Polycom has announced a new addition to its product line of unified communications solutions – the Polycom Telepresence m100.  According to Polycom, the m100 is a cost effective was for small and mid-sized businesses to easily add video to their communication tools because it is a video conferencing software application that:

  • Delivers HD-quality audio, video, and content sharing to users of Microsoft® Windows® OS.
  • Has an intuitive and simplified interface that’s lets users search directories for colleagues or friends and click a name to call, discuss projects, and share virtually anything from their desktop with remote participants and teams.
  • Utilizes industry-standard protocols, allowing seamless connection to the millions of room and immersive telepresence systems online worldwide.

http://www.ivci.com/videoconferencing-polycom-telepresence-m100.html

Executives across the world are finding they are spending too much time on business travel, so much so that they are missing anniversaries and children’s birthdays, according to a new study by Coleman Parkes research firm. And the worst part – these executives are still arriving late to the meetings they are sacrificing so much to attend, or even missing the meetings altogether.

The answer?  Video conferencing. The study points out that many international companies are now using video conferencing for meetings, and those without video are looking to invest in it so that they may experience the time and costs savings reducing business travel affords.

http://www.polycom.co.uk/documents/travel_survey.pdf

An interesting new offering launched this week in the Visual Collaboration world.  The Blue Jeans Network debuted a cloud based video conferencing service that promises to bring the traditional room based systems of manufacturers such as Polycom, Cisco, and Lifesize together with Skype, Google Talk, and more.  And this is all accomplished over the public internet!  The early buzz is that the service works very well.

IVCi welcomes Blue Jeans to the market!

We all know that by bringing people together virtually, video can dramatically cut the costs associated with business travel.  But one business took a closer look at the advantages video brings to the organization. For example, video makes remote employees feel more connected, assists with training and recruiting, and facilitates meetings across corporate locations.

http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/37986

The power of video conferencing to help people is truly amazing. Imagine having a debilitating disease like Parkinson’s and not having access to a specialist because you live too far away. Telemedicine is changing that and giving patients improved care by providing much needed access to health care resources.

Read this compelling story by NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2011/06/27/137089619/the-parkinsons-doctor-will-video-chat-with-you-now