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Yealink's VC110 and T49G Video Conferencing Endpoints Now Interoperable With Blue Jeans' Cloud Service

April 27, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Xiamen, China - April 27, 2016 - Yealink, the global leading unified communication (UC) terminal solution provider, announced today that its two new video conferencing (VC) endpoints, the VC110 for huddle rooms and the T49G for desktops, have achieved interoperability with BlueJeans' cloud-based video communications service. The new endpoints join Yealink's VC400 and VC120 solutions as the latest in the company's lineup of BlueJeans compatible products.

BlueJeans' user-friendly, online video communications software is trusted by some of the world's most respected companies, including Facebook, ADP and Viacom. BlueJeans provides organizations with powerful, enterprise-grade features such as screen sharing, recording, meeting analytics and integrations with messaging applications and calendar tools. BlueJeans delivers HD video forany combination of conference room systems, mobile devices, phones and computers with consistent network performance through private, dedicated connections.

AVTEQ Selected as Authorized Distributor and Strategic Partner for BalanceBox® Height Adjustable Mounts

April 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options

AVTEQ, Inc., the leading manufacturer of audio visual carts and furniture, announced is has entered a distribution and strategic partnership to sell the BalanceBox® height adjustable mounts. The BalanceBox® is an innovative technology requiring no electricity that allows the user to adjust the height of the display with a simple touch of the finger.

"The BalanceBox® is truly a unique technology that we are excited to incorporate into our custom solutions and new product design," stated Aaron Rubner, director of sales for AVTEQ. "The synergy between AVTEQ and the BalanceBox® make this partnership perfect and strengthens our product offering to a broader market."

Pinnaca and FaceMe Form Strategic Video Conferencing Partnership

April 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--()--Pinnaca today announced it has formed a strategic partnership with FaceMe, a customer experience platform for video and collaboration. The new partnership enhances Pinnaca's video portfolio for the company's global clients. Pinnaca will supply and support the FaceMe platform globally.

"We are excited to offer our worldwide partners and clients another creative video and visual communications option"

Pinnaca is a new brand name that combines Video Guidance and BCS Global, two recently merged industry leaders in visual communications. The privately held, independent company is highly regarded for its managed and cloud-based conferencing solutions, bringing visual communications to every boardroom, desktop and mobile device, making visual collaboration an easy-to-use business productivity tool for any enterprise across the globe.

Pinnaca's successful distance learning program has helped thousands of Veterans and dislocated workers find high-skilled manufacturing jobs in Minn. and Wis.

April 20, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (April 2016) - Pinnaca (formerly Video Guidance), a leading strategic visual communications and collaboration service provider, is playing a lead role in training thousands of Veterans and dislocated manufacturing workers in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. In mid 2014, a unique consortium was launched -- Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) -- to upgrade skills of the manufacturing workforce. By the end of 2015, just over a year later, the number of individuals trained through AME has catapulted from 13 to 1,009 workers, studying 58 courses. Some workers have taken multiple courses, doubling the number of class seats to 2,040. In addition, the program's partners have expanded from three to 92 employers/businesses, workforce/labor organizations and prisons through the Department of Corrections.

The successful initiative has been made even more impactful thanks to a new, one-of-a-kind, multimedia cloud-based service that allows workers to connect to the classroom using a phone, tablet, computer or video system. Pinnaca's new Video Conferencing as a Service platform is based on Acano technology that unites previously incompatible audio, video and web technologies. Now students can connect anytime, anywhere on any device.

UK Videoconferencing Integrators: 7 Reasons Not to Miss the Imago ScanSource Business Breakthrough - London, May 26th

April 20, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Imago Scansource, alongside ScanSource Communications and Video Corporation will be hosting the third annual Business Breakthrough event on May 26th at The Brewery in the City of London. Doors will open at 10:30am with the event getting into full swing with our first speaker at 12pm.

Now a key date in the AV communications calendar, Business Breakthrough Event 2016 will boast more surprises and more new vendors than ever before!

Imago ScanSource Launches i-Kandy Video Conferencing System

April 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Immersive telepresence at a video conferencing price

Imago's i-Kandy Bundle Combines Polycom's Group 500 Series

and the Array Telepresence Equal-i Imaging System

London, 19 April 2016. Imago ScanSource, Europe's largest video solutions company, is launching a brand new video conferencing system, i-Kandy, bringing together two powerful products from the industry's leading players Polycom and Array Telepresence.

i-Kandy combines the Array Equal-i image processor and DX dual-headed camera with the Polycom Group 500 video, voice and collaboration system. This unique new offering will provide customers with a cutting edge immersive telepresence experience that maximises all the power of the Polycom engine with the transformative impact of the Array image technology.

Imago ScanSource is offering its reseller channel the opportunity to become authorised partners for i-Kandy, which will enable them to take advantage of the available training programmes, secure improved margins and deliver installation services to customers. Imago ScanSource is also currently providing a 2-for-1 offer on i-Kandy for a limited period.

XO Communications enables increased worker productivity with enhanced Hosted PBX capabilities

April 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XO Communications (XO) has enhanced its Hosted PBX (HPBX) solution by expanding its native video conferencing capabilities and integrating several of the leading Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems as well as Skype for Business (formerly called Lync).

The integration of key CRM systems such as Salesforce stimulates user adoption by automating certain functions. For example, integration enables phone calls to be placed directly from CRM systems and automatically accessing customer records upon call connection. The Skype for Business integration allows users to leverage seamlessly all Skype collaboration tools while connecting phone calls through the HPBX platform.

Video Banking Reaches Inflection Point, Research Shows Over 80 Percent of Banks Support and Plan to Deploy Video-Enabled Services

April 14, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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PARIS, FRANCE and HACKENSACK, N.J. - April 12, 2016 - More than 80 percent of banks surveyed recognize that online and mobile banking channels improve customer engagement and 93 percent of banks expect customer satisfaction to improve if a high quality video banking service were to be implemented.

A newly released research report, co-sponsored by Efma, a not-for-profit association of 3,300 retail financial services companies in more than 130 countries and Vidyo, Inc., a leader in video collaboration, aims to bring clarity to the role that video banking plays in the digital transformation of banks. The research results uncovered massive support for video banking among financial organizations worldwide, with nearly 80 percent of all banks planning to offer video-enabled banking services.

Crestron Tackles $37 Billion Challenge: The Cost and Frustration of Bad Meetings

April 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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ROCKLEIGH, N.J., April 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's global enterprises are increasingly collaborative, requiring employees to work in teams, locally and remotely. Organizations are investing in more group spaces and tools to give employees the environment they need to work productively. But, providing an infrastructure is not enough to ensure success; unproductive meetings have been estimated to cost U.S. organizations $37 billion annually. Problems with reserving and using the meeting rooms themselves are big contributors. With employees spending up to 85 percent of their time in these spaces, any obstacles with scheduling, audiovisual equipment and setup can all impede their success.

Today, Crestron, a leading global technology company, announced two new solutions to fill this critical gap. Having Crestron Fusion® enterprise management technology in the building and the Crestron PinPoint™ mobile app on employees' smart devices clears a path for them to work smarter, faster and more efficiently.

First-of-its-Kind Productivity App

Magor Announces $718,000 of Additional Orders from the RCMP

April 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options


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OTTAWA, April 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Magor Corporation (TSX-V:MCC), a technology leader in visual collaboration solutions, today announced that the RCMP has placed several orders with Magor to continue their expansion of the Aerus software solution within the organization. These orders combine for an aggregate amount of $718,000 and are comprised primarily of hardware and software services of which approximately $600,000 will be recognized as revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016 with the remaining revenue recognized over the next fiscal year. To date, the RCMP has deployed in excess of 200 Magor systems nationally.

As an early recipient of the BICP award (Build in Canada Innovation Program) to foster Canadian technology into the Canadian Government, Magor and the RCMP have worked closely together to address RCMP needs for Video and Collaboration. Since that introduction, the RCMP has continued to expand the scope and usage of Magor's software.

MCW Solutions and WeWork Take 'Working from Home' to a Whole New Level

April 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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ASHBURN, Va., April 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MCW Solutions (MCW), a leading technology systems integrator, has successfully completed the audiovisual, security and teledata for phase one of WeWork's co-living brand--WeLive--in Crystal City, Virginia. Although almost a year in the making for MCW, WeLive has been the growing brainchild of WeWork founders, Miguel McKelvey and Adam Neumann, since the beginning.

"Phase 1 of WeLive: Crystal City has successfully launched thanks to [the MCW] team," said Mark Bardolf, head IT engineer on the Crystal City project. "Members are moving in and already love what [MCW has] done. It was so great to execute the beginning of this plan alongside the best minds in the business."

Global Video Conferencing Market to Expand at 8.50% CAGR from 2015 to 2023 owing to Globalization of Enterprises

April 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Transparency Market Research has published a new report on the global video conferencing market. As per the report, the global video conferencing market is predicted to progress from US$3.7 bn in 2014 to US$7.8 bn by 2023. The report, titled 'Video Conferencing Market Industry - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 - 2023,' states that the global video conferencing market is expected to expand at an 8.50% CAGR during the period from 2015 to 2023 due to factors such as the increasing demand for scalable communication methods and the rising globalization of business organizations.

RSA Appoints Two Executives to Accelerate Company Transformation

April 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), today announced two senior executive appointments, adding strength to its leadership team and the organization's Marketing and Global Services operations. Holly Rollo joins RSA from Fortinet as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of Marketing, and Doug Howard, the former CEO at SAVANTURE and VBrick Systems, takes on the role of vice president of Global Services. The two appointments continue RSA's transformation under RSA's president, Amit Yoran, to become a more customer-centric and agile organization that is positioned to lead in the unfolding new world order of the security industry.

Rollo, with 25 years' experience in enterprise technology marketing, most recently served as chief marketing officer at Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT). She has a proven track record of creating and executing programs that drive growth and transform major global brands. Previous experience includes serving as the vice president of Corporate Marketing at FireEye, where she played an instrumental role in the cyber security company's explosive growth by building a scalable marketing engine, driving brand awareness, and transforming field marketing in partnership with sales. Rollo has also served in senior marketing roles at SuccessFactors and SumTotal Systems, and marketing and strategic planning roles at Cisco, SAP and IBM/Tivoli.

Milestone AV Technologies Acquires Vaddio

April 5, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Milestone AV Technologies today announced that it has acquired Vaddio, a leading global manufacturer of PTZ cameras, professional AV solutions and a full suite of Unified Communication and Collaboration products for the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast markets.

Vaddio, based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, was purchased by Milestone for an undisclosed amount, and will now join the Milestone family of brands including Chief®, Da-lite®, SANUS® and Projecta®. Milestone is majority owned by the Pritzker Group, alongside management and Duchossois Capital Management..

Video conferencing leaders Video Guidance and BCS Global combine to form Pinnaca

March 29, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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LONDON, UK and BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (March 29, 2016) -- Last year, London-based BCS Global Networks merged with Minnesota-based Video Guidance. The new company today announced it has been renamed Pinnaca.

Pinnaca combines the sales and operations of two industry leaders in visual communications, creating a formidable global service provider that links BCS Global's capabilities in Europe and Asia with Video Guidance's in North America.

Imago ScanSource Announces Two New Senior Marketing and Sales Appointments

March 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Imago ScanSource, Europe's largest video solutions company, has announced that it is appointing Maryam Arbabi as the new Head of Products and Marketing UK and Nick Waldeck as Head of Southern UK Sales.

Maryam first joined Imago ScanSource over seven years ago as an Internal Account Manager on the sales team. She then fulfilled a number of increasingly responsible roles before becoming Sales Manager for the South West, managing Imago ScanSource's growing sales team in the territory. Part of her remit was to implement marketing and sales promotion programmes for vendors and to run business growth campaigns in association with the company's channel of resellers.

Highfive, Inc. Surpasses One Million Call Minutes per Week and 1,400 Customers in First Year

March 17, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 15, 2016) - Highfive, Inc., the modern video conferencing system delivering the ultimate meeting room experience, today announced 341% annual growth in customers during 2015 and an expanded Premium offering for its combined hardware and SaaS software solution. Highfive's customers have outpaced the growth rate and product usage of legacy video conferencing solutions by reaching one million call minutes per week -- surpassing a milestone that competitors took years to reach -- and demonstrating the market demand for modern, lightweight hardware solutions.

Since launching in October 2014, Highfive's easy-to-use, affordable solution has helped more than 1,400 businesses collaborate through seamless video conferencing and wireless screen sharing. Companies like Rue La La, Expensify and Warby Parker have replaced existing legacy solutions with Highfive's custom-designed conference room hardware, which integrates video, audio and wireless control for unparalleled usability and eliminates persistent conference room collaboration issues associated with endless adapters, cords and failed sign-ons.

Lifesize Enhances All-in-One Collaboration Platform With Integrated Group Chat Across All Devices

March 17, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - March 15, 2016) - Lifesize, a global provider of award-winning audio, web and video conferencing technology, today announced that it has expanded and enhanced the free chat functionality in its Lifesize Cloud service. By improving 1:1 chat and introducing group chat, Lifesize Cloud now aggregates the critical features for collaboration and meeting productivity into one easy-to-use application.

Lifesize group chat extends the conversation beyond the conference room, helping teams continue brainstorming, problem solving, and addressing questions more efficiently. And when the team wants to gather face-to-face, Lifesize chat instantly escalates to a video call with just one click. To keep projects moving forward, users can participate in chats in multiple meeting rooms, return to a previous chat session, or review their chat history.

8×8 Announces Virtual Office Meetings for Immersive Mobile & Desktop Experiences

March 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--8×8 Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT), the leading provider of global Enterprise Communications as a Service (ECaaS), today announced Virtual Office Meetings, a cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration solution that enables secure, continuous collaboration from any device, anywhere in the world. New enhancements to the solution include borderless HD video and audio communications for immersive experiences.

Virtual Office Meetings is built seamlessly into 8×8'sVirtual Office (VO) desktop experience and allows users to schedule meetings, initiate instant collaboration on the fly, and transition IM conversations into a meeting, with a single click, from one VO desktop app. In addition, the solution gives users access to their corporate directory for easy engagement and eliminates the need for users and IT to manage multiple logins and passwords.

NCR and Vidyo Announce Strategic Relationship and Global OEM Agreement for Video in NCR Interactive Tellers

March 9, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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First introduced in 2012, NCR Interactive Tellers offer financial institution customers a more personal banking experience, with the benefits of both self-service video banking and the branch experience in one unified solution. Today, Vidyo, Inc. and NCR (NYSE:NCR) announced a global OEM agreement to bring Vidyo's high quality video communication technology to NCR's Interactive Teller and other omni-channel video solutions worldwide. This strategic agreement allows NCR to integrate Vidyo's secure, scalable video communications technology directly into NCR's product lines, giving customers and service agents a personal, efficient way to interact face-to-face.

NCR's Interactive Teller will leverage Vidyo's technology to embed video banking capabilities within the system, giving customers the choice of self-service or connecting with a remote teller in a highly personalized, secure, audio/video interaction. Interactive Teller migrates routine transactions away from the teller counter, resulting in lower processing costs, faster transactions and increased product sales and revenue growth while maintaining a personal touch to banking..

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