Welcome to the latest edition of TMCnet’s Telepresence Week in Review, keeping you up to date on the week’s top video communications headlines.
Topping headlines this week was Polycom’s (News - Alert) announcement that it would acquire the assets of HP’s video collaboration business for $89 million.
During a special webcast, Polycom officials said this new deal would break down barriers of communication for those located at a distance, as well as drastically improve productivity for customers.
The companies also announced they will be working together to combine video UC and telepresence solutions.
Also this week, Business Octane announced the launch of its telepresence solution, ‘Immersive TeleAllpresence’ which is able to connect up to 600 participants across up to 40 locations.
The telepresence solution will enable real-time, multi-location business conferences – a cutting edge solution for today’s competitive business environment.
In addition to business users, the new telepresence solution is also being pitched to government users – to allow officials across states and districts to communicate and meet on more a regular basis.
OoVoo, the video conferencing provider well known for its ability to offer multiple user video chat sessions this week launched Social Video Chat on Apple's iOS Platform.
This latest offering from the company will provide video chat on the iOS platform – so iPhone (News - Alert), iPod Touch and iPad users can also take part in its free HD video chat service.
Another well-known video conferencing provider, Skype, also made headlines this week with the announcement that it had certified the new Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD from Creative Technology (News - Alert), offering video and voice quality.
The new solution offers a HD video calling experience – removing choppy experiences, even with lower definition video calling.
In related news, Irene Dreayer, better known as, “The Dray” in Hollywood, an acclaimed career coach for kids, announced new Skype (News - Alert) sessions that will offer kids and parents the tools they need to get into show biz and be successful.
The offering will include private Skype sessions offered in 30 minute, 1 hour or 5 hour package increments and will offer a chance to get assessments on a kid’s talent and progress as well as training tips and answers to parent’s questions about the industry.
That’s all for this week, be sure to check back with TMCnet for all the latest Telepresence (News - Alert) news as it happens. Until next week…
Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering voice and Voice over IP technologies. She also oversees production of TMCnet's e-Newsletters in the areas of Internet telephony and speech technology. To read more of Stefania's articles, please visit her columnist page.