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Conferencing Week in Review

August 30, 2014

With the conferencing market is experiencing explosive growth, the news this week was aplenty.  Yes, it’s time for the Week in Review!

TMC’s Michael Guta reported this week on the benefits telecommuting offers both employees and employers.  While there are arguments, both pro and con, in terms of telecommuting, there is little doubt in its growing popularity and the savings in cost it affords.  For the employee, it saves on commuting costs, supports a more balanced lifestyle and gets them out of a possibly distracting work environment.  Benefits for employers include increased productivity, less reported sick days and a flexible work environment proves more attractive to possible employees.  Read Guta’s full analysis here.

A recent study revealed that 60 percent of companies prefer video conferencing to face-to-face meetings.  This doesn’t come as a surprise with the global dispersion of the workforce. The major hiccups primarily involve technical issues, so a reliable provider can provide high quality audio and video services and alleviate the majority of concerns.

Verizon announced this week its Advanced Calling 1.0 will bring HD voice and video calling in its new offering.  This solution is a great innovation from Verizon, having to keep the technology developments coming to keep with the multitude of other providers in the space.

TMC’s Kasey Schefflin-Emrich also reported this week on the new SmartVP 2.0 videophone for the hearing impaired.  "Thousands in the deaf community are using SmartVP every day to connect with their friends, family and the hearing world—we intended this to be a life-changing product and now we've taken the next step to provide users with the best possible VRS experience," Purple Communications, CEO John Ferron said.

There were some wheelings and dealings in the conferencing space too, as ZTE partnered with Blue Jeans Network allowing ZTE clients to enjoy face-to-face communication through their ZTE VCS Products. Additionally, the duo is releasing a new conferencing room system at the end of this month.

Check back during the week to keep up with all the comings and goings in this always fluid, and never dull space.  See you next week!

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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