Have you ever had a moment when watching TV and seeing a beautiful scene that you wish you could experience in person? If you answered “yes,” then you need to hear about remote presence.

Technology may not be able to teleport you to another location physically, but it can create the experience of being there.

This experience is called “remote presence” or “telepresence.”

In this article we are going to talk about:

What Is Remote Presence?

What Is Telepresence Used For?

Is Remote Presence aka Telepresence Same As Video Conferencing?

What Is Remote Presence?

Telepresence technology enables users to feel present in any location as if they were there physically. Often telepresence gets confused with remote, but these are entirely different.

Remote control or communication is a technology that gives the user the ability to control or communicate over distance. In contrast, telepresence is all about feeling present in a distant place from another location.

For example: 

Suppose that it’s a warm summer night and you are on your way back home. You pull out your smartphone, launch your remote control application and turn on the air conditioner. This is remote control.

Now suppose that you can use your phone to launch yourself into your home virtually, see the environment, and interact as if you were there. Then, switch on the air conditioner just like you would if you were there physically—this telepresence.

The technology is called telepresence because it makes you feel like you are being teleported to a location with a sense of presence.

The term “remote presence,” aka telepresence, is a relatively new term that is gaining popularity recently. In the past, this experience required heavy capital expenditure and technical know-how.

Recent advances in technology have given birth to companies that make remote presence technology feasible for the masses by reducing the cost and complexity of using the technology.

Below you can watch the CEO of SuperViz talking about the remote presence

What Is Telepresence Used For?

Remote presence has uses in many industries. In this article, we will mention three specific use cases. However, the use cases are not limited to these examples.

Let’s start looking at some of the most popular use cases:

Collaborative Virtual Real Estate Tours:

Real estate agents use collaborative virtual real estate tours to meet with their clients inside a virtual tour. The agent presents the properties as they virtually walk through the property together. With this technology, real estate agents can be communicating with the buyer while exploring properties together, virtually.

Check out the article here to read more about how you can use collaborative virtual real estate business for your business.

On-Site Inspections

In industries such as construction, managers must do frequent site visits to control the process and give feedback. With the help of remote presence technology, senior personnel can do site visits together, whenever they want and from wherever they are.

Imagine that you are in Dubai and your construction project is in London? No problem, you can do your collaborative on-site visits from your mobile device or laptop.

Corporate Training

Covid changed the way companies do corporate training and events. Gone are the days of doing corporate training in a closed office environment. Instead, today corporate events are happening via video conferencing.

The problem with video conferences is that participants do not feel like they are in an interactive event, and there is no feeling of presence. This leads to inadequate training because it is hard to keep the attention of participants without any interaction.

A remote presence platform like SuperViz has the added benefit of embeddable “hotspot” layers of multimedia within your virtual scenes. Hotspot layers like videos, photos, audio clips, external websites, and notes.

You can easily add interactive game links, create trivia quizzes or scavenger hunts, and set up skills-based training challenges. With integrated video conferencing, you can lead activities just like you would in person.

Is Remote Presence aka Telepresence Same As Video Conferencing?

Telepresence and video conferencing technology are very different from each other. Yet, the two terms are often perceived as the same.

Both telepresence and video conferencing enable users to have a virtual meeting with audio and video and provide the experience of face to face conversations.

While video conferencing offers a virtual meeting with audio and video, telepresence amplifies the experience by making attendees feel like they are having a virtual meeting in a location of their preference as if they were there physically. Telepresence is especially powerful when the location is the subject of the collaboration.

To summarise, both video conferencing and telepresence allow people to communicate remotely through audio and video. However, telepresence adds the immersive experience of being somewhere with the other person. 

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