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Conferencing Zone Week in Review: TrueConf, Toshiba, West & Vidyo, Video Guidance & BCS, Logicalis

April 02, 2016

News in Conferencing this week took aim at TrueConf; Toshiba; West and Vidyo, which formed a partnership; Video Guidance and BCS Global, which merged; and Logicalis.

First up, TrueConf has tackled a large project with the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Ministry wanted to upgrade its communications system to include advanced features such as text messaging, presence, and videoconferencing, and it landed on TrueConf after witnessing the final steps of its previous system’s demise – a system that included various software and hardware components that, TMC reported, were unable to scale and were difficult to maintain. TrueConf’s system has now handled more than one million minutes of communication since its initial installation in 2015 and is poised to expand that number as recent small expansions take hold.

Toshiba jumped into headlines this week with its update of the IPedge communications software. It now handles audio conferencing and call accounting, which will be available for no additional cost to existing customers who upgrade. The new tools arrive before a number of existing features such as multi-channel communications, call routing, and reporting options.

West and Vidyo, respectively, develop their own communications infrastructure and video interaction software. They have decided to partner with each other to add the high-definition video conferencing of Vidyo to West’s unified communications offering. Specifically, they will join the West InterCall software with VidyoWorks to handle audio, video, content sharing, and collaboration inside enterprise applications. Clients can integrate the features into their own downloadable applications or into their Web-based services.

BCS Global acquired Video Guidance back in 2014, reports TMC, but they didn’t actually form a new company until the present. Recently, they formed Pinnaca, which will place its headquarters in Berkshire, U.K. and in Bloomington, Minn. to offer its services throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. It will offer videoconferencing and infrastructure from the cloud and will allow the new entity to continue to reach out to many of the largest visual communications manufacturing brands in the world, including Cisco and Polycom.

Logicalis also has its hands deep in videoconferencing with the release of its Managed Unified Communications and Video Collaboration service. The service will allow Logicalis to properly monitor enterprise clients’ conferencing installations and take the burden of that responsibility away from internal IT staff. It frees that staff to focus on other on-site tasks and provides clients with full management and troubleshooting of entire networks, including all company endpoints.