High definition video has "raised the game" for videoconferencing and telepresence systems.

That’s the opinion of Rick Snyder, president of Tandberg Americas, who says HD videoconferencing offers a "really compelling visual experience".

He says this – and the fact the current economic climate has required business travel budgets to be cut – means more and more companies are looking seriously at HD videoconferencing.

"We think that in the next few years, HD will become the norm," he said

Speaking at the recent VoiceCon 2009, Snyder suggests that today’s HD videoconferencing systems offer a very compelling ROI – in some cases their cost is equivalent to a couple of international business trips.

So as well as increasing productivity he says they can have a positive impact on a company’s bottom-line – and on the environment.

Below is a video interview with Rick Snyder (his comments on HD start at 4.12mins) from VoiceCon.

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