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TMCnet's Conferencing Week in Review

July 14, 2012

Time to cool off a hot week with a recap of this week’s headlines in conferencing.

This week, TMCnet reported that Neutrino Networks launched its newest mobile conferencing service that offers all the benefits of mobile conferencing without a contract and usual costs associated with corporate conferencing.

According to the report, the service can be accessed with most mobile devices, including iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones. All users have to do is dial into a bridge and start their conference right from their mobile device.

"We're very excited because our innovative service is a world first and is a real boost for UK businesses that use conferencing services,” Lee Jones, CEO and ex-licensed mobile operator, said in a press release. "Whilst being free, the service includes all the bells and whistles you would expect with a high-end corporate service, including unlimited call recording, desktop sharing/online collaboration.”

In other headlines, beer brewer Heineken tapped Polycom to connect its widespread workforce through Polycom’s RealPresence video. Using Polycom’s services has reduced Heineken’s travel expenses by $388,000, connecting its London and Edinburgh offices virtually into one “campus”.

“The high-definition quality, ease-of-use, and the almost life-like realism of people at the other end of the Polycom video conferencing system has led to larger usage demand for video conferences, with people booking repeat meetings much more frequently," said Brendan Rafferty, IT Architect for HEINEKEN. "We haven't even had to launch it internally; it's been word of mouth that has carried the solution into the live operating environment.”

Blackboard Inc. recently updated its Web conferencing platform with its latest edition, Blackboard Collaborate 12, a conferencing solution used in educational facilities. The latest release makes the system easier to use and more accessible, with plans to add support for mobile access with the new version.

“Technology should make education simpler and more accessible, and that's the focus of this new release," said Maurice Heiblum, president of Blackboard Collaborate. "We are continually focused on bringing innovation that helps users interact more easily, whether it's online, through an LMS or on a mobile device.”

Last but not least, AnyMeeting launched a new program for large marketing firms known as “Quick Start,” which will offer a free, private-labeled Web conferencing tool, used by all of their distributors at no cost.

"We have developed strong relationships in the network marketing community, and are very excited to offer our new program, designed specifically for them," said David Gerken, vice president of business development at AnyMeeting. "With our completely free model and intuitive interface, AnyMeeting is ideally suited to network marketing companies and their networks of independent distributors."

That’s it for this week’s conferencing week in review. Be sure to tune into the conferencing community on TMCnet for up to the minute news in this trending space.

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