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February 14, 2013

How Technology is Helping Break World Records

By Ashley Caputo
TMCnet Web Editor

Videoconferencing (or video chatting) is one of those really life-changing creations in technology that has had positive effects in worldwide communication, whether it is for personal, business or educational use. This new revelation has not, however, replaced the number one chosen form of communication: voice, and in this case, call conferencing.

There have been many developments in call conferencing thanks to VoIP, cloud-based services and conferencing solutions. To prove how much consumers and the industry are devoted to voice, a call conference by the TeleForum featured EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, and hosted by The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, has helped break the Guinness World Record for the largest conference call in history.

Broadnet, a call conferencing company, broke the record by producing these results from the TeleForum conference call:

  • 2,034,998 calls were completed to potential participants.
  • 626,653 people answered the call live.
  • 372,001 participants stayed on the call for at least 90 seconds.
  • 16,972 participants were on the call during the highest 10-second period, shattering the old Guinness World Record of 10,424 set in 2004.

Broadnet isn’t alone, as Bell Alliant, one of the largest regional communication providers based in Canada, also helped set a Guinness World Record title for the “most people sending a text message simultaneously” in support of mental health on its Bell Let’s Talk Day. For every call, text, tweet and Facebook (News - Alert) mention, it vowed to donate five cents towards mental health, and not only did it raise almost five million dollars, it beat a Guinness World Record.

Not only are these achievements for the companies, as they will be recognized for their world records, but it is also an indication of how technology is affecting all industries and parts of our lives.

Without these technological advancements that are in place, Broadnet would not have been able to create a call conferencing solution that could manage so many calls at once, and Bell Alliant would not have raised that enormous amount of money.

So while it’s fun to recognize that this is Guinness World Record, it is important to understand how the world is moving forward in an age that seems to be defined by technology.

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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