediately identify:

Affected areas,
Degree of threat,
Affected and exposed (inbound and outbound) business travellers,
Arrival/departure points,
Safe and non-affected areas,
Mitigation or eradication options,
Cost of implementation,
Funds available,
Emergency support,
Accommodation options,
On-going or developing events,
Social or non-business activity,
Insurance claims and compliance requirements,
Cancellation criteria,
Resumption of travel criteria,
Extended event plans,
Travel alternatives (domestic and international)The London riots have affected multiple support systems related to business and leisure travel. Any leisure travel disruptions will further compound business travel threats such as decreased accommodation options, airport congestion and increased public transport demand. Even simple actions like withdrawing money from an ATM will prove a challenge and compound the hazard/s.The London riots have had a prolonged affect on UK business travel sector, far greater than the majority of terrorist attacks. Further affects such as planning and preparation for the 2012 Olympics will also contribute to the lingering affects.A lack of planning and subsequent response capability by businesses could constitute a failure of duty of care, due diligence, corporate social responsibility, workplace health and safety or other related legislation.Terrorist attacks less of a threat than London riotsWith the exception of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, most have limited travel disruption and only affect a narrow band of travellers. Inclusive of the Mumbai terror attack, terrorist attacks typically have clearly defined threat elements (terrorist, bombings, gunfire, etc) whereas the London riots is a constantly changing and unclear threat. Most business travellers will be unprepared for such decision-making demands and lack sufficient experience to make consistent and safe decisions.Most contemporary business risk management systems focus on location and plausible event threats, then seek to inform or prepare travellers for the best results to mitigate or eliminate the hazards and threats. Therefore, the bulk of business travellers will not be prepared or educated on how to respond in London, with such wide spread disruption and threats. Few will have residual knowledge from information and preparation for such events in other locations, considered more likely to be medium to high risk. Many of the supporting business travel management departments and managers will be equally unprepared and resourced.A terrorist attack and other similar violent crimes would have a much smaller footprint of disruption, not affected such a wide business travel demographic, not affect business travel support providers so comprehensively or have such a prolonged impact on all exposed.Routine travel delays, disruptions and changes represent one of the most persistent and probable travel risk management issues.Travel delay, disruption and changesChange management and the decision-making involved is one of the most commonly accepted workplace hazard concerns. This is equally relevant to business travel and business travel threats.The instinctive and guided response of travellers to any delay, disruption or change can significantly affect the outcome of any spontaneous or new hazard as it presents. Particularly when this is the first level of response, before support options and resources can be activated or come into affect.Travel delays have been triggered due to airport and airline workers unable to get to work, taxi drivers not able to refuel vehicles, hotels and staff overwhelmed, business travellers unprepared and convergence of business and leisure travellers upon all available exit travel nodes.Access to information, at all levels, the ability to consume and process all the options and explore alternatives is imperative in this and similar travel disruption events. Crisis leadership will succeed more frequently than simple crisis management, to which are dependent upon timely and accurate information from all available resources.Unfortunately, many will fail to fully understand the gravity of the events, the threats posed and respond or prepare accordingly. While many others exposed will chalk it up to another force majeure or random act that is just part of the rich experience of international travel. Courts, business travellers and peer review increasingly do not share this flippant view.This scenario and lack of preparedness has been played out numerous times in recent history. Volcanos, volcanic ash affects, Japan’s tsunami, airport closures, airline failure and many others have caught business travellers and managers alike unprepared. This disturbing trend will continue.Conclusion: London riots threatYou should now see why the London riots have a far greater impact and threat to travellers than you may have originally thought. We have examined the business travel threat posed by the London riots, terrorist attacks and resulting travel delays. You now have a specific plan for this and similar events and the required business travel management and response. This will happen again. Perhaps not in London, perhaps not a city wide demonstration but this kind and scale of business travel disruption event will happen more than once before the end of 2011. Review your plan and make the necessary enhancements now.

The Construction Industry In 2013 – Where Is It All Headed?

One of the most promising facets of the eco-friendly approach is biomimicry, which uses natural and biological patterns as inspirations for architectural and engineering designs. These new developments point toward an increasing focus on incorporating natural elements, not only in the facades of new buildings, but also in their interiors. Cooling and ventilation systems in particular will be increasingly designed taking a cue from Mother Nature’s own designs.A few other trends that show promise in the construction industry are modular design and prefabrication. There are a number of benefits to such a construction approach, and the shorter production cycles and enhanced sustainability are among the most compelling. In addition to requiring less time to construct, modular buildings are also generally cheaper and safer to produce. This in turn results in lower production costs, with savings that may be passed on to the end customer. The use of eco-friendly materials and the clean design lines also make these modular structures ideally suited to the changing demands of the market.Many would say that the period of renewed vibrancy and innovation in the construction has been a long time coming. While a number of construction principles will continue to remain in practice well into the future, there is a clear shift toward more eco-friendly and energy efficient methods and designs.Even areas of construction that have previously neglected the use of “green” materials will undergo significant changes. Flooring and roofing in particular stand to benefit from the development of more environmentally-friendly materials, with bamboo and stone being only two of the materials expected to increase in popularity in the coming years. Some other aspects of design and construction in which the “green” trend is expected to take hold are painting and fixtures, both of which are areas in which there is an increasing shift toward the use of alternative materials in preference to traditional options.There is also expected to be a growing market demand for eco-friendly options in terms of materials and construction and design processes. While “green” techniques and materials have traditionally been marginal segments of the industry, this is bound to change as more and more customers demand a wider range of environment-friendly options.All these developments point to an increasing global awareness of the crucial role that construction plays in helping preserve the environment. No longer a necessary evil in terms of the human impact on nature, construction may well become a key player in the continuing quest toward an eco-friendly and sustainable industry.