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AVTEQ Announces Partnership with Rep‐Firm Symco

September 22, 2015 | Telepresence Options


AVTEQ, Inc., the largest manufacturer of videoconferencing carts and A/V furniture, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Symco Inc.

"We are excited for Symco to help strengthen our market reach in the Northeast," said Aaron Rubner, VP of AV Sales at AVTEQ. "They bring the knowledge and expertise we were looking for in a manufacturing rep group, and AVTEQ's line of AV furniture fits perfectly with their other brands."

Kubi From Revolve Robotics Is Now Integrated Into Cloud Video Conferencing Leader Zoom

September 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options


SAN FRANCISCO CA--(Marketwired - September 17, 2015) - Revolve Robotics, a leading innovator in robotic telepresence today announced seamless integration between the controls for Revolve's innovative Kubi robotic telepresence platform and Zoom's cloud video collaboration software.

Zoom, already a leader in cross-platform video, audio, and content sharing, and has now added greater engagement via robotic telepresence in the form of Kubi. These solutions work together to deliver telepresence to businesses, schools, healthcare institutions, and remote workers.

Telemerge and Northwestel Connect the North With Telepresence-as-a-Service

September 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options



Markham, ON, Yellowknife, NWT, September 15, 2015 - Telemerge and Northwestel announced today a new partnership agreement to bring cloud-based video conferencing to a broader audience across Canada's North.

With this agreement, Northwestel is authorized to resell Telemerge's Telepresence-as-a-Service (TPaaS). Telemerge's TPaaS solution is a subscription-based video conferencing and collaboration service that makes it easy and affordable for organizations of any size to realize the benefits of richer communication through high-quality video.

Lifesize Launches WebRTC-Powered App for Fully Featured Lifesize Cloud Experience, No Download Required

September 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options


AUSTIN, TEXAS (Sept. 16, 2015) - Lifesize, a division of Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) (SIX:LOGN), today announced the new Lifesize Cloud Web App, a fully-featured calling platform for anyone using Google Chrome™. The WebRTC-powered offering redefines web conferencing by providing access to Lifesize Cloud's robust, collaborative environment - including HD video, chat and screen sharing for all - without requiring any software downloads. The Lifesize Cloud Web App is available for the Chrome browser today, with the capability expanding to other browsers, including Internet Explorer® and Firefox®, in the near future.

In addition, Lifesize Cloud now offers a voice- and content-only web conferencing mode, which will help companies save money by making subscriptions to web conferencing services redundant. This move also simplifies the user experience - letting people connect and share their entire screen for collaboration with up to 40 participants - without having to open a new application.

NetFortris Adds HD Video Conferencing and Desktop Collaboration to its Cloud UC Solution

September 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options


SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NetFortris, Inc., a leader in secure cloud-based voice and data networking solutions, today announced NetFortris Business Collaboration, a sophisticated on demand HD Video conferencing and desktop collaboration solution that combines voice and video collaboration with desktop and application sharing for distributed teams and workforces. NetFortris Business Collaboration is completely integrated with NetFortris Business UC, the company's unified communications (UC) platform, and enables users to visually connect and collaborate with up to eight people, anytime, anywhere, and from any device. In addition to on demand multi-point video conferencing, users will be able to host IP conference calls with up to 20 simultaneous attendees, using a simple link.

Compass Business Solutions Launches Borderless Learning Video Libraries With More Than 20,000 5 Minute Learning Lessons For Its Borderless Learning Programs

September 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Compass Business Solutions, a leading specialized learning partner for Cisco and other manufacturers, has added more than 20,000 videos to its Borderless Learning Video Library Programs. The 5 Minute Learning Lesson videos support the microlearning approach being adopted by students today. 5 Minute Learning Lessons provide small amounts of information that help people remember relevant details pertaining to specific topics, so they can quickly find information regarding how to accomplish something without wading through hours of learning content.

According to eLearning Industry, Millennials have an average attention span of 90 seconds, said Jules Trono, President and CEO of Compass Business Solutions. We will be generating more digital data in the next 5 years than has been created to date, making the ability to find relevant information quickly an imperative for anyone from any generation who wants to remain productive. Training is where that starts. We have to make it easy for people to learn anywhere. Compass has launched Borderless Learning Video Library Programs with more than 20,000 5 Minute Learning Lessons for Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, Adobe Suite including Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Acrobat, and many other topics such as Six Sigma, Spark, and Cloud Development.

ClearOne Signs Reseller Agreement with Unified Communications Service Provider

September 15, 2015 | Telepresence Options


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 15, 2015)/PRNewswire--- ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) a global provider of audio and visual communication solutions announced today it has signed an agreement with DSP, Inc., a leading unified communications (UC) and hosted IP-PBX provider. The service provider will bundle the company's cloud-based video conference & collaboration service with its IP network solutions and resell Spontania into numerous vertical markets. The new service will be marketed and sold under the brand name EraVon (Era of Video On-the-Net).

Zoom Integrates Cloud Video Conferencing Into Salesforce to Simplify Customer Relationship Building and Improve Communications

September 15, 2015 | Telepresence Options


SAN JOSE, CA-(Marketwired - Sep 14, 2015) - Zoom today announced it has integrated with Salesforce so that users can access all of the video conferencing service's capabilities within the sales and marketing platform. Sales and marketing professionals can now instantly start Zoom meetings, email meeting information, and automatically log the session as an activity. As a result, companies using the integration can work more efficiently without altering their workflow when building and maintaining customer relationships.

Polycom Advances Voice, Video and Content Collaboration Experiences with Three New Solutions

September 14, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Dedicated to enabling the workplace of the future today, Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM) today announced three new additions to its industry-leading Polycom® RealPresence® Group Series solutions offering. The new solutions solidify the company's commitment to delivering technologies that provide rich collaboration experiences that are easy to use and integrate into any work environment.

The Presence Touch™ solution is an easy-to-use next-generation touch control designed with simplicity in mind for the end user. Compatible with Polycom RealPresence Group Series, Polycom RealPresence Immersive Studio, and the new Polycom RealPresence OTX Studio, the RealPresence Touch control will feature an intuitive tablet interface that makes it easier than ever for users to control their visual collaboration experience. Users will now have the option to simply "click to dial" right from the home screen calendar, enabling connection at the push of a button. Since every organization and culture is unique, Polycom RealPresence Touch interface will also allow IT administrators to optimize the end user experience, while maintaining a consistent experience across the Polycom portfolio of solutions. For more on the RealPresence Touch solution, please watch the video. .

TrueConf for iOS: New Design and Background Mode

September 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options


TrueConf is actively involved in the support and improvement of applications for video conferencing on iOS. In the last round of improvements, a range of new features were realized. A core improvement was the interface, which has been designed in latest iOS style and which makes interaction with the application easier and more user-friendly.

Support for background mode on iOS means that TrueConf users will be notified of calls, messages or invitations to group conferences even if the app is not active. If you do miss a call, an alert will appear on the lock screen and in your TrueConf notification center.

Original Free Conference Call Service Re-launches with Free Video Conference Calling, Screen Sharing and More

September 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options


NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- iotum, a leader in teleconference and group calling solutions, announced today the re-launch of its flagship product, with enhanced service offerings. The new provides customers an enriched conference call experience with HD audio, free video conferencing and screen sharing.

Jason Martin, CEO of's parent company iotum, said, "We are the original free conference calling provider and have consistently provided best-in-class services. We've made significant investments to give customers a superior This sets a new standard in free conference calling, packed with features for modern-day virtual collaboration."

New Wireless USB Speakerphone for Video Conferencing Achieves Amazing Audio Quality Compared to Bluetooth

September 9, 2015 | Telepresence Options


HuddleCamHD releases a new USB 2.0 speakerphone built for online meetings that makes the headache of "pairing Bluetooth devices" a part of ancient history. The HuddlePod Air from HuddleCamHD is a full duplex wireless USB conference phone that uses a wireless USB 2.0 receiver over a discreet 2.4 GHz connection instead of traditional Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth is notoriously low quality and difficult for end users to "pair" to their computer.

Matthew Davis lead engineer at HuddleCamHD explains "The HuddlePod air allows for a higher quality audio conferencing experience when compared to traditional Bluetooth." Davis continues "It was our goal to find a way to make this technology affordable and we have done that with the HuddlePod Air priced at only $299."

ScanSource Completes Acquisition of KBZ, a Leading Cisco Video Conferencing Distributor

September 9, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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GREENVILLE, S.C., Sep 08, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ScanSource, Inc. SCSC, +0.69% the leading international value-added distributor of specialty technology products, has closed its purchase of KBZ, an award-winning Cisco Authorized Distributor specializing in video conferencing, cloud, and services. ScanSource announced the execution of a letter of intent to purchase the assets of KBZ on August 18, 2015. Founded in 1987 and based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, KBZ operates in the United States and has approximately 75 employees. The company's sales for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015 are estimated to total over $225 million. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings per share and ROIC in the first year after closing, excluding one-time acquisition costs.

KBZ, formerly Tandberg's largest distributor prior to its 2009 acquisition by Cisco, focuses its business exclusively on Cisco and complementary vendors. This acquisition enables ScanSource to enhance its focus on Cisco's solutions, combining the strengths of both distributors to provide a more robust portfolio of products, solutions and services. KBZ also brings a specialized public sector team to accelerate sales to Federal, state and local governments.

Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing and Telepresence Equipment Market Revenue Increased 4.8% Quarter-Over-Quarter and 5.1% Year-Over-Year in Second Quarter 2015

September 2, 2015 | Telepresence Options


FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--()--The International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing and Telepresence Equipment Qview showed mostly positive results in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15) with overall videoconferencing equipment revenue increasing 4.8% quarter over quarter and 5.1% year over year. However, the enterprise video infrastructure equipment continued its decline due to the increasing availability of video cloud service offerings. Total worldwide enterprise video equipment market revenue in 2Q15 was over $507 million, up from $484 million in 1Q15. The total number of videoconferencing units sold in 2Q15 increased 7.4% quarter over quarter and 21.0% year over year in 2Q15.

"And customers continue to work through determining how best to provision their video deployments, as more software-centric and cloud-based service offerings become part of the enterprise video market landscape."

From a market segment perspective:

  • Multi-codec telepresence equipment revenue increased 70.3% quarter over quarter and 8.0% year over year. Unit shipments were also up 67.7% sequentially and 14.8% year over year.
  • Room-based videoconferencing system revenue increased 3.7% over the first quarter and 8.8% compared to one year ago. Unit shipments increased 1.6% quarter over quarter and 11.1% year over year.
  • Personal videoconferencing systems revenue - including executive desktop systems - increased 36% quarter over quarter and 80.8% year over year. Unit shipments were up 26.0% sequentially and 58.8% on an annual basis.
  • Video infrastructure equipment revenue - including MCUs and other video-related infrastructure - continued its declining trend, decreasing -19.4% quarter over quarter and -30.0% year over year.

Vidyo Helps Pioneering Clinic Treat and Empower Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

September 1, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Vidyo Helps Pioneering Clinic Treat and Empower Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

Vidyo-based consultations and support meetings aim to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve patient outcomes

HACKENSACK, N.J. AND AURORA, C.O. - September 1, 2015 - Diabetes is a costly chronic health condition that places immense strain on patients, families, healthcare providers and medical systems. In an effort to mitigate these challenges, the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, together with Children's Hospital Colorado, is piloting a first-of-its-kind clinical program, leveraging video conferencing technology from Vidyo, to help teens and young adults better adapt to living independently with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) by providing real time, face-to-face access to their physicians and group interaction with other young adults living with T1D.

Verint and Vidyo Collaborate to Integrate Video Calls into Omnichannel Customer Engagement Centers

August 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options



MELVILLE, N.Y. and HACKENSACK, N.J., August 26, 2015 -- Verint® Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNT) and Vidyo, Inc., a leading provider of affordable cloud-based visual communication technology, today announced their collaboration to bring video to today's customer engagement centers. The combined offerings allow businesses to bring greater insight into customer interactions by integrating video calls using the VidyoWorks™ platform with Verint's engagement management and voice recording solutions--both part of the company's broader customer engagement optimization portfolio.

Together with the VidyoWorks platform, Verint Engagement Management™ helps enable video interactions between customers and service employees. The Verint solution is designed to deliver consistent, complete and contextual service capabilities for true omnichannel customer engagement. The VidyoWorks platform is a software-based video collaboration solution that provides consistent HD quality video communication across consumer devices over the Internet and 3G/4G/LTE mobile networks. Verint's engagement management solution combines the benefits of knowledge-based interaction support and enhanced customer engagement with video interactions.

Avotus Awarded 2015 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award

August 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options


OAKLAND, New Jersey - August 25, 2015 -TMC, a global, integrated media company, has awarded Avotus' Intelligent Communications Management - Enhanced Usage Reporting (ICM EUR) a 2015 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.

ICM EUR is an integral tool in Avotus' Intelligent Communications Management program. It integrates, tracks and reports on usage for Unified Communication services. It allows communication managers to gain unprecedented visibility into the full suite of Unified Communication features, including: Instant Messaging, Presence, Voice, Wireless and Video Conferencing with one unified tracking and reporting platform. Deployed as either a cloud-based service or on-premises, Avotus' ICM EUR delivers unmatched visibility into corporate communications, improving overall UC asset usage visibility, reporting, monitoring and security across wireline, wireless, VoIP, UC and legacy platforms.

Yealink Works with Zoom to Combine Video Conferencing Endpoint and Cloud Service

August 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Xiamen, China - August 26, 2015 - Yealink, the global leading unified communication (UC) terminal solution provider, announced today that its VC120, a full HD video conferencing endpoint, is now compatible with Zoom's cloud-based HD video conferencing service. Yealink is now an official member of Zoom's Partner Program, which certifies products from industry-leading technology companies as Zoom-compatible to provide best-in-class solutions to businesses.

Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-based conference room solution into one easy-to-use cloud platform. Thanks to successful interoperability testing, users can rely on Yealink's VC120 to effortlessly access video, audio, and content sharing across Zoom Rooms, Windows PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry, and H.323/SIP room systems.

Leading Cloud Video Conferencing Service, Fuze, Added to U.S. Federal Government Authorized Supplier List

August 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Fuze, a leading internet video conferencing company reinventing how distributed teams work, today announced it has been added to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) list of authorized suppliers to the U.S. Federal Government. The Fuze service allows people to work more effectively across locations and devices, which aligns to a number of key government agency initiatives, including operational efficiency, interagency coordination, telework, business continuity, and emergency preparedness and response.

As part of its government initiative, Fuze is working with Winvale, a leading government contracts consultancy and solutions provider. "Agencies continue to look for solutions like Fuze that can help them better collaborate with other agencies and more effectively connect their teams whether they are in another office, in the field or at home," said Kevin Lancaster, CEO of Winvale.

Screensharing Added to WebRTC Leader IceLink: From Any Device Across All Platforms

August 21, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Frozen Mountain is pleased to announce that it has added support for screen sharing to their WebRTC product, IceLink, on all platforms - both browser and native - covering Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer (Windows), Safari (Mac), Windows (.NET), Mac, Java, iOS, Android and Xamarin.

"As our own natively written WebRTC stack, IceLink has always been fully customizable as to where media is captured from and where it is rendered to, even allowing you to write your own custom providers," said Ted Venema, VP of Business Development for Frozen Mountain. "What we have now added is an 'out-of-the-box' video provider that captures screen images and sends them through standard IceLink WebRTC connections."

VisiInc PLC to Acquire VIA3

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