If your business is small or mid-sized and you are looking for the perfect video conferencing solution, Polycom has just come out with a system that could be the perfect fit for your organization! The Polycom RealPresence Ready is an affordable, easy-to-use video collaboration solution that is actually a bundle of high quailty Polycom products specially designed for the needs of smaller businesses. http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/blogs/mah/polycom-unveils-new-videoconferencing-product-for-smbs/?cs=47905  

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The US government is the world’s largest cosumer of information technology. Now the government is taking steps to cut waste and become more effecient. CIO of the United States Vivek Kundra said “An interesting case study is what the Social Security Administration is doing with videoconferencing. People don’t have to drive down to a Social Security office — they’re doing it through videoconferencing. The General Services Administration recently moved to Google Apps, and part of what they’re going to be doing is using the consumer tools to do video online instead of building these massive brick-and-mortar platforms.” http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/13/news/companies/vivek_kundra_leadership.fortune/  

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Polycom has announced a new addition to its product line of unified communications solutions – the Polycom Telepresence m100.  According to Polycom, the m100 is a cost effective was for small and mid-sized businesses to easily add video to their communication tools because it is a video conferencing software application that: Delivers HD-quality audio, video, and content sharing to users of Microsoft® Windows® OS. Has an intuitive and simplified interface that’s lets users search directories for colleagues or friends and click a name to call, discuss projects, and share virtually anything from their desktop with remote participants and teams. Utilizes industry-standard protocols, allowing seamless connection to the millions …

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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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