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

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.

http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/40354

 

Cisco looks to expand doctors’ capabilities to view patients remotely with the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant.

Cisco Systems has introduced the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant, a mobile telemedicine cart for high-definition video collaboration between doctors and patients.

Physicians will use the VX Clinical Assistant to examine patients remotely from other facilities. It will also play a role in medical education, Cisco reports.

 http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Health-Care-IT/Cisco-TelePresence-Cart-Brings-Video-Collaboration-to-Hospital-Exam-Rooms-454414/

 

Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries and other serious mental health issues are not receiving the help they need due to insufficient access to care, according to a recent article in the New York Times.  One way this problem is being addressed: telehealth solutions that utilize video conferencing technology.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/opinion/while-veterans-wait.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=video%20conferencing&st=cse

 

An InformationWeek survey of four hundred sixty-three business technology professionals found that desktop video conferencing plays an important role in business collaboration and unified communications.  Desktop video conferencing facilitates collaboration and reduces travel costs for those polled, and seeing the success of Skype for consumers has led to greater acceptance of video among business users.

IVCi is addressing the increasing use of video conferencing at the desktop in addition to mobile and conference room use by providing an easy way for all types of users to meet, and that is through its MVE service….MVE creates a seamless video experience, no matter what type of system is being used, no matter where that system may be located – and it is all done by professionals behind the scenes…

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http://conferencing.tmcnet.com/topics/conferencing/articles/231364-desktop-videoconferencing-play-crucial-role-business-collaboration-uc.htm