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Polycom to Integrate IBM Sametime

January 18th, 2012 | Posted by Nina Parker in Polycom | Use Cases | Video Conferencing - (0 Comments)

Polycom recently entered into a strategic partnership with IBM (IBM) to incorporate its popular RealPresence video solutions technology with IBM’s interactive application called IBM Sametime and IBM Connections.

Polycom’s RealPresence video technology that host video conferences for enterprise clients are quite similar to IBM Sametime application, which facilitates Web conferencing and group chat within an organization. Hence, the integration of Sametime application with RealPresence technology will upgrade Polycom’s product feature.

The new integrated technology that supports high definition (HD) quality video calling can be accessed through different touch points like web, email, IM clients and other social media sites, hence providing enhanced solutions to different organizations to improve its work efficiency.

The advanced technology will cater to different needs of the enterprise by means of conducting virtual meetings from different touch points like email, WiFi and 3G/4G network. It will also be beneficial for the healthcare industry where doctors will be able to provide medical assistance to patients living in remote areas, thereby improving the service qualities of healthcare industries. Furthermore, the whole system is highly secure and reliable and is delivered directly from the cloud or integrated within the devices.

http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/67972/Polycom+to+Integrate+IBM+Sametime

 

Telemedicine centers bring quality, affordable medical treatment to India’s hundreds of millions of poor people.

Patients schedule a doctor’s “visit” at the center, and consult with a doctor by video about symptoms and care. The nurse will measure vital signs like blood pressure and heartbeat, through equipment that transmits readings directly to the doctor and into a patient’s computerized medical file.

Total cost to the patient: 50 rupees, or about 96 U.S. cents.

http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/from-india-the-1-doctors-visit/?scp=1&sq=video%20conferencing&st=cse

Businesses Will Continue To Turn To Video in 2012

January 4th, 2012 | Posted by Nina Parker in Video Conferencing - (0 Comments)

If 2011 was a good year for videoconferencing (and it was), the forecast for 2012 is even more upbeat, especially as businesses look to continue trimming travel costs and to improve productivity.

Bandwidth management, interoperability, reliability and quality will continue to be key issues for enterprise customers – but IVCi has solutions that address these and other issues, creating a smooth and successful video conferencing experience every time!

More:

http://www.telepresenceoptions.com/2012/01/count_on_a_sizzling_videoconfe/

 

Want the Truth? Use Video Conferencing

December 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Nina Parker in Video Conferencing - (0 Comments)

A new paper to be published next year in the Journal of Business Ethics finds that people are more likely to lie via text compared to face-to-face communications, video conferencing or audio chat

Participants in the study were most likely to be honest if the conversation happened via video, which beat out both face-to-face communication and audio chat.

More:

http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/40995

 

Interesting aticle in CRN magazine delivers a video conferencing state of the union.  It includes a substantial piece about the IVCi Desktop Experience and an interview with our own Chris Bottger:

IVCi, well-known in the video conferencing channel and a top VAR for both Cisco (NSDQ:CSCO) and Polycom in the space, began working with Blue Jeans before its commercial launch. IVCi uses Blue Jeans’ cloud to power its IVCi Desktop Experience, a managed services offering that connects various desktop video clients and is both application- and appliance-independent. It works hand in hand with IVCi’s Managed Video Experience, the managed video services offering IVCi uses for everything from multipoint bridging and ISDN service to endpoint and network management for customers.

Blue Jeans is a game-changer, said Chris Bottger, IVCi’s senior vice president, managed conferencing services.

“They’re isn’t anything I’ve seen that works, that ties the business in with what I would call the prosumer and the consumer sides, and if there is, it’s not as robust as the cloud offering that Blue Jeans has here,” Bottger said. “Just the fact that you can do a video call with Skype clients and really make this easy.  A lot of the customers who have done the demo are blown away by it.”

A service like Blue Jeans’ makes irrelevant the challenge of connecting various video endpoints and pieces of video infrastructure, and also makes more convenient the idea of on-the-go video, particularly from smartphones and tablets.

“If you think about it, probably 80 percent of the video calls we run on a daily basis have an audioconferencing bridge attached to them. You usually have more people than you have video systems available,” Bottger said. “But now we can offer those people the ability to do video, as well, at their convenience. People need to be able to use the tools they’re comfortable with.”

Bottger disagreed with the idea that the shift toward selling the video experience would mean less emphasis on hardware-based endpoint and infrastructure sales. There’ll be less opportunity to sell those things individually he said, but packaging them with managed video services will make the whole video solution a moneymaker for a company like IVCI.

“One feeds the other,” Bottger said. “It feeds the services on the back side and we’re also not shortchanging the hardware business — it’s continuing to grow. We’re fairly evenly balanced: one-third services, one-third integration and one-third technology, meaning them buying it or us building it for them.”

More:

http://www.crn.com/news/networking/232300285/wheres-the-puck-going-in-enterprise-videoconferencing.htm?pgno=1