Video — already the biggest component of Internet traffic — will account for more than 50% by the end of next year and reach 62% by the end of 2015, according to Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index Forecast. By 2015, there will be nearly 3 billion Internet users, more than 40% of the world’s projected population and there will be more than 15 billion network-connected devices by then, according to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast for 2010-2015. Full article: http://www.multichannel.com/article/469029-Video_To_Comprise_Half_Of_Net_Traffic_By_End_Of_2012_Cisco.php

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IVCi created a custom design for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business using Cisco’s TelePresence technology. The results are remarkable. Read the full story here: http://198.154.240.130/~ivcicom/video-conferencing-case-study-duke.html

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In another exciting turn of events for our industry, Polycom has announced that it is acquiring HP’s visual collaboration business including Halo, and will become an exclusive partner to HP for telepresence and certain video UC solutions. Also included in press release: Polycom will integrate video applications in HP’s WebOS platform Establishes open video exchange cloud with leading service providers Expands strategic relationships with Microsoft Announces 2-for-1 stock split http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Polycom-Groundbreaking-iw-3458141717.html?x=0&.v=1%20ut:blank

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Polycom is certainly on a roll! Motley Fool has listed Polycom as one of the top five performers in the communications equipment sector, with a 47.2% YTD return. According to the web site, companies that do well may indicate either savvy moves from the business itself, or a larger trend out there in the market place. Either way let’s keep this type of good news coming! http://www.fool.com/investing/high-growth/2011/05/31/the-top-5-communications-equipment-stocks-of-2011.aspx

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Dr. Steven Hacker has begun to use a new robotic telemedicine system for his patients. Using this robotic technology, dermatology patients in Palm Beach County can communicate with him during emergencies even if he is present in a remote location. http://www.azorobotics.com/news.aspx?newsID=1550

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Telepresence Options has broken down the telepresence marketplace by matching various solutions with the appropriate target audience. Great overview for those considering investing in new or additional systems. IVCi client Duke University’s virtual lecture hall is featured in the section ‘Large Group Systems and Telepresence Classrooms.” http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/37303

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A recent New York Times article describes the sale of Skype to Microsoft as one example of video conferencing hitting a critical mass with consumers and businesses. Other factors that are contributing to video conferencing’s popularity  are the proliferation of broadband and an increased use of desktop computers/mobile devices. “As more and more people are telecommuting and not working in the same office — or state or country — there’s more of a need to find other ways to communicate,” the article states. While video will never replace all in-person interactions, the time has come for it to be a serious alternative to travel.

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A new study published by a telepresence provider has identified a trend that we have seen among our customers: technology, specifically video conferencing, continues to play a pivotal role in SMB competitiveness. An increasing number of these businesses will invest in video this year to cut costs and be more efficient, and those with video will add to their existing solutions. Those who don’t will get left in the cold…. http://it.tmcnet.com/news/2011/05/18/5520177.htm

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We have a higher education client who is using their custom telepresence system to create a global university, connecting students across the country and the world to each other and to subject matter experts. The telepresence solution is giving students a unique opportunity to learn because the classes are interactive and in real time. A student in the US and in India may attend the same class, and listen to a lecture by a business leader who did not have to take the extra time to travel for a personal appearance. It is exciting that younger students may also have access to …

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Go VGo! According to recent reports, VGo Communications Inc., a New Hampshire maker of telepresence robots, has taken in $4.2 million in a planned $6 million new equity funding round, the company reported in federal documents. http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2011/05/16/daily27-VGo-Communications-corrals-42M-in-latest-round.html

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