This Week In Collaboration

June 6, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration, Healthcare, Industry News, Mobility, Video Conferencing

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration.

How video conferencing in the cloud can transform business collaboration
As confidence to deliver services and applications in the cloud gathers pace, video conferencing as a service (VCaaS) is starting to evolve. With the benefits of video conferencing clear to businesses – including a reduction in travel time, improved workforce productivity, better global links and accessibility – the infrastructure cost and maintenance aspect is still a sticking point for many, making it an unviable option. But with the rise of VCaaS and video delivered via the cloud, companies can now take better advantage of video to transform their business without the high price tag.

The Top 5 Things Audio Visual Integrators Should Look for at InfoComm 2014
InfoComm is quickly approaching and with that it is worth noting how this 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. Some ideas of what AVIs should be looking out for at this year’s conference are: The convergence of voice, video and content, different mediums to unify content, architectural aspects of building a room, how to move content to people, and vertical use cases.

Video Meeting Rooms for Everyone?
Software-based video bridges (multipoint control units, or MCUs) have been around for a long time, but virtualized video bridges are a relatively new phenomenon. With a virtual video bridge, organizations or service providers can instantly increase capacity simply by spinning up a few virtual instances on standard hardware they already own, or through an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider.

The next big healthcare game changer is happening now
Although pundits have been touting Telehealth as the “next big thing” in healthcare for decades, there are several factors contributing to the fulfillment of this prediction, ranging from healthcare reform to ubiquitous access to Internet bandwidth and advances in remote visual communication. At a very pragmatic level, there are a growing number of instances where telemedicine carts were used by remote medical specialists to provide life-saving instructions to healthcare staff members. Healthcare IT providers who can align Telehealth technology with their organization’s business needs will realize tangible competitive advantages as well as the rewards that come from seeing technology’s potential in serving a greater good.

With New Mobility Trends and Ventures, European Officials Struggle to Balance Innovation and Regulation
At the second World Collaborative Mobility Congress (Wocomoco), held May 7-8 in Bern, Switzerland, entrepreneurs and policymakers discussed over the two days their experiences and identified challenges ahead in reshaping mobility. Entrepreneurs are missing clear frameworks on the political side, while policymakers are calling on companies to better coordinate and collaborate with the public sector. With citizens becoming ever more mobile and a trend toward urbanization, especially in developing countries, policymakers face tough times in managing a rapidly declining resource: space.

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Danielle Downs, Digital Marketing & Social Media Manager

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