• Conferencing Events
  • Polycom and TANDBERG Specials
  • Article: Beyond The Classroom
  • Article: From Desert to Living Room
  • Guide: Buyer Beware
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Video Conferencing

Friday, 6/25/04
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
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139 Brooklake Rd
Florham Park, NJ 07932

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Video Conferencing

Wednesday, 7/14/04
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12851 Worldgate Drive
6th Floor
Herndon, VA 20170

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Video Over IP*

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This educational session covers the benefits of running your video conferences over an IP network instead of an inferior ISDN network.

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FREE WEBINAR:
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Find out how you can get a better return on your conferencing investment. Whether it's video, Web conferencing or streaming, you will learn which applications best fit your specific needs. Find out why industry leading analyst, Andrew Davis, said IVCI's IntelliNet MCS® is "one of the most comprehensive IP-based solutions in the industry."

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Streaming Video Webinar*

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This session discusses using your existing video conferencing equipment to create high quality video streams and manage them in your environment.

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IVCi SPECIAL
The Free Every 3 Plan from IVCi and Polycom gives you a turnkey video conferencing solution, combining IVCi's award-winning IntelliNet IP managed video conferencing network service and your choice of the Polycom V500, VSX 3000 or VSX 7000, for a flat monthly fee.
Click here or call 800-224-7083 x155 for additional information.

POLYCOM SPECIAL
Video Technology Upgrade Program (Non-Polycom Equipment)
Polycom wants your old video conferencing equipment. For a limited time Polycom is offering a rebate to end user customers, through a certified Polycom Channel Partner, who trade in an approved video conferencing unit and purchase an eligible Polycom ViewStation or iPower product along with a qualified annual maintenance service program. Offer valid until terminated by Polycom.
Call for additional information: 800-224-7083 x155.

POLYCOM SPECIAL
Video Technology Upgrade Program (Polycom Equipment)
For a limited time, Polycom is offering a rebate to end-user customers, through a certified Polycom Channel Partner, who trade in an old Polycom video conferencing unit and purchase an eligible Polycom VSX 7000, ViewStation or iPower product along with a qualified annual maintenance service program. The video conferencing unit being traded in must have been purchased more than one year from the date of the trade-in. Offer valid until terminated by Polycom.
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Beyond The Classroom

N.Y. Middle-School Students Use Conferencing to Learn About the World Around Them
Rebecca Peters instructs a class at the Eastview Middle School in White Plains, NY By Jody Howard-Kennedy
Teacher/Video Conferencing Coordinator, Eastview Middle School


Over the past three years, the video conferencing initiative at the Eastview Middle School in White Plains, New York, has caused tremendous excitement and change in our school district. Through the use of video conferencing, and other integrative technologies, teachers at Eastview have been able to plan and coordinate experiences for their students that not only fulfill the objectives of their curriculum, but also address the larger goals our school district has for its students, such as fostering and developing leadership skills, promoting the concept of global citizenship, and providing students with experiences that develop their emotional intelligence. The interactive, immediate qualities of this mode of communication appeals to a variety of learning styles and the developmental needs of adolescence, in particular, those of social interaction and self-expression. Student motivation, coupled with teacher enthusiasm and administrative support, have caused our video conferencing initiative to grow from having one school in our district equipped in 2001 to four schools at present. Eastview has also developed partnerships with 17 school districts in our surrounding communities and over 23 international partnerships. Our district recognizes and supports the endless possibilities and benefits that this technology can bring to our students and our community.

The World is Our Resource

Video conferencing content providers such as museums, science and technology institutes and many other educational institutions can add value to lessons and enable teachers to give students the opportunity to interact with experts without leaving the classroom. A good program will offer curriculum-based content and include pre and post materials that supplement standard based units of learning. During a quality videoconference the teacher becomes a facilitator and the expert leads the session. Sessions should be highly interactive thereby engaging the student to become active participants in their own learning. This year our students at Eastview have experienced and interacted with experts from the Cabinet War Room in London, a diver from under the water in the Australian Barrier Reef and Health and Social Service officials in South Africa. Video conferencing gives the concept of primary resources a whole new 'face.' Promoting tolerance and global awareness, a strong emphasis on infusing global awareness and developing tolerance have also been our focus in using video conferencing as an educational tool. In the past two years we have developed a strong partnership with Global-Leap, a project supported by the British government's Department for Education and Skills (DFES). Global-leap.com is a site developed by teacher, Mike Griffith, and his wife, Rosie, who devote their work in helping other teachers make natural curricular connections with resources throughout the world.

Mike Griffith states, "Incorporating an awareness of global issues into the curriculum and developing innovative classroom resources and strategies encourage an understanding of world issues and interdependence. We hope to provide a framework from which our students can become active and effective world citizens. By making the curriculum more topical and global it becomes more relevant to the lives, experiences and interests of pupils, now and in the future. A global dimension can help to demystify the unfamiliar and to enrich the learning process in linguistic, subject specific and cross-curricular way."

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From Desert to Living Room

New video conferencing center for troops, families now operational at Galva Armory

By DAVE CLARKE of the The Star Courier

Families of Galva National Guard members and their loved ones stationed in Iraq will now be able to see, hear and talk to each other live through a new video conferencing center that went on line Monday at the Galva Armory.

Believed to be one of the first such systems of its kind in the state, the center is the brainchild of the Galva Lions Club which raised $2,300 in donations to buy the equipment. Lions member John Goodale came up with the idea after setting up a video link on his home computer to chat with his daughter and grandchildren who live in Texas. Galva Lions member Frank Prosser, a National Guard recruiter, and others in the service club joined in the effort. More than $600 was donated toward the project by "Operation Carelift," a volunteer effort in Kewanee organized to send care packages to local troops in Iraq.

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Buyer Beware

Read This Before You Purchase a Video Conferencing System

Adding video communications to your organization should be a positive, exciting experience. We recommend a demonstration to see just how powerful video can be. Seeing really is believing. When you are ready to buy, the following tips will help you, along with guidance from your video reseller, to determine what you need.

Key Points to Consider
  • Ease-of-use and reliability
  • Number of people and room size
  • Number of sites involved in a meeting
  • Collaboration needs and data sharing
  • Security levels and confidentiality
  • Network requirements
  • Delivery and installation
  • Support, service and training
  • Software upgradeable
  • System management
  • Interoperability and telecommunication standards

Ease-of-use and reliability
The two most important features of a video system are ease-of-use and reliability. By trying to make a video call and using the remote control you can quickly get a feeling for which system you feel most comfortable using.

Being able to make a video call every time you want to and staying connected with people during a meeting is essential for good communications. If you have ever been cut off during a phone call, then you know how important it is. That's why top quality video systems have developed special features such as Downspeeding. If there are network difficulties, Downspeeding assists the videoconferencing system to correct the problem so that people can continue with their meeting uninterrupted.

Number of people and room size
The number of people that will normally be seated at the videoconferencing system at any given time and the size of the room determine, to a large extent, the requirements of the system (i.e. audio and video capabilities, monitor type and size, set-top or integrated stand and monitors):

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As a recipient of this newsletter, you qualify to receive a Video Conference Call to experience first-hand the amazing benefits of face-to-face video conferencing solutions. Locations are listed below. To request click here or call 800-224-7083 ext. 7156.
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Washington, DC
  • Raleigh
  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Salt Lake City
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles

TANDBERG MPS

The TANDBERG MPS (Media Processing System) is a reliable, scalable multipoint control unit. Low life cycle costs and feature-rich support for video endpoints make the TANDBERG MPS ideal for enterprise, public sector and education organizations as well as for service providers.

The TANDBERG MPS allows you to capture superior video quality and extend the benefits of H.264 video to suppliers, partners and customers.

TANDBERG MPS Design Features
  • 19” rack mountable chassis with display and CompactPCI backplane
  • Modular and expandable with multiple media processing boards and network interface boards
  • 24 LEDs show operational status
  • Custom audio welcome and on-screen messaging
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IVCi and Polycom are pleased to offer the new Free Every 3 Plan that provides you with a turnkey solution for your video conferencing needs.

Free Every 3 combines the award-winning IntelliNet IP managed video conferencing network service and your choice of the Polycom V500, VSX 3000 or VSX 7000 products to help you take advantage of the many benefits of using business-quality video communications.

For a flat monthly fee, you will also receive video calling endpoint(s) and unlimited use of the IntelliNet IP managed video conferencing network service, as well as a new V500, VSX 3000 or VSX 7000 every three years at no additional cost.

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TANDBERG Management Suite v9

Management and Scheduling Software for Video Networks

With Microsoft Exchange and Outlook integration, TMS also allows everyone in the organization to use a familiar, single interface for scheduling meetings.

TANDBERG Management Suite Design Features
  • Web-based software
  • Built on the Microsoft® .NET Framework for security and reliability
  • Intuitive user interface with graphics
  • Conference control center with complete conference details on one page
TANDBERG Management Suite Application Features
  • Detailed system-by-system and conference-by-conference records
  • Intelligent diagnostics for rapid support response
  • Management of on-site and remote video systems
  • Scheduling of video, audio, web and data conferences
  • Ability to schedule conferences, book rooms and invite participants using Microsoft Outlook® messaging software.
TANDBERG Management Suite Performance Features
  • Supports management of network and video conferencing equipment from multiple vendors
  • Manages calls made on multiple protocols (IP, ISDN and mixed calls)
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