In a meeting, members need to be able to feel the general mood. When the meeting involves people overseas, it is also necessary to gauge just how well everyone understands the meeting content. The low picture and sound quality of the previous videoconferencing system made it difficult to see the facial expressions and thought processes of the other members to determine their level of understanding even when they replied with something like, "Oh yes, I see." Thanks to the excellent ambience of the HD Visual Communications System, in addition to clearly seeing the facial expressions and hearing the tone of the voices, members can actually sense the atmosphere surrounding the other party. This has been described as coming close to a "face to face" meeting environment. The introduction of the HD Visual Communications System was expected to let the company achieve a high level of communication, even over long distances, that would be midway between talking by telephone and meeting on a business trip. It would make it possible to handle situations that previously would have required a business trip, without having to leave the office, thus greatly changing and improving work styles.