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August 04, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review

By Ashok Bindra
TMCnet Contributor

As video conferencing continues to get cheaper and more suppliers join the fray, the industry experienced a big boost this past week.

For instance, MegaMeeting is driving Web-based conferencing and webinars into the mainstream. The company is enabling such meetings without asking users to download software or buy expensive equipments. As a result, turnkey solutions provider Guthy|Renker Fulfillment Services (GRFS) has opted for’s Web-based video conferencing platform to communicate internally with their agents, training departments and team supervisors. GRFS found out about’s 100 percent Web-based video conferencing solution when it was looking for a simple and cost effective video conferencing solutions for training its agents located in different regions around the country.

In another report, the department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has put a new program in place to increase access to specialty care services for veterans in rural and medically under-served areas through the use of videoconferencing equipment. Called the Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO), the initiative enables specialty care teams in diabetes, pain management and hepatitis C, to use videoconferencing equipment to connect with primary care providers and “patient-aligned care teams for veterans.”

With proliferation of video conferencing solutions, enterprises, educational institutes, government agencies and companies of all sizes are now eager to embrace video conferencing. To address such needs, Sabre (News - Alert), a technology company serving travel agencies and corporations, launched Sabre Virtual Meetings, a patent pending platform to deliver high-definition video conferencing meetings worldwide.

Similarly, XOP Networks, Inc. launched its SIP-based Micro Digital Collaboration Bridge (DCB), a new audio conferencing platform that allows small- and medium-sized businesses to bring their conferencing applications in-house in a cost- effective manner. Built on a rugged, compact, wall mountable Linux server, the XOP Networks’ Micro DCB conference bridge provides the feature rich, robust and widely deployed XOP Audio Conference Application. As per the report, the micro DCB can be integrated with an IP PBX (News - Alert)  as a number of SIP extensions or can be directly connected to a VoIP carrier SIP trunk.

Another report talked about an online store,, delivering professional conferencing solutions for businesses and call centers. The company said that it will now stock a full range of conference phone systems for private and large professional business conferencing.

Tune in each week for the latest updates in the conferencing industry!

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