What Is Audio Conferencing?



Audio conferencing is where two or more people in different locations use technology like a conference bridge to hold an audio call. Audio conferencing is different from a traditional phone in in that all participants dial into a central system that connects them instead of directly dialing each other. Audio conferencing aims at achieving communications and collaboration simultaneously. Many audio conferencing products may also come with online collaboration elements standard or optional, like screen-sharing capabilities, to further enhance the value of audio meetings.


Audio Conferencing Security


Audio conferences often require a special dial-in code in addition to the phone number to help keep out uninvited users. Some conference systems even allow for the use of an individualized audio pin that identifies specific users to further identify audio conference participants.


Types Of Audio Conferencing


There are two types of audio conferencing: point-to-point and multipoint conferencing systems. The point-to-point conferencing system enables two people located in different locations to collaborate and communicate whereas multipoint conferencing system has the ability to facilitate communication and collaboration for three or more people located in different places.


For audio conferencing to occur, all the users must have the conferencing software installed in their computers or phones. The computers or phones for conferencing must also have speakers and microphones, and a fast internet or data connection.


Benefits And Advantages of Audio Conferencing


Compared to video conferencing, audio conferencing is typically a less expensive, very accessible and easy to set up. But it also lacks some of the richness of a video conference. Like other teleconferencing, audio conferencing can save time and money that would otherwise be spent on business travel to hold physical conferences.


Depending on your specific audio conferencing solution, it may also enable company employees to easily create a web collaboration session with key subject matter experts to rapidly resolve company or customer issues.


With a good audio conferencing platform, you may not need as many full-built-out audio/video conference rooms. Some audio conferencing platforms can support a number of conferencing hosts, exempt special event connection costs, and come with add-ons. All this makes audio conferencing a great way for more than two people to connect with each other at the same time.


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