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Sleek New Extron 7" Wall Mount Touchpanel Blends Performance and Style

January 18, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Anaheim, California (January 11, 2018) - Extron is pleased to introduce the TLP Pro 725M 7" wall mount TouchLink Pro touchpanel. We redesigned this latest TouchLink Pro touchpanel inside and out with a new, high-performance quad-core processor, eight times more memory, and a higher resolution, 1024x600 capacitive touchscreen built with scratch and smudge-resistant edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla Glass®. The TLP Pro 725M also features the convenience of PoE - Power over Ethernet, which allows it to receive power and communication over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal in any environment requiring a stylish, wall-mountable touchpanel with a fully-customizable interface.

"Our latest wall mount TouchLink Pro touchpanel provides powerful features and a clean, sleek design with edge-to-edge glass," says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. "Inside, we added substantial processing power, memory, and graphics capability, and then gave it super-tough Gorilla Glass to make sure the touchscreen is as robust as it is stylish."

VideoLink and Lifesize Set the Bar for Video Conferencing Solutions

January 18, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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A recent article by Forbes shows that telecommuting has grown by 103 percent in the last decade1. The world of business is changing, and the way we work together and communicate is changing right along with it. Luckily, two top industry leaders are working together to set the new standard for business communication. Denver-based VideoLink and award-winning Lifesize are starting the New Year strong by raising the bar for what companies should expect from their conference room experiences.

With more than 18 years of expertise in the industry, VideoLink has always focused on the newest solutions in the market to provide their clients with the most advanced, easy-to-use technology. This drive for gold-standard products naturally led them to work with Lifesize, true leaders in innovative video conferencing and collaboration solutions. Together, they are solving issues for teams of all sizes, in all situations. No more squeezing your team behind a tiny camera, poor audio quality, or hard-to-use technology. These leaders have listened to the problems of their customers and worked to create simple solutions.

TrueConf and NVIDIA Bring 4K Video Conferencing to Smart TVs

January 18, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Backed by NVIDIA, TrueConf has released a new solution to run 4K video conferences on smart TVs based on NVIDIA SHIELD TV consoles. High quality video conferencing has become possible thanks to SHIELD TV processing powers: powerful NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor equipped with a 256-core graphics engine based on Maxwell architecture with support for hardware encoding of video streams at 60 FPS.

The integration is powered by NVIDIA NVENC technology which has been supported in TrueConf for Android application. Video is transmitted at 2160p and 30 FPS. Incoming and outgoing streams are processed using H.264 codec.

e-con Systems launches Full HD Autofocus MIPI Camera for i.MX7

January 16, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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T. LOUIS, USA and CHENNAI, India - Jan 10, 2018, e-con Systems Inc., a leading embedded camera company specialized in the development of advanced camera solutions, announces the launch of e-CAM80_IMX7, 8MP Full HD Autofocus MIPI Camera Board for NXP(r) i.MX7. The e-CAM80_IMX7 is a CSI-2 MIPI camera that can be interfaced with NXP(r) SABRE development board. e-CAM80_IMX7 is based on 1/3.2" OV8865 CMOS image sensor from Omni Vision. e-CAM80_IMX7 comes with an high-performance Image Signal Processor(ISP) that performs all the Auto functions (Auto Focus, Auto White Balance, Auto Exposure control). e-CAM80_IMX7 can stream Full HD [email protected] and also supports [email protected]

NXP(r)IMX7 series is a unique processor for low power portable Internet of Things applications. Internet of Things is going from Smart to Intelligent. These intelligent devices require video camera to take actions. Imagine an Intelligent video camera can capture live traffic, send it to cloud and take desired action for it. Also, this can detect an accident and call emergency central or take other necessary actions. This will reduce the time considerably for an action. So, the need of the hour is high quality and high definition cameras for Intelligent IOT applications. e-CAM80_IMX7 will perfectly fit into this space.

Suitable Technologies Reveals BeamPro® 2

January 14, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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LAS VEGAS, January 9, 2018 - CES Booth #44148/Tech West - Suitable Technologies Inc., creator of the industry-leading Beam family of telepresence systems, today announced the addition of the BeamPro 2. This next-generation device offers advanced features that revolutionize communication within organizations.

Responding to extensive customer feedback, the BeamPro 2 provides key benefits for both small organizations and Fortune 500 companies in all verticals including technology, education, manufacturing and healthcare. By creating a more immersive robotic telepresence experience, BeamPro 2 encourages remote employees to "visit" and collaborate with colleagues in other locations around the globe more often, generating improved productivity, better user experiences, savings in time and travel costs and reduced environmental impact.

2NDGEAR Expands Portfolio with Newline Interactive TRUTOUCH Interactive Displays

January 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options


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COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 2NDGEAR, a subsidiary of Insight Investments, LLC, today announced that it has partnered with Newline Interactive, a leading supplier of interactive touch screens and innovative software that increases productivity and enables collaboration. As a Newline Interactive Valued Partner, 2NDGEAR will offer the TRUTOUCH series of interactive displays to its education and business customers across the U.S.

"We are dedicated to bringing school districts and businesses the best, most productive technology available," said Leroy Wyman, General Manager, 2NDGEAR. "Newline's interactive touchscreen displays are impressive because they deliver state-of-the-art meeting, video conferencing and collaboration technology in a way that is incredibly easy to use in either a classroom or conference room. By offering the TRUTOUCH series, our customers will now have access to this excellent collaboration solution that will greatly improve productivity across their organization."

UW Reality Lab launches with $6 million from tech companies to advance AR/VR research

January 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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The University of Washington is launching a new augmented and virtual reality research center -- funded by Facebook, Google, and Huawei -- to accelerate innovation in the field and educate the next generation of researchers and practitioners.

The $6 million UW Reality Lab, funded with equal contributions from the three initial sponsors, creates one of the world's first academic centers dedicated to virtual and augmented reality. The new center in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and located in Seattle -- a national hub of VR activity -- will support research and education initiatives with potential to deliver game-changing breakthroughs in the field.

Altia Systems Launches PanaCast 2s, the First Panoramic-5K 180º Real-time Intelligent Vision Platform

December 11, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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PanaCast 2s video enables lossless digital zoom up to 16 feet at 720p

CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast 2, the world's first Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video camera system, today launched PanaCast 2s, the first software-defined Panoramic-5K (5120 x 1440 pixels per frame) video camera system that produces 78% higher resolution than Panoramic-4K video. PanaCast 2s is a software-scalable intelligent vision end-point platform designed for use in medium to large conference rooms, compatible with any video collaboration service.

IMTC Finalizes Merger With MEF

November 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options
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SAN RAMON, Calif.--(Business Wire)--The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC), which since 1993 has been the world's leading industry organization promoting and facilitating the development and use of interoperable, real-time, multimedia telecommunication products and services, today announced it will merge operations with MEF.

IMTC members have worked tirelessly to ensure multimedia conferencing systems work interoperably across industry supplier platforms, products and services. Key IMTC activities which remain highly relevant to the industry will continue to be available through the MEF. This includes hosting the annual SuperOp! testing event as well as our ongoing work on simulcast and scalable video (SSV), real-time media software-defined networks (RTM SDN), WebRTC, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Grandstream Releases a New Video Conferencing Solution for Beta Testing

November 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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BOSTON-November 16, 2017--Grandstream, connecting the world since 2002 with award-winning SIP unified communication solutions, is releasing a new video conferencing solution for beta testing by the Grandstream Beta Club. Grandstream will be accepting applications for the beta test of this upcoming new product from November 16th to November 30th. To apply please go to betaclub.grandstream.com.

For this new beta test, the Grandstream Beta Club is looking for dedicated beta testers with extensive, hands-on experience deploying and managing video conferencing systems. A limited number of test units are available and testers are selected based on demonstrated experience in video conferencing hardware and software.

Hologram USA Theater Opens in Hollywood with Billie Holiday Alive!

November 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Hollywood, CA, Nov. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

The Hologram USA Theater has opened to the public on Hollywood Blvd, just one block from the Egyptian Theater, the Hollywood Wax Museum and other major venues. The opening show is Billie Holiday Alive!, playing on the hour daily from noon to 6 p.m. In the evening, variety acts take over. The theater is at 6656 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Blvd. theater is the first dedicated hologram theater in the world. The next three will open in December in Chicago, Indianapolis and Foxwoods, CT. Holograms have been called the next billion dollar business, and Hologram USA expects to roll-out of hundred and fifty theaters nationwide by the end of 2018.

Vidyo's Revamped Product Portfolio Empowers Customers to Collaborate, Engage and Imagine

November 8, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Hackensack, NJ - November 7, 2017 - Vidyo, the global leader in embedded video collaboration technology, today announced a streamlined product lineup that sets a new industry standard for cloud-based real-time video interaction. Vidyo's product portfolio, delivered by the VidyoCloudTM platform, serves enterprise businesses with unparalleled quality video interaction at scale, from healthcare to financial services and virtually any other organization.

VidyoCloud is a powerful cloud-based video interaction platform that eases deployment and administration so that customers do not have to become video infrastructure and network experts. VidyoCloud powers two turn-key solutions, VidyoConnectTM and VidyoEngageTM, as well as the vidyo.ioTM platform-as-a-service offering which allows customers to embed rich interactive video into any workflow, application, or device.

Pexip Appoints Christopher Ford as Vice President of Sales for Americas Region

November 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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NEW YORK-November 7, 2017-Pexip, a leading innovator in scalable, distributed collaboration infrastructure software, today announced that it has named Christopher Ford to lead its Americas sales and marketing operations. Ford has an impressive background in the communications and collaboration industries and will be based in the Pexip Americas headquarters in New York City.

Ford will head up all sales and marketing initiatives for the Americas region. His responsibilities will include customer engagement, channel development and building awareness of the company's award-winning video conferencing and collaboration products and services. Ford will work closely with Pexip's global sales leadership team and will report directly to Åsmund O. Fodstad, Pexip CEO.

Vbrick® Rev® Cisco Spark Bot Brings Meeting Recording and Video Search to Cisco Spark Spaces

November 1, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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DALLAS - OCTOBER 31, 2017 - CISCO PARTNER SUMMIT - Vbrick today announced commercial availability of a new Cisco Spark bot that allows participants in Cisco Spark spaces to search video libraries hosted on the Vbrick Rev video management platform, and easily and seamlessly record Cisco Spark meetings through Rev for later viewing and sharing.

Videxio and Ricoh Cement their Relationship with the Launch of Ricoh's Videxio-Powered Cloud Videoconferencing Service in Japan

October 30, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Oslo, Norway, 25th October 2017 - Having enjoyed success with their Videxio-Powered service, RICOH Unified Communication System (Ricoh UCS) Advanced, in Europe, Ricoh is now turning to its home market of Japan and is working closely with Videxio to launch the ultimate videoconferencing experience to its Japanese customers.

Videxio is a provider of cloud videoconferencing with plans and solutions to fit companies and organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to large enterprises. Videxio has users in more than 190 countries and 12,000 cities across the globe and is now expanding its presence in Japan, spearheaded by one of its leading channel partners, Ricoh, who will be offering their UCS Advanced service to Japanese customers. The launch of the service in Japan is a testament to the Ricoh-Videxio relationship and confirms the commitment from both sides to expand and accelerate on the success already achieved.

Masergy Breaks Down Productivity Barriers With New Communicator HUB for UCaaS

October 30, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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DALLAS, Oct. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Masergy, a leading provider of hybrid networking, managed security and cloud communications solutions, today announced the Masergy Communicator HUB. The new offering, greatly improves worker productivity by organizing on a single screen, all contextual information relevant to a call such as notes, emails and shared documents--instantly captured from Google Suite, Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, Twitter and other collaboration applications.

"Masergy's latest Contextual Communications innovation, introduces a more productive way of working by instantly displaying difficult-to-locate information, giving employees and guests a streamlined way to collaborate on all relevant call data across any device - (desktops, tablets, and smartphones)," said Dean Manzoori, VP Global Cloud Communications, Masergy. "With Masergy Communicator HUB, employees will spend less time trying to connect to information and more time communicating."

Meeting Owl's 360° Video/Audio Transforms the Remote Meeting Experience

October 30, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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BOSTON, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Owl Labs announces a new relationship with Red Thread in distributing the Meeting Owl, an intelligent 360° all-in-one video conferencing device. Red Thread was selected among only a handful of partners in North America to have access to the Meeting Owl.

Far too often, remote meeting attendees struggle to engage and follow the conversation when meeting remotely with an onsite team. Companies are bringing the Meeting Owl to their conference rooms to provide their remote counterparts with a meeting experience that nearly feels like sitting in the room.

Fuze Web to Enable the First Full UCaaS Experience - No Download Required

October 19, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Fuze, the leading cloud based communications platform provider for the modern global enterprise, today announced it will be expanding its communication and collaboration experience through Fuze Web, enabling any user or guest participant to enjoy the same experience as Fuze Desktop users without the need to install apps or browser extensions. Expanding on deep integrations with Google and Microsoft products, users can now further enhance productivity and streamline collaboration from any Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) enabled browser with one simple click.

According to a report by Accuray Research LLP, the global WebRTC market is poised to grow at an annual growth rate of 36.8 percent over the next decade to reach approximately $41.94 billion by 2025. As market demand is set to increase, Fuze Web is designed to simplify deployment and accessibility of unified communications across the enterprise ecosystem. It provides single-click functionality and integrations with Google and Microsoft productivity suites, enabling users to seamlessly move between business apps for calling, chatting, meeting, and content sharing without leaving their browser. Additionally, Fuze Web helps simplify real-time collaboration by delivering integrated video conferencing and real-time content sharing capabilities with a frictionless "meeting join" flow for guests.

ViewSonic ViewBoard® with the Intel Unite® Solution Modernizes Meeting Rooms

October 11, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, announced a strategic partnership with Intel Corporation to deliver smarter unified communications (UC) in conference rooms and classrooms.

"We are constantly striving to deliver the best presentation experience in meeting rooms of all sizes. Along with facilitating collaboration, our ViewBoard® platform was designed to provide IT departments with the ability to easily manage complex UC," says Bonny Cheng, President of Global Product for ViewSonic.

Arkadin Introduces New Cisco Spark Services to Extend Global Leadership in Cloud Enterprise Communications

October 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arkadin, an NTT Communications company and leader in Cloud Unified Communications and Collaboration services, announced the addition of Cisco Spark™ and Cisco Cloud Connected Audio - Service Provider (CCA-SP) to its market-leading solutions. The services are integrated with Arkadin's PSTN audio for a complete meeting experience. A Cisco WebEx™ sales and service partner since 2001, Arkadin is one of the few partners to implement these services on a worldwide basis.

"Cisco has redefined the collaboration market through innovative cloud services that are transformative and enjoyable to use," says Christophe Reyes, Arkadin's Managing Director Unified Communications Service Line. "Together we are focused on bringing businesses into the future through UC&C products that are integrated with the highest quality PSTN audio for a more digital and productive way of working."

VisiInc PLC to Acquire VIA3

September 29, 2011 | Hogan Keyser