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

December 11, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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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."

H.I.G.-backed AVI-SPL acquires Sharp's Audio Visual

October 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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MIAMI-(BUSINESS WIRE)-H.I.G. Capital ("H.I.G."), a leading global private equity investment firm with $23 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, AVI-SPL, Inc. ("AVI-SPL"), has acquired Sharp's Audio Visual ("Sharp's"). AVI-SPL is the global leader in enterprise grade audio visual ("AV") systems integration and collaboration solutions. Sharp's leading position in the Canadian market will enhance and expand AVI-SPL's ability to design, build, and manage collaboration technology deployments for organizations throughout the Canadian market.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Sharp's has eight locations across six provinces throughout Canada. Founded in 1923, the company is a trusted technology solutions partner for many of today's most recognizable organizations -- Sharp's 94-year history of success is linked to its dedication and track-record of innovation and commitment to its customer's needs. This merger strengthens AVI-SPL's resources in the Canadian market and positions the company to deliver high quality solutions to a broadened customer base.

Phoenix Audio Technologies Announces Jacob Marash As New CEO

October 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix Audio Technologies announced today that its Board of Directors has chosen Jacob Marash as the new Chief Executive Officer effective September 1st 2017. Jacob Marash will succeed Joseph Marash, who has led Phoenix Audio since its inception in 2004. Joseph will continue to play a key role in the management and leadership of the company and remain Chairman of the Board of Directors.

"After 14 fruitful years, it's time for a changing of the guard," says Joseph Marash. "Jacob has been an officer in the company for seven years, so this isn't new territory for him. I'm sure he will do a great job and take the company to the next level."

TrueConf and AVer Announce Interoperability Partnership

September 26, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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As a part of their certification program, AVer and TrueConf have tested the EVC150 hardware video conferencing codec and the VC520 conference system to ensure seamless interoperability with TrueConf software. In the course of joint testing and follow-up improvements, the companies achieved full compatibility between TrueConf solutions and AVer endpoints running the SIP/H.323 protocols. In addition, TrueConf and AVer now support mutual H. 239/BFCP content sharing. Thanks to this collaborative effort, TrueConf and AVer customers can now enjoy frictionless communication.

"TrueConf recommends AVer solutions to our clients, as Aver always provides high audio and video quality," says Dmitry Odintsov, TrueConf CBDO. "Our recent product improvements would allow TrueConf and AVer clients to use AVer's video conferencing endpoints in their meeting rooms and effortlessly communicate with TrueConf users and vice versa."

Nectar and Plantronics Partner to Develop Ear-to-Ear UC Diagnostics

September 26, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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JERICHO, NY - September 26, 2017 - Nectar Services Corp, the leader in the development and deployment of proactive network monitoring and performance management software for the Unified Communications (UC) industry, today announced a joint development and strategic alliance agreement with Plantronics to build the industry's first ear-to-ear (e2e) diagnostics solution. The goal of this partnership is to provide enterprises and their service providers with the ability to quickly troubleshoot call quality issues that may originate anywhere - from within the network all the way out to a user's wireless headset. With this new capability, service providers and enterprises can resolve issues faster, ensure superior call quality across the network and improve customer service.

"Nectar and Plantronics are bringing two best-in-class communications solutions together to provide correlated diagnostics that present call-specific health statistics for wireless headsets," said Christopher Thompson, vice president, Enterprise Product Marketing, Plantronics. "We'll show a proof-of-concept at Microsoft Ignite which we intend to commercialize later this year. Together, we hope to help organizations more accurately localize issues which can detract from great user experiences."

Pexip to Deliver Video Tele-Conferencing (VTC) Interoperability for Microsoft Teams

September 26, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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New YORK, NY., Sept. 26, 2017 -- Pexip announced today that it will develop and deliver standards-based Video Tele-Conferencing (VTC) interoperability for Microsoft Teams. The solution will allow traditional videoconferencing users to join Microsoft Teams calls and meetings, with the full experience of video, audio and content sharing.

Pexip already delivers a Microsoft-certified video interoperability solution for Skype for Business Server in its Infinity Fusion gateway. The new solution will build on the Fusion platform, and provide video, audio and content-sharing between VTC and Microsoft Teams meetings. It allows companies to extend the Microsoft Teams meeting experience to legacy video meeting room solutions.

Lifesize More Than Doubles Its Customer Base Through Continued Innovation

September 18, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Lifesize, a global innovator of video conferencing technology, has experienced explosive growth since last year including a 110 percent increase in its customer base to date through continued innovation and a focus on customer success. A perfect example of the company's commitment to drive relentless innovation and lead with customer obsession is the newly rearchitected Lifesize app. This new version of the company's cloud-based collaboration platform -- launched after a successful and thorough beta program -- delivers exceptional, high-definition audio, web and video conferencing.

In addition to net-new customer growth, Lifesize has seen the use of its cloud-based solution spread and grow within individual customer businesses as they add more users and more connected conference room devices to their accounts. Specifically, the number of active users within Lifesize Enterprise plan accounts, those with the highest-tier subscription service, has grown by nearly 50 percent since last year. Moreover, customers on average have added 76 percent more connected devices to their accounts since last year, showcasing just how important the huddle room and conference room are to a productive, collaborative business culture.

Avedon Capital Partners acquires Viju and VisionsConnected to create a leading global provider of video conferencing, audiovisual and collaboration solutions

September 18, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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The ambition for the new combined company is to build a leading global visual collaboration company specializing in designing, installing, servicing and supporting physical and virtual meeting environments for global customers and customers with a strategic need for videoconferencing, collaboration and audiovisual solutions.

The combined company today serves corporate and public customers in over 120 countries. It will have its official headquarter in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and will continue to serve their customers from multiple office locations throughout EMEA, USA & APAC. A new brand, that reflects the evolution of these two reputable businesses into an integrated global organization, is expected to be launched in early 2018.

VisiInc PLC to Acquire VIA3

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