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August 11, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review


By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer

Welcome to another TMCnet Week in Review, recapping the top stories in the conferencing sector over the past week. Conferencing was busy as always, with a number of notable events, product launches and some Olympics news.

First up, Easymeeting.net announced this week that it will collaborate with PicturePhone, a distributor of videoconferencing products and accessories, to offer U.S.-based dealers and their end users advanced video conferencing services. The services support cloud-based multi participant video meetings from desktop or mobile devices.


“We are very excited to work with PicturePhone (News - Alert) because of their great reputation in the industry, their knowledgeable sales staff, and extensive product line," said Cody Loughlean, U.S. Channel Sales manager at Easymeeting.

Onset Technology, a source of mobile messaging solutions to organizations with mission-critical emergency communications requirements, added Lee County Southwest Florida EMS to its list of customers. The EMS department is now using Onset's OnPage mobile app as a paging and communication tool.

OnPage is compatible with Blackberry, Android and iOS devices. It leverages the SMS and e-mail capabilities typical of any smartphone, adding in paging capability for a convenient communication tool.

Next, Avaya (News - Alert) debuted the newest version of its existing conferencing solution, Avaya Aura Conferencing 7.0. The company also announced new versions of Avaya Flare Experience, its Avaya Aura unified communications platform and Avaya Communication Server 1000 (CS1000).

Aura Conferencing 7.0 enables session-based unified voice and Web collaboration with PCs, tablets and smartphones. Due to its SIP architecture, Aura Conferencing 7.0 offers the performance, scalability and security necessary for enterprise use with flexibility for BYOD offices.

In other news, Logitech teamed up with Skype to release the LogitechTV Cam HD, a high definition webcam meant specifically for use with HDTVs. This device requires only an HDMI connection to bring full Skype video chat to any Skype-enabled HDTV.

The Cam HD comes included with a remote control for easy navigation of the Skype interface. Furthermore, the Logitech device features an integrated ringer and four microphones for reduced ambient noise and enhanced audio quality.

Lastly, U.K.-based mobile commerce provider mBlox (News - Alert) is using Polycom's RealPresence video collaboration solution to keep virtual traffic uncongested during the Olympic Games in London. By using RealPresence's cloud-based video collaboration software, mBlox employees are unaffected by the overwhelming Olympic reporting traffic.

"Making full use of our IT investment in Polycom (News - Alert) video collaboration solutions, as well as leveraging cloud-based video deployments in London, Singapore and California, ensures that it will be business as usual this summer at mBlox, as our employees can connect and collaborate face-to-face anywhere, from the executive boardroom and conference rooms, to mobile offices and beyond,” said Andrew Mutty, mBlox’s SVP of Production and Customer Services.

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


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