Telepresence vs Business travel

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October 21st, 2017 at 11:29:19 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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In all these discussions about the limits of airfields, there is a looming idea that people may radically reduce business trips in the future and replace them with telepresence.

While telepresence is guaranteed to increase, there is some doubt that it will actually cause a decrease in travel
October 21st, 2017 at 11:52:02 PM permalink
Evenbob
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" Telepresence systems range in price from $125,000 to $500,000 USD. Tandberg/Cisco Telepresence systems are considered among the best for video quality (configurable with a soft blue lighted background, for example) and their prices range from $350,000 to $550,000 USD per room.'

Not catching on anytime soon..
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October 22nd, 2017 at 4:20:11 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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McCarran’s passenger traffic peaked at 47.7 million in 2007, then fell below 40 million in 2010 as airlines cut flights. In 2016 it returned to 47.4 million. In 2000 the trigger point to begin construction at Ivanpah was 49.5 million. That is an increase of 4.4%. So far this year, the airport passenger count is up 2.6% so the trigger might get switched by next year.

Southwest uses Vegas for a connecting airport, a total which accounts for possibly 2.5 million of those passengers. Any decrease in business travel may not affect LAS by much.
October 22nd, 2017 at 6:20:29 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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I'm unfamiliar with the difference between telepresence and video conferencing but any salesman will tell you that you make video presentations until your blue in the face but if you want to make sales you have to be there in person.
October 22nd, 2017 at 7:01:00 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: Fleastiff
I'm unfamiliar with the difference between telepresence and video conferencing but any salesman will tell you that you make video presentations until your blue in the face but if you want to make sales you have to be there in person.


It is not just sales. There is no substitute for being there. I can honestly say there are times when I had the attitude of, "My boss is 450 miles away, I don't know anyone who can see that far!" And I know I am not the only one. Any business you go to, the further the place is from the boss, the more liberties they take. The flipside is the boss doesn't see your local challenges. I used to have bosses ride to a customer call with me and say, "Wow, this is really as far a drive as you said!"
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October 22nd, 2017 at 7:31:43 AM permalink
Nareed
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Quote: Pacomartin
While telepresence is guaranteed to increase, there is some doubt that it will actually cause a decrease in travel


It's not exactly new. In the 90s, companies offered meeting spaces which were pretty much TV studios with direct transmission to other cities. the downside was availability per city pairs. No doubt today the equipment is portable and the transmissions are over the internet.

What i wonder is whether the combination of Skype and ubiquitous webcams on PCs has decreased the need to travel.

There may also be concerns about security. Anything that goes online can be hacked.

Lastly, did you read "The Naked Sun"?
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October 22nd, 2017 at 9:11:57 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Nareed
Lastly, did you read "The Naked Sun"?

Of course. Very significant novel.
October 22nd, 2017 at 12:31:10 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: AZDuffman
It is not just sales. There is no substitute for being there.


Even working at home has it's drawbacks.
I know a woman who works out of her
home office for a major insurance co.
They have strict rules that the person
you're talking to cannot get even the
hint of a whiff that you're home in your
PJ's, or you lose your at home status.

No TV or kids or dogs barking in the
background. They learned the hard way
that people will not take you seriously
if they think you are anywhere but a
cubicle in some office. Same with sales,
if you can't show up face to face, you
are not serious about selling anything.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
October 22nd, 2017 at 1:00:54 PM permalink
kenarman
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My wife video conferences with her medical specialists. Saves a 360 mile return trip.
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October 22nd, 2017 at 2:11:43 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: kenarman
My wife video conferences with her medical specialists. Saves a 360 mile return trip.


Exchange of info, totally different. No
personal touch needed, not selling
anything.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
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