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The emergence of the huddle room

The emergence of the huddle room

26.06.2014 The workplace is changing. For many enterprises, the days of large conference rooms for meetings and videoconferencing are dwindling while smaller, connected quick meeting rooms are on the rise.

Typically these spaces, often referred to as ‘huddle rooms,’ include a video screen with attached microphone, a phone system for conferencing, and a central surface with four seats or less.

You’re in my browser

7.06.2014 A new piece of technology makes it possible to use a browser for video calls.

Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) is an open protocol that enables web browsers quickly to set-up audio and video connections between two or more computers without the addition of new software or running a separate program.

You’re in my browser
The top 5 things AV integrators should look for at InfoComm 2014

The top 5 things AV integrators should look for at InfoComm 2014

4.06.2014 InfoComm has become a staple show for the Audio Video Integrator (AVI).

The show has changed over the years as video has evolved from being a standalone application on a dedicated network. Now there’s a greater focus on networking, unified communications, voice and other things that have become core to the video business.

Cisco collaboration adds integrated endpoints

21.05.2014 Cisco announced new personal collaboration endpoints, infrastructure updates and a cloud-based collaboration service at CiscoLive 2014 in an effort to make enterprise collaboration more accessible and integrated.

A new line of personal video endpoints, the Android-based DX70 and DX80, balances Cisco’s revamped hardware video conferencing product line.

Cisco collaboration adds integrated endpoints
Video conferencing in the cloud takes business collaboration to new heights

Video conferencing in the cloud takes business collaboration to new heights

16.05.2014 As confidence to deliver services and applications in the cloud gathers pace, Video Conferencing as a Service (VCaaS) is starting to evolve. According to recent research from Wainhouse Research, the number of solutions available in this space has grown drastically, with many based on technology platforms that were not available until 2013.

WebRTC fuels surge in telehealth services

2.04.2014 WebRTC’s ability to enable video chat in a browser without the hurdle of a download is spurring new use cases across several industries. One of the most promising is the health care industry.

WebRTC fuels surge in telehealth services
4 trends shaping video collaboration in 2014

4 trends shaping video collaboration in 2014

26.03.2014 A snowballing mobile workforce, an increased need to defy distance between employees, partners and customers, and the reforming of traditional workplaces are all set to shape the video conferencing market this year.

Out of the Corner Office, Into Every Office

12.03.2014 Market leader in business collaboration delivers enhancements that enable mobile and distributed teams to connect through a “better than being there” experience.

Cisco today made a series of announcements aimed to put high-quality video at the fingertips of everyone in the organization—in organizations of all sizes.

Out of the Corner Office, Into Every Office
Wainhouse on challenges to video adoption

Wainhouse on challenges to video adoption

3.03.2014 At Enterprise Connect, Andrew Davis will discuss what’s holding the market back, and what could ignite it. This will include results from Wainhouse’s most recent survey of video channel partners.

Namely, the survey asked what the biggest challenge was for video adoption in the enterprise. The top answer, by far, was that “Customers are confused by the many options between video conferencing, web conferencing with video, and UC.”

Four things that will rock video collaboration in 2014

24.02.2014 It’s Hard to believe we’re already in February 2014. It seems like just yesterday we were making cloud collaboration predictions for 2013– forecasting that cloud and the demand for interoperability would drive innovation and help businesses harness the power of video.

Well, 2013 saw all of that and more happen in the world of collaboration. And I predict there will be more from the cloud, as well as other smart, cool and exciting video innovations in our (near) future.

Four things that will rock video collaboration in 2014
How WebRTC technology could turn enterprise video on its head

How WebRTC technology could turn enterprise video on its head

14.02.2014 Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) — a technology that enables video, talk and text through simple Web browsers — is set to turn enterprise collaboration on its head.

WebRTC will enable real-time video communications in browsers without requiring the downloads, plug-ins or installs that have slowed end-user adoption of proprietary video technologies.

Enterprise Connect 2014: The future of the conference room

6.02.2014 As attitudes toward video change with the generations, how much will the emphasis shift from room-based deployments to mobile and other emerging platforms?

The nature of video conferencing is changing. The old days of dedicated equipment located in dedicated rooms running on dedicated networks are rapidly coming to an end, replaced by the mantra of “mobile, social, virtual, and visual.”

Enterprise Connect 2014: The future of the conference room
Pexip Infinity to simplify videoconferencing at ISE2014

Pexip Infinity to simplify videoconferencing at ISE2014

31.01.2014 Pexip will demonstrate their Pexip Infinity multipoint videoconferencing software when the company exhibits for the first time at ISE.

Pexip will host several partner focused events, participate in industry led discussions and announce new real-world deployments of Pexip Infinity. Simen Teigre, chief executive officer at Pexip, said: “Coming from an IT background, Pexip will be demonstrating how AV companies can take advantage of conferencing in a virtualised world.”

Better videoconferencing in the cloud

23.01.2014 Former US Transportation Department CIO discusses why advanced HD desktop videoconferencing systems are a smart choice for enterprises, and offers 12 tips for using them effectively.

A critical part of the CIO’s job is to keep the enterprise’s technology environment up to date and relevant. When it comes to communication, most CIOs have focused on upgrading email systems and bringing in VOIP telephones — but many have missed the boat on desktop videoconferencing.

Better videoconferencing in the cloud
Video conferencing: there's a mobile app for that

Video conferencing: there's a mobile app for that

16.01.2014 The BYOD blitz within the enterprise not only allows employees to work from anywhere, it also enables the use of video for meeting with colleagues and customers.

As a result, collaboration suppliers say they see increased interest from organizations wanting to provide video conferencing that works across PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets, and that provides capabilities such as quality of service that consumer services such as Skype cannot.

Flexibility – the key to video collaboration

13.01.2014 From a deployment perspective, there are two solutions in the market – on-prem and cloud services — balancing between flexibility and operational control.

Clearly, both on-prem and cloud are needed. The critical question is how do these worlds connect without any burden on the users. The breakthrough for providing flexibility is to connect these two worlds together.

Flexibility – the key to video collaboration
Cloud solutions, WebRTC to accelerate videoconferencing in 2014

Cloud solutions, WebRTC to accelerate videoconferencing in 2014

7.01.2014 Two tech trends are making videoconferencing more realistic for a broader set of businesses.

First, the rise of cloud-based video solutions is lowering the cost of getting started in videoconferencing as well as the difficulty of setting up equipment—a process historically regarded as cumbersome. Larger enterprises that have already invested in dedicated equipment are also looking for compatible cloud services to expand or refresh their conferencing capabilities.

Video in the workplace: enabling collaboration, creating value

16.12.2013 It wasn’t that long ago when “video in the workplace” meant sneaking a look at YouTube instead of starting work on that big report. Today, however, video is emerging as an important driver of productivity, innovation, and value.

Cisco research earlier this year identified $14.4 trillion in Value at Stake for the private sector in the Internet of Everything (IoE) economy over the next decade—and collaboration, video, and mobility will contribute more than half that value.

Video in the workplace: enabling collaboration, creating value
72% of consumers are willing to see a doctor via Telehealth video conferencing

72% of consumers are willing to see a doctor via Telehealth video conferencing

11.12.2013 72 percent of consumers across the eight countries are willing to see a doctor via telehealth video conferencing for non-urgent appointments, according to a recent Intel survey.

The findings conclude that most people are optimistic about technology innovations advancing healthcare, open to sharing healthcare information for the greater good and receptive to using sensors for personalized care.

A rising tide lifts all boats

3.12.2013 As the old idiom goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. As video becomes more pervasive in the enterprise, the opportunity for an industry to rally around the movement might create more competition. But in the end, it is about driving more innovation and better economics so that we all win – customers, partners and vendors.

A rising tide lifts all boats
Ubiquitous business video calling: Are we ready for our close-up?

Ubiquitous business video calling: Are we ready for our close-up?

27.11.2013 The evolution of the modern workforce — with enterprises opening branch offices everywhere and more employees working from home or on the road — is also lending itself to a more video-friendly culture.

While not every company is ready for ubiquitous business video calling, more businesses are relying on visual communication tools to connect far-flung offices and employees.

Barco brings wireless collaboration to any meeting room

22.11.2013 Barco introduces the CSM Base Unit, an expansion of its ClickShare wireless collaboration and presentation product range. This innovation extends the ClickShare line to two flavors: the new CSM Base Unit and the existing full-featured CSC version. The new solution makes the ClickShare experience available for every meeting room.

Barco brings wireless collaboration to any meeting room
How do you calculate the bandwidth of a mobile video conference system?

How do you calculate the bandwidth of a mobile video conference system?

19.11.2013 t’s important to calculate the bandwidth of a mobile video conference system so that you can plan to have enough network capacity for your deployment. This will ensure you have a more functional, rather than frustrating, video conference.

Software may be the future of video, but hardware still matters

12.11.2013 By leveraging the strengths of both hardware and software, companies can finally get to a model where video can be pervasive across its user base. Ideally, customers would want to look for a vendor that offers both hardware and software platforms to ensure the solutions work together to offer consistent functionality.

Software may be the future of video, but hardware still matters
Open-sourced H.264 removes barriers to WebRTC

Open-sourced H.264 removes barriers to WebRTC

30.10.2013 When it comes to making collaboration technology such as high-definition video open and broadly available, it’s clear that the web browser plays an important role. The question is, how do you enable real-time video natively on the Web?

Cisco plan to open-source their H.264 codec, and to provide it as a binary module that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Cisco will not pass on the MPEG LA licensing costs for this module, and based on the current licensing environment, this will effectively make H.264 free for use in WebRTC.

VCI-Group creates online forum for all things collaboration and videoconferencing

24.10.2013 VCI-Group today announced an online interactive forum for collaboration and videoconferencing users around the world; a forum that will be monitored and supported by the users and members of VCI-Group worldwide.

The new VCI-Group Forum (vcigforum.com) is much more than just a site for troubleshooting and “how to” guidelines said David Maldow, VCI-Group Advisory Board member, and analyst with Telepresence Options.

VCI-Group creates online forum for all things collaboration and videoconferencing
Video collaboration will be the business communication of choice by 2016

Video collaboration will be the business communication of choice by 2016

16.10.2013 Polycom, Inc. has come out with the results of it’s latest survey, announcing that almost all (96 percent) business decision makers surveyed believe video conferencing removes distance barriers and improves productivity between teams in different cities and countries.

According to the survey of more than 1,200 business decision makers, conducted by Redshift Research and commissioned by Polycom, video conferencing is an essential tool helping improve team collaboration and closing the physical and cultural gap between colleagues doing business across distances.

Cisco, Microsoft lead the way in UC

7.10.2013 A new survey finds that video and cloud are on the rise in the enterprise.

Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2013 UC Strategies and Vendor Leadership: North American Enterprise Survey, which explores enterprises’ plans for unified communications, including cloud deployments and their respective perceptions of UC vendors.

Cisco, Microsoft lead the way in UC
Working smarter: The paradigm shift in business collaboration

Working smarter: The paradigm shift in business collaboration

2.10.2013 The expectation that you can work from anywhere, at any time, has become the norm. Change is always hard within IT, but, it is the companies that embrace these new models of work who will benefit from a more innovative, efficient, and happier workforce.

Think A/V solutions, not just products for corporate AV/IT convergence

27.09.2013 A broad-view of audiovisual systems can pave the way towards AV/IT convergence.

Our traditional A/V systems will soon be a thing of the past, which is exciting and scary. Don’t limit yourself to being an A/V Professional, consider yourself a Technologist and lead the charge into the future of the AV/IT world.

Think A/V solutions, not just products for corporate AV/IT convergence
Video collaboration can transform wealth management

Video collaboration can transform wealth management

24.09.2013 The post-financial crisis wealth management industry is under transformation. Firms are investing in new collaborative technologies that support their business model transformation from transactions to interactions focused on client centricity.

One of these new technologies can be embedded video capabilities that enable firms and their experts to touch more customers, more often, and in a more intimate manner than voice and email do today.

Visualize facetime as a videowall - that is what next-gen video conferencing looks like

19.09.2013 Innovative and scalable HD videowall solutions provide a workforce with a high level of engagement. The emergence of highly accessible features such as HD video, surround sound, touchscreen capabilities, hand-motion sensors and display scalability, deliver a truly immersive experience.

Visualize facetime as a videowall - that is what next-gen video conferencing looks like
The evolving UC market: Cisco has you covered

The evolving UC market: Cisco has you covered

16.09.2013 Over the last few years, changes in computing, mobility, video and cloud have transformed the collaboration market profoundly and permanently. By listening to customers and constantly innovating and improving on a market-leading Unified Communications platform, Cisco has been able to keep pace with these drastic market shifts.

Innovation shaping the future of visual collaboration

9.09.2013 Visual collaboration is becoming a critical business tool just as email and voice are today. We are seeing mission-critical business applications embed Gen Y communication preferences, such as IM; next is embedding video in business tools.

There is room for innovations in video for collaboration. As the needs of the user change, their expectations will grow.

Innovation shaping the future of visual collaboration
Internal comms are rarely measured says survey

Internal comms are rarely measured says survey

3.09.2013 Internal communications staff believe video is excellent for communicating with employees, but few actually measure its effectiveness.

Comms agency HGA Creative surveyed 68 internal comms professionals across the UK to see if video was a significant part of their outreach to employees, how it was used, and how they measured the impact of videos and their ROI.

Enterprise video solutions seen to score massive growth

28.08.2013 The global enterprise video market will see huge growth in the coming years amid the rising demand for video conferencing and streaming services at organisations, says market intelligence firm MarketsandMarkets.

The researcher predicts an increase in worldwide enterprise video revenue from $11.21 billion in 2013 to $35.57 billion in 2018, or at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.9% during this period.

Enterprise video solutions seen to score massive growth
Video, more than just faces on screens

Video, more than just faces on screens

22.08.2013 A recent survey of up-and-coming young executives found effectiveness to be a key driver for visual collaboration. Namely, respondents said they want to be able to see the visual cues that aid in effective communications, to appear present in a meeting, to quickly edit and share video content, and to be able to collaborate on content as if they and their globally-disparate teams are all in the same room. And they want it deployed pervasively.

High end projector shipments on the rise

19.08.2013 Worldwide sales for projectors boasting 4,000 lumens or more rose 6% (year on year) in the first half of 2013 according to market information firm, PMA Research.

In terms of value, worldwide sales of high-end projectors topped $1 billion (€0.7 billion) during the first half of the year.

High end projector shipments on the rise
Gartner 2013 UC Magic Quadrant: maturity, challenges, directions for the future

Gartner 2013 UC Magic Quadrant: maturity, challenges, directions for the future

11.08.2013 The 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (UC) was published on July 31, 2013. The report is authored by Gartner’s leaders for UC, Bern Elliot and Steve Blood.

There was little vendor rating change from the 2012 UC Magic Quadrant, with no vendors moving to a different quadrant and little relative movement within each quadrant.

Cisco survey reveals that majority of aspiring execs see big future for video

5.08.2013 A new generation is entering the management ranks of companies worldwide, and like previous generations, they will bring with them their own preferred ways of communicating and collaborating.

A global study announced today by Cisco revealed that the majority of these next-generation executives intend to depend heavily upon business-class video to connect with their teams, colleagues, suppliers, customers and prospects, as well as to help their businesses deliver new products and services.

Cisco survey reveals that majority of aspiring execs see big future for video
Corporations switch to digital solutions for meeting room technology

Corporations switch to digital solutions for meeting room technology

3.08.2013 More than half of EMEA’s senior business managers expect their meeting rooms to be fully digital by 2014, according to research carried out last month by InAVate, PFM – a leading facilities management magazine, and Barco.

The increasing benefits of video collaboration to the enterprise

25.07.2013 Video collboration is by no means a new concept, but it’s one that’s becoming increasingly relevant to modern enterprises in a competitive marketplace.

This is not only because faster internet speeds and the advent of the cloud has increased the necessity and ease of collaborative working practice, but it is also being driven by strong mobile and tablet growth.

The increasing benefits of video collaboration to the enterprise
WebRTC: Is it the panacea for the video conferencing industry?

WebRTC: Is it the panacea for the video conferencing industry?

21.07.2013 For the industry, WebRTC presents more problems than it solves.

WebRTC is all about “right now” and allows anyone to reach anyone by video without downloads or plug-ins. It also promises to enable anyone with a computer to join video conferences that are being held on traditional equipment.

House bill seeks to increase U.S. agencies’ use of videoconferencing

15.07.2013 A House Republican has introduced a bill that seeks to cut U.S. agencies’ travel expenses by having the White House Office of Management and Budget monitor the agencies to ensure federal employees are using videoconferencing for meetings rather than traveling to far locations.

House bill seeks to increase U.S. agencies’ use of videoconferencing
Frost & Sullivan: Embedding video conferencing in workflows essential for optimal ROI

Frost & Sullivan: Embedding video conferencing in workflows essential for optimal ROI

8.07.2013 Conferencing and collaboration solutions surrounding video conferencing and unified communications (UC) have been in the spotlight for a while now.

While the primary reasons for deploying video conferencing are eliminating travel expenses and facilitating meetings with remote participants, its full benefits will be apparent only when, it is embedded in everyday work practices, noted Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst, ICT, Mark Hickey.

Integrated collaboration highlights and updates from InfoComm 2013

1.07.2013 What a great reception at InfoComm 2013! Cisco had the opportunity to share with customers the innovations they are driving around conferencing to deliver better scale, quality and interoperability.

Customers are excited about what Cisco are doing to make conferencing more affordable, while at the same time maintaining the high quality experience that they expect from Cisco.

Integrated collaboration highlights and updates from InfoComm 2013
First-ever SVC interoperability test successfully performed

First-ever SVC interoperability test successfully performed

25.06.2013 The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) announces the successful completion of the first-ever Scalable Video Coding (SVC) interoperability test at the SuperOp! 2013, the premier interoperability testing event of the telecommunications industry for multimedia communication standards and products.

Scalable Video Coding, or SVC, is a joint ITU-T and MPEG standard that allows the representation of compressed digital video at multiple temporal and spatial resolutions.

Cisco named top provider of video conferencing equipment

19.06.2013 A new report names Cisco as the top provider of video-conferencing equipment, followed by Polycom and Huawei.

Infonetics Research’s first-quarter Enterprise Telepresence and Video Conferencing Equipment market share and forecast report tracks dedicated and PBX-based video-conferencing and telepresence infrastructure and endpoints (desktop, telepresence, videophones, multipurpose rooms and software).

Cisco named top provider of video conferencing equipment
Pexip videoconferencing from previous Tandberg and Cisco execs

Pexip videoconferencing from previous Tandberg and Cisco execs

14.06.2013 Pexip is a new videoconferencing vendor that has been released by former executives of Cisco and Tandberg, and is expected to sell 100 percent via the channel. Tandberg was acquired by Cisco in 2009.

Pexip Infinity was debuted by the Oslo, Norway-based company (that also has offices in London and New York), and is a software-based videoconferencing platform.

Companies innovate with Cisco video technology

10.06.2013 As leaders in telepresence innovation, Cisco have paved the way for organizations around the world to improve the way they communicate through video.

Cisco’s industry-leading portfolio is built on a foundation of interoperability and great experiences, enabling others to create new, compelling ways to collaborate over video.

Companies innovate with Cisco video technology
Microsoft Survey: Video conferencing is most useful oil and gas social tool

Microsoft Survey: Video conferencing is most useful oil and gas social tool

6.06.2013 Oil and Gas research highlights include:

- Those in oil and gas are particularly likely to say that they are encouraged to use team sites and video conferencing

- Oil and gas employees found video conferencing more useful than any other key sector polled

Cisco, Polycom, LifeSize lead healthcare videoconferencing market 

4.06.2013 Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), Polycom and Logitech’s (Nasdaq: LOGI) LifeSize are leading the telemedicine movement by providing videoconferencing capabilities to healthcare organizations, according to research firm TechNavio.

The healthcare videoconferencing market is forecast by the research firm to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18 percent through 2016, reaching close to $2 billion in revenue by then.

Cisco, Polycom, LifeSize lead healthcare videoconferencing market
Videoconferencing – changing the face of mental healthcare

Videoconferencing – changing the face of mental healthcare

29.05.2013 Telepsychiatry, sometimes referred to as e-mental health, provides psychiatric treatment, diagnosis, and medication management, via live interactive videoconferencing.

With this technology, patients who once had no access to medical specialists can receive appropriate, timely, and individualized mental healthcare from the comfort of their own home, or at least within their own community.

TelePresence and WebEx together – Cisco giving customers the best of both worlds

24.05.2013 By combining our market leading Web conference solution, WebEx, with the market leading enterprise high-quality video capabilities in our telepresence solutions we are enabling a seamless meeting with anyone, anywhere, on any device.

Optimized to work with any standards-based video endpoints, Cisco TelePresence and WebEx helps organizations broaden the reach of video collaboration and simplify the experience for all participants.

TelePresence and WebEx together –  Cisco giving customers the best of both worlds
Advances in mobile collaboration: virtual presence brings experts to the problem

Advances in mobile collaboration: virtual presence brings experts to the problem

20.05.2013 Virtual presence brings the problem to the expert, rather than the other way around. These systems generally include collaboration software for smartphones, tablets and desktops as well as hardened wireless video devices for tough environments.

Video conferencing: disruptive technologies drive change

16.05.2013 The Internet has taken visual communications and video conferencing into the mainstream. Video conferencing is fast becoming an important technology to improve employee and partner collaboration, especially for increasingly virtual organizations supporting rising numbers of mobile and home workers.

Video conferencing: disruptive technologies drive change
A game-changing year for videoconferencing: 4 factors that are making it happen

A game-changing year for videoconferencing: 4 factors that are making it happen

13.05.2013 A recent Canalys UC Market report for EMEA forecasts that, between 2012 and 2014, shipments of business video devices will spike. It seems businesses, large and small, are coming round to the idea of using video conferencing as an effective and efficient business communications tool.

Protecting video conferencing user experiences

29.04.2013 As many have predicted, video usage is growing for real-time communications. For some users and use cases it is even the norm, rather than the exception, replacing voice calls.

But this growth market for video introduces a major challenge – a confusing diversity of user experiences…

Protecting video conferencing user experiences
Bringing together mobile and immersive video

Bringing together mobile and immersive video

18.04.2013 People often ask what the future of room based immersive systems looks like, as more and more of us have the ability to launch a video call available, quite literally, at our fingertips – on our tablets, mobiles and laptops.

Take a look at this video to see Cisco’s thoughts on how immersive and mobile video collaboration solutions will work together to support continued business transformation.

Sizing up collaboration: how to measure ROI on your unified communications

11.04.2013 Dust off the bunting and hang the flags out: global IT spending is forecast to increase by 4.1% in 2013 according to Gartner’s latest worldwide IT spending forecast published in March.

Unified Communications (UC) is one particular investment which brings about an improved way of working with immediate, tangible business benefits. When securing board buy-in, a commitment to how quickly companies can see a Return on Investment (ROI) from its rollout is often one of the deciding factors.

Sizing up collaboration: how to measure ROI on your unified communications
Why interactive display sales are soaring

Why interactive display sales are soaring

8.04.2013 Increasingly, classrooms and training rooms need to have a central focal point and technology hub. For integrators that sell interactive whiteboards, flat panels and projectors to education and corporate clients, that’s an encouraging trend.

Sales of interactive whiteboards and flat panels in the education and corporate markets were up 15 percent in 2012, reaching nearly 1 million displays, according to industry researcher Futuresource Consulting.

What your business needs to maximize results with video conferencing

3.04.2013 As the digital age unfolds, it’s clear that the ability to communicate effectively anytime and from anywhere is essential. In recent years, a growing number of individuals and organizations have turned to video conferencing to better support communication and collaboration.

But all the opportunity also serves up a few challenges…

What your business needs to maximize results with video conferencing
Key takeaways from Enterprise Connect 2013

Key takeaways from Enterprise Connect 2013

26.03.2013 Well, the 2013 version of Enterprise Connect is behind us now, and the show seemed to have more energy and activity than other shows in years past.

This wasn’t your typical Enterprise Connect, as topics such as interoperability or the cost of VoIP weren’t dominating the conference.

Cisco TelePresence TX9000 wins prestigious design award

23.03.2013 On the one-year anniversary of its debut, the Cisco TelePresence TX9000 Series has been awarded the prestigious iF (International Forum) award for outstanding design, the same award that has been given to design stalwarts like Sony and BMW.

With a brand new industrial design, the TX9000 was brought to market as the new benchmark for immersive telepresense, offering the state-of-the-art telepresence experience and high-intensity collaboration.

Cisco TelePresence TX9000 wins prestigious design award
Videoconferencing market on road to recovery

Videoconferencing market on road to recovery

20.03.2013 The sector failed to live up to its billing as an industry great white hope last year after potential customers kept their wallets shut and revenue tanked badly in the first two quarters.

But according to Infonetics, following a “rotten” year, the market appears to be turning a corner. Sales of videoconferencing and telepresence swelled 10 per cent sequentially to $822m (£543m) in the fourth quarter of 2012…

UK – Video recruitment on the rise

13.03.2013 More than four in 10 (41%) HR directors in the UK say that, over the last three years, they have increased their use of video conferencing to conduct interviews, presenting a shift in the overall hiring process.

Research by recruitment consultancy OfficeTeam indicates that candidate shortages and other staffing challenges may have led to the shift.

UK – Video recruitment on the rise
Video collaboration: better than being there

Video collaboration: better than being there

13.03.2013 To say that video is changing the way we communicate and collaborate would be the understatement of the decade. In their current form, today’s video communication and collaboration tools not only improve interaction and help to foster better relationships between participants, but they provide non-verbal communication cues that already add significant value to those interactions.

But video collaboration can deliver more than that.

Patients give a thumbs-up to videoconferencing for COPD

6.03.2013 Participants in a Norwegian study on patient education for COPD and diabetes through videoconferencing gave the program high marks, according to a study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.

By offering the programs in their homes, they were spared travel and could conserve their energy, yet still share experiences and learn from questions raised by others.

Patients give a thumbs-up to videoconferencing for COPD
Globalization of businesses and cloud technology drives global video conferencing services market

Globalization of businesses and cloud technology drives global video conferencing services market 

1.03.2013 In today’s work culture that is largely dominated by business meetings, companies across industry segments are increasingly adopting videoconferencing services as an alternative to traditional communication channels.

Modern businesses operating at a global level especially are beginning to rely heavily on video conferencing services for establishing communications between corporate headquarters and regional offices spread across the globe.

Cisco ups lead over Polycom in enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence market  

27.02.2013 Cisco increased its lead in the enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence market over Polycom last quarter, according to the latest stats from IDC.

Cisco’s market share inched up to 44.8 percent in the fourth quarter from 43.3 percent share in the third quarter. Polycom’s market share slipped to 23 percent in the fourth quarter from 25 percent in the third quarter.

Cisco ups lead over Polycom in enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence market
The not so obvious advantages of telepresence versus chatting

The not so obvious advantages of telepresence versus chatting

22.02.2013 Telepresence of Unified Communications is one of the greatest invention for the business world.

However, there are some telepresence sceptics who believe that whatever conferencing may accomplish, chatting can too. Not to be argumentative, but there are many advantages to telepresence that are not covered by chatting, although they may not be so obvious.

Impact of device size on quality of business video conferencing

19.02.2013 With the advent of video devices moving from large room systems to PCs and onto hand-held devices, there is a significant discussion about how video will be used across these devices.

The conclusion is that small device video may be of limited business value, but great social value. While this may not be universal, it does represent a significant set of questions about the value of small device video and whether it will be adopted by business users.

Impact of device size on quality of business video conferencing
Video conferencing software and hardware: Hybrid approach needed

Video conferencing software and hardware: Hybrid approach needed

14.02.2013 Enterprise employees increasingly demand the ability to make video calls anytime, from their remote office, tablet or even smartphone — not just from the confines of a room equipped with cameras and screens.

The transition from hardware to software video conferencing is not going to happen overnight, and it could potentially be more challenging for large enterprises faced with the dilemma of existing room-based systems and other desktop video conferencing hardware that isn’t ready for the recycling bin yet.

75% of enterprises have partially or fully deployed UC 

12.02.2013 Three-quarters of enterprises have either partially or fully deployed unified communications (UC) products, according to a survey of 200 IT professionals conducted by Webtorials on behalf of SIP communications provider Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS).

Of those enterprises, 21 percent have fully deployed UC, while 57 percent have partially deployed it, according to the survey contained in the report, “Enterprises Place 2013 Unified Communications Bets.”

75% of enterprises have partially or fully deployed UC
Mobile Video Calling Users to Exceed 160 Million by 2017

Mobile Video Calling Users to Exceed 160 Million by 2017

6.02.2013 The number of users of mobile video calling services is forecast to increase four-fold to almost 160 million by 2017, driven by improvements in both the user-interface and the underlying technology, finds a recently released study by Juniper Research.

The report includes a comprehensive analysis of the current situation in the mVoIP and mobile video calling markets and contains five year forecasts for mVoIP and mobile video calling user numbers and revenues.

ISE 2013 breaks records once again

1.02.2013 Last week’s ISE 2013 was the best-attended AV industry tradeshow ever held, anywhere in the world.

Once again, the show’s attendance set a new record. This year’s total of 44,151 registered attendees is an 8% increase on 2012’s world record of 40,869. Just under 900 exhibitors – also a record for ISE – occupied all 12 halls of the Amsterdam RAI.

 ISE 2013 breaks records once again
The Evolution of Immersive Video in the Retail Bank Branch

The Evolution of Immersive Video in the Retail Bank Branch

29.01.2013 As retail banks have slowly emerged from the global financial crisis of 2008, they are increasingly looking for ways to differentiate themselves with their products and services.

Currently, the mobile channel is growing in popularity and use, especially with new applications like remote deposit capture right from a mobile phone or tablet.

Viju to host visual communications seminars during ISE 2013

25.01.2013 Viju will be hosting morning seminars in Amsterdam 29-31 January, during the ISE 2013 exhibition period. Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is the world’s best-attended tradeshow for the professional AV and electronic systems industry.

That’s why we have put together an exciting agenda of guest speakers to talk about the latest trends in visual communications.

Join us at the Viju lounge before heading to ISE 2013, on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st January from 9am at Crowne Plaza Amsterdam South, to hear what’s new in the industry and to meet the Viju team!

Viju to host visual communications seminars during ISE 2013
Enterprise mobile video collaboration market to reach $500m in 2017

Enterprise mobile video collaboration market to reach $500m in 2017

21.01.2013 Mobile video collaboration market to grow $500m in 2017 with the help of right pricing and innovation, according to a new report by ABI Research.

With the growth of 3G and 4G networks, many companies now consider this market to be video conferencing on the mobile device; however the ROI will be achieved in the market if the collaboration is used to support business processes; particularly service operations, the report added.

Emerging trends in web and video conferencing - what's in store for 2013 and beyond

14.01.2013 2012 saw another solid year of growth for web and video conferencing among businesses. User demand is growing at a strong pace indicating that web and video meetings are going mainstream.

In a recent Frost & Sullivan survey of C-level executives in North America, web and video conferencing ranked high among key enterprise communication applications for awareness and usage.

Emerging trends in web and video conferencing - what's in store for 2013 and beyond
UC integrated into other things

UC integrated into other things

11.01.2013 Unified Communications is a great set of technologies that makes life easier for a lot of people. But enterprises tend not to be starting their technology today, so anything new has to take account of what has gone before.

This is something that will become evident in 2013 as unified communications is maturing not only as a technology but as a concept.

Personal telepresence expands capabilities with Cisco UC Integration

4.01.2013 Since its inception, this family of personal telepresence solutions for the desktop has enabled employees to instantly collaborate face-to-face, whether separated by a hallway, a street, or several time zones.

Now, tighter integration with Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) brings rich telephony features to the popular EX Series for a powerful voice and video solution.

Personal telepresence expands capabilities with Cisco UC Integration
Videxio adds support for Microsoft Lync to its video as a service platform

Videxio adds support for Microsoft Lync to its video as a service platform

3.01.2013 Today, Videxio announces support for Microsoft Lync and the ability to combine Lync with standards based video conferencing endpoints, personal/mobile clients and high quality virtual meeting rooms.

This offers maximum employee flexibility and allows customers to attend meetings with high quality audio and video from their Microsoft Lync software client.

What's in store for enterprise communications in 2013?

18.12.2012 “Videoconferencing holds a lot of potential but still has not reached its peak of adoption in the enterprise because of expense, complexity and proprietary silos. A lot of those barriers are going away.”

Those barriers are being brought down by a combination of software-based video conferencing servers, cloud-based video conferencing services and the standardized cameras in mobile devices.

What's in store for enterprise communications in 2013?
Telepresence – the next generation

Telepresence – the next generation

14.12.2012 Telepresence is becoming more dynamic these days in an attempt to meet the increasing demand of enterprise users. No longer satisfied with poor quality sound and video, companies want a crisp resolution, flexible manipulation and content sharing, along with the ability to connect with users from a range of mobile devices.

For the next generation of telepresence, emphasis will shift from the meeting itself to the quality of collaborative user experience.

Age of the mobile worker

10.12.2012 New technologies lend employees the flexibility to work outside physical workspaces, resulting in higher efficiency.

Technologies like web and video conferencing provide employees the flexibility to work outside their physical workspaces and help reduce time and cost for travel, thereby resulting in augmented efficiency levels besides higher job satisfaction.

Age of the mobile worker
Video acceptance continues to grow, survey shows

Video acceptance continues to grow, survey shows

7.12.2012 IP desktops will continue to be significant, but there’s also continued interest in room-based systems. And “softer” cost justifications are taking hold.

More than three-quarters of enterprises have or intend to have desktop IP video conferencing, and travel savings are still the leading reason for adopting video- though improving working relationships and productivity are almost as important as adoption drivers.

TechTarget survey finds close to one-quarter of enterprises have fully deployed UC

3.12.2012 The TechTarget survey showed that around 22.7 percent of enterprises have fully deployed UC, while another 26.4 percent have deployed UC partially or fully for a small number of employees.

According to the survey, the most frequently deployed UC application was VoIP, followed by audio conferencing and web conferencing.

TechTarget survey finds close to one-quarter of enterprises have fully deployed UC
Audiovisual tools transport patient engagement to new heights

Audiovisual tools transport patient engagement to new heights

30.11.2012 The worlds of healthcare and audiovisual technologies are beginning to intersect around patient engagement, encouraging communications between patients and their providers and patient involvement with their health through easy-to-use tools.

Audiovisual products and services in healthcare settings include telemedicine and telehealth, surgical video, mobile and personal connected health tools, remote patient monitoring, medical instruction and network security.

Videoconferencing: From novelty to necessity

26.11.2012 Federal agencies are being pressured to reel in travel budgets and limit conference expenses. In April, the Office of Management and Budget required agencies to cut travel spending by 30 percent and called for greater conference oversight.

Against this backdrop, virtual meetings offer an alternative to holding a conference in real life. Some government entities now actively encourage videoconferencing.

Videoconferencing: From novelty to necessity
Announcing MSI on CTS, Tandberg EX & C Series

Announcing MSI on CTS, Tandberg EX & C Series

19.11.2012 In the coming weeks, Cisco will begin shipping the latest releases for the Cisco TelePresence endpoints, which has important implications for those customers looking to roll out a medianet-enabled infrastructure.

With the new release, the Media Services Interface (MSI) will ship by default, enabling both the Media Monitoring and Media Awareness solutions for these endpoints.

Cisco leads the way with strong net income and revenue  

14.11.2012 Telecom equipment firm Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) led the way with a strong quarter, posting an 18 percent year-over-year increase in net income and reaching $2.1 billion for the quarter.

The high-tech behemoth also posted healthy revenue of $11.9 billion in the most recent quarter, up 5.5 percent from the $11.3 billion reported in the same quarter in the previous year.

Cisco leads the way with strong net income and revenue
Improved interoperability to sustain growth of VC infrastructure market

Improved interoperability to sustain growth of VC infrastructure market

8.11.2012 New research from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Videoconferencing Infrastructure Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $746.6 million in 2011, growing at a strong 26.8 percent over the previous year.

The revenues are expected to reach $1.92 billion in 2017, at a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent.

Cisco Receives Frost & Sullivan Infrastructure Award

6.11.2012 Cisco has received this year’s Frost & Sullivan Global Videoconferencing Infrastructure Market Share Leadership Award.

According to Frost & Sullivan, the infrastructure market is growing at a blistering pace and is being reshaped by new opportunities and advancing technology.

Cisco Receives Frost & Sullivan Infrastructure Award
Cisco and Polycom focusing on mobile video-conferencing

Cisco and Polycom focusing on mobile video-conferencing

6.11.2012 For the past half a decade, global networking companies such as Cisco, Polycom and Avaya have been trying to create a profitable business model around video-conferencing.

Things are beginning to change. With executives using multiple smart devices such as mobiles and tablets, video-conferencing is not an inside-the-room phenomenon anymore.

VCI-Group event covered video conferencing trends 

30.10.2012 The 3rd Annual Visual Communications Industry Group (VCI-Group) Conference drew to a close Wednesday Oct 24th.

Collaboration Your Way, covered industry trends and what the future holds, and focused on BYOE, Bring Your Own Everything; the phenomenon of end users bringing their own videoconferencing end points, applications and networks to contemporary videoconferences.

VCI-Group event covered video conferencing trends
Videoconferencing in the future might look like this

Videoconferencing in the future might look like this

29.10.2012 This office system lets people “turn” to face you in meetings, even though they’re no in the same room.

One of the applications the NBN will potentially benefit is videoconferencing, so it’s with interest that we spotted this photo showing how videoconferencing might look in the future.

Frost & Sullivan launches event for enterprise connectivity

25.10.2012 ConNEXTions 2013: A Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange, Next-Generation Technologies for Voice, Data and Video Global Enterprise Connectivity, takes place on January 27 to 29, 2013 at the Stanford Court Renaissance Hotel in San Francisco, California.

This high-level program will be beneficial to senior level IT and telecommunications executives, particularly those in C-Level positions, such as CIOs, CTOs, CSOs, CISOs, in addition to presidents, VPs and directors.

Frost & Sullivan launches event for enterprise connectivity
Cisco Collaboration summit: empower-engage-innovate

Cisco Collaboration summit: empower-engage-innovate

21.10.2012 The conference focuses more on driving more widespread usage and simplifying licensing – and less on new product introductions.

‘Empower-Engage-Innovate’ was the theme of this year’s Cisco Collaboration Summit held in Los Angeles. Bringing together analysts, consultants, and channel partners, Cisco presented an update of its Collaboration products and strategy.

Cisco develops telepresence and provides stronger service

18.10.2012 Cisco has enhanced its telepresence, Web conferencing, unified communications (UC) and contact center solutions portfolio in order to tackle collaboration in every aspect possible, and Cisco’s partners will now also reap the benefits of these improvements, which will become available within the next 60 days.

The new provisions are aimed at giving end-users a wider variety of choices in how their tools for collaboration are distributed.

Cisco develops telepresence and provides stronger service
Video-as-a-service is next big thing

Video-as-a-service is next big thing

15.10.2012 There’s always been a palpable buzz when it comes to cloud services and technologies, but video services are often pushed by the wayside for more critical software services, be it ERP, disaster recovery, Microsoft Corp’s Office 365 or more traditional unified communications. But that may soon change…

We’re on the precipice of new video technology that strives to make all video-enabled platforms interoperable communication end-points.

UK calls for video-conferencing standard

12.10.2012 The use of video-conferencing by consumers and businesses may be increasing, but there is a need for a common standard to enable different services to work together.

A Cisco survey found 79% of UK respondents want this standard to come forward as it is hampering their use of the technology. These expectations were reflected across Europe, with 81% calling for the standard.

UK calls for video-conferencing standard
The power of video collaboration – driving growth, innovation & productivity

The power of video collaboration – driving growth, innovation & productivity

8.10.2012 A recent industry announcement affirms how important video communication is to the future of business-to-business collaboration.

As the global market share leader in telepresence and video collaboration solutions, we have always been firm believers that video calling should be as easy and ubiquitous as making phone calls. In order to deliver on this vision and to extend the power of video collaboration to more people, Cisco has embarked on a multi-pronged strategy that is already producing results for end users.

Cisco tops Microsoft, IBM, others in UC Rankings

4.10.2012 A new survey reveals that enterprises are shifting toward the use of mobile devices to access unified communication applications.

Smartphones and tablets will be the two most popular devices for UC in 2013, according to the survey by Infonetics Research. In addition, the survey revealed that Cisco is the most installed UC supplier among enterprises surveyed, followed by Microsoft and IBM.

Cisco tops Microsoft, IBM, others in UC Rankings
Executives globally demanding more unified communications

Executives globally demanding more unified communications

2.10.2012 Executives globally are demanding more unified communications (UC), with most saying that instant messaging, e-mail, phone, video and telepresence helps them be more successful, a study by telecom firm BT today said.

According to the study, 84 per cent said unified communication using multiple options like IM, e-mail, phone, video and telepresence helps them be more successful.

Frost & Sullivan: sourcing collaboration in the cloud 

27.09.2012 The latest trends and opportunities in cloud collaboration to be presented and discussed at Interop New York 2012.

Most major collaboration capabilities are now available as cloud-based hosted services — anything from private branch exchange-style (PBX-style) call control to video conferencing can be procured as a service instead of building it in-house from customer premises equipment (CPE).

Frost & Sullivan: sourcing collaboration in the cloud
New IDC report: worldwide enterprise videoconferencing equipment market

New IDC report: worldwide enterprise videoconferencing equipment market

26.09.2012 International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a new vendor and market analysis profiling the leading providers in the worldwide enterprise videoconferencing equipment market. The IDC MarketScape report utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology that produces a graphical assessment of each vendor’s current market capabilities and strategies for competing in the future.

IDC placed the two dominant enterprise videoconferencing vendors – Cisco and Polycom – in the Leaders category for 2012/2013.

Video conferencing could save $5 billion annually

25.09.2012 The federal government could save almost $5 billion annually by substituting video conferencing for face-to-face meetings and conventions, according to a new study by Telework Exchange, a public/private partnership emphasizing telework.

The study comes on the heels of the government’s travel scandals and President Barack Obama’s directive to government agencies to make more frequent and better use of video and audio conferencing to conduct meetings.

Video conferencing could save $5 billion annually
Firms turn to desktop videoconferencing to improve virtual meetings

Firms turn to desktop videoconferencing to improve virtual meetings

12.09.2012 Firms are increasingly looking to desktop videoconferencing to improve the quality of their virtual meetings, observed Forrester analyst Philipp Karcher in a new report.

A majority of the more than 1,000 firms surveyed by Forrester this year said they plan to adopt desktop videoconferencing, with more than 40 percent planning to adopt high definition room-based videoconferencing, and around 25 percent looking at immersive telepresence technology

Unified Communications Sector Gets a Boost from Cloud & BYOD

10.09.2012 The growing use of cloud-based services and the need to accommodate “bring your own device” (BYOD) mobile usage is triggering new interest in unified communications (UC) among enterprise customers, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading IP Services Insider.

Cloud & BYOD Give a Boost to Unified Communications examines the cloud UC market, analyzing the most lucrative verticals of cloud UC, and discussing drivers and challenges in the industry.

Unified Communications Sector Gets a Boost from Cloud & BYOD
Cisco TelePresence chief confident firm will win video conference battle

Cisco TelePresence chief confident firm will win video conference battle

10.09.2012 One of the main benefits often touted about video conferencing technology is that it allows firms to cut down on travel expenses and so lets executives become more productive.

The general manager of Cisco’s TelePresence Systems Business Unit, Snorre Kjesbu, is proof this can work. “The real advantage is about being able to make decisions faster, to scale knowledge within an organisation more easily and to unify an organisation.”

Survey: 40 percent of Americans say they have used video calling

6.09.2012 Around 40 percent of Americans say they have participated in a video call or video conference, according to a survey of 2,207 adults conducted by Harris Interactive.

The survey found 21 percent of respondents have used video calling for the business purposes of a customer or client meeting or closing a deal and 16 percent have used video calls for a job interview or employment termination.

Survey: 40 percent of Americans say they have used video calling
Cisco recognised as leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for UC

Cisco recognised as leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for UC

30.08.2012 Cisco has received recognition as a Leader in Gartner’s newly-released 2012 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (UC). In this report, Gartner analyzed the current enterprise UC market, and named Cisco as a market leader based on Cisco’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Gartner’s Unified Communications Magic Quadrant reflects the rapidly changing needs of today’s knowledge worker.

Likely US voters strongly back open video calling

30.08.2012 77 Percent of Likely Voters Believe Video Calling Should be as Easy as Making a Phone Call.

Nearly four in five likely U.S. voters believe it is important for technologies such as video calling to work together to help create jobs, promote innovation and deliver critical benefits in remote health care, education, business and other services, according to a newly-released survey.

Likely US voters strongly back open video calling
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