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April 06, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review

By Monica Gleberman
Contributing Writer


The ability to offer audio and video conferencing has revolutionized the way companies have been able to do business. Now, regardless of where the employees, clients, prospects, or businesses are located networking and deals can be done virtually at any time. Like with technology, this new virtual collaboration is slowly being introduced into the business industry, with companies always look to improve it.

Rahul Arora, TMCnet Contributor, reported that Yorktel Corporation, the third-largest video conferencing service provider in North America, just acquired First Connections Ltd., a U.K.-based Audio Visual support company. The idea behind the acquisition is that both companies will work together to converge its technologies creating the industry’s largest Video-based services available over the Internet.

“This similar expertise in video conferencing integration and aligned offerings of Yorktel and First Connections make this union an ideal and natural next step in the ongoing growth of our company,” said Ron Gaboury, CEO of Yorktel. “We are excited to join forces with First Connections’ top-notch staff and to share our focus at Yorktel on ‘making video work.’”

TMCnet Contributor Nathesh reported on April 3 that Vidyo (News - Alert) is ready to begin testing H.264 and H.241 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) at an event in San Diego. Vidyo is sponsoring the event in San Diego to help promote its new technologies giving consumers a chance to experience everything first hand.

The new H.264 and H.241 is advanced video codec’s that Vidyo will offer to help extend video procedures and control signals for the H.300-series terminals. Vidyo claimed that major enterprises around the globe have recently begun implementing H.241 technology.

“We worked within the ITU-T for development and eventual standardization of the required H.241 SVC extensions, and today we are pleased to announced their first implementation,” said Dr. Alex Eleftheriadis, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Vidyo.

Read the rest of the report here

According to TMCnet’s Contributor Calvin Azuri, Intercall has decided to focus more on its audio conferencing platform by integrating Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync Server 2010 in a new suite pack for customers.

Intercall Reservationless-Plus Audio Conferencing will be combined with Microsoft’s unified communications solution to provide both telecommunications and hosting provides with the tools needed to expand their current services and products.

Rob Bellmar, senior vice president of Conferencing and Collaboration at Intercall said this new partnership would help both companies stay ahead of the technological curve. “Lync-hosting providers can add high-quality Intercall audio conferencing with cutting-edge call-control features as a service to their customers. Organizations gain additional ways to collaborate and access the resources necessary to achieve business objectives,” said Bellmar.

To read more about the new collaboration between both Microsoft and Intercall, check out Azuri’s full story here.

Lastly, Cisco (News - Alert) stated that it has unveiled new telecommunications solutions designed to help enhance high-impact meetings. According to TMCnet Contributor Nathesh, Cisco’s offerings include “new desktop and mobile Cisco Jabber collaboration applications and Cisco TelePresence systems that can help people collaborate anywhere, anytime and these offerings easily integrate with Cisco’s recent Jabber releases for iPad, Windows.”

Cisco plans on using their new platform called, TelePresence TX900 Series to raise the standard of telecommunications by making all parties feel like they are collaborating in-person. The new three-screen telepresence system allows for a much more natural collaboration process.

To read more about Cisco’s TX900 series, click here for TMCnet’s full report.

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