There are alternative ways of using Access Grid technology apart from the more expensive, studio-based version (which costs between £30K and £40K). In some circumstances it is appropriate to use one of these alternatives, but ask for advice if you are unsure.
1. Access Grid from your Office
This solution can accommodate about 3-5 people, giving a good quality experience
with the convenience of fitting on a desk. There is no need for dedicated
studios, nor for expensive room modifications. It includes three screens,
echo-cancellation microphones and good-quality cameras. This option costs around £7K.
2. Access Grid from the Phone
Sometimes people need to take part in meetings but cannot get to an Access Grid node. In these circumstances, it may be possible to participate by telephone. This requires one of the sites taking part to have their echo canceller (Gentner/ClearOne) connected to a phone line.
3. Access Grid from the Desktop
It is also possible for people to take part in meetings from their desktops. This should only be used if it is not possible to participate from an Access Grid node because many of the benefits, such as a large display showing the many sites who often take part in Access Grid meetings and other, more immersive features of the technology, are lost.