The Evolution of Videoconferencing for Depositions

The Evolution of Videoconferencing for Depositions

Lawyers and their clients live in a world of instant gratification.  Law firms and businesses alike, have been on a constant drive to improve efficiency because time has never been more valuable.

Videoconferencing Introduced to Executives

As early as the mid 1980s, professionals have been looking to videoconferencing as the holy grail of time management.  What could be better than having a face-to-face meeting without having to fly across the country or even the world?

The protocol used to make these state-of-the-art calls in the 80s (and up through the early 2000s) was ISDN, a type of connection provided by the phone company that was reliable, but expensive.  Videoconferencing codecs in the 80s cost as much as $100,000, putting the technology far out of reach of the typical business person.

Videoconferencing Introduced to Lawyers

Like all technology, though, that price tag dropped drastically over the years and eventually, in the late 90s, court reporting companies started purchasing their own videoconference codecs to provide to law firms for depositions.  Still relying on the tried and true ISDN lines, most calls were successful, although the services definitely wasn’t perfect.

In the early 90s, researchers at Cornell University developed the first videoconference that used the internet instead of the expensive ISDN lines.  The new IP systems provided calls that were much less expensive and had the potential to deliver much higher quality.

By about 2010, almost all public videoconference centers had moved to this new IP based system, but with systems still costing about $6000 for a mid-level unit, the cost to end users can easily reach $200 per hour or more.  With these systems requiring such a strong and specifically configured internet connection, many of them are improperly installed resulting in poor call quality and dropped calls.  Furthermore, attendees are still forced to travel to a videoconferencing studio, which are typically only available in cities and towns, and might be scarce in rural areas of the world (even the US).

The cost, reliability, and availability of traditional videoconferencing led companies like LiveDeposition to search for a solution.

Never Leave Your Office for a Deposition

LiveDeposition is an all-in-one tool for conducting depositions remotely.  It provides videoconferencing through a lightweight, web-based app that can be connected to from any laptop or computer.  It’s secure and consistent and there is no need to travel to studio to connect.  LiveDeposition provides the ability to share exhibits over the computer to ensure the witness and other attendees are literally “on the same page.”  With the ability to also stream live, realtime text of the deposition testimony, lawyers can be sure they leave no stone unturned.

Ruffin Consulting is North Carolinas only Certified LiveDeposition agency and has plenty of happy clients.

For more information about LiveDeposition or to see a free demo, contact Ruffin Consulting at 252-243-9000.


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