Polycom has announced a new software update to the Polycom(R) RealPresence(TM) Platform that allows customers using Polycom and other standards-based video collaboration solutions to join calls with Cisco TelePresence Systems, and vice-versa.

The latest RealPresence Platform software update, released today, also further extends interoperability across Microsoft and IBM UC environments.

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/polycom-frees-users-from-vendor-lock-in-with-support-for-tip-allowing-non-standards-based-video-systems-to-connect-with-polycom-standards-based-video-systems-2011-11-16?reflink=MW_news_stmp

Cisco has announced enhancements to its product line that address the need to collaborate easily and efficiently, from any device, at any place, and at any time.

“The advancements Cisco is introducing today –from Cisco WebEx® to Cisco Jabber™ — can change how people meet utilizing expanded cloud-based services, and can give workers an easy way to collaborate directly from Web applications they use every day, driving new levels of business productivity and competitiveness.”

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http://communities.cisco.com/docs/DOC-27345

 

Today Cisco announced the general availability of the newest version of Cisco HealthPresence(R) technology, an advanced care-at-a-distance platform that connects patients and clinicians via high-definition video, audio, medical devices and collaboration tools.

The updated solution provides new deployment options with enhanced security and efficiency capabilities to deliver patient care from a wider range of locations. Cisco HealthPresence also supports integrated workflow features to improve information exchange by increasing access to data such as electronic medical records.

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According to a recent study by Polycom, more teachers are aware of the power of video conferencing technology and an increasing number want to use it to enhance communication.

More than three-quarters of British teachers would like access to video conferencing technology so they can have digital meetings with pupils, their parents and colleagues when face-to-face meetings are not possible. The driving force behind demand for the technology appears to be its ability to increase engagement.

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Video conferencing has begun encompassing everything you would expect from a standard, face-to-face board room meeting and Polycom has even managed to integrate digital whiteboards in to its offering. The firm hopes that this final addition will make its unified communications technology a well-rounded solution that will appeal to practically all businesses.

 
The inclusion of whiteboard capabilities comes after video conferencing specialists raced to integrate as many disparate technologies as possible – including video sharing, document collaboration and PowerPoint solutions – into an all-encompassing offering. Speaking to Information Week, John Antanaitis, vice president of product marketing at Polycom, said: “The last thing in the room that we were never able to connect was the whiteboard.”

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