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

September 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Prysm Video Wall Brings New Collaboration Capabilities to Wipro Customer Experience Center

September 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Prysm, Inc., a privately held designer of total display solutions that create unrivaled immersion and engagement, today announced the installation of a Cascade 117 collaboration video wall solution at the Wipro Customer Experience Center (CEC) in Mountain View, California. Wipro Limited is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Business Process Services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients to do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360-degree view of "Business through Technology" - helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses.

Phoenix Audio Technologies' Award-Winning Spider Conference Phone Now Available for Purchase in the U.S.

September 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options


IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Phoenix Audio Technologies announced today that their advanced IP conference phone, The Spider, is now available for purchase in the U.S. The Spider was unveiled this past March during the Enterprise Connect convention in Orlando. Having already been named Best New Audio Conferencing Product by rAVe Publications for this year's Best of InfoComm Awards, The Spider is up for another distinguished title thanks to AV Magazine. The feature-rich Spider conference phone is a finalist for Audio Product of the Year. Winners will be announced at The 16th Annual AV Awards, which will be held September 26th at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London. "We are honored to be recognized by such highly regarded publications in the AV industry," says Jonathan Boaz, Phoenix Audio's VP of Sales & Marketing. "We are very excited to release our most innovative product yet. Its dual connectivity, intuitive user interface and daisy chaining capabilities make it the best audio solution for the modern day conference room."

Apical, Polycom Delivering Next Generation Video Conferencing Solutions for Businesses Globally

September 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Apical's Assertive Camera provides enhanced video experience for Polycom video collaboration solutions. Apical is pleased to announce that its industry-leading technologies were again selected by Polycom, a global leader in video, voice and content solutions, for its next generation video collaboration solutions. Some of Polycom's video collaboration solutions, including Polycom CX5100 and Polycom RealPresence Immersive Studio, utilize Apical's Assertive Camera technology. Systems based on Apical's Assertive Camera technology deliver a coherent visual experience with high visual fidelity across these diverse solutions.

Apical's Assertive Camera is an image signal processor: the engine inside the camera which creates the visual imagery. While all cameras use some kind of processor, Assertive Camera is unique in that its design is based on a deep understanding of the human visual system and image sensor physics. It delivers the most natural, realistic imagery under the widest range of situations.

Flipbox Software Suite Now Integrated With TrueConf Ultra HD Video Conferencing

September 4, 2014 | Telepresence Options



Polymedia and TrueConf have joined forces to integrate their solutions into one convenient product. The new project is an updated version of Polymedia's Flipbox software for interactive displays, which now features support for UHD TrueConf video conferencing.

The newly updated Flipbox Software Suite has integrated access to TrueConf Online cloud video services. Flipbox users can now access all modes of group video in resolutions up to 4K (UltraHD) on all popular operating systems (Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, and iOS). Just as importantly, they have access to TrueConf's collaboration tools, including chat, whiteboard, session recording, slideshows, desktop sharing, file transfer, and status presence bar. The new solution ensures each participant gets the best possible sound and video quality thanks to scalable video coding (SVC) technology.

Yorktel Strengthens Telehealth Operations and Services Leadership

September 3, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Eatontown, NJ (September 3, 2014) - Yorktel (@Yorktelcorp), the worldwide leader in cloud, UC&C, and video managed services, today announced two executive appointments that will enhance its ability to serve the growing Telehealth market.

"The addition of Peter McLain and James Custer to the Yorktel team is very exciting, as they each bring a unique expertise and pedigree that will play a critical role in Yorktel's expanding healthcare focus," said Ron Gaboury, Yorktel CEO.

BCS Global to Discuss Upcoming Product Launch at Cloud Partners 2014, September 8-10

September 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options


LONDON, UK, September 2, 2014 - BCS Global Networks Ltd, the leading worldwide provider of managed videoconferencing, telepresence and visual collaboration services, announces today that it will attend Cloud Partners 2014 , taking place on September 8-10 in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. At the event, BCS Global will discuss a new BCS Global product launch, Virtual Connect powered by Polycom, which leverages Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite.

Alongside Polycom, a global leader in video, voice and content collaboration solutions, BCS Global CTO Dan Tanel and his onsite team will be available and accepting meetings at Cloud Partners to discuss Virtual Connect powered by Polycom. The advantages of the personal on-demand virtual meeting space with its no-touch provisioning and management interface and updated consumption models will be of great significance to the attendees of this year's show.

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."

VisiInc PLC to Acquire VIA3

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