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Conferencing Zone Week in Review: VideoCentric, Citrix, AVI-SPL

January 21, 2017

Welcome back to the Conferencing Zone Week in Review, where we take a look at all the top stories making headlines this week. Everything from new product updates to industry predictions filled the headlines. Grab your cup of coffee and read the highlights right here.

VideoCentric, a Web conferencing service based in the U.K., announced it has integrated conferencing capabilities into its personal assistants.

This update means users can now use their voice to command that a meeting start or end, screens change and other commands all using their voice.

This was made possible by working with developers from Amazon and utilizes Amazon’s Alexa platform for voice commands on its Web conferencing service.

Craig Brown, VideoCentric’s technical director, said this update’s goal was to make meetings more natural and believes this latest update achieves that by, “enabling a meeting host to walk into a room and interact via voice directly with the room environment.”

Also this week, Citrix Systems announced it has added a new conferencing offering to its GoTo product portfolio.

The new offering, GoToConference, combines in-room hardware with GoToMeeting video conferencing for an out-of-the-box offering that teams can easily use to conduct impromptu or scheduled meetings as needed.

AVI-SPL, a company that designs, builds, integrates and supports systems and environments so organizations can focus on necessary tasks instead of how to get communications working, has been named Company of the Year.

The company announced this week that it has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as a leader in the managed video conferencing services market. Specifically, the company was awarded the 2016 North American Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award.

Finally, a new report from Persistence Market Research offers a look at the market for video PaaS worldwide which it says will make some big gains in the coming years.

Estimates project the video PaaS market will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39.2 percent to follow through 2024.

That’s all for this week – be sure to check back for all the latest Conferencing news as it happens. Until next week…