The coronavirus has led to an increase in teleconferencing. However, how is this different from previous conference systems?
Ms. Izumita: Until now, there have been many systems that use a videoconferencing codec, that is, dedicated videoconferencing machines. Because they are a type of system for which dedicated lines were required between remote conference rooms, they can be quite costly.
Mr. Isozaki: Before we were faced with the coronavirus, home and telework were not yet common, so most people had not really considered participating in meetings from home or a remote office. However, because of the coronavirus, situations requiring teleworking and working from home increased rapidly. For that reason, there was an increase in meetings using smartphones and home computers. Suddenly, there was a demand for teleconferencing systems that responded to that.