A recent report details Cisco’s changes to its enterprise video conferencing line, including major software revamping. Cisco is really focusing on optimizing/simplifying the user experience as companies increase their use of video conferencing and unified communication (UC) technology. Expect to see more good things from Cisco coming soon! http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/cisco-announces-major-changes-in-its-enterprise-videoconferencing.html/

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A new study published by Cisco demonstrates the importance of the Internet to young people (college students). The  study found that the Internet is ranked as important to their lives as water, food, air, and shelter. In addition, two-thirds of students (66 percent) and more than half of employees (58 percent) cite a mobile device (laptop, smartphone or tablet) as “the most important technology in their lives.”  The future of video conferencing and cloud-based services!  http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Midmarket/Internet-as-Important-as-Food-Air-Cisco-Report-364137/  

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Polycom continues to demonstrate its commitment to open standards among unified communications solutions with its announcement of  the Polycom RealPresence platform. This new offering includes a comprehensive software infrastructure for universal video collaboration. The Polycom RealPresence Platform (formerly referred to as the Polycom UC Intelligent Core) is the software infrastructure that powers Polycom’s HD telepresence and video solutions. The open-standards approach of the Polycom RealPresence Platform ensures integration with hundreds of unified communications and social networking applications, such as Microsoft Lync 2010, IBM Sametime, and Jive’s social business platform. More here: http://www.www.istockanalyst.com/business/news/5421447/polycom-introduces-realpresence-platform  

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A video conference on Sept. 9 linked youth voices from the United States, Lebanon, India and the United Kingdom. Small children when the attacks occurred in 2001, the participants are now high school and college students actively engaged in seeking understanding and respect across faiths, beliefs and cultures. This was not a one-off event. All of the participating schools are part of a new initiative called “Face to Faith” — an international schools program sponsored by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation currently active in more than 400 schools in 17 nations. Through video conferencing and online community, students ages 12-17 communicate directly …

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We have seen the benefits of video conferencing technology for patients who live in remote areas – the ability to gain instant access to specialists and medical professionals located across the country. In times of medical emergency, video can be the difference between life and death. Doctors can use video to treat stroke patients during the short window after a stroke when it is crucial to be evaluated for a life-saving treatment. Learn more: http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2011/09/08/247840/Doctors-use-HD-video-conferencing-in-rapid-remote-treatment-for-stroke.htm  

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Video conferencing makes for better communication than the telephone because people are able to pick up on non-verbal clues, an expert has said.Keith Warburton, editor of video conferencing and telepresence news publication Vcinsight.com, revealed that a recent UCLA study showed 93 per cent of communication is through visual signals. Individuals can tell the mood of a client or supplier as soon as they walk through the door of a meeting room or appear on-screen, in a way they cannot do on the phone. ‘That’s why face-to-face meetings are so important,’ he remarked. ‘So perhaps rather than ask whether video conferencing is desirable …

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If your business has invested in a video conferencing system, chances are you have considered a managed or cloud service to ensure a successful user experience. Studies have shown that companies that use a managed service to manage, schedule, and monitor their video conferencing systems enjoy an improved user experience and return on investment. A recent study by Wainhouse research called Video Conferencing Managed Services outlined the benefits of a managed service: Enterprises considering (or already using) a videoconferencing managed service provider to manage and enhance their rich media communications environment should focus on five deliverable and measureable benefits: Increased asset utilization: Conferencing investments provide …

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According to AVInteractive:  The education and research sector reports that 86% of organizations expect to see significant growth in usage. Use is widespread across the sector but could be more frequent. There are high levels of internal use within organizations. Cost and time savings are considered most important benefits. Looking forward, 86% of respondents predicted that the use of video conferencing would increase within their organization due to a combination of improvements in video conferencing technology and a wider drive to reduce organisational costs. More here: http://www.avinteractive.co.uk/news/33779/good-news-for-vcon

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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 expanded its strategic partnership with Talk and Vision, a provider of visual collaboration solutions and managed conferencing services throughout the European Union. This expansion will tightly integrate both companies’ joint video network operation centers as well as enhance service and support options for both IVCi and Talk and Vision’s U.S and international customers. IVCi and Talk and Vision have been providing UC services to mutual clients across the globe for over seven years. These UC services help multi-national businesses break down geographic barriers to effective communication with visual collaboration solutions that are implemented throughout their worldwide locations.

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