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July 28, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review


By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer

The conferencing sector was busy as usual this week with a good mix of news from a new hire at Vidyo to a new product launch from Lindenbaum and much more. Let's get to it!

C3 (News - Alert) is leveraging Aculab's Prosody X media processing boards in order to deliver its Network Conferencing application to Cambridge University, extending the existing C3 Messaging/IVR system installed there. But not only does this extend the life of the university's original investment, it also has helped to create an in-house network platform that offers flexible voice conferencing facilities for a fixed fee.


“Aculab’s Prosody X technology allows us to deploy TDM and SIP-based systems that can be fully migrated to 100 percent IP Telephony with no application disturbance, or the need to replace system components”, noted John Wood, Joint Owner C3.

Vidtel and Advanced AV forged a partnership this week, allowing the latter company's business, education and government customer to use Vidtel's cloud-based MeetMe video conferencing service. MeetMe allows for any-to-any video conferencing, meaning between telepresence suites, executive desktop video systems, PCs/Macs, smartphones and tablets using any combination of SIP, H.323, Skype (News - Alert) and Google Talk technologies.

Advanced AV can now sell exiting video conferencing clients Vidtel's MeetMe solution by broadening room-based and executive desktop systems from other vendors. The end client can then connect via PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablet devices.

Vidyo made the news twice this week, first with the appointment of David Kaminsky as chief financial officer for the company. Kaminsky joins the company with more than 25 years of experience in nearly every aspect of global finance, IT and business operations. Vidyo's new CFO stated that he is glad to be joining a company with amazing vision and huge potential.

Next, Vidyo's launch of VidyoWay made headlines as the software is the first free interconnectivity service to support multivendor, business-quality video conference for point-to-point meetings. VidyoWay boasts a simple, executive-friendly user interface and the capability to connect Cisco (News - Alert), Polycom Lifesize, other H.323 and SIP-based room systems, Microsoft Lync clients, mobile devices and telephones.

Lindenbaum launched its Media Resource Function carrier-grade platform, based on MicroTCA (News - Alert) technology. The platform offers affordable voice and conferencing solutions in next-generation networks. This carrier-grade multipoint platform is meant for IP and TDM networks, protocols and devices.

The platform's IP-based open communication architecture offers an ideal fit with IP Multimedia Subsystem architecture. Furthermore, the MRF solution can process millions of calls per day due to its scalable nature.

Lastly, BrideLive.com was launched this week. This video conferencing solution is designed specifically to help wedding and entertainment professionals in wedding planning. The tool sports a variety of features such as photo viewer, interactive billboard, multimedia video player, facility floor plan builder, and instant email verification to aid the planning process.

That's all for this week in this sector. Be sure to check back at the Conferencing Channel for more news in this sector.



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