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8x8, Inc. (EGHT) Reports New Patent on Its Communications Technologies

August 27, 2014 | Telepresence Options


8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) today announced that it has been awarded a new patent related to its communications technologies.

On August 26, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued United States Patent number 8,817,801 entitled "Conferencing and Meeting Implementations with Advanced Features." The invention relates generally to conferencing and meeting mechanisms and to systems, methods and devices for facilitating meetings using audio and/or video conferencing between multiple parties.

OneScreen from Clary Icon, Featured in Ultimate High-tech Office Remodel on DIY's Man Caves

August 26, 2014 | Telepresence Options


DIY Network's Man Caves team solicited the most innovative office technology available, including OneScreen hubware, a soundproof wall, switchable glass, and a custom desk for this home office remodel. When Hollywood film director Kevin Smith is not working on films, he is creating and broadcasting PodCasts from his home-based office. Mr. Smith works remotely with his creative team and requires a large touch screen flexible enough for intra-office workflow that ranges from brainstorming, content review, real-time artwork annotation, as well as PodCasting.

"OneScreen hubware is a solution unlike any other in the market. It's the only all-in-one solution that provides simple, instant access to practically any collaboration tools a team needs irrespective of the technologies they prefer to use," said Sufian Munir, CEO of Clary Icon. "From the highest quality video conferencing, web conferencing, and interactive whiteboarding, to any Windows 7 based application - it's all one touch away. OneScreen is the most innovative, affordable, and interoperable solution for executive offices, home offices, and even a Man Cave office."

Tely Labs Helps E-Commerce Expert One World Direct Strengthen Company Culture

August 26, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Tely Labs, the leader in simple, secure and affordable video conferencing solutions, today announced that One World Direct implemented its telyHD Pro appliances and telyCloud service to improve internal communications as the company experiences rapid growth.

"Stable connections, clear picture quality and ease of use combined with the affordable price point make the telyHD a brilliant choice," commented Bob Fulkerson, director of e-commerce. "We don't need IT support to hold a meeting, and we love that it doesn't require a lot of hand-holding. Our managers find video meetings much more productive than phone calls. They like to make eye contact with everyone present and confirm that they have everyone's attention."

ZTE Partners With Blue Jeans Network to Enhance Video Collaboration Services Products

August 25, 2014 | Telepresence Options



SHENZHEN, CHINA -- ZTE Corporation, a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, today announced a partnership with Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable video collaboration services. This partnership will allow ZTE customers to experience Blue Jeans Network's cloud-based video conferencing services (VCS) and connect easily to one another via their ZTE VCS products, creating a uniform user experience that fosters collaboration. Starting in August, ZTE VCS room system with Blue Jeans video conferencing services will be available in the US, Europe, Australia and Singapore.

Blue Jeans Network extends high-quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of virtual conference rooms by allowing individuals, employees, partners and family and friends to connect and interact with each other seamlessly and effectively. Blue Jeans technology is being used by high profile customers such as: Facebook, Foursquare,, and Stanford University, companies and institutions that have benefited from the anytime, anywhere and from practically any device, capabilities of video collaboration.

ScanSource Announces Execution of Letter of Intent to Acquire Imago Group plc

August 22, 2014 | Telepresence Options



GREENVILLE, S.C.--(Business Wire)--ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC), the leading international value-added distributor of specialty technology products, today announced the execution of a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Imago Group plc, Europe's leading value-added distributor of video and voice communications equipment and services ("Imago"). Pursuant to the letter of intent, ScanSource will be acquiring Imago's operations in the United Kingdom France, and their recently acquired business in Germany.

Imago sales for fiscal year ended July 31, 2014 are estimated to total approximately GBP 50 million (approximately US$83 million) with operating margins consistent with ScanSource's Communications business. The all-cash transaction as currently negotiated includes an initial purchase price of approximately GBP 24.5 million (approximately US$41 million), plus earnout payments over the next two years. The acquisition as contemplated in the letter of intent is expected to be accretive to earnings per share and ROIC in the first year after closing, excluding one-time acquisition costs.

Press Release - Hall Research Announces SC-12BT Multi-Format Video Scaler

August 22, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Hall Research has just added the SC-12BT to its line of presentation video switchers. This new addition provides 12 video inputs and features 3 simultaneous scalable outputs. The SC-12BT accommodates 4 HDMI, 4 VGA, and 4 AV inputs and offers VGA, HDMI and HDBaseT® outputs to meet a variety of installation requirements. The device also includes IP control and audio processing with built-in amplifier for direct connection to speakers.

Inputs are selected using individual push buttons on the front panel or by using the included IR remote. IP and RS-232 external controls are provided for control through LAN or serial port. Simple and powerful English-based ASCII commands allow advanced users to control all aspects of the presentation switcher. The selected source is scaled to a user-settable resolution and simultaneously output as: VGA, HDMI, and HDBaseT® for easy extension to 230 ft on a single Cat6 cable.

Samsung adds Skype to their Smart TV Apps

August 21, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Samsung Electronics announced new Smart TV content that will be unveiled at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Europe's largest consumer electronics and home appliance trade show. Popular games and services being released for Samsung Smart TV include, 'Need for Speed Most Wanted,' 'Real Football 2014,' 'Golf Star' and Skype video call services.

All game apps can be downloaded from the Samsung Smart TV Games Panel - providing users with a more enriched and interactive entertainment experience for consumers - and can be conveniently controlled by multiple devices, including the Smart Control, a dedicated Samsung Gamepad and select Samsung Galaxy devices.

Epson launches new MeetingMate Interactive Finger Touch-enabled Multi-function Projectors for Business

August 20, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Epson has again raised the bar in the business world with the launch of its second-generation EB-1420Wi and EB-1430Wi MeetingMate interactive, multi-function, finger touch-enabled projectors that completely remove the need for any kind of whiteboard.

The new MeetingMate models not only capitalise on the incredible success of the first generation projectors, but add to it in many ways with the EB-1430Wi becoming the world's first finger touch-based interactive projector aimed squarely at the world of business. Such is the ingenuity of the EB-1430Wi that it enables as many as six participants to touch,draw, select and interact using intuitive and familiar gestures. In addition to operation using an interactive pen, with the EB-1430Wi it is now possible for users to operate by simply using their fingers on the screen. Much like many of today's tablet devices opening and closing files, scrolling, moving and expanding objects, and annotation are just some of the possibilities available at the touch of a finger. What's more any image on the screen can be resized and moved as if it were an object. So, even if there is no writing space on the screen, written contents can be reduced in size to make room for new annotations.

Telstra unveils next-gen Cloud Collaboration service for global businesses

August 19, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Tuesday 19 August 2014 - Telstra today launched its global cloud-based unified communications service, enabling businesses to communicate and collaborate in real-time regardless of their location around the world.

Nathan Bell, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, Director of Marketing, Portfolio and Pricing, said Telstra's global solution, launched in Australia last year in partnership with Cisco, is now available across four continents in 25 countries, consistently delivered over Telstra's worldwide network extending to more than 2,000 Points of Presence (PoP).

AMD Global Telemedicine and Vidyo Collaborate to Improve Web-Based Clinical Telemedicine Workflow

August 19, 2014 | Telepresence Options


AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc. (AMD), the world's leading supplier of clinical Telemedicine Encounter Management Solutions (TEMS)™, and Vidyo collaborate to improve web-based clinical telemedicine workflow. This announcement of enhanced video conferencing integration embedded within AGNES Interactive software, bridges the gap between remote clinical assessment and quality patient-doctor face time.

AGNES Interactive™ is a web-based software platform that enables clinical healthcare providers to deliver live access to the patient site by transmitting real-time medical video, images and documents sourced from the connected medical devices. AMD Global Telemedicine has now embedded VidyoWeb™, a browser-based video conferencing client, as an iFrame within its AGNES Interactive software. The integration of Vidyo technology within AGNES Interactive simplifies the workflow process by providing one web-based platform for clinical assessment using medical devices, while at the same time engaging in a reliable HD quality video conference with the remote specialist over general purpose networks and computing devices.

Cisco Beats Estimates On Strong New Product Sales In Developed Markets

August 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Collaboration Sales Beginning to Improve

Cisco has slowly but steadily transformed its Collaboration business from a provider of telecom-based services to an integrated architecture combining mobility, software, video and cloud. The highlight of this transition has been its cost-effectiveness and focus on the new dynamics of accessibility and security, enabling people to collaborate and work together from any place using any device. The company offers products under two main categories- TelePresence Systems and Unified Communications. While TelePresence Systems includes products designed to provide high definition video and audio facilities for advanced conference room functionalities, Unified Communications is a collective term for various products such as IP phones, call center and messaging equipment as well as web-based collaborative services.

The Collaboration business sales have declined in the last couple of years owing to a decline in public sector spending in the U.S. as well as in Europe. The company's gradual shift towards recurring revenue channels driven by software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings also contributed to the decline, since revenue in such cases is deferred and realized over the term of the agreement.

Overall sales in the Collaboration business declined by 4% y-o-y to $934 million in the fiscal fourth quarter, as Cisco transitioned its portfolio and introduced new products, namely the DX70 and DX80. This is a significant improvement over the 12% decline witnessed in the third quarter ending April 26 and 6% decline reported in the first nine-months of the 2014 fiscal. While telecom and fixed line products witnessed weak demand, sales of conference products including WebEx gained traction. We expect the new products and recent Assemblage and buys to help Cisco further improve its WebEx offerings and help increase sales in the near to medium term.

Zoom Announces Version 3.0 for the Best Unified Messaging and Meeting Experience

August 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 14, 2014) - Gartner "Cool Vendor" Zoom (, the cloud meeting company, today continues its innovations for real-time collaboration by delivering Version 3.0 (V3.0) that unifies business messaging and meetings while reducing customer's total cost of ownership by over 80 percent compared to current solutions. Zoom is the first cloud meeting service that unifies group messaging, cloud video conferencing and online meetings into one easy-to-use platform.

Metaio Launches Junaio Augmented Reality Browser for Epson Moverio BT-200 Data Glasses

August 13, 2014 | Telepresence Options


MUNICH AND SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 13, 2014: The world leading Augmented Reality (AR) software and solutions company, Metaio, today announced that the Junaio Augmented Reality browser is the first AR browser to be made available on the Moverio BT-200 Apps Market.

Junaio - the most advanced AR browser available - is capable of "seeing" in 3D, allowing Augmented Reality experiences beyond 2D printed markers. Available for free, the Junaio AR browser allows users to access thousands of Augmented Reality experiences from developers all around the world.

Research and Markets: Enterprise Video Market (Web Conferencing, Webcasting, Video Conferencing) - Global Advancements & Analysis 2014-2019

August 12, 2014 | Telepresence Options


DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Enterprise Video Market Applications - Global Advancements, Worldwide Forecasts & Analysis (2014-2019)" report to their offering.

This report forecasts that the global enterprise video market to grow from $13.01 billion in 2014 to $32.87 billion in 2019

Sonus Session Border Controller Software Edition Receives Microsoft® Lync® 2013 Qualification

August 7, 2014 | Telepresence Options


WESTFORD, Mass. - Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a global leader in securing real-time communications, today announced that the Sonus SBC SWe (Software edition) has achieved Microsoft Lync 2013 qualification for Session Border Controller (SBC) deployments.

More than 67 percent of enterprises have virtualized UC applications to help improve resiliency and enable more efficient utilization of server resources, according to Nemertes Research. The ability to deploy a Lync-qualified software SBC via virtual servers already supporting Lync environments enables enterprises to deploy new networking resources quickly and efficiently. With the SBC SWe, enterprises can quickly turn-up SBC functionality within existing virtual environments to deliver built-in media transcoding, network security (such as encryption, authentication and Denial of Service [DoS] protection), robust Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) interworking, intelligent call routing and multi-vendor interoperability in Lync deployments.

Renovo Software Officially Joins the Global Tel*Link Team

August 6, 2014 | Telepresence Options



RESTON, VA--(Marketwired - Aug 5, 2014) - Global Tel*Link (GTL), the leading provider of integrated correctional technology solutions, is proud to announce the official closing of its acquisition of Renovo Software, marking the conclusion to a highly successful two-year partnership and the final step to make Renovo Software part of the GTL team.

Reaffirming GTL's commitment to offer the highest quality products and services, the acquisition of Renovo Software will combine GTL's first in class services with Renovo's industry-leading video visitation platform, VisManager™; Renovo's Video Scheduler™, a universal video scheduling and automation platform used in many of the world's largest video conferencing networks; and Renovo's substantial thought capital and intellectual property.

Vidyo Selected by IndusInd Bank for First "Face-to-Face" Online Banking in India

August 6, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Hackensack, NJ, and Mumbai - August 6, 2014 - Vidyo, Inc., an innovator in visual communications, has been selected by IndusInd Bank, one of the fastest growing new-generation private sector banks in India for Video Branch, a mobile and desktop-based banking service being deployed across the country. Video Branch, launched on June 2, 2014, has accumulated a user rating of 4.8 on scale of 5 on the Google Play Store.

"IndusInd Bank is committed to responsive innovation to create customers convenience and offering the most advanced services to our growing customer base," said Romesh Sobti, Managing Director and CEO of IndusInd Bank. "Our Video Branch 'face-to-face' online banking customer service, powered by Vidyo, is the next frontier of banking and brings our branch managers and centralized banking services closer to our customers with highly personal interaction. VidyoWorksTM is the only solution that could deliver on the promise of high quality connectivity from any location, on any device over any network and we are pleased to offer this very high-quality, easy to use service to our customers."

NewBay Media Acquires AV-IQ from InfoComm International

August 1, 2014 | Telepresence Options



NEW YORK, NY (August 1, 2014) - NewBay Media, publisher of leading commercial AV magazines such as Systems Contractor News, Sound & Video Contractor, AV Technology, Digital Signage, Tech & Learning, Mix and Pro Sound News, as well as the Official InfoComm Show Daily and Show Guide, has announced the acquisition of AV-IQ, the AV industry's Equipment, Providers Directory & Industry Resource Center, from InfoComm International.

AV-IQ is a comprehensive online resource for the pro-AV industry that includes equipment database, case studies, local service directories, product comparison tools, and much more. It features My-iQ, a personalized, cloud-based industry information resource that allows users to select sources, choose their own content, decide when to receive alerts, manage their own project lists, and search current and historical data by brand, product type, or date.

Mitel Launches Cloud Communications Service in Canada With Partners Delivering MiCloud Enterprise UCaaS

August 1, 2014 | Telepresence Options


OTTAWA, July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader in business communications, today launched its MiCloud Enterprise UCaaS offering for channel partners in Canada to provide comprehensive communications solutions as a cloud-based service. Offering the best path to cloud communications for service providers and customers, Mitel has already enlisted a growing list of business partners in Canada to provide the solution and continues to recruit more.

This is the third major market launch of MiCloud Enterprise UCaaS since Mitel first introduced the service for the US market six months ago, followed by the UK launch in May. Mitel will continue to roll the channel solution out in select markets worldwide to help our partners meet the growing customer demand for cloud-based business communications services.

Whitlock Recognized as Industry Leader by Commercial Integrator for 2014

July 31, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Commercial Integrator (CI) has recognized Whitlock again in 2014 as an industry leader in AV and UC solutions and services. According to the publication, the CI Industry Leaders is a series of lists of "the most dynamic integration firms within the vertical markets they serve."

The publication analyzed data and chose winners based on proven success and strategic vision for serving customers and their biggest challenges. CI's experts revealed details on what each company views as key strengths and best practices to earn customer loyalty and recurring revenues.

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