Did you know that NASA, home to astronauts, rovers, and space shuttles, also offers a comprehensive program of free Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses for students across the U.S.? NASA’s Digital Learning Network (DLN) reached almost 76,000 students last year using video and web conferencing from one of their 10 studios. Caryn Smith Long , manager of DLN, explains how the innovative program helps to broaden students’ learning—and worlds. IVCi: Who uses NASA’s DLN? CSL: We work with students from kindergarten through certified teachers. We’re developing some asynchronous courses where we take some modules we offer classrooms and teach them to teachers …

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Meet Mezzanine – The Future of Collaboration

February 18, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

A few weeks ago I had to privilege to play with one of Oblong’s Mezzanine systems and it was hands down one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Mezzanine truly pushes the boundaries of collaboration to the next level by creating a shared workspace across multiple displays. Essentially, anyone connected to the network can push and control content from multiple inputs on just about any device imaginable. I was using my iPad, another person was on his PC and another was using Oblong’s spatial wand (think Wii remote but so much cooler). We were all able to push contend …

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See the future of enterprise communications, listen to thought leaders and comprehensive analysis, attend in-depth technical sessions, and of course stop by Booth #330 to visit IVCi! Enterprise Connect (formerly VoiceCon) is the premiere event and exhibition for all things enterprise communications and collaboration. Sessions cover areas from Unified Communications to Video Conferencing to Social Media. Some of the sessions we are most excited about are Building a UC & Collaboration Roadmap, Building a UC Business Case and Emerging Video Technologies. Click here to view the entire conference schedule as there are a lot of great sessions. In other exciting news, we just …

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Building Homes with Video Conferencing

February 11, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Video Conferencing

You’ve heard of using video to arraign inmates, manufacture products, produce films, and even design clothing; but what about to build homes? Well IVCi customer K. Hovanian Homes, a nationally recognized home builder with headquarters in New Jersey and satellite offices across the company, is doing just that. Video is mostly used for quarterly accounting and budget planning, home design and other industry related meetings since many executives and directors work in satellite offices around the US, or in one case the Middle East. Mobility Experience gives these executives the flexibility to connect to a video call wherever, whenever, on whatever device …

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Preparing for a Successful Video Interview

January 28, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Video Conferencing

Recruiting is a high-stakes industry with everyone vying for the best and brightest candidates. Efficiency is crucial for recruiters; quickly sifting through applications and screening applicants can often make the difference between finding and missing the perfect candidate. As a result, more organizations are turning to video interviews to help qualify applicants faster and lower travel expenses. This can be quite the change for both seasoned veterans and those entering the workplace for the first time. Seasoned veterans may have a difficult time figuring out how to work the technology while first time applicants might have a difficult time with the professionalism …

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Significant advancements in video conferencing technology have allowed for greater accessibility and interoperability. As a result, video is becoming more integrated into consumers’ professional and personal lives. This opens significant opportunity in business-to-consumer video which can have a dramatic impact on the way we view and receive healthcare. Picture yourself sitting in a waiting room with several other patients who all seem to be spreading their contagious ailments through coughing and sneezing. It’s not very appealing, so perhaps you decide to “wait out” your symptoms or Google them for a self-diagnosis. Unfortunately, the internet can easily turn a simple upset stomach …

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Video conferencing on mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, is no longer a new concept. Neither are telepresence robots which allows remote participants to not only see, hear and talk; but also move around. However, the latest version of the VGO Telepresence Robot is now equipped with Verizon LTE giving the solution an even wider range. Previous models could only connect via WiFi and, unfortunately, a WiFi connection isn’t always available. The value of robotic telepresence is the ability to move around and converse with classmates or colleagues freely; not trying to stay within reach of WiFi signal. With Verizon LTE built into the …

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As cloud computing and cloud based services continue their meteoric rise to the top of IT strategies everywhere, an interesting convergence of these new technologies with video conferencing is occurring. Over the last few years countless services and organizations have focused on providing computing power in the cloud. Several of these services have achieved notoriety including Amazon’s Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure. The previous model for hosting computing power was to enable users to “rent” a server in a provider’s data center or to buy shared space on an existing machine. Web hosting and other hosting services used this model for …

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2012

December 27, 2012, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

As another year comes to an end it’s time to reflect on the previous year and create new goals for the coming year. Video conferencing has become ever present, cloud services are continuing to grow and collaboration technology is becoming even cooler.  Here is a look at some of the top blog posts from 2012. We hope you enjoyed reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them! Have a wonderful and safe New Year and we’ll see you in 2013! Top Blog Posts of 2012: IT Conundrum: Do It Yourself or Embrace the Cloud? The prevalence of cloud services has sparked a …

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The past year has been full of exciting announcements in the video conferencing and visual collaboration industry. The industry is rapidly changing and 2012 was a particularly noteworthy year for video conferencing. The term ubiquity was thrown around more than ever before due to increased access to video solutions . Here are some particularly noteworthy announcements and trends from 2012. Greater Interoperability Always a hot topic, interoperability continued to be a major trend in 2012. The Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC), of which Polycom was a founding member, continued to expand its membership; and in late 2012, the first services that connect its …

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