A new study published by Cisco demonstrates the importance of the Internet to young people (college students). The  study found that the Internet is ranked as important to their lives as water, food, air, and shelter.

In addition, two-thirds of students (66 percent) and more than half of employees (58 percent) cite a mobile device (laptop, smartphone or tablet) as “the most important technology in their lives.” 

The future of video conferencing and cloud-based services!

 http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Midmarket/Internet-as-Important-as-Food-Air-Cisco-Report-364137/

 

Polycom continues to demonstrate its commitment to open standards among unified communications solutions with its announcement of  the Polycom RealPresence platform. This new offering includes a comprehensive software infrastructure for universal video collaboration.

The Polycom RealPresence Platform (formerly referred to as the Polycom UC Intelligent Core) is the software infrastructure that powers Polycom’s HD telepresence and video solutions.

The open-standards approach of the Polycom RealPresence Platform ensures integration with hundreds of unified communications and social networking applications, such as Microsoft Lync 2010, IBM Sametime, and Jive’s social business platform.

More here:

http://www.www.istockanalyst.com/business/news/5421447/polycom-introduces-realpresence-platform

 

A video conference on Sept. 9 linked youth voices from the United States, Lebanon, India and the United Kingdom. Small children when the attacks occurred in 2001, the participants are now high school and college students actively engaged in seeking understanding and respect across faiths, beliefs and cultures.

This was not a one-off event. All of the participating schools are part of a new initiative called “Face to Faith” — an international schools program sponsored by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation currently active in more than 400 schools in 17 nations. Through video conferencing and online community, students ages 12-17 communicate directly with their peers around the world. They are able to address issues of global concern through civil dialogue with one another about their beliefs, values, attitudes and faiths.

More here:

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/beyond-911-horror-voices-for-the-future

 

We have seen the benefits of video conferencing technology for patients who live in remote areas – the ability to gain instant access to specialists and medical professionals located across the country. In times of medical emergency, video can be the difference between life and death. Doctors can use video to treat stroke patients during the short window after a stroke when it is crucial to be evaluated for a life-saving treatment.

Learn more:

http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2011/09/08/247840/Doctors-use-HD-video-conferencing-in-rapid-remote-treatment-for-stroke.htm

 

Video conferencing makes for better communication than the telephone because people are able to pick up on non-verbal clues, an expert has said.Keith Warburton, editor of video conferencing and telepresence news publication Vcinsight.com, revealed that a recent UCLA study showed 93 per cent of communication is through visual signals.

Individuals can tell the mood of a client or supplier as soon as they walk through the door of a meeting room or appear on-screen, in a way they cannot do on the phone.

‘That’s why face-to-face meetings are so important,’ he remarked. ‘So perhaps rather than ask whether video conferencing is desirable or effective, we should surely be asking why on earth we choose to limit ourselves to voice-only phone conversations when there are much more effective options available.’

Because of these factors, teleconferencing is one of the best ways to ensure effective communication between colleagues, suppliers and clients in different locations, he added.

Mr Warburton concluded: ‘There can be no doubt – body language and non-verbal clues transform the effectiveness of our communications.”