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September 01, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review

By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer

While we all enjoy this long Labor Day weekend, let's take a quick look over the last week in the conferencing sector.

First up, some U.K. hospitals are now leveraging video conferencing technology remove pressure from doctors who often need to see many patients in a day. Outfitting some patients with a laptop can allow doctors to still maintain face-to-face contact, while cutting down on travel time within the hospital.

So far, this experiment has been a success, but there is still room for improvement. As such, there are plans to expand the system, adding additional monitoring to provide doctors with more data from a distance.

Next, Vidyo (News - Alert) this week showcased its VidyoRouter Virtual Edition, along with a technology demonstration of VidyoDesktop running on VMware View, at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. VidyoRouter provides the benefits of a modern software-based infrastructure for video conferencing with improved quality and lower pricing.

The conferencing solution optimizes video streams to the capabilities of each endpoint, taking into account network conditions. “Virtualization enables efficiency, cost saving and new deployment capabilities,” said Ashish Gupta (News - Alert), CMO and SVP of Corporate Development at Vidyo.

In other news, InterCall deployed MORE's MoreVRP data performance optimization software, providing its hosted online virtual elements with optimal QoS. Specifically, MoreVRP is being used to distribute and monitor database resources in real time during demanding workloads, increasing quality of service and decreasing service interruptions.

“MoreVRP enables us to maintain the seamless service availability and uncompromising quality of service that our valued clients depend on us for, and allows us to scale our virtual event services to accommodate unprecedented numbers of event attendees without straining our database infrastructure,” said Mike Nessler, executive vice president of event services at InterCall.

Providea (News - Alert) Conferencing released a new managed service offering this week, Providea LegalStream. This new product captures, streams and shares live and recorded content, allowing law firms to make use of video conferencing meetings beyond real time.

"Providea LegalStream not only helps our customers share knowledge and enhance communication across their organization — it also helps them realize a greater return on their video conferencing investment,” said Todd Luttinger, president and CEO of Providea.

Lastly, IOCOM announced the general availability of Visimeet for Linux users this week. This allows the company to offer true "any to any" collaboration and providing Linux users with a new video conferencing option.

Visimeet allows desktop users with a single camera to shift to high-definition telepresence rooms. The solution uses the desktop's commercial hardware to product a meeting space with the video, audio and data input points needed at a low cost.

That wraps up this week in review. Be sure to check out the main Conferencing Channel for more news in this sector!

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