Category: Telepresence

You’re thinking of investing in a visual collaboration solution or upgrading the existing deployment; however, the equipment and management costs are adding up quickly. While you know the value visual communication provides; you need to justify the expense to your boss.  Unfortunately, all the different components are making it difficult to show a return on investment. Enter the cloud. Organizations can have access to multi-point bridging, firewall traversal, recording and streaming features without the complicated, not to mention costly, equipment.  This eliminates the frustrating “figure it out” period and enables organizations to realize the ROI of their video investment almost instantaneously. Additionally, instead of …

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Many people take for granted the ease of which they collaborate in a conference room.  With the touch of a button participants can switch between content from a PC, projector or interactive whiteboard; mute and unmute microphones; and pan, tilt, or zoom the camera on a video conferencing system.  The technology simply fades into the background while meeting participants focus on the business matters at hand.  Thinking about all of the different components required for effective collaboration can be exhausting; so, how is it that collaboration can be so easy and so effortless? Simple:  the room’s control system programming.  The backbone …

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P is for Process, that’s good enough for me In a world where instant messaging, email and online audio meetings reign supreme; shifting an organization’s culture to adopt visual collaboration or unified communication solutions can be extremely challenging.  Implementing a new technology is a significant organizational change that, if underestimated, can produce disappointing results.  There are several key steps an organization must take in order to effectively drive adoption throughout the organization – including properly defining processes. This is the third post in a five-part series covering the successful development of a video culture within an organization.  Read part one here. …

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The Center for Digital Government has issued a brief detailing the use of cloud-based video collaboration in the public sector.  Many organizations are switching to the cloud not only for the cost savings, but for the realistic and efficient interactions video conferencing provides.  In fact, “about a quarter of government institutions in North America, Europe and Asia are already using the cloud, with another 36 percent investigating its use.” The cloud offers an open a platform in which users can connect anytime, anywhere, with anyone, on any device.  Organizations no longer have to worry about differences in equipment; or the various …

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Cisco Telepresence SX20 New from Cisco! The Cisco TelePresence SX20 Quick Set easily turns any flat panel display into a flexible, powerful and sleek TelePresence system. Includes high definition video quality, multiparty conferencing and three different camera options to accommodate various room sizes and configurations – all at a value price. Here is a quick snapshot of SX20 product benefits: • Creates a powerful telepresence system with any flat panel display. • Only telepresence quick set to offer built-in individually transcoded multipoint conferencing with ability for users to add three additional participants to a call. • Designed for flexibility with three camera choices (2.5x, 4x and 12x) and …

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Cisco looks to expand doctors’ capabilities to view patients remotely with the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant. Cisco Systems has introduced the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant, a mobile telemedicine cart for high-definition video collaboration between doctors and patients. Physicians will use the VX Clinical Assistant to examine patients remotely from other facilities. It will also play a role in medical education, Cisco reports.  http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Health-Care-IT/Cisco-TelePresence-Cart-Brings-Video-Collaboration-to-Hospital-Exam-Rooms-454414/  

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Cisco’s TelePresence has traditionally been thought of as a stationary, high-end video conferencing solution targeted to c-level executives (due in part to the value it provides by cutting down on the need for global travel for meetings). Cisco is now expanding the concept of TelePresence with affordable, easy to use/deploy solutions that can be used in small to mid-sized meeting rooms,  and specialized systems that are aimed at the health care market space. More here: http://www.telepresenceoptions.com/2011/10/new_cisco_offerings_for_smbs_t/  

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Cisco has announced video sharing – a new feature that allows TelePresence users to archive video sessions, replay them on demand, and search them by keywords. http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/39549  

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The technology is finally here to make a dispersed workforce feel connected even when miles apart, according to a recent article in Forbes.com. High  definitionvideo conferencing at the desk top is now capable of making people feel connected, even if they work on projects without ever meeting their colleagues face-to-face. According to the article, the following are some compelling ways video is changing work habits and practices, and uniting a disparate workforce: •Teamwork and more effective meetings. It might seem obvious, but video can fundamentally change the nature of virtual teamwork and contribute to the effectiveness of meetings. I have noticed in my meetings that the …

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IVCi has just announced that we have earned the TelePresence Video Master Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) partner status from Cisco! This is a huge achievement for IVCi because it represents years of hard work and a significant investment in resources to gain the expertise necessary to meet Cisco’s rigorous requirements for the ATP status. Cisco now officially recognizes IVCi as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support Cisco TelePresence video products and solutions at the Master level. In addition, IVCi brings to the table our unique ability to provide custom telepresence solutions to all of our customers, including GE …

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