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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.

TrueConf​​Releases​​SDK​​for​​Windows

September 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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TrueConf SDK for Windows is based on ActiveX technology and is available in all popular development frameworks, including IDE Microsoft Visual Studio and Embarcadero Delphi. Additionally, the libraries can be integrated into JavaScript applications for Internet Explorer

"TrueConf SDK opens a number of possibilities to developers for creating specialized applications in the sphere of telemedicine, video banking and engineering," says Dmitry Odintsov​, TrueConf CBDO. "The majority of companies already use an existing set of corporate programs and services. With the help of our solution, you can promptly integrate any type of communication into your software. On top of that, SDK features can be customized to specific use cases."

Telestream Announces Wirecast Version 8 with New Rendezvous Feature for Multi-Site Production

September 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Nevada City, CA(9/7/2017)-Telestream® (stand 7.B26), a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced version 8 of its award-winning Wirecast live streaming and production software. Wirecast 8 includes many powerful new capabilities, most notably Wirecast Rendezvous, a peer-to-peer remote conferencing and multi-site production feature that supports multiple simultaneous remote streams from any Internet-connected computer or smart device. Telestream also announced a new version of its flagship turnkey hardware system, Wirecast Gear 230, a fully-configured, portable live streaming production system that can create a professional production with only minutes of setup time.

Wirecast provides content creators with intuitive, powerful production capabilities, GPU-accelerated encoding, and a streamlined user interface that enables users to effortlessly create and stream high-quality live broadcasts from their computers to dozens of popular destinations such as Facebook Live, Youtube Live, Periscope, Twitter and others.

TrueConf Server on AWS Opens New Hybrid Opportunities for Corporate Video Conferencing

August 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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TrueConf Server on AWS gives administrators the benefits of Amazon cloud infrastructure such as high accessibility, Gigabit Internet connection, compatibility with VPN solutions, along with all the features of TrueConf's video conferencing system including corporate-level communications security and control.

Thanks to Amazon Web Services, TrueConf Server users can enjoy a number of additional benefits. A video conferencing server can turn into a private cloud for corporate communications via the Internet and a VPN. Private cloud is available for all users and is not affected by the channel quality of the company's data centers. Customers can also create a hybrid video conferencing infrastructure based on TrueConf Server deployed within their local network, and an additional TrueConf Server instance deployed on AWS. Сloud benefits of hybrid infrastructure include external users service provision, the creation of a large webinar platform, or connection transcoding when connected to legacy video conferencing systems.

Panopto Partners with Zoom to Create a Seamless Workflow Between Video Meetings and Video Content Management

August 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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SEATTLE, Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Panopto, the leader in enterprise video platforms, today announced a strategic integration with Zoom, the leading enterprise video communications provider. The integration brings together the companies' best-in-class technologies, resulting in a seamless end user experience that blurs the lines between video meetings and video content management.

In recent years, live and on-demand video have become critical to university instruction and business communication. As video conferencing becomes as prevalent as email, organizations increasingly need a secure repository to store and share their recordings. Recognizing this market demand, Zoom and Panopto engineering teams worked in close collaboration to deliver an integrated, cloud-first solution for publishing and managing Zoom recordings.

Vyopta Announces Platform to Help Enterprises Improve Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) Performance

August 22, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Vyopta today announced the launch of its UC&C Optimization Platform to improve the performance of enterprise communications including voice, video, messaging, and content sharing. Enterprises now have a single tool to monitor their entire UC&C environment and gain operational and business insights to improve the user experience, grow adoption, and optimize their UC&C resources.

TrueConf and CDNvideo Introduce Their Video Conferencing Streaming Solution

August 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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TrueConf and CDNvideo have combined their years of experience in the field of audio and video content transmission and have added mutual support for API interfaces, which are now fully integrated. The new solution allows TrueConf clients to expand the scale of their conferences without buying any additional user licenses.

To set up streaming, the TrueConf Server administrator needs to select CDNvideo profile in the settings tab when creating a video conference. The conference will start automatically as soon as participants enter the conference. The CDNvideo profile can be used for any number of conferences.

Zoom Continues Its Meteoric Ascent -- Leading Video Communications Company Grows YOY Revenue by 150%, Customer Base by 100%

August 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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SAN JOSE, CA --(Marketwired - August 08, 2017) - Zoom Video Communications came rocketing out of the gate at the start of 2017 by announcing Zoom 4.0, a $100M funding round from Sequoia, and a $1 billion valuation -- and it continues to deliver more successes and happiness to its customers. The leading provider of enterprise cloud video communications technology today announced that year-over-year its revenue has grown 150 percent and it has had a 100 percent increase in its customer base. Some of Zoom's other impressive recent accomplishments include:

  • Hosting over 20 billion annualized meeting minutes (up from 6.9B last year),
  • Growing its customer base to more than 700,000 businesses and 6,900 educational institutions, including 50 percent of the Fortune 50 and 90 percent of the top 200 U.S. universities,
  • Extending its reach by opening U.K. and Sydney offices, as well as more international data centers,
  • Introducing new features and enhancements to its platform, including Zoom Rooms Scheduling Display, Zoom for Telehealth, and an increased default capacity of 100 participants,
  • Securing large-scale deployments from customers such as 21st Century Fox, Stanford University, Pandora, and Cornell University,
  • Expanding its customers' options by establishing partnerships with Polycom and Crestron, as well as optimizing its integration with Cisco video endpoints, and
  • Announcing Zoomtopia, the first Zoom user conference, to be held Sept. 26 in San Mateo, CA.

Avaya, Cisco, Polycom Lead Telepresence Equipment Market

August 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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A study by Grand View Research concludes that the telepresence equipment market will rise from $1.9 billion in 2016 to $2.5 billion in 2025.

Grand View states in a somewhat obvious conclusion that the main market driver for telepresence equipment is the effort to limit the amount of money employees spend physically travelling to meetings. The study lists health care, education and government as big adopters of the technology

Pexip® Infinity Fusion Certified as Interoperability Solution for Microsoft Skype for Business Server

August 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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OSLO, Norway, and NEW YORK, Aug 1, 2017 - Pexip announced its Infinity Fusion product was certified by Microsoft as a video interoperability solution for Skype for Business Server today. Pexip Infinity Fusion allows Skype for Business meetings and calls to be joined by non-Skype users using video teleconferencing.

Pexip collaborated with Microsoft in the certification of the latest version of Infinity Fusion, which features a gateway mode allowing VTCs to participate directly in Skype conferences. Importantly, Fusion retains the native end-user experience, eliminating the need for expensive trainings and lowering the cost of implementation and management. The software is designed for any size organization, and specifically with large companies and enterprises in mind, and is able to scale and accommodate any number of users in any number of locations. Pexip Infinity Fusion is certified for on-premises Skype for Business Server 2015 deployments.

Broadview OfficeSuite HD Meeting Room Connector Enhances and Simplifies Room-Based Video Conferencing

July 26, 2017 | Telepresence Options
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RYE BROOK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Broadview Networks®, a leader in cloud-based unified communications (UC) and information technology services, has announced the release of its OfficeSuite HD Meeting Room Connector, which integrates video conferencing via meeting room systems with desktop and mobile users. This latest feature addition gives businesses the power to eliminate complex scheduling and to lower operation and administrative costs, all while seamlessly communicating across multiple locations and devices with the award-winning OfficeSuite HD Meeting™.

Room Connector works using any internet connection, enabling meeting room systems from Polycom, Cisco, Tandberg, Lifesize and more to instantly communicate with one another, as well as with any desktop, tablet or mobile device. The intuitive design of this new connector, combined with HD Meeting's easy-to-use platform, maximizes collaboration for businesses with multiple locations and meeting rooms. By simply entering an address and meeting number, executives in a conference room can now video chat with other offices and remote workers on one screen, while utilizing HD Meeting's whiteboard annotation features to edit and compare documents.

VisiInc PLC to Acquire VIA3

September 29, 2011 | Hogan Keyser