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Conferencing Week in Review

May 20, 2011

New conferencing innovations are constantly making their entrance into the industry, as more and more companies continue to adopt methods to streamline and simplify their communications, regardless of location. While it’s hard to forget Microsoft’s recent announcement of plans to acquire Skype for a whopping $8.5 million deal, the tech industry continues to be flooded with conferencing news.

This week, a Manhattan Research study examining the digital adoption trends of U.S. physicians found that 7 percent use online video conferencing to communicate with their patients. According to the study, video conferencing and video chatting are emerging as methods for physicians to consult with their patients on non-urgent issues. The technology is mostly used in follow-up questions or for connecting with geographically dispersed patient populations that may not have nearby access to specialists. Some of the specialties including psychiatry and oncology are found to benefit more from video conferencing.

Across the world, Russian video conferencing provider TrueConf launched its new hardware and software suite, True Conf32, which company officials say is the first 3D conferencing software solution o be launched in the country. The new suite leverages specialized cameras, and enables live stereo imaging and simultaneous transmission of three-dimensional media across networks. It even boasts automatic scene recognition technology to allow for the automatic selection of the shooting method on parallel or convergent axes to produce a single 3D image.

Conferencing expert Yamaha also announced that its PJP-50USB Conference Microphone Speaker updated firmware, called Rev 2.04, is available for download. Those eligible for an upgrade of the PJP-50USB firmware should do so by visiting the Yamaha downloads page. Once a screen appears stating “Found New Hardware Wizard,” users should follow the writer manual, and install the “inf file” inside an attached CD-ROM or PJP-50USBWriter download file.

In other news, ReadyTalk released the Eloqua Cloud Connectors for ReadyTalk to increase the accuracy of webinar-generated data and to more rapidly move leads through the marketing and sales pipeline. Eloqua worked closely with ReadyTalk to meet the needs of customers who use ReadyTalk's audio and Web conferencing and webinar services as a key component in marketing campaigns and lead generation programs as a provider of revenue performance management solutions. By enabling marketers to promote webinars with custom Eloqua e-mails and registration pages, the Eloqua Cloud Connectors for ReadyTalk improve the effectiveness of webinar programs.

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Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet web editor. She covers a wide range of topics, including IP communications and information technology. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell