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TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review

July 21, 2012

With business customers traveling around the globe, and residents interacting with local police, the conferencing sector had a lot to offer this past week. Besides unlimited international data plans from T-Mobile, teleconferencing service provider FreeConferenceCall.com expanded its conferencing services into Europe. And iTV provider Roomlinx continued to deploy interactive TV within Hyatt properties.


A recent survey conducted by Global Business Travel Association shows that International outbound travel continues to outpace domestic travel amongst U.S. business travelers, especially CIOs and decision makers. To help U.S. businesses in Europe, T-Mobile USA has introduced a new flat-rate unlimited data feature, called T-Mobile Open Europe, for business customers, reported TMCnet. Apart from addressing the increasing demand for data and the costs associated with International data roaming, the new Open Europe data plan fulfills businesses’ desire for more predictable costs by providing the $50/line per month pricing.

In another report, TMCnet reported that teleconferencing service provider FreeConferenceCall.com has expanded into Europe, making its service available in Finland, Ireland and Norway. The Long Beach, Calif-based service provider said business customers in these European countries can now make international conferencing calls at the same price of regular domestic calls. FreeConferenceCall.com came under spotlight during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election when both President Obama and Senator McCain's campaigns chose its service to communicate with their supporters nationwide.

In addition, FreeConferenceCall.com is also doing some fundraising for the community, reported Madhubanti Rudra. As a part of this initiative, the company is raising $15,000 and sponsoring Children Today's 4th Annual 5K/10K Run/Walk, which takes place on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Marina Green Park.

Interactive TV or iTV provider Roomlinx has announced that as a part of an agreement, the company will continue to work towards deploying its iTV solutions within Hyatt properties.

Meanwhile, to allow its community members access to real-time interactive video chats directly with a Redwood City police officer, the Redwood City, Calif. police department is now using the latest technology like video and text chat. Along with the gun and taser, the police officers are given the telephone headset, computer screen and video camera to allow the residents to have a chat with an officer online to deal with anything except a life-threatening emergency, wrote Shanbhag.

According to Redwood City police Officer Steve Barker, "This is like a virtual police officer."

The residents can now interact with local police officers, commented Police Chief JR Gamez, who came up with the idea after becoming Redwood City's top cop in December.



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