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Logitech C925e webcam is full HD and supports professional video conferencing

May 2, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Logitech has rolled out a new webcam that aims directly at the professional user who needs a solution for critical video conferencing where mistakes could mean lost money. The new webcam is called the Logitech C925e Webcam and it carries certifications and qualifications to be used with all major pro level video conferencing solutions including Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber and WebEx, Zoom, BlueJeans, and Videxio. The webcam is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.

The C925e supports resolution up to 1920 x 1080 at up to 30 frames per second. An integrated privacy shade allows you to block off the lens when not in use to prevent anyone from potentially watching you without your knowledge. Logitech uses H.264 video compression and the camera has integrated autofocus.



Vidyo Selected by Alibaba DingTalk for Video Conferencing in DingTalk Enterprise UC Cloud Platform

April 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Alibaba_Dingtalk_Vidyo.jpgDingTalk service provides the highest quality, multiparty video chat for mobile and desktop to over 1.5 million Chinese enterprise companies on iOS or Android

HANGZHOU, CHINA and HACKENSACK, N.J.- April 26, 2016 - Alibaba DingTalk, a business unit of the Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA), the world's largest online and mobile marketplace, selected Vidyo, Inc., a leader in video communication and collaboration, to bring embedded HD quality, click-to-connect multiparty video conferencing capabilities to DingTalk, Alibaba's free, cloud-based enterprise unified communication platform. Now generally available, DingTalk with Vidyo enables 100+ endpoints to join a conference in a user-friendly interface with HD content sharing and flexible display layouts.

First unveiled in January 2015 DingTalk is a powerful cloud-based UC platform that simplifies enterprise collaboration and communication for Chinese enterprises and teams. With more than 1.5 million enterprise companies using DingTalk on desktop and mobile today, Alibaba DingTalk needed tremendous scalability to address the platform's large and growing installed base of Chinese enterprises requesting face-to-face collaboration.


Chatlight - Personal Videoconferencing Lighting

April 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Chatlight_PC_Selfie_light.jpgTelepresence Options has been successfully testing the Chatlight. A personal, rechargable LED light for desktop or mobile videoconferencing that charges via USB. $29.99 in White, Black, or Silver. We're using two on either side of a laptop.


i-Kandy - Imago ScanSource's Immersive Telepresence Videoconferencing Bundles

April 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Imago ScanSource is Europe's leading distributor of videoconferencing and collaboration technologies. They have come out with innovative bundles that enable immersive telepresence videoconferencing in regular conference rooms at revolutionary pricepoints.

i-Kandy-Array_Telepresence_Polycom_Medialign.jpgi-Kandy PLUS combines the Polycom Medialign 270 with the Array Telepresence DX Camera Module and 2S Image Processor to enable life-size, immersive telepresence in regular rooms.

Imago_i-Kandy-Array_Telepresence_Polycom_Bundle.pngImago's standard i-Kandy bundle combines the Array DX Camera Module and Image Processor with Polycom's Group 500 Video, Voice, and Collaboration Engine for cost-effective immersive telepresence in regular size conference rooms and boardrooms using dual-displays. Click through to get all the details.


Vidyo Launches Plugin-Free Video Conferencing With WebRTC

April 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Vidyo, a company developing video-conferencing products, released a new version of its VidyoWeb client and Vidyo Server that support the WebRTC protocol. The technology can enable plugin-free video chatting in the browser with a single click. Vidyo also worked with Google to support the VP9 codec in WebRTC products in a way that scales the video to various bitrates and resolutions.


Mitel Acquires Polycom -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Wainhouse Research's Take

April 15, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Mitel Acquires Polycom -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

While there are some potential synergies in this deal, there are many risks.

After MANY months of rumors, the news is finally in. Unified communications and telephony product/services vendor Mitel (MITL) has announced its intention to acquire collaboration, videoconferencing, and phone vendor Polycom (PLCM).

As was widely reported in the business press, the real discussions and due diligence began in October 2015 when Elliot Management (an investor in both companies) pushed for the two firms to combine.

The news is still hot off the presses. The paperwork was signed by Mitel yesterday morning, and by Polycom last night, and the press release went live at 6 AM EDT. The Wainhouse Research team was briefed only five minutes later ... yes, at 3:05 AM PT. While some of the details remain sketchy, here's what we know and think.

The deal is expected to close in Q3. The plan is that Polycom will retain its brand and its San Jose headquarters, and operate as an independent division within Mitel. Two Polycom board members will take positions on Mitel's board. Details about Polycom's executive staff have yet to be released. Once merged, the combined company will have a total workforce of about 7,700 employees and annual run rate of roughly $2.5 billion. Mitel expects the acquisition of Polycom to be accretive to its shareholders in 2017.


Yealink and Fuze Establish Interoperability to Combine Video Conferencing Endpoint and Cloud-based Platform

April 14, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Xiamen, China - April 12, 2016 - Yealink, the global leading unified communication (UC) terminal solution provider, is pleased to announce the successful result of a new interoperability (IOT) cooperation with Fuze (formerly ThinkingPhones), the leader in global voice, video, and collaboration. The Yealink VC120 video conferencing room system is now verified as compatible with Fuze conferencing and collaboration solutions.


Acer's Chromebase is a Google-powered all-in-one PC built for video conferencing

April 5, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Google's Chrome OS continues to assault business PCs with a new all-in-one Chrome OS computer designed for video conferences. Acer and Google recently announced the Acer Chromebase for meetings based on the Chromebox for meetings platform.


Zoom Announces Native Skype for Business Interoperability

March 30, 2016 | Telepresence Options


SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - March 29, 2016) - Zoom Video Communications, Inc., a leading provider of video communications services, today announced the addition of native interoperability with Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Lync) to its enterprise video conferencing platform.


Imago ScanSource's Ian Vickerage: Yorkshire's Silicon Valley entrepreneur

March 28, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Ian_Vickerage_ScanSource.jpgIan Vickerage brought a little bit of Silicon Valley to the UK and built Imago Communications into Europe's leading value-added distributor of next-generation visual collaboration technologies. He sold the company to ScanSource, Inc. in 2014 creating a global powerhouse with a broad range of video and voice communications equipment and services. Now as President of ScanSource Europe he sat down with AV Magazine's Clive Couldwell to discuss the journey, his secret to success, and how he is revolutionizing the quality of visual collaboration on the continent by helping to launch Array Telepresence into the market.


Alone together: my weird morning in a virtual reality chatroom

March 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options


I'm standing in front of a decorative garden talking to a guy from Germany about PC specifications. This is not really what I was hoping for from the future of online social communication.

The place I'm in is AltSpace, a virtual reality social world. It was launched in 2013 by AltSpaceVR, a small startup based in Redwood City, California. Although it's early days for virtual reality as a consumer phenomenon, there's been a lot of interest in the idea of virtual chatrooms - AltSpace VR has already attracted more than $15m (£10.6m) in venture capital funding, and Mark Zuckerberg has talked about multi-user VR as the future of social media. There are alternatives to AltSpace, such as vTime and VRChat but this one is getting a lot of interest due to its multi-platform compatibility and array of features. That's why I decided to don a HTC Vive and spend an hour in the virtual world of chat.

It's been ... odd.


Face2Face Makes Anyone a Video Puppet

March 21, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Justus Thies, Michael Zollhöfer, Marc Stamminger, Christian Theobalt, and Matthias Nießner are graduate students that have created a system for reenacting faces using commodity webcams and video samples of the targeted face. The system captures the mouth and facial movements of a source actor using a commodity webcam and then superimposes the mouth and facial movements into the target video file making the subject of the target video mimic the facial expressions and speech motion of the source actor.


Array Telepresence Launches in Europe & Imago Scansource Promotes with 2-for-1 Deal

March 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Imago_Should_Have_Gone_To_Array.jpgArray Telepresence, a pioneering new company that enables immersive telepresence in regular conference rooms using existing videoconferencing codecs, hits the European shores this week and their distributor Imago Scansource is making it easy for systems integrators and enterprise video managers to trial the technology with a limited time only 2-for-1 offer. Story includes details on how Array's Equal-i Technology works, the ROI for enterprise video programs and Pro Tips on how Enterprises can set up a pilot program. The company is conducting a global demonstration event this week (March 14th-18th) connecting to the interested over videoconferencing to demonstrate the system's capabilities.



The Ashton Bentley Boardroom three70 + Polycom Immersive Media Engine

March 12, 2016 | Howard Lichtman

Ashton_Bentley_Boardroom_Three_Side.pngSpotted @ ISE: The Ashton Bentley Boardroom three70 powered by the Polycom Immersive Media Engine (IME), which is essentially the same compression, collaboration, and control behind the Polycom Immersive Studio. The solution is "meet in the channel" right now where each component is purchased seperately from distributors and integrators like Imago Scansource and FVC who rep both products and is easily integrated. The Ashton Bentley components come flat-packed and can be installed quickly without even a screw driver. Each system breaks down to packages weighing less than 150 lbs to fit under the FedEx maximum for air-freight and fits in a standard elevator. Every system is front-servicable, the cables are color-coded, and amplified audio and three 70 inch HD displays are included. The abox central AV processor provides system control, signal routing, audio processing and power distribution. End-user control is simplified with Polycom's RealPresence Touch and the systems can be remotely managed including cycling the power on any component using absee, the company's remote monitoring and management server.


Polycom and Microsoft to Extend Video Collaboration in Office 365 and Skype for Business

March 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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SAN JOSE, Calif. & ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) and Microsoft Corp. announced today plans to expand the reach of Skype for Business meetings so Polycom customers of all sizes will be able to leverage their existing video investments as they move to Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business environments. In addition, Microsoft customers new to video collaboration will have the option to use Polycom's proven technologies in their new deployments. Customers will also be able to collaborate with other existing video platforms using a new cloud video interoperability service built by Polycom and Microsoft.


Logitech Takes the Hassle Out of Building Video Conference Rooms

March 7, 2016 | Telepresence Options


NEWARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Logitech (SIX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI) announced the Logitech® ConferenceCam Kit with Intel® NUC video conferencing system. Configured and validated by Logitech and Intel for performance, simplicity and compatibility, the ConferenceCam Kit includes a Logitech ConferenceCam, Intel® NUC and Intel® Unite™ application. The ConferenceCam Kit is compatible with virtually all PC-based cloud services, and does not require users to bring their own computer to start a video call. This enterprise-quality bundle mitigates the complexity and cost for businesses to scale up from a laptop-based experience, or scale beyond a boardroom telepresence system to a flexible and affordable solution for any meeting room.


This Austin Company Is the Google Analytics of Video Conferencing

March 4, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Pictured from left to right is Andrew Chen, Rick Leung, Alfredo Ramirez and Ivan Montoya from the Vyopta executive team. (courtesy image)

With the number of people working from home steadily rising and the percentage of work being done via video conferences and other collaboration platforms climbing, the performance of those communication systems is more important than ever.


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March 2, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Are you looking to empower your working teams with a higher level of collaboration and engagement? Do your remote workers feel like second-class citizens when they attend a working session by phone? Why not bring them into the room with a truly immersive virtual huddle room experience?


Robert Scoble Interviews Blab.Im's Founder Shaan Puri on how they are moving live streaming conversations away from Google hangouts

February 29, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Robert Scoble interviews Blab.Im's founder Shaan Puri on how they are moving the major live streaming shows off Google hangouts to Blab.Im's platform that is better optimized for conversations, chats, and communities. The conversation was done on the Blab.Im plaform.

Live at headquarters with Founder/CEO Shaan Puri.Joel Comm and Zane Aveton this is for you!

Posted by Robert Scoble on Monday, February 22, 2016
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