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TMCnet Telepresence Week in Review

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July 16, 2011

TMCnet Telepresence Week in Review

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

Lot of exciting happenings this week in the high def. video communications industry. From new product announcements, to companies showing how their advancements are changing communications.

This week, Cisco (News - Alert) authorized distributor and Telepresence provider KBZ Communications announced Cisco TelePresence product installation and technical support services available on a GSA (News - Alert) contract for local, state and federal government customers.

 “Availability of our value-added programs on Winvale's GSA Schedule 70 gives our partners opportunities for government sales and expands our presence in the sector, positioning us for further growth.” said Jill Kavalsky, director of Federal Channels, U.S. for KBZ.

In related news, City Information Services Ltd., announced it achieved Cisco’s TelePresence Video Master Authorized Technology Provider (ATP (News - Alert)) status after demonstrating “a great depth of knowledge and skills in deploying the entire video endpoint portfolio, infrastructure solutions and architecture capabilities.”

Also this week, Telepresence systems and managed video conferencing services provider Plus 6 Technologies (News - Alert) announced it will expand its Las Vegas Executive Briefing Center (EBC).

 The center, which opened last year, now includes Nevada’s only Tandberg (News - Alert) T3 Immersive Telepresence room and the T3 experience for both customer demonstrations and public rental.

Pittsburgh-based telepresence company Vu Telepresence was on hand at the recent John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois where the company presented live virtual golf instructions together with instructor Mike Adams.

Two big names in the industry also hit the headline this week with the announcement that they were releasing a new Telepresence offering for the market. Microsoft and Polycom  introduced a new specially-made room video telepresence solution which is designed to fully integrate with Microsoft Lync.

Microsoft also made headlines this week with the announcement that it had gained access to “spatial search technology provider GeoVector Corp.’s portfolio of patents for Augmented Reality and pointing-based local search solutions for mobile computing.”

According to the news, the non-exclusive multi-year agreement will provide Microsoft with the right to use concepts covered in these patents in order to bring GeoVector’s patented Augmented Reality technology to Windows devices. Other terms of the agreement were not revealed.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to check back with for all the latest in Telepresence 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.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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