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Open Source Makes Video Conferencing Affordable for SMBs

Open Source Makes Video Conferencing Affordable for SMBs

April 20, 2012
By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

For small and medium-sized businesses looking to keep costs low while also staying ahead of their competition, technology can sometimes lag behind on the priority list because implementation and purchasing costs are just too much for their budgets to handle.

The benefits of video conferencing however, for efficiency and improved communications in the workplace, is something any business, and in particular a small business, cannot afford to miss out on.

Today, with more multimedia applications and smartphones in use than ever before, the need for video communications has skyrocketed. Aside from reduced travel expenses, businesses will also have more efficient meetings that can include more users and more multimedia aspects and training can be done remotely, and on the fly.

Now, thanks to open source technology that takes advantage of the IP-PBX (News - Alert), it is possible for SMBs to have multi-point video conferencing that is cost effective and offers all the functionalities other enterprises have already come to enjoy.

The latest offering, XV3000, was recently introduced by Xorcom (News - Alert) and is part of an integrated, multi-point video and voice conferencing solution dubbed “XV Series” and also includes the XV0500 – a stand-alone video conferencing appliance compatible with any Asterisk-based IP-PBX.

Xorcom’s Asterisk (News - Alert)-based business telephony solutions support anywhere from 30 to 1000 users and include SIP signaling so it is compatible with a number of endpoints to keep costs low for the businesses who have that on the top of their priority lists.

During ITEXPO East 2012 in Miami, TMC’s (News - Alert) Stefanie Mosca sat down with Xorcom CEO Eran Gal to find out more about the company, what they offer and the details on their latest offerings. To hear more about this new offering, check out the video below.

Other benefits offered by the open source video conferencing solution include better quality video and voice with HD capabilities like an HD (720p) resolution down to QCIF video and wideband HD VoIP, according to the company.

In addition, users have real-time controls during conferencing sessions to manage and monitor performance and attendees.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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