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Array Telepresence - Demo Week February 20th-24th

February 21, 2017 | Telepresence Options

The Array Telepresence Demo - Seeing is Believing

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Enterprise Collaboration Pros VIP Demo Week - February 20th-24th, 2017

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

C-Level/VP/Director/Manager-level IT professionals responsible for enterprise collaboration, telepresence, and/or videoconferencing.

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System Integrators interested in delighting their enterprise clients with immersive telepresence experiences.

YOU'RE INVITED!

TO WHAT?

A 30-minute demonstration over videoconferencing of Equal-i and Q&A with the Array Telepresence team including:

Array_DX_LinkedIn-700.jpgImmersive Everywhere - Our capability where an Equal-i site can send our dual-screen immersive view to a regular dual-screen videoconferencing end-point. We will also demonstrate switching between dual-screen immersive and "Video+Content". From an Enterprise standpoint Immersive Everywhere provides the ability to improve the way executives look when presenting by video and delivers a WOW! when connecting with partners, vendors, and customers.

Global Presence Alliance (GPA) Inks Major Deals

February 21, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Ira M. Weinstein / Wainhouse Research

For large enterprises, the selection, deployment, and ongoing management of a global communication environment is incredibly challenging. The expectation is clear - allow anyone, at any time, on any device, and using any network, to reach anyone - quickly, easily, and reliably. Seems simple enough - right?

In hopes of taming this beast, many organizations have defined standards for AV system designs, user interfaces, communication platforms, and more. And some have entered strategic agreements with key suppliers in hopes of simplifying technology procurement and support. But along the way, many customers have discovered how difficult it is to find a truly global AV integrator and AV support team.

Face to Face: Using Videoconferencing to Create a Shared Virtual Space for Students

February 21, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by EdSurge

Colleges have long linked classrooms via videoconferencing. But when two theater professors in different countries wanted to collaborate, they decided to make a video link with a little more depth.

The project began when Tiina Syrjä, a lecturer in voice and speech at the University of Tampere, in Finland, met an administrator from Coventry University, in Britain, and they decided to organize a collaborative long-distance theater seminar. Coventry University sent Tom Gorman, a senior theater lecturer, to Finland to come up with a plan. Mikko Kanninen, senior lecturer of acting at the University of Tampere, joined the planning committee.

Virtual reality industry 'in need of a jump-start,' Imax CEO says at new VR center

February 17, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Los Angeles Times

Richard Gelfond, chief executive of big-screen company Imax Corp., unveiled his new virtual reality center Tuesday with a bullish plan to turn the nascent VR industry into a mainstream art form just like movies and video games.

It won't be easy. The VR business, Gelfond said, remains stuck in its early stages for now and badly needs a "jump-start."

Is Snap Inc. Building a Wearable Face Recognition Device for the NSA?

February 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Hacker Noon

Last week, Evan Spiegel of Snap Inc. unveiled his first hardware product Spectacles to a few journalists. Wall Street Journal author Seth Stevenson recalls how Spiegel invited him into "a small conference room" where he "draped a towel over a mysterious object sitting on a table" calling Spiegel "eager to the point of jitters".

Perhaps "eager" isn't the right adjective.

Embedding video into apps streamlines communications

February 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechTarget

I was in a meeting the other day when a colleague received a FaceTime request from her daughter. Video communications like this have moved from futuristic to routine, both at work and at home. However, this trend of embedding video into applications is still mostly true for the consumer world.

I am not talking about video conferencing. We don't have video conferences with support agents. I'm talking about visual interactions using apps, websites and even devices. Unfortunately, the business world still thinks video is for executives.

KioWare releases KioCall, a remote video connect app for use with KioWare kiosks

February 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Digital Signage Today

Analytical Design Solutions Inc. has released KioCall, a new video conferencing product specifically for use on kiosks running KioWare for Windows kiosk software, according to a press release. Additionally, a new version of KioWare for Windows has been released, supporting the new KioCall video conferencing application for kiosk to kiosk-or kiosk to call center-video conferencing.

KioWare kiosk software products lock down a device into kiosk mode, which secures the overall operating system, home screen and usage of applications. The new KioCall video conferencing app allows kiosk users to initiate or receive video chats with another kiosk, desktop user or group.

Intel Extends Videoconferencing Experience

February 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by IT Business Edge

The most costly time that most organizations spend usually occurs in a conference room. The collective salaries of those present on an hourly basis are usually considerable. For that reason alone, it makes sense to make sure that time is as optimally spent as possible.

To enable that to happen, Intel has been making the case for Intel Unite, high-definition video conferencing software that gets deployed on a hub based on Intel processors. Today, Intel announced it is making available Intel Unite client software for both Apple iPad and Android tablets alongside existing support for PCs running Windows and Apple MacOS. In addition, Intel has added a telemetry module that makes it simpler to track usage of hubs and their actual locations in an office complex.

European debut for Mondopad Ultra

February 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Installation

A new line of giant collaboration touchscreens, InFocus's Mondopad Ultra, is on show for the first time in Europe at ISE 2017.

The touch-enabled screen combines an HD videoconferencing system, an interactive whiteboard, a 4K presentation screen, audio conferencing, and a powerful PC.

Cisco and Microsoft - Two Approaches to Room-Based Collaboration

January 31, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by UCStrategies

Avaya's recent news has overshadowed everything else in the market, but Cisco and Microsoft are very good at staying in the limelight. As it turned out, last week both companies had collaboration updates, and I happened to get briefings on both. Cisco's latest iteration of Spark has been in the works for some time, and with so much at stake in terms of owning the collaboration experience, Microsoft was not going to remain on the sidelines.

These updates weren't hyped as a Super Bowl-like showdown, but given their market power, attention must be paid. Collaboration is a broad concept with many variations, and it's really interesting to see both companies focus on exactly the same use case at exactly the same time. While the stars were certainly lined up for a winner-take-all clash, it's also interesting to note that each company has come to market with different approaches to a similar problem set.

Avaya: How we arrived at Chapter 11 - A letter from the corporate treasurer

January 31, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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John Sullivan, CFA, VP and Corporate Treasurer, Avaya Inc.

Story and images by John Sullivan /Network World

I have been asked how a company that reports strong financial results can at the same time file for chapter 11 restructuring. How did we, Avaya - one of the top competitors in business communications - arrive at this juncture? After looking at the multiple options of how to deal with our debt, we decided it was a critical next step in our transformation from a hardware company to a software and services company and the best path forward for our customers, partners and employees.

Our business is healthy and performing well. We have successfully transformed from our hardware heritage, with 75% of revenue now generated by software and services. All of our recent products are virtualized and run on various hardware platforms. We continue to be number one or two in the key markets we serve, and are at the beginning of new product cycles across our business.

Array Telepresence - Demo Week Event February 20th-24th

January 30, 2017 | Telepresence Options

The Array Telepresence Demo - Seeing is Believing

Array_Demo_Week.jpg

Enterprise Collaboration Pros VIP Demo Week - February 20th-24th, 2017

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

C-Level/VP/Director/Manager-level IT professionals responsible for enterprise collaboration, telepresence, and/or videoconferencing.

&

System Integrators interested in delighting their enterprise clients with immersive telepresence experiences.

YOU'RE INVITED!

TO WHAT?

A 30-minute demonstration over videoconferencing of Equal-i and Q&A with the Array Telepresence team including:

Array_DX_LinkedIn-700.jpgImmersive Everywhere - Our capability where an Equal-i site can send our dual-screen immersive view to a regular dual-screen videoconferencing end-point. We will also demonstrate switching between dual-screen immersive and "Video+Content". From an Enterprise standpoint Immersive Everywhere offers the ability to improve the way executives look when presenting by video and delivers a WOW! when connecting with partners, vendors, and customers.

Israeli video chatting pioneer Rounds just got bought by Kik

January 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Geektime

Before there were those silly filters on Snapchat, there was another startup with doodles and fun, live video graphics. Tel Aviv-based Rounds was one of the first group video chatting applications for mobile, and now, it has reaped the rewards of being an initial innovator in this field. Kik, a larger Canadian chatting company, announced on Thursday that it acquired Rounds for an undisclosed sum.

While neither Rounds nor Kik disclosed a price for the acquisition to Geektime, other news outlets estimate that it is somewhere between $60-$80 million. Given how much funding Rounds had previously raised, about $24 million since Dany Fishel and Ilan Leibovich launched the startup in 2007, this appears to be a moderately priced buyout. Comparing it to other Israeli startups that have been purchased for a similar amount of money in recent years, this isn't as successful as PayPal's buyout of CyActive, which had only raised $2 million and been in existence for two years, nor is it quite as disappointing as Prosper's purchase of BillGuard for $50 million, considering that BillGuard was in a more lucrative sector. Even though Rounds' technology was forward looking and it reportedly has 40 million users, realistically it is lucky that it was able to be acquired given the fast pace and enormous user base of other video conferencing applications, including Facebook Messenger.

Introducing Vidyo.io for Application Developers

January 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Vidyo

The enterprise today is innovation-driven, not task-driven. For software developers who are building mission-critical applications, or for within highly-regulated and security-focused enterprise environments, quality matters in order to solve big problems. These teams, and their stakeholders, are increasingly coming together over mobile devices, and the ability to collaborate and get things done from our smartphones and tablets - from any location - is making the enterprise more agile, nimble and productive.

For years, Vidyo has been diligently refining its industry-leading technology, APIs and SDKs to make embedded video much more accessible for developers and enterprises who are looking to rapidly integrate reliable video chat into their own applications. We have video-enabled hundreds of diverse enterprise-level applications to date using our DNA.

How Cisco Spark Board Enables Create-and-Do

January 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Cisco

A few weeks ago I invited my team to a cabin in the mountains to prep for launch. This was in Norway and it's how we get stuff done. I plugged in a Cisco Spark Board and we were off. The Cisco Spark Board was really the only tool we needed to get work done right there and to bring in remote team members for discussions.

The Cisco Spark Board is a team tablet for your wall. It works with the Cisco Spark cloud platform. You can think about it as a physical extension of Cisco Spark into conference rooms and huddle spaces (and cabins).

Raspberry Pi rival: Asus launches Tinker Board, faster, with 2X memory and 4k video

January 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechRepublic

The Raspberry Pi has a new rival, the more powerful but slightly pricier Asus Tinker Board.

The Asus Tinker Board has a faster processor and more memory than the Raspberry Pi 3, but sells for £55 ($68), considerably more than the £33 or $35 Pi 3.

This ex-Cisco exec's startup kicked off 2017 by getting a $1 billion valuation that's putting it in the spotlight (CSCO)

January 24, 2017 | Rena Malai

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Story and images by NewsTimes

The new year has already been good to videoconferencing startup Zoom, a fast-growing competitor to Cisco's ubiquitous WebEx.

Just last week, the San Jose-based company raised $100 million at a $1 billion valuation in a round led by legendary investment firm Sequoia Capital, making it Silicon Valley's newest "unicorn."

PGi to acquire cloud communications provider ReadyTalk

January 18, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechTarget

In UC news, collaboration software provider PGi is set to acquire cloud communications provider ReadyTalk; IHS Markit report names BroadSoft as UCaaS platform market share leader.

The unified communications consolidation carousel continues to go round. Collaboration software provider Premiere Global Services Inc., or PGi, last week announced plans to acquire ReadyTalk, a cloud communications provider that offers audio, web and video conferencing.

ReadyTalk's focus on midmarket customers and carrier partners aligns with PGi's go-to-market priorities for 2017 and beyond, PGi said in a release. ReadyTalk, based in Denver, is a communications provider that offers collaboration software to more than 6,000 small and midsize businesses.

9 Visual Collaboration Software Companies

January 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Nanalyze

Smart devices have made the world a much smaller place. At all times, we have the ability to connect with friends, family, and colleagues. Never before in the history of business, has real-time collaboration between offices and individuals located across the world from each other been so attainable for businesses of all sizes. As our ability to connect has grown, fast and complex collaboration has become a requirement to stay on the cutting edge in competitive industries. This will get even more intense with the arrival of virtual reality.

Telepresence robots let people explore cultural venues without really going

January 12, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Las Vegas' Mob Museum is one of the few museums to offer tours via telepresence robot.

Story and images by CNET

Pamela Forth was determined to bring a little culture into her fiancé's life.

That was no easy feat. Two decades earlier, a car accident left Roger Sprong a quadriplegic, with limited mobility. That made any trip too far beyond his Valparaiso, Indiana, home a challenge.

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Eye Ball

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iPad face, robot body

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DiData UK Buys Mvision

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