Polycom recently entered into a strategic partnership with IBM (IBM) to incorporate its popular RealPresence video solutions technology with IBM’s interactive application called IBM Sametime and IBM Connections. Polycom’s RealPresence video technology that host video conferences for enterprise clients are quite similar to IBM Sametime application, which facilitates Web conferencing and group chat within an organization. Hence, the integration of Sametime application with RealPresence technology will upgrade Polycom’s product feature. The new integrated technology that supports high definition (HD) quality video calling can be accessed through different touch points like web, email, IM clients and other social media sites, hence providing enhanced …

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Telemedicine centers bring quality, affordable medical treatment to India’s hundreds of millions of poor people. Patients schedule a doctor’s “visit” at the center, and consult with a doctor by video about symptoms and care. The nurse will measure vital signs like blood pressure and heartbeat, through equipment that transmits readings directly to the doctor and into a patient’s computerized medical file. Total cost to the patient: 50 rupees, or about 96 U.S. cents. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/from-india-the-1-doctors-visit/?scp=1&sq=video%20conferencing&st=cse

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If 2011 was a good year for videoconferencing (and it was), the forecast for 2012 is even more upbeat, especially as businesses look to continue trimming travel costs and to improve productivity. Bandwidth management, interoperability, reliability and quality will continue to be key issues for enterprise customers – but IVCi has solutions that address these and other issues, creating a smooth and successful video conferencing experience every time! More: http://www.telepresenceoptions.com/2012/01/count_on_a_sizzling_videoconfe/  

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A new paper to be published next year in the Journal of Business Ethics finds that people are more likely to lie via text compared to face-to-face communications, video conferencing or audio chat Participants in the study were most likely to be honest if the conversation happened via video, which beat out both face-to-face communication and audio chat. More: http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/40995  

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Interesting aticle in CRN magazine delivers a video conferencing state of the union.  It includes a substantial piece about the IVCi Desktop Experience and an interview with our own Chris Bottger: IVCi, well-known in the video conferencing channel and a top VAR for both Cisco (NSDQ:CSCO) and Polycom in the space, began working with Blue Jeans before its commercial launch. IVCi uses Blue Jeans’ cloud to power its IVCi Desktop Experience, a managed services offering that connects various desktop video clients and is both application- and appliance-independent. It works hand in hand with IVCi’s Managed Video Experience, the managed video services offering IVCi uses for everything from multipoint bridging and …

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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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On December 7th IVCi and Polycom presented on The RUS Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. Known as RUS DLT, this grant program has provided rural communities with interactive distance learning and telemedicine equipment for more than 16 years. Below is the recording of the webinar and the slides presented.  In the presentation, IVCi and Polycom explain who is eligible for this grant, what applications fit its purpose, and suggest ways to create the most competitive grant application possible. WEBINAR RECORDING: // SLIDES PRESENTED: The Rus Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program from IVCi, LLC

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Public Room Experience is a new service that gives customers access to a world-wide network of over 3000 public video conferencing and telepresence rooms. Public Room Experience accommodates the frequent requests IVCi receives from clients who need to participate in a video meeting while away from their facility and want the same meeting room experience. With Public Room Experience customers looking to book a public video conferencing room on their own can utilize IVCi’s web site to check real-time availability of a room and book with any major credit card.. The customer is then provided with all the necessary information about the conference room …

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Polycom has announced a new software update to the Polycom(R) RealPresence(TM) Platform that allows customers using Polycom and other standards-based video collaboration solutions to join calls with Cisco TelePresence Systems, and vice-versa. The latest RealPresence Platform software update, released today, also further extends interoperability across Microsoft and IBM UC environments. More here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/polycom-frees-users-from-vendor-lock-in-with-support-for-tip-allowing-non-standards-based-video-systems-to-connect-with-polycom-standards-based-video-systems-2011-11-16?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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Cisco has announced enhancements to its product line that address the need to collaborate easily and efficiently, from any device, at any place, and at any time. “The advancements Cisco is introducing today –from Cisco WebEx® to Cisco Jabber™ — can change how people meet utilizing expanded cloud-based services, and can give workers an easy way to collaborate directly from Web applications they use every day, driving new levels of business productivity and competitiveness.” More here: http://communities.cisco.com/docs/DOC-27345  

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