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Blue Jeans Network Bridges Skype, SIP, H.323 for Multipoint Telepresence Solution

May 9, 2011 | William Zimmerman

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Blue Jeans Network has been quietly developing a new cloud-based video conferencing and
 collaboration service that bridges H.323 and SIP end-points, PSTN -- and even Skype, with the goal of allowing users to connect everything from high-end video telepresence systems like Tandberg/Cisco and Lifesize to web cams running Skype to desktop IP videophones from Polycom, Grandstream, Cisco, and others. This solves a major problem with video conferencing and telepresence since interoperability, while it has improved, still doesn't take into account legacy H.323 end-points or users that only have inexpensive webcams. Blue Jeans Network plans to support Google and Microsoft Lync as well. Their cloud-based service handles the transcoding of audio and video codecs as well as manages the meeting IDs, PINs, etc. The web portal also grants moderators the ability to mute individual participants, all participants, as well as turn off their video.

The product is currently in beta, but sound so cool I decided I had to take it for a spin.
First off, you can either schedule a meeting, or create an instant ad-hoc meeting from the web portal. Here's a look at the schedule meeting UI:

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