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TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review

January 05, 2013

The world of conferencing has introduced a great deal of benefits to companies of all sizes by reducing expensive employee travel and creating more opportunity to attend meetings that otherwise, key people would not have been able to attend due to distance.

Coupled with reduced travel budgets, video conferencing is becoming an attractive option for federal agencies in particular facing strict budgetary cuts. The Office of Management and Budget has required agencies to cut travel spending by 30 percent and called for greater conference oversight, according to a recent FCW report

Additionally, video conferencing is being used by the justice system, which allows prisons to save costs on having to transport prisoners to hearings, according to Joel Brazy, account executive at audiovisual systems integrator Advanced AV. This increasingly virtual workforce has led to growth in adoption of applications like VoIP, unified messaging, video conferencing and Web conferencing. With the right solution, organizations can benefit from a multi-person response, making remote conferencing easy on listeners and talkers.

“Because of the cost of transporting prisoners, they are looking at ways to invest in videoconferencing,” Brazy said. “In general, government agencies are really getting behind videoconferencing.”

In other news, Imago Group has collaborated with UCi2i to offer cloud- based video conferencing managed services. Now, the resellers of Imago will be able to market video managed services irrespective of device, network or location.

Video conferencing is gaining popularity across the globe with assistance of UCi2i services, offering the capability to tackle the management, infrastructure and assistance required for the working of video. Similar to fixed mobile phones, UCi2i services also offer user-friendly, easy to purchase monthly subscription plans at a fixed rate. Users can now outsource the administration of their video with 24x7, worldwide assistance and features like virtual meeting rooms, real-time activity reporting, call recording, content sharing and concierge services that all create dependable, safe and high definition video communications.

Ian Vickerage, managing director at Imago Group added, “Cloud VC represents the biggest growth area in our industry and UCi2i is positioned to dominate the managed services element of cloud VC with its range of services. For customers who want the reassurance of a traditional video conferencing platform, but don’t want the costs of infrastructure or hardware maintenance, UCi2i offers both bespoke and packaged solutions.”

Lastly, Vidtel, the world’s first videoconferencing cloud provider, has partnered with Austin-based VTEL, a videoconferencing manufacturer. VTEL’s products will work with Vidtel’s MeetMe service, allowing MeetMe to carry out business-grade multiparty videoconferencing via service providers the company was not originally affiliated with. By adding VTEL as a partner, Vidtel can operate its services with companies like Cisco, Google, LifeSize, Polycom, Skype and other top-grade service providers.

Working together, VTEL and Vidtel can make multiparty videoconferencing available regardless of endpoint, platform or service. The companies also claim their joint efforts eliminate the need for exchange services and expensive bridges.

VTEL’s CEO Richard Ford concluded, “Offering the low cost Vidtel multipoint videoconferencing service along with VTEL IPanels enables our end-users to dramatically reduce the capital expense required to implement an enterprise-wide professional quality videoconferencing solution.”

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