Executives across the world are finding they are spending too much time on business travel, so much so that they are missing anniversaries and children’s birthdays, according to a new study by Coleman Parkes research firm. And the worst part – these executives are still arriving late to the meetings they are sacrificing so much to attend, or even missing the meetings altogether. The answer?  Video conferencing. The study points out that many international companies are now using video conferencing for meetings, and those without video are looking to invest in it so that they may experience the time and costs …

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An interesting new offering launched this week in the Visual Collaboration world.  The Blue Jeans Network debuted a cloud based video conferencing service that promises to bring the traditional room based systems of manufacturers such as Polycom, Cisco, and Lifesize together with Skype, Google Talk, and more.  And this is all accomplished over the public internet!  The early buzz is that the service works very well. IVCi welcomes Blue Jeans to the market!

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We all know that by bringing people together virtually, video can dramatically cut the costs associated with business travel.  But one business took a closer look at the advantages video brings to the organization. For example, video makes remote employees feel more connected, assists with training and recruiting, and facilitates meetings across corporate locations. http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/37986

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The power of video conferencing to help people is truly amazing. Imagine having a debilitating disease like Parkinson’s and not having access to a specialist because you live too far away. Telemedicine is changing that and giving patients improved care by providing much needed access to health care resources. Read this compelling story by NPR: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/27/137089619/the-parkinsons-doctor-will-video-chat-with-you-now

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Cisco's Brings 'TelePresence Everywhere'

June 16, 2011, by nparker in Cisco

Best known for its high-end, immersive systems that are meant to be placed in custom rooms with good lighting and multiple displays, Cisco has broadened its telepresence brand to encompass high-definition video on desktops and smaller units as well. The new Cisco TelePresence MX 200 is designed for use in offices and general-purpose conference rooms. “It will fit into rooms that aren’t entirely retrofitted,” Thomas Wyatt, Cisco’s vice president of TelePresence Infrastructure, said in an interview. Further, the product is designed for easy assembly and automatic provisioning on the network “so you can be making your first call in 15 minutes, …

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Polycom announces OTX 100 immersive telepresence solution! The OTX expands upon the award-winning performance of the Polycom OTX 300 - the Polycom OTX 100 solution provides the power of a single-screen immersive telepresence experience in a smaller package. It is also less expensive, interoperable with Microsoft Lync and Cisco CTS systems, and uses less bandwidth, making it an ideal choice for smaller meeting rooms and offices.

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We’re seeing many interesting applications of Cisco’s TelePresence technology. Citizens Bank is redefining “robosigning” with a system that allows customers to apply for a loan via video conference and use an electronic pen to put ink to paper in an office hundreds of miles away. The bank is testing Cisco Systems’ TelePresence equipment at five Bay State branches as a way to speed up transactions between customers and off-site banking specialists. http://bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1344132&position=0

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IVCi has been named to the VAR500 list for the fifth consecutive year.  Look for upcoming press release!

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Expanded use of video conferencing to conduct preliminary arraignments and other court proceedings throughout the Commonwealth is saving taxpayers more than $21 million annually, according to a report released today by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Read more: Video conferencing saves PA courts $21M | Pittsburgh Business Times

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According to a new report by Frost & Sullivan, the video conferencing market continues to grow, and money saving is the main reason for businesses to turn to video conferencing services because it allows  employees to work from any location without the need to travel. The report specifies that small and medium sized businesses (SMB) are likely to be among those that will benefit most from the technology: http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/37558

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