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Not Just In Schools: Telecommuting Takes Down the Snow Day
Recently, we saw how technology was working to make school snow days a thing of the past. Now businesses are getting in on the act.

Australia's Financial Sectors Tout the Benefits of Videoconferencing
Two things that seem to have left no corner of the world untouched are Cisco and videoconferencing. Australia, which was just in the news when Cisco announced plans to extend its IoT services to the Outback, has been making headlines on both fronts. Today, the land Down Under is once again in the spotlight, this time for its use of videoconferencing in financial sectors.

Videoconferencing Project in Scotland Instrumental to Improving Pediatric Healthcare
Many parents tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to their little ones needing medical care. However, this has become a problem in Scotland, where the country's public hospitals are being burdened by nervous parents bringing their little ones in, often unnecessarily, for emergency treatment.

Distance Learning Technology Steps Up Schooling Around the World
Distance learning may have been around for quite some time, but the exact means of accomplishing it has changed almost as rapidly as the technology involved has. A new report from "NewsLI" offered a new look at distance learning technology, and how it's impacting educational systems across the planet.

The Value of Video Translation in Hospitals
While the concept of the universal translator might have been an idea so far-fetched it only existed in the mind of Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek, today it is slowly but surely becoming a reality. Microsoft is now offering real-time Spanish translation on Skype, and Google Translate is going to provide instant translation for many popular languages. Even though machines will eventually be smart enough to provide highly accurate translations, we still need human translators to capture many of th…

Conferencing Week in Review: Highfive, Revolabs, Array Telepresence, More
The conferencing space continued to expand this past week, and we have all the highlights!

Array Telepresence Equal-i System Makes Big
All around the world, businesses are discovering the value of conferencing and telepresence systems. Allowing staff to more readily intermingle with colleagues and customers alike, without a large portion of the expense that such moves can entail, telepresence and conferencing can be useful tools in a business' lineup. But a new such tool from Array Telepresence recently got its debut, and it's looking to kick things up a notch in the field.

Five Ways to Ensure Engagement During Your Next Conference Call
Trying to get everyone to participate during a conference call can be tricky. Often times there are individuals who never speak up and you almost have to prod them to say anything, even when they have something helpful to add to the conversation. In order to correct this, you need to utilize the five methods below to ensure engagement during your next conference call.

Revolabs Unveils FLX UC 1000 IP Conference Phone
Clutter is one of the major things that can have a profound effect on productivity. If you have to rely on various pieces of equipment just to accomplish one task, not only will it take longer to achieve, there is also the possibility that you will postpone it as long as possible. In a way, phone systems fall under this category.

Wheelings and Dealings: Highfive Snags Millions for VCaaS + Hardware Play
Highfive has raised $32 million in series B funding for its video conferencing initiative, a hardware plus as-a-service play that aims to take on hardware-heavy incumbents like Cisco and Polycom.

VSee Answers the Challenged Network of Space to Provide NASA with Telemedicine
VSee, provider of video telemedicine platform, combining HIPAA secure video chat, EMR screen share, and medical device streaming, has been selected by NASA for use on the ISS to provide telemedicine and secured video chat.

Conferencing Week in Review: TeleHealth, Revolabs,, Polycom
As more and more companies learn of the benefits of conferencing, the industry is seeing explosive growth. We have some of this week's highlights.

Hear That? The Most Important Part of Video Conferencing is the Audio
Audio matters. Audio matters so much that it should be a bigger consideration than image quality when it comes to video conferencing.

TeleHealth's OmniPresence 2.0 Offers 'Doctor-at-Home' Service
Hospital readmissions are something of a problem in the healthcare field, and the kind of problem that leads to inefficiency, reduced capability, and higher costs. Hospital readmissions bring plenty of trouble along for the ride, and so, the ability to reduce these can be quite valuable. That's where TeleHealth's OmniPresence 2.0 system comes in, offering up what its CEO describes as "doctor-at-home" service.

The Impact of Millennials on the Digital Workforce
Every generation faces challenges and opportunities that their predecessors didn't have to deal with. For Millennials, the group born between 1980 and 2000, the rapid technology proliferation has created an environment in which they always have to be on and connected. This connectivity not only brings them closer together in their personal lives, it creates a more collaborative workforce by bringing co-workers, partners and customers together. Regardless of where they are, Millennials are always…

Small Steps Can Boost Video Conferencing Confidence
When I think about the technological advances that we are seeing today, I am often reminded of the days that I ran IT departments and data centers. A lot has changed since those days, but of course you would expect to see some pretty major advancement in the past 25 years.

The Impossible Dream? Workable, Affordable Conferencing is Within Reach
The basic idea of an easy, usable conferencing setup is one that has strong appeal for managers across all levels of the enterprise.

Conferencing Week in Review: Zoom, Frost & Sullivan, CloudTweaks, TechTarget
The conferencing industry keeps growing apace, and we have some of the latest news from the past week.

The End of the Snow Day: How Videoconferencing Can Keep Classes Going
The recent blast of snowstorms that crippled large portions of the East Coast, and even beyond, have made some consider the value of technology to keep class schedules on schedule.

Customer Engagement Can be Just a Video Away
A new report offers up some insight on how businesses can put videoconferencing systems to work to build that customer engagement, and get still more value from these systems.

The Downside of Video Conferencing Software? A Hit to Hardware Sales
One of the great things about video conferencing software is that, in some cases, a lot of the heavy lifting is done somewhere else, by someone else. That in turn means a lot less need to keep high-end hardware around the office, since the service provider is handling that. That's not always the case, of course, but when it is it can mean big savings for the companies involved. But big savings don't exist in isolation, and video conferencing software is showing off a bit of a downside involved; …

Web Conferencing Needs to be Secure
Web conferencing is becoming more popular with businesses, but with any network-based technology, there's always the possibility of security problems, according to TechTarget.

What's On: Video on Demand Market Poised for Big Gains
When it comes to television, the growth of streaming media has made one thing incredibly clear: people love having the ability to watch what they want when they want. A new report from RNR Market Research, as offered by WhaTech, suggests that the video-on-demand (VoD) market is poised to get even bigger within the next few years.

Conferencing Week in Review: Mississippi, Global Presence Alliance, West Hawaii Today
The conferencing arena saw some intelligent movement this week, as more and more entities realized the value that video conferencing can actually deliver. We have the highlights.

Ready, Set, Chat: Video Conferencing Do's and Don'ts
Video conferencing is quickly becoming a global communication standard, but if you're unfamiliar with video conferencing there are a few tips to help you succeed in your next virtual meeting.

Global Presence Alliance Reaches One Billion in Sales
The Global Presence Alliance, a group of audiovisual, video conferencing, and managed service providers from across the globe works to improve the communications ecosystem by reducing costs and making those related products and services more efficient and effective. Its most recent announcement states that the multi-national group has reached the billion-dollar mark with its combined annual sales revenue.

Hawaii Picks Up Plans to Bring Government to More Remote Locations
Back in November, when the idea of a big family turkey dinner was on a lot of minds and the idea of mind-numbing cold that stretched into March was still not on many minds, we heard about Washington state's plans to put video conferencing systems to work in giving people in locations far away from the state capital of Olympia better access to the workings of government. Now, a new report from West Hawaii Today suggests that the Washington project isn't limited to Washington, as Hawaii is looking…

Video Conferencing Being Installed for Federal Inmates
Video conferencing is becoming more popular all the time. While most of the time this particular tool is one that is focusing on the business world, that doesn't mean the business world is the only market that can take advantage of what it has to offer.

Conferencing Week in Review: College, ConnectSolutions, Courtrooms
Conferencing tools are becoming integral to the business landscape. Here are some of the top stories we've been following this week.

Does Video Conferencing Have a Place in the Court Room?
There is talk of a proposal, Senate Bill 104 that would limit the right of defendants to appear in court, instead their appearance would be through video conferencing. Those in support of this legislation say that this would decrease transportation costs for the government.

What to Look for in Conferencing 2015 recently took a look at key trends ahead for 2015 in an area near and dear to a lot of businesses out there: conferencing.

Survey Finds Conferencing Tools Popular with Remote Workers
ConnectSolutions conducted a survey of 353 Internet users 18 years of age and over in December 2014 in an effort to identify trends in remote working. Results from the Remote Collaborative Worker Survey suggest that supporting remote workers benefits both the employer and employee financially and leads to more productivity.

More Colleges Going Online with Video Presentations
With expenses rising and students scattering, colleges are looking for ways to maximize their investments for the best ROI. One way they're discovering that's turning in a nice return is to put classes online via video conferencing.

Conferencing Week in Review:, Zoom, Transparency Market Research
The conferencing space saw a good amount of activity this past week, and we have all the details.

New WebRTC-based Conference Room System Launched
WebRTC's ability to enable easy-to-use and implement real-time unified communications (UC) and collaboration capabilities was center stage at the recent ITEXPO.

FreeConferenceCall Enters 2015 with New Solution and High Expectations
Started in 2001, has been in the conference for 15 years, and in that time has made a name for itself as an innovative, reliable, high-quality and cost-friendly conference call service.

Clear Focus: Video Conferencing to be a $6.4 Billion Market
Video conferencing is an industry that seems to be garnering more and more ink and notice, and with winter slamming just about every part of the country, it's looking better and better. With travel being impacted almost daily and increasing numbers of workers telecommuting, the idea of a remote meeting instead of having one in person is growing in appeal.

Zoom Cloud Video Conferencing Raises $30 Million
Cloud video conferencing company Zoom has raised $30 million in Series C funding. The investment more than doubles the funding that Zoom has received in prior rounds.

Conferencing Week in Review: Frost & Sullivan, Logitech, More
Conferencing continued to make great strides this past week, and we've got all the latest news.

Video Interviews Offer Several Key Advantages
As video communication technology and broadband infrastructure both continue to improve, many organizations are recognizing the wide range of benefits brought by conducting video interviews in place of traditional face-to-face ones. The most visible advantages include improved flexibility and cost efficiency, according to a recent article in The Asian Age about the trend's growth in India.

Video Conferencing Breaking Boundaries for Education
Education is one of the many fields that can benefit greatly from utilizing video conferencing. Communication in education is going global- between students and their peers and students and professors, there is no end to who video conferencing can connect. Students can video chat with peers in London, interview with professors in Chile or be given a virtual tour of NASA. It opens doors of communication and knowledge that used to be limited by the boundaries of distance.

Web Conferencing Market Primed for Explosive Growth
It seems that everyone in the tech industry is always on the lookout for the next big thing, so that they can get in early and make a killing. Now with a large part of the U.S. firmly held in winter's icy grip, one only need to look out a window or take a skidding drive on a slippery road to realize the next big thing is already here and available on your computer. We're talking about Web conferencing.

Logitech ConferenceCam Connect Offers Video Conferencing Wherever, Whenever
Video conferencing is a valuable new tool that's showing itself to be a powerful addition to a lot of companies' lineups, and with good reason. It helps connect businesses both inside and out-whether to colleagues in another building, cubicle or different business altogether-and it even offers the potential to save money outright on business travel. But a new report from the Borneo Post suggests that video conferencing is about to get more portable than it's ever been with the release of Logitec…

Research Reveals Conferencing is Transforming the Workforce
A new report on video conferencing shows how the trend is likely to increase as Millennials and mobile workers force organizations to change how they use conferencing services.

Conferencing Week in Review: Carousel Industries, TrueConf, Fiscal Times and More
Conferencing continued to expand and explore new facets this week, and we have all the details.

Carousel Industries Launches Simplicity Video
Carousel Industries, a provider of enterprise and mid-market level technology solutions, recently launched a new video conferencing offering called Simplicity Video. The cloud-based solution provides businesses with state-of-the art multi-point video tools to equally enhance internal collaboration as well as interactions with consumers and other businesses.

What to Watch for When Adding Video Conferencing Services
The sheer number of developments coming out around the video conferencing arena is likely making some think twice about how reaching out and touching someone is done in the office. While some believe the old ways of business travel and walking across the room are still perfectly valid, others hear about productivity on the rise and savings to be had and start thinking a video conferencing system is just what's needed to take best advantage. But not all video conferencing services are created equ…

Video Conferencing Has Greater Impact Outside Meeting Rooms, Says New Study
Video conferencing is rapidly becoming one of the biggest new technological developments of the still-young 21st century, and with good reason. It's a technology with a lot of potential to shake up the way most of us do business every day, from reducing or even potentially eliminating business travel to connecting users in different offices to providing that necessary face time to an increasingly mobile workforce. TelecomReseller, meanwhile, had a look at some of the new trends about to shape th…

How Long Will Telepresence Endure With the Rise of Holograms?
The hope of using holographic technology for communication has been in the mind of inventors for a very long time, because of all the possibilities it presents.

Business Travelers Eventually May Not Be Travelers At All
When it comes to the business travel industry, there are a number of people who think the industry might just need to figure out a way to reinvent itself.

Conferencing Week in Review: Tufts Medical Center, Tele-Maternity, New York State
It was a surprising week in conferencing this past week, as numerous companies and businesses suddenly "discovered" telemedicine as a viable alternative to actual in-person doctor visits. We have the details.

New Zealand on Telehealth Radar
Recent headlines tell us that New York was most recently made the 22nd state to enact a telehealth bill that will change how doctors and patients communicate, and now it looks as though New Zealand is getting on board with it, too.

Infant Care Gets a Virtual Edge with Tele-Maternity Technology
For new mothers, worry about the health of the newborn life under said mothers' charge is fairly well a fact of life. But in British Columbia, a temporary relief for the new mothers' worry is often as close as an Internet connection. A new report from the Castlegar Source details how new moms-and new moms-to-be alike-are using video conferencing tools in a new fashion known as "tele-maternity technology".

Tufts Launches Neurological Telehealth Clinic
When talking about video conferencing, most people immediately think about the business world. The fact of the matter is this technology is getting big enough that all kinds of different professions are using it more and more. While the medical field might not be a place where people automatically land when thinking about video conferencing tech, it is a field that has arguably found the best usage for the growing number of solutions popping up in the vertical.

Did Video Conferencing Kill the Road Warrior?
It's easily one of the biggest advantages of video conferencing, and one that's often pointed out when it comes to summing up the value of the platform. Specifically, it's the ability to replace business travel, and given new reports that businesses are planning to scale back business travel this year, it's easy to see where video conferencing might well step in to fill in the gap. But has the paradigm been completely shifted? Are we now to a point where video conferencing can take over for busi…

New York State Enters the Age of Telehealth
New York was most recently made the 22nd state to enact a telehealth bill that will change how doctors and patients, who are otherwise geographically dispersed, will communicate.

Conferencing Week in Review: Polycom, Quocirca, Skylight Healthcare and InterCall
It appears that video conferencing is finally coming into its own this year, and it's about time. Now there is actual research, according to the Computer Business Review that shows video conferencing can really make the difference between success and failure.

Skylight Healthcare Systems Launches Video Visit, Next-Gen Video Conferencing
Skylight Healthcare Systems, a leading provider of healthcare technology solutions and specifically the Skylight Interactive patient engagement platform, recently announced the launch of Video Visit, a proprietary next generation video conferencing platform. Video Visit evolved from Skylight's iCareConnect video conferencing solution - found in many hospitals around the nation - with a more robust set of features and an updated user interface.

Video Conferencing Becoming More Popular Tool In 2015
Most big time IT professionals will agree that if there is a tool in the business world that simply doesn't get enough use it is video conferencing. Now there is actual research, according to the Computer Business Review that shows video conferencing can really make the difference between success or failure. The new report, which surfaced late last week says that more than 90 percent of those who regularly use video conferencing are able to see higher productivity and improved teamwork inside th…

Mixed Message on Value of Video Conferencing
The use of video conferencing to facilitate meetings and keep travel costs down is undisputed; study after study has shown that to be true. Yet a new report says that some firms are still dragging their heels about embracing the technology.

Video Conferencing Needs Ubiquity
Video conferencing, while it has been around for years, still suffers from key misperceptions in terms of usability and cost. While the reality is that the technology has gotten more intuitive, networks are better and faster, there's more mobility in the mix, and the days of needing a tech to arrive a half-hour early to set up a call are largely over, there are still lingering technology and cultural issues that have prevented video conferencing from become as ubiquitous as industry pundits have…

Finding: Younger Business Owners Embracing Conferencing Options
In new survey findings that likely surprised no one, younger small business owners were found to use conferencing services and video conferencing to improve their work-life balance more often than their older counterparts.

Conferencing Zone Week In Review: Shutterstock, Cognosys, More
It was a busy week in the conferencing space as everyone came back to work after the New Year's break and got right into it. We have all the details.

New Layer in Job Interview Process: Video Chat
Video-chatting platforms gave rise to videoconferencing, and that was widely regarded as a good thing as businesses discovered that it was now possible to have at least some face-to-face meetings without having to engage in business travel.

Video Conferencing for Verticals: A Cloud-based Webcast/Conferencing Hybrid Targets Enterprises
By all accounts, the onslaught of video is the top story in bandwidth consumption for the foreseeable future. But along with all of the Netflix-watching and Facetiming and Facebook uploads, business use of video conferencing is escalating quickly as advances in technology have allowed video to be deployed easily across different endpoints securely.

The Next Level of Videoconferencing: Mobile Use, Point of Contact
With 2015 now up and running in earnest, the starry-eyed predictions of 2014 are about to be tested in the crucible of reality that is 2015. Videoconferencing will prove no exception.

Google Glass Brings Preemies and Moms Closer at Brigham and Women's Hospital
The interaction that takes place between a mother and her new born greatly affects the development of the child. Infants that experience close contact and breastfeeding grow faster with increased weight gain, which eventually leads to a healthier outlook for the child in the long run. Scientists have carried out research validating these points, and that is why they are always trying to find ways to increase the interaction between premature babies and their mothers when they are separated in th…

ShoreTel Sky Extends Video Conferencing to Mobile
The development of communication tools in the past several years has resulted in allowing individuals and organizations to effectively communicate from virtually anywhere. The increased capabilities of mobile devices, wireless broadband and cloud services now make it possible for companies and their workforce, partners and customers to collaborate without geographical barriers.

The Impact of Telehealth in Medicine
If there is one common thread that is part of the debate in today's healthcare, it is the lack of resources. Whether it is human or financial, the industry faces measurable shortages on both fronts that is forcing providers to reassess the way they deliver care. The perfect storm has been created with an aging demographic that is living longer than ever before, a fast growing global population with a higher number of middle class, not enough healthcare professionals and budgetary shortages. With…

Video Conferencing: What to do When the Employees Can't, or Won't
While we've all seen over the course of the last several months just how much video conferencing has to offer enterprises of every size and stripe-from boons to training and education to at least partial replacements for business travel-there are still those who resist technological change. Maybe said resistance is afraid of looking incompetent, never a good sign in a down economy. Or maybe said resistance just prefers "the way things used to be." But Arbitrage Magazine recently took a look at h…

Startups Can Boost Initial Growth with Video Conferencing
Startups indicate their most pressing condition within their titles: they are just beginning. While some may have more capital than others, it is imperative that, within their early days of operation, they find ways to a step ahead of the competition. Even if they gain one step that is one more than the market players, which seek to take them down by simply fighting for their customers.

Using Video Conferencing in Business Training: The Power of Being There
Companies, eager to find ways to save money and cut expenses, have been turning to video conferencing for a variety of different purposes, like spurring the growth of a mobile workforce or as a replacement for business travel. But one point that hasn't been so often considered-yet increasingly is-is the concept of using videoconferencing in business training. The Costarican Times took a look at this concept more in-depth, and noted there were several key benefits to putting such technology to wo…

Conferencing Week in Review: BCS Global Networks, LoopUp, Orange Business Services All Connect
It was an interesting week in the conferencing field, with companies making new announcements about joint efforts and new ways to make conferencing easier. Here are some highlights.

How Can Insurance Professionals Benefit from Video Conferencing?
It is no secret that video conferencing is becoming a vital part of the professional world. It has opened up a new window of communication within the office, and with clients. Video collaboration is becoming more mainstream, which means more businesses are looking to video solutions for their interoffice and customer relations. How can insurance professionals tailor the benefits of video conferencing to their world? Let me clue you in.

BCS Global and Video Guidance Merge to Increase Global Video Conferencing Presence
Improvements in mobile technology and wireless broadband now make it possible for individuals to hold video conferences on their smartphones, tablets and other computing devices from virtually anywhere. This has introduced new levels of efficiency and productivity that is giving organizations and employees more flexibility on where and when they can work. With so many opportunities in the marketplace, global service providers are merging to maximize their resources and improve the solutions they…

Conferencing Company Gets Kudos for Ease of Use
Even though video conferencing is being touted more and more as a cost-efficient, easy way to conduct business, not every company is jumping on board. One of the biggest hurdles seems to be the fear that doing so will be too complicated, and companies don't want to invest money in a technology its people might not use.

Orange Deploys Managed Video Conferencing with Lync Online for Hilti Group
In a new managed video conferencing service agreement, Orange Business Services is providing solutions for Hilti Group's globally distributed teams. The company, which specializes in fastening and demolition technologies for the construction industry, has around 22,000 employees in more than 120 countries.

Conferencing Week in Review: TrueConf, Ovum and inDemand
With everyone watching the bottom line as budget reviews for 2015 begin, Conferencing has taken center stage, and we've got all the week's highlights.

TrueConf Server Now Supports H.323 Video Protocol
TrueConf, a provider of enterprise video conferencing systems, recently announced its support for the H.323 video protocol, which will allow the company's conferencing software, TrueConf Server, to replace many legacy systems without forcing businesses to upgrade their network infrastructures.

Changes in Unified Communications in 2015
UC provides organizations with real-time communications across all multiple platforms, including instant messaging, data sharing and desktop sharing. It integrates the use of non real time communication services. As technology continues to advance, more UC options are becoming prevalent in organizations throughout the world.

Delivering Accessibility to Deaf and LEP Patients
According to Ethnologue, which has been cataloguing languages of the world since 1951, there are more than 6,000 languages being spoken by the human race. While some of them are used by hundreds of millions of people like Mandarin Chinese, Manx, in the Isle of Man, only has as few as 100 speakers, which is resulting in the loss of around 25 mother tongues annually. Even at this rate of extinction, the large number of spoken languages around the world makes it difficult to get your point across i…

Hotline to Santa Now Available as a Conference Call
The traditional days of writing Santa Claus letters addressed to the North Pole are nearing an end as young children are becoming more tech-savvy.

Conferencing Week in Review: Polycom, ClearOne and More
It was a somewhat quiet week for the Conferencing industry after the long Thanksgiving weekend, but there was some interesting news that crossed the wires, and we have the details.

Video Conferencing Delivers Long Distance Face-to-Face Communication
In this digital age, the importance of face-to-face communication is often forgotten. Emails, instant messaging and texting have slowly become the norms of communication within organizations.

Psychiatry: As Close as a Computer with Telepsychiatry
Telemedicine has been catching on for some time now, as the medical profession comes to realize the benefits inherent in having a means to offer specialist-grade medical services without having to locate in a place where such specialties would almost never be put to work. But other branches of medicine, as a recent report from Healthline detailed, are starting to get in on the act as well, bringing about one new branch being called "telepsychiatry."

Polycom Looks at '2015 in Video' at the Workplace
A new report takes a look at Polycom, and what it's seeing in the mists of the future as far as video and the workplace are concerned.

Telcom Company Rolls Out Complete Video Conferencing Solution
There is very little doubt that the further we go into the 21st century, the more popular technology like video conferencing is going to get.

TrueConf Launches a Free Enterprise Unified Communications System
Unified communications (UC) technology allows organizations to combine all of their communications solutions into a single platform, letting employees, customers, vendors and partners communicate effortlessly. This gives businesses the ability to develop a comprehensive and effective collaborative experience to create, innovate and respond faster to market changes as they take place. The technology makes it possible to bring together teams across different workgroups to facilitate interactions b…

How to Make Conferencing on a Mobile Device as Easy as Being There
The rise of the mobile workforce in recent years has given rise to not only a laundry list of new technologies, but it's also given rise to a plenty of new ways to do things. But not all new methodologies-not to mention all new technologies-are equally effective right out of the box. There are considerations which must be taken into account in order to make a successful experience, and recently, Android Headlines took a look at how to make conferencing from a mobile device that much more effecti…

Cisco Reaches Lower-Midsize Firms with BE6000S
The lower end of the midsize business market may be underserved. Regarding their ability to complete business-wide communications, firms with approximately 25 to 125 people fall into the crack of being a little too big for small business products to address but not yet large enough to merit the use of many of the smaller midsize business software and hardware packages.

Better Access to Washington's Capital Now Available with Video Conferencing
Involvement in the political process is one of the cornerstones of America, whether it be getting out and voting or engaging officials about the issues of the day. While sometimes it may not feel all that effective, and sometimes it may feel downright impossible to make the trips involved to be a part of the action, there's still a lot of reason to get involved. That's a process about to be made easier thanks to the use of a video conferencing system to be put in place in the Washington statehou…

Conferencing Week in Review: Forrester Research, Blackberry and More
There was a lot of movement throughout the conferencing industry this past week, and we have some of the highlights for you.

Ohio Veteran's Assistance Center Employs Video Conferencing Technology
The Wood County Veteran's Assistance Center in Bowling Green, Ohio has become the first of its kind to integrate video conferencing technology into its system. This location is known for its progressive nature, as demonstrated by when Executive Director Mary Hanna became the first woman to hold such a position in the state of Ohio in 1988, or when it became the first office in the state to issue a special veterans photo ID card in 2006.

VoIP is Foundation of UC
While more businesses, both large and small, or moving to Unified Communications (UC) technology, Paul Desmond, writing in PC World, argued that it's really the overall move to VoIP in general that's driving the growth of UC in small-and-medium-sized businesses.

Fort Worth Council Adopts Video Conferencing Tech
The use of video conferencing is often seen in the pages of TMC as an element specific to businesses with an eye for technological advancement. It is also, perhaps less so, the domain of consumers who wish to make group chats their medium of communication. Beyond those two arenas, though, there is local government, and a prominent city in Texas proving that local officials can make use of remote video as much as any other group.

Blackberry Launches BBM Meetings Voice and Video Conferencing Solution
While Blackberry had been talking about adding VoIP services to its BBM solution as early as last May, the company announced it was actually going to do one better late last week. The Canadian Smartphone maker announced BBM Meetings, an audio and video conferencing service. The service has already gone live for BBM users on Android and Blackberry 10 phones, as well as Windows PCs and Mac users on the desktop. The company said that the service will be available on iOS "soon."

UCaaS Market Set for Explosive Three-Year Growth
A new study just released on the worldwide Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market shows that all signs are pointing to the UCaaS industry growing rapidly, as both telephony and non-telephony service providers compete for enterprise mindshare.

Conferencing Week in Review: Vidyoworks, Videxio, Davinci Virtual
As word of the ease of video conferencing continues to spread, the technology is gaining ground in new and different areas.

Video Conferencing Gains a Foothold in Legal Circles
As video conferencing continues to make gains in the business world as both a cost- and a time-saver, other industries are starting to take notice. One area that is keenly interested is the legal profession, where it's easier to have remote participants dial in for a fast, visual conference, so that they can get back quickly to the more profitable work that bills by the hour.

Are Your Videoconference Efforts Working? New Portal Will Tell You
Companies want to be able to determine easily how many video conferences were initiated, how long the conferences lasted and check these numbers against financial data to determine their ROI.

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