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ZoomPresence: Bringing Zoom conferencing to the Conference Room
Zoom conferencing appears to be the fastest growing cloud videoconferencing platform in the world. Since the company emerged out of stealth in January 2013 they have grown rapidly and claim 15,000+ organizations have tried and/or use the service, especially in higher education and K-12 markets.
Zoom.us video conferencing is too good and inexpensive to ignore. Even a Cisco sales rep told me, "There is no way they can keep up that pricing." They can and they have. When you don't have the tyranny of the status quo holding you back, it is a lot easier. Zoom.us is off to the race with a champion horse.
On August 9th, 2014 the long awaited ZoomPresence will be officially available. What is ZoomPresence? ZoomPresence is their conference room solution. Here is the best part. It is built on non-proprietary hardware from Apple that anyone can buy. No longer are clients held to a world of proprietary hardware codecs for video conferencing. The ZoomPresence kit list has been tested with numerous manufactures with a list that is growing daily to complete the ZoomPresence room kit.
In conversations with Nick Chong the head of marketing at Zoom.us he said "ZoomPresence is created with the Apple (MacOS and iOS) experience in mind - simple and powerful. One tap starts a 100-person video meeting! "
ZoomPresence room kit requires:
- Mac Mini with Bluetooth keyboard/mouse
- iPad for room control
- Up to 3 HDTV Monitors
� USB PTZ Conference Cameras � USB Speakerphone
ZoomPresence has the functionality you need for a true interactive video conference:
� OneTouch Meeting Start
� Integrated with Google or Outlook calendar, so you can instantly host or schedule a meeting from your browser.
� Easy to use in Meeting Touch Controls
� Able to use other apps during the conference, such as charts or spreadsheets.
� Participants can join from just about any device.
There is another little secret to the ZoomPresence room kit which I highly doubt will be advertised: You can still use it with other platforms like Microsoft Lync, Cisco WebEx, Citrix GotoMeeting, etc. Do you still need traditional H.323/SIP systems to join a meeting? Zoom.us has this covered with their Cloud Connector service.
Cloud-based video conferencing is evolving daily and Zoom.us is leading the charge. I will even call them the dark horse competitor to Microsoft Lync, which has actually been making decent headway into conference room. I truly think business owners large or small should be giving Zoom.us and ZoomPresence consideration, especially since it is 1/5 the cost of the other players in this area with unlimited use.
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