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Roham Rahmamian and his Company, The Astronauts Guild, Developing One of the First Stereoscopic 180 and 360 Degree Camera Systems

September 30, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - (September 30, 2014) The Astronauts Guild's Roham Rahmanian, producer, director and a feature and commercial Digital Imaging Technician in the International Cinematographers Guild, announced today that he and his partners at The Astronauts Guild have begun test trials on 180 and 360-degree camera systems to capture first-person virtual reality experiences. The Astronauts Guild partners are Roham Rahmanian, Founder | Supervising Producer, Scott Connolly - Founder | Head of Production, and Ian Spohr - Founder | Creative Director. Tests and previews will be available online in October 2014 on their website www.theastronautsguild.com.

The rush is on for content providers for the new technologies, and CGI content has already made a splash in gaming and for early-adopters and developers. However, the live-action content is much more technically challenging to create.

Jupiter Systems Names Daniel LeCour as new Vice President of Sales

September 29, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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HAYWARD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jupiter Systems, the leading worldwide supplier of collaborative visualization solutions for video walls, PCs, and mobile devices, today announced the hiring of Daniel LeCour to serve as the company's new Vice President of Worldwide Sales.

"Jupiter Systems has ambitious sales goals for strategic growth in the enterprise collaboration space as well as in the command and control market around the world. Daniel LeCour brings business leadership in the enterprise market, international sales management, and channel and partner development worldwide," said Eric Wogsberg, President, Jupiter Systems. "He has helped to build several large, successful international companies. His selection represents an important addition to the Jupiter executive team."

RGB Networks Aims To Change Video Industry With Pioneering Open Source Software Transcoder Initiative

September 25, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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RGB Networks, the leading provider of the industry's most scalable and unified solutions for multiscreen video delivery, has announced that it is developing an open source version of its popular TransAct Transcoder.

Called 'Ripcode Transcoder', after the company Ripcode, which was acquired by RGB Networks in 2010 and which originally developed TransAct, the new, cloud-enabled software transcoder will provide RGB Networks' customers with greater control, integration and flexibility in their video delivery workflows. In a pioneering move, and harnessing the industry momentum toward developing cloud-based solutions, RGB Networks is actively welcoming operators and vendors to be part of a community of contributors to the open source project.

ScanSource Completes Acquisition of Imago Group PLC

September 24, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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GREENVILLE, S.C., Sep 23, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ScanSource, Inc. SCSC, -2.17% the leading international value-added distributor of specialty technology products, has closed its purchase of Imago Group plc, Europe's leading value-added distributor of video and voice communications equipment and services ("Imago"). ScanSource announced the execution of a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Imago on August 21, 2014. With the closing, ScanSource has acquired Imago's operations in the United Kingdom, France, and their recently acquired business in Germany. The acquisition of Imago represents the next step in ScanSource's strategy to be the leading value-added distributor of video, voice and data solutions for resellers in Europe.

ScanSource's increased footprint will benefit value-added resellers focused on collaboration solutions, by positioning them to support their end-user customers who need international deployments across Europe and the United States.

Videxio announces the opening of offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, China

September 23, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Oslo, Norway, September 23rd, 2014 - Cloud video services provider, Videxio, today announced the opening of offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, China. Videxio already has offices throughout Europe and the US, serving Videxio users in more than 6000 cities in 120 countries. With the huge market potential for videoconferencing-as-a-service (VCaaS), establishing a strong presence in the greater China region was the natural first choice for expansion into Asia Pacific. IT industry veterans with a wealth of experience from companies such as BT China, Cisco, Microsoft and H3C, will lead the team. The Videxio video cloud is simple and cost effective to set up and scale. As a result, Videxio will be able to put business quality videoconferencing within the reach of millions of businesses throughout China, as well as US and European organizations that need to communicate with their Chinese business partners.

In addition to the new sales and support offices, Videxio will extend their coverage in China by establishing several new Points of Presence (PoPs) as well as several private PoPs for local service providers. A PoP is a data center that ensures a guaranteed top quality video network. The first PoP on mainland China will be operational in October. With Videxio's smart roaming feature, any video system, software video client or mobile device will connect to the closest Chinese PoP, ensuring that customers will enjoy the best quality video experience at all times. Extending their coverage in China builds on Videxio's customer promise to offer high quality videoconferencing-as-a-service across the globe.

Vidyo Usage at CERN Tops 50 Million Minutes in One Year

September 23, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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In what is likely the broadest deployment in the world of video communications within the research community the European Organization for Nuclear Research commonly known as CERN has reported that its total number of minutes of Vidyo usage during the last year has exceeded 50 million. First deployed by the research organization in December 2011 Vidyo is used to facilitate seamless visual collaboration by the center's affiliated scientists and researchers around the globe. Scientists from more than 600 universities spanning 113 countries meet on a regular basis for discussions and collaboration that is crucial to the success of CERN's research mission. Much of the collaboration has been focused on experiments involving CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

"Vidyo's technology is helping us to expand our global research base and worldwide collaboration" stated Joao Fernandes Global Video Conferencing Services Manager IT Department CERN. "As reflected in our usage numbers - more than 50 million minutes used in thousands of meetings in one year alone - Vidyo's scalable and integrated platform supports CERN's research missions and we view Vidyo as a key application in bringing the global research community together."

Infonetics: Shift to software and services in enterprise videoconferencing market tamps revenue growth

September 19, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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BOSTON, MA, Sep 18, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2nd quarter 2014 (2Q14) Enterprise Telepresence and Video Conferencing Equipment report, which tracks dedicated and PBX-based videoconferencing and telepresence infrastructure and endpoints.

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"Demand for videoconferencing capabilities remains strong as evidenced by the growth in endpoint shipments, but there are several shifts in the market that keep down revenue growth, from high-cost to low-cost hardware endpoints, from hardware to software, and from infrastructure to services," notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

BigMarker Advances the First Full-Featured No-Download Web Conferencing Platform, Scaling to 100 Attendees With 9-Way Video Conferencing

September 19, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2014) - BigMarker (www.bigmarker.com), the platform for learning and sharing through web conferences, announced today that its users can now host free web conferences with up to 100 participants -- including up to 9 sharing webcams at a time -- with no downloads or plugins required. This major update is a follow-on to the introduction of the world's first full-featured WebRTC conferencing platform, which the company released in a limited Beta last month.

This update brings new features, including recording and playback of screen sharing and videos shared in webinars and video conferences, as well as uploading of recorded content to YouTube. But the greatest improvements come in the form of scale, as the ability to host interactive webinars and online events of this size, without downloading software, is uncharted territory for the industry.

Kogeto, Pioneers in Panoramic Video Technology, Launches Kickstarter Offering 360-Degree 4K Video Camera for $750

September 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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NEW YORK -- KOGETO, Inc. (OTCQB:KGTO) today announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to fund "Joey," the company's next generation high definition camera that delivers unmatched 360-degree panoramic video capturing, live broadcasting and videoconferencing capabilities. Joey aims to mainstream panoramic video technology in professional settings and enhance possibilities for video production houses. Interested backers can contribute to the campaign by visiting https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dot/joey-360-4k-seamless-video-capture-broadcast-confe.

Joey is the next generation evolution of Kogeto's 360-degree cameras, building off technology launched with its successful Lucy and Dot cameras to create the company's most sophisticated video solution. Dot, a hardware attachment for capturing 360-degree video on the iPhone, was backed by more than 1,000 members of the Kickstarter community in 2011 and went on to be sold in Apple Stores internationally. The Kickstarter campaign will offer Joey at an unprecedented entry price-point of $750 for the first 50 backers and then $850 for the rest of the campaign.

HD Cloud Video Conferencing Service from HGC minimises CAPEX outlay on hardware

September 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Hong Kong, 16 September 2014 - Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC), the fixed-line division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (stock code: 215), today announced collaboration with UCi2i, a leading UK video conferencing management service provider. The result is launch of a cloud-based video conferencing service enabling enterprises to reap the benefits of a corporate-grade HD multi-point video conferencing system, while minimising CAPEX outlay on hardware.

Secure and reliable service supports a variety of devices
The service is compatible with H.323-based video conferencing equipment from a variety of vendors, as well as with Session Initiation Protocol-based devices such as PCs, Macs and iPads. Video data transmission is encrypted according to the 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard, while password protection ensures security for virtual conference rooms.

Grandstream Wins Gold for Unified Communications Innovation at 2014 Golden Bridge Awards

September 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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BOSTON, Sep 16, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Grandstream Networks today announced it has earned a 2014 Golden Bridge Award recognizing the groundbreaking GXV3275 IP Video Phone for Android™ for its innovation in unified communications and leveraging the ecosystem of the Android platform and Google Play Store. Targeted to SMBs, enterprise, SOHO and mobile workers looking to increase productivity, the GXV3275 is a 3-in-1 communications device that unifies and leverages mobile technology in a desktop video phone. Winners were honored during the 6th annual Golden Bridge awards dinner on September 8th in San Francisco.

The 7" touchscreen GXV3275 is a 3-in-1 desktop communication hub combining the features of a 6-line HD IP Phone, power of multi-party/multi-platform HD video conferencing and Android tablet functionality with full access to the hundreds of thousands of Android apps in the Google Play Store - including popular business and productivity apps such as Microsoft Lync® and Skype GoToMeeting™ and Salesforce1™. The phone includes built-in Bluetooth to support Bluetooth headsets, syncing with mobile phones and for voice call transferring from mobile phones to the GXV3275 and back. With attractive affordability, the GXV3275 desktop video conferencing solution also helps to erase the telepresence adoption barriers many businesses have encountered, and hesitate to invest in, with more expensive video conferencing solutions.

VideoCentric unveils Expanded Professional Services Portfolio

September 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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The new comprehensive professional service portfolio, designed to provide customers with a much wider range of design, integration & support services, includes 24×7 global helpdesks, network consultancy & strategy for BYOD, wireless & VoIP and pre-installation surveys in over 100 countries worldwide.

"With a new specialist services team in place, a global partner services team and major changes rolled out in the past 12 months to improve an already award-winning customer service & maintenance support platform, VideoCentric's expanded services portfolio comes as a much anticipated offering for our medium and large customers who may need 24/7 mission critical services, multinational coverage, or mass deployment of video at the desktop and on mobile devices. We are able to provide a highly experienced team who understand each area of a network combined, rather than just individual telephony, video or IT network components," commented David Shimell, Managing Director at VideoCentric Ltd.e

Vidyo Used by Ebola Patient at the Nebraska Medical Center for Communication with Family and Physicians

September 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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HACKENSACK, NJ - September 15, 2014 - Vidyo, Inc., the video platform leader in healthcare, is providing video communications for Ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra at the Biocontainment Patient Care Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center. Vidyo's software-based visual communications platform plays a key role in connecting family members, physicians and nurses with Dr. Sacra as his treatment continues in the isolation unit at the Center, the largest facility of its kind in the United States.

The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit is one of only four specialized units in the country and is equipped to safely care for patients infected with highly contagious diseases, like Ebola, and includes access to video conferencing for patients.

Weemo Changes its Name to SightCall

September 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Leading WebRTC Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider Weemo today announced it has changed its name to SightCall, a name more befitting the markets and the business challenges the company is addressing. Weemos video cloud logo is replaced by a new brand identity that offers a sophisticated contrast to the generic video, chat or cloud icon style of many WebRTC offerings.

SightCall is answering the question of what is next for a telecommunication industry that has long waded in hardware and stand alone solutions instead of taking the challenge of delivering a way to communicate better beyond text, audio or video. One touch to video in the context of your application, the ability to show through the screen with a virtual remote pointer, screen sharing, remote drawing and cloud recording across any device are a few of the solutions SightCall provides. And, with a global network of data centers interconnected to Tier1 Telcos, SightCall guarantees up-time no matter the location.

Advantech Demonstrates Real-Time UHDTV HEVC Video Coding at IBC 2014

September 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, Sep 10, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- IBC 2014, Advantech (twse:2395), a leading innovator in advanced media processing technologies for broadcasting, will be demonstrating the key performance and operational benefits offered by its video processing engines. Powered by multicore digital signal processors (DSPs) from Texas Instruments (TI) with multi-codec support and optimized coding implementations, Advantech's media processing cards have proven their versatility and flexibility. The 64-cores DSP-8682, already capable of processing 5-ch of AVC-Intra 100, 10-bit, 4:2:2 at 60 fps, now performs live 4K HEVC encoding, delivering higher bandwidth and power efficiency per channel in a single full-length PCIe card.

HEVC has met the expectations on reducing encoded bandwidth, bringing light to UHDTV distribution over ever more congested and expensive networks. This higher efficiency is achieved through increasing codec complexity -HEVC encoding requires several times more processing resources than H.264. By embedding Advantech's multi-core DSP cards, video infrastructure equipment manufacturers can exploit the parallel nature of the H.265 standard. TI's codec implementation partitions encoding/decoding tasks to take advantage of not only multiple cores within a single DSP but also cores across multiple DSPs. Advantech's scalable software framework supports the distribution of video processing tasks even further, across multiple video cards. This software modularity leverages high-density designs with fast inter-DSP communications and high-bandwidth host interconnects providing unique acceleration to scalable HEVC solutions.

Citrix SVP Sudhakar Ramakrishna Joins Tely Labs Board of Directors

September 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 8, 2014) - Tely Labs, a leader in simple, secure and affordable video conferencing systems, today announced it has named industry veteran Sudhakar Ramakrishna to its board of directors. Today the company also announced a new partnership with Blue Jeans Network.

A seasoned business and product executive, Ramakrishna brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to Tely Labs, including broad expertise across the mobility, networking, security and collaboration markets. Ramakrishna currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise and Service Provider Division at Citrix. Previously, he served as President of Products and Services at Polycom.

Mitel Targets Mid to Large Businesses With MiCloud Enterprise Cloud Communications Service

September 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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With the Best Path to Cloud Communications, Mitel Gives Partners Robust, Customizable Offering for the Enterprise

OTTAWA, Ontario, Sept. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader in business communications, is now offering MiCloud Enterprise service in the U.S. based on the success of early adopters. This provides Mitel channel partners a feature-rich cloud communications offering for mid-sized business to large enterprises, with the ability to customize services.

"A growing number of large companies have transformed their communications with MiCloud Enterprise, moving to our attractive cloud subscription model. The ability to customize features was especially important for this industry and enterprise customers in general," said Jon Brinton, EVP and GM of Cloud Services, Mitel. "We are seeing strong demand in other industries and now offer MiCloud Enterprise for mid-sized to large companies across the U.S."

Cisco Claws Back Enterprise Collaboration Leadership from Microsoft

September 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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RENO, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 09/08/14 -- New Q2 data from Synergy Research Group shows that just one quarter after Microsoft had finally caught up with Cisco in enterprise collaboration infrastructure revenues, Cisco has regained the top spot, though the gap between the two is small. Revenues from collaboration -- which includes enterprise voice, UC applications, telepresence, email software, enterprise content management, enterprise social networks and hosted communications and applications -- were $7.7 billion in the quarter, with Cisco's overall share standing at 16.0% and Microsoft just behind at 15.8%.

Total revenues for the quarter were up 2% year on year, with continued declines in the enterprise voice and telepresence markets being countered by strong growth in other segments. Of the larger segments, particularly strong growth was seen in hosted voice & UCaaS (up 17%), enterprise social networking (up 20%) and hosted web conferencing (up 9%). On a rolling annual basis revenues reached $30.5 billion, up 3% from the preceding four quarters.

Blue Jeans and Tely Labs Team Up on New Video Conferencing Service for SMBs

September 8, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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REDWOOD CITY, CA, Sep 08, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable cloud-based video collaboration services, and Tely Labs, the leader in simple, secure and affordable video conferencing systems, have partnered to create a compelling hardware appliance and cloud service solution specifically tailored to meet the needs of SMB organizations. Today the company also announced today the appointment of a new board member, Sudhakar Ramakrishna.

New "Blue Jeans for Tely" is a "lite" version of the market leading Blue Jeans video conferencing and collaboration service, with built-in support for Tely Labs's telyHD Pro plug-and-play video conferencing endpoint, as well as web browsers and mobile devices. Pricing for Blue Jeans for Tely starts at $1,000 per year per telyHD Pro, with unlimited use across an organization.

Fuze Redefines Video Conferencing Across Devices and Rooms

September 8, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fuze today announced Fuze for Rooms, extending its award-winning video collaboration service from smartphones, tablets and desktops to offices, huddle spaces and meeting rooms, giving companies a more flexible and cost-effective way to video-enable their workplace.

Fuze is a cloud-based service that combines high-definition (HD) voice and video communication and content collaboration, allowing remote workers and virtual teams to stay better connected face-to-face. Fuze for Rooms is a new subscription license that allows companies to video-enable any room using off-the-shelf hardware, providing an immersive video experience. New features tailor the experience for group meeting spaces, including the ability to join or launch instant meetings from a welcome screen and optimizing the visual layout across two monitors. Users can see a room's availability via presence and instantly add it to a discussion from Fuze applications.

VisiInc PLC to Acquire VIA3

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