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.

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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

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/

 

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

 

Public Room Experience is a new service that gives customers access to a world-wide network of over 3000 public video conferencing and telepresence rooms.

Public Room Experience accommodates the frequent requests IVCi receives from clients who need to participate in a video meeting while away from their facility and want the same meeting room experience.

With Public Room Experience customers looking to book a public video conferencing room on their own can utilize IVCi’s web site to check real-time availability of a room and book with any major credit card.. The customer is then provided with all the necessary information about the conference room location, including the number of participants that will fit in the room, the type of equipment installed, and catering options available. When this service is incorporated with IVCi’s Managed Video Experience (MVE), IVCi handles the reservation from start to finish, including testing with the site to ensure excellent call quality prior to the meeting taking place.

Public Room Experience frees users from having to answer questions that are usually asked when setting up a video meeting in a public room, such as what are the bandwidth requirements of the meeting, will IP or ISDN be used, etc. IVCi handles all set up and technical questions for the user.

“The Public Room Experience is part of our full-service approach to unified communications (UC) solutions for our customers,” said IVCi’s CEO Bob Swing. “Our goal is to be there every step of the way for our clients, and to make their video conferencing experience as seamless and worry-free as possible. This new service allows us to serve a segment of the market that been so far been underserved, and we are happy to share our expertise with them because we believe the power of video should be available to all.”

Public Room Experience is a service that can be utilized on its own, or as part of IVCi’s Managed Video Experience.