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May 12, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review


By Steve Anderson
Contributing TMCnet Writer

It was an absolutely huge week in the Conferencing sector of things, especially with the recent running of the CTIA (News - Alert) Wireless show down in New Orleans this week. And as is ever the case on Fridays, we're doing a complete rundown on all the news in our Conferencing Week in Review report.


First off the block this week was the announcement that Whygo was planning to expand its public video conferencing systems to fully 1100 facilities worldwide. Whygo's public facilities allow for easy connection between regions, removing one of the main perceived difficulties involved in establishing telepresence systems: the compatibility of connections between devices at different locations.

Second, we got word in from NextUC, who announced plans to launch an upgrade of their line of web conferencing products. NextUC's product line is set to include changes to their cloud design, as well as provide improvements in video and audio quality, making it much more viable an alternative overall to business travel, which is growing ever more expensive.

The CTIA Wireless show brought us our next piece of news as Vidyo (News - Alert) demonstrated their lineup of products at CTIA Showstoppers. Vidyo brought out their line of videoconferencing solutions, geared toward providing high-definition, low-latency video conferencing, so even those with slower connections or bandwidth caps can get in on the action. Vidyo also offered a variety of devices to try the software, including big names like the Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy Tab and the newest Apple iPad.

Webconferencing-Test.com brought out our next news item, introducing Compare Tools Pro, a tool that allowed users to compare and contrast different types of Web conferencing systems as well as online meeting solutions. The Compare Tools Pro report allows users to more easily see the differences among the various services out there, which should prove valuable for anyone considering videoconferencing.

Vidyo came back for more news with the announcement that they and AMD Global Telemedicine were allying in the quest to provide improved records-keeping capabilities for the health care sector. With health care growing by leaps and bounds, Vidyo and AMD's move looks to capitalize on the growth by offering better measures for clinicians on the go to keep in touch and pass records easily and securely.

Fontel had some good news for the bottom line as they announced an instant rebate for those looking to purchase their Yamaha Projectphone line, specifically the PJP-10UR, the PJP-20UR and the PJP-50USB. The amount of the instant rebate varied according to each item purchased, providing an even better value on a product already designed to save money.

Vidyo, meanwhile, went for the hat trick as they landed JITC--Joint Interoperability Test Command--certification from the United States Department of Defense. The JITC certification encompasses, among other things, Defense Switch Network protocols and IPV6 interoperability, making it fit for duty with the United States military.

Lastly, Avistar (News - Alert) brought out its C3 Conference solution at the Citrix Synergy (News - Alert) 2012 event. The C3 Conference, part of the C3 Communicator series, allows Microsoft Lync users to use continuous presence videoconferencing, along with virtualization and interoperability features.

It was another huge week in conferencing, and we're always keeping an eye out for the next big thing with our global online community. Join us back here next week for a complete rundown of all the news in conferencing in our Week in Review!



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