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iMeet Enterprise Level Video Conferencing Debuts Version 2.0
August 1, 2012 | William Zimmerman
Longtime Audio Conferencing Heavyweight PGI is Ready to Launch Version 2.0 of Its Year-Old iMeet Video Conferencing System
By Anthony Myers, CMS Wire
CMSWire sat down with Sean O'Brien, executive vice president of strategy and communications for premiere global services and David Guthrie, executive vice president and CTO for advanced strategies at PGI for a close up look at the slick iMeet system.
Emphasis on Design
PGI obviously cares about how iMeet can serve companies' video conferencing needs, but one look at the system also shows it cares about a polished design. We kind of go for a minimalist look and iMeet certainly has that feel. This is the consumerization of IT writ large. iMeet's design and interface don't look like enterprise level software, and the new iPad and iPhone apps v2.0 have a level of visual appeal and style that many expect in native iOS apps.
For example, iMeet has a feature called the Presentation Cube. Each person in the meeting can customize their cube with biographical info, photos and social media links. If you want to know more about who is speaking, click on their image and the cube displays the extra info with a snazzy little animation that turns the image into a cube. Each side has info, and the added effect of the animation just adds little bit of whimsy.
Each meeting room visitor gets their own cube complete with professional bios.
Dynamic Frame Rates for Low Bandwidth
One thing many customers are concerned with is not using up too much bandwidth during large video conferences, O'Brien said. iMeet can vary the video frame rates for optimal bandwidth, and the Spotlight Cube feature shows this off handily. Spotlight a cube for a guest speaker or keynote address, and the other cubes in the background are paused.
While PGI's Global Meet is its main WebEx and Adobe Connect competitor in the enterprise, iMeet is intended for SMB's. There is enterprise-level support with per user per month SaaS licensing, but iMeet also has packages for US$ 40 per user per month. That includes unlimited video conferences for up to 15 people per session.
Of course, not everyone will be in front of their laptop during these sessions. Around 30 percent of iMeet users are tuning on their mobile devices, O'Brien said, and there's even a call in option for those who want to listen in on a phone.
iPad HD app is available on iTunes, and other tablets can use the browser based iMeet version.
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