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Conferencing Week in Review

July 05, 2014

There was no shortage of news in The Conferencing Zone even though it was a short week.  Let’s take a look at some of the major happenings this week.

TMC’s Christopher Mohr reported this week that Riverside County, Calif. will be adding a new jail in 2017.  What will be special about this particular facility is it will use video conferencing instead of in-person visits.  Video-only visiting makes life easier for the jail staff as it reduces smuggling and safety risks associated with in-person visits.

Another field experiencing the positive benefits of video conferencing is medicine.  Medical practices use conferencing for a multitude of purposes, including patient aftercare or holding a staff meeting.  The ability to see and speak to a patient regardless of location is priceless.  It affords both parties transparency, as opposed to the traditional means of a phone call.  Video conferencing removes the stress linked to planning trips to the doctor or sitting in the waiting room.

Businesses of all kinds are turning to video conferencing to cut down on costs.  Conferencing has become a staple of day-to-day office procedure. TMC’s Casey Houser reported that video capability is now a typical offering in PBX service provider packages—the offerings include features like video technology or support Skype.  Conferencing extends to the gauntlet of virtually all mobile devices, while still maintaining high quality video and audio.

Avaya was named 2014 Nemertes PilotHouse Top Provider for Video Conferencing, receiving high reviews for both value and technology.  SVP and President of Collaboration at Avaya, Gary Barnett stated, “Avaya's video conferencing portfolio has been tested by some pretty tough critics who experience this every day: our own employees who are clocking over 50,000 video conferences each month.”  It went through the paces and came out on top.

See these stories in full and much more in The Conferencing Zone. See you next week, same place, same time for the Week in Review!