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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Your Company's Collaboration Network

May 17, 2011, by Adam Kaiser in Cisco

Working Together Changes Everything. Check out our new site featuring real case studies about how Visual Collaboration is helping organizations increase productivity and collaboration, speed decision making, and scale expertise!

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Physicians across specialties are realizing the value of video conferencing to treat patients. The following is an excerpt from research firm Manhattan Research’s Taking the Pulse® U.S. v11.0 study: As video chatting becomes more common, this type of communication is emerging as a way for physicians to consult with patients about non-urgent issues, such as follow up questions from an office visit, or to connect with geographically dispersed patient populations that may not have nearby access to specialists. The study also found that certain specialties, such as psychiatrists and oncologists, are more likely to be using video conferencing with patients. “Telemedicine has …

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Although Skype’s target audience has been the consumer market, we believe this acquisition will have ripple effects that will lead to the acceleration of video conferencing use across the enterprise. We believe video conferencing will become ubiquitous as costs continue to come down, quality and ease of use increase, and it is integrated with other communication tools for mobile devices and at the desktop.

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IVCi is incredibly excited to announce an amazing Telehealth event! Patient care is all about being there. Being there with critical data and information to be sure, but more than that, healthcare institutions have a responsibility to enable the best of human resources to “be there” too. On June 7th, IVCi & Polycom will be presenting the future of health care streamed live at six telepresence locations through the country. At this event you will hear from industry experts and real healthcare professionals on how telehealth is enabling patient care in new and exciting ways. The event will be broadcast live via telepresence in NYC, Chicago, …

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We are excited to announce that our client Vermont Interactive Television was awarded a 21st Century Best Practice Award in Distance Learning for its extensive video network that connects remote residents throughout the state of Vermont. Working with Polycom, a leading manufacturer of unified communications solutions, IVCi helped architect the IP network and implement multipoint calling with bridging technology for this impressive project. VIT supports the economic health and development of the state of Vermont-the second least-populated state in the U.S.-and its citizens by providing the technical infrastructure and operational expertise necessary to deliver education, training, and information equally to all areas …

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The ability to communicate effectively is so important for business leaders that top MBA programs are now featuring courses that teach “soft skills,” like how to receive feedback well, speak respectfully to subordinates, and control emotional responses to conflict, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Although “hard skills” like finance and accounting are important and are included in most MBA programs, these skills become less relevant as employees climb the corporate ladder and start entering management positions. Managing a staff, handling disagreements, and decision making skills are abilities most will learn on the job and not the …

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