Category: Video Conferencing

The bottom line:  small businesses especially can benefit from video conferencing by using it to reduce travel costs and enhance productivity. In fact, small companies can pay for the equipment with just one or two business trips saved. According to Cisco’s VP June Bower points out that “the compelling reasons for utilizing video communications technology are starting to pile up. Web meetings are not just a good way to connect a far-flung team. They also cut costs, boost productivity and more.” Video Conferencing for Small Business

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Video — already the biggest component of Internet traffic — will account for more than 50% by the end of next year and reach 62% by the end of 2015, according to Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index Forecast. By 2015, there will be nearly 3 billion Internet users, more than 40% of the world’s projected population and there will be more than 15 billion network-connected devices by then, according to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast for 2010-2015. Full article: http://www.multichannel.com/article/469029-Video_To_Comprise_Half_Of_Net_Traffic_By_End_Of_2012_Cisco.php

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A recent New York Times article describes the sale of Skype to Microsoft as one example of video conferencing hitting a critical mass with consumers and businesses. Other factors that are contributing to video conferencing’s popularity  are the proliferation of broadband and an increased use of desktop computers/mobile devices. “As more and more people are telecommuting and not working in the same office — or state or country — there’s more of a need to find other ways to communicate,” the article states. While video will never replace all in-person interactions, the time has come for it to be a serious alternative to travel.

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A new study published by a telepresence provider has identified a trend that we have seen among our customers: technology, specifically video conferencing, continues to play a pivotal role in SMB competitiveness. An increasing number of these businesses will invest in video this year to cut costs and be more efficient, and those with video will add to their existing solutions. Those who don’t will get left in the cold…. http://it.tmcnet.com/news/2011/05/18/5520177.htm

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Go VGo! According to recent reports, VGo Communications Inc., a New Hampshire maker of telepresence robots, has taken in $4.2 million in a planned $6 million new equity funding round, the company reported in federal documents. http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2011/05/16/daily27-VGo-Communications-corrals-42M-in-latest-round.html

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We are excited to announce that our client Vermont Interactive Television was awarded a 21st Century Best Practice Award in Distance Learning for its extensive video network that connects remote residents throughout the state of Vermont. Working with Polycom, a leading manufacturer of unified communications solutions, IVCi helped architect the IP network and implement multipoint calling with bridging technology for this impressive project. VIT supports the economic health and development of the state of Vermont-the second least-populated state in the U.S.-and its citizens by providing the technical infrastructure and operational expertise necessary to deliver education, training, and information equally to all areas …

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The ability to communicate effectively is so important for business leaders that top MBA programs are now featuring courses that teach “soft skills,” like how to receive feedback well, speak respectfully to subordinates, and control emotional responses to conflict, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Although “hard skills” like finance and accounting are important and are included in most MBA programs, these skills become less relevant as employees climb the corporate ladder and start entering management positions. Managing a staff, handling disagreements, and decision making skills are abilities most will learn on the job and not the …

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Pope Benedict conducted the first ever video conference with the astronauts of the International Space Station. The pope spoke to the astronauts through a video link in the Vatican’s library. http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/pope-has-first-ever-video-conference-space-station-05-21-2011

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According to a press release that just hit the Web, Polycom’s new EagleEye Director creates a user experience that we haven’t seen before. This dual-camera tracking system actually makes sure that whoever is speaking is always highlighted (zoomed in and centered), creating a more personal and realistic meeting experience. Polycom’s Eagle Eye should limit the need for camera and remote control adjustments. “Unlike simple camera tracking technology of the past, the EagleEye Director gracefully transitions between highlighting individual speakers to capturing the entire room, allowing users to replicate a life-like conversation and drive more productive meetings.” More here: http://198.154.240.130/~ivcicom/polycom-eagleeye-director.html

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Many of us could stand to increase our powers of observation. Observational skills can be improved if, like working out a muscle, they are used more often. In a business setting an inability to correctly read others’ reactions can be disastrous and lead to poor decision making. More companies are using video conferencing for meetings with business associates at remote locations to get all of the advantages of visual collaboration. Next time you are in a video meeting, pay close attention to other participants’ body language. Think about what their visual cues are telling you that belie their words. The …

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