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Conferencing Zone Week in Review: NTT Com, Lifesize and Revolabs


March 19, 2016

This week was a busy one for the conferencing space, so let’s dive right into some of the highlights.

First up this week, the Oklahoma State Senate passed a bill that expands the ability for public boards to use video conferencing. As such, it seems video conferencing’s popularity has led it to transcend the enterprise to reach the public sector. The bill, called SB 117, would enable every member of a board to participate in meetings via video conferencing. However, when doing so, board members would have to participate from a place in their district, one that would be open to the public to attend.

Next, NTT Communications Corporation launched a new language learning product that leverages video calling. Called VLJ Online Japanese Conversation, the solution helps to make learning Japanese more accessible to overseas students via a website and smartphone apps. This cloud-based study service puts students in touch with a certified teacher from a noted Japanese language school for two 45-minute lessons per week. At launch, VLJ Online Japanese Conversation features entry-level Japanese lessons but more advanced classes are planned for some time in the near future.

In other news this week, conferencing technology provider Lifesize expanded and enhanced the free chat functionality of its Lifesize Cloud service, combining several key features under one app. Improvements largely revolve around adding key features to the 1:1 chat aspect of Lifesize Cloud, while the new feature being introduced is group chat. All combined, this means Lifesize users can now seamlessly switch between text, voice and video chat as needed.

Lastly, Revolabs senior product manager Holger Stoltze made the argument in favor of wireless mics for conferencing purposes. While wireless microphones used to be something to avoid due to interference and battery issues, they have much improved in these areas. Wireless mics now use rechargeable batteries that last up to eight hours at a time and leverage the unlicensed DECT band to avoid interference.

“By using new spectrums, channel hopping, and DSP, the wireless microphones of today provide dramatically improved sound quality,” noted Stoltze, “and almost all wireless microphones come with a low-battery warning light, so users never have to experience unexpected downtime.”

That about wraps up this week in conferencing, but be sure to check out the Conferencing Zone for more news in the space.