June 2013 - Telepresence Options

June 2013 - Telepresence Options
June 2013
Volume 37
Dear Subscribers,
We have two HUGE stories this month. 1st – The annual edition of Telepresence
Options Magazine and the 2013 print edition of the Telepresence and
Videoconferencing Catalog have been published. As long-time readers of
Telepresence Options know, we don’t so much publish a magazine as an annual
reference work. This year’s issue focuses on B2B video and our cover story is on
Deloitte who has built one of the most sophisticated telepresence and
videoconferencing programs in the world. The company is connecting to 185
partners, vendors, and clients a month, earning revenue from their video program,
saving their consulting clients money, and making their consulting expertise available globally. The rest of
the issue features “news you can use” on creating or improving your own inter-company visual collaboration
program, a reality check on WebRTC, and the most detailed comparison of the new robotic telepresence
platforms anywhere.
The other big story is that we have significantly expanded our consulting practice, the
Human Productivity Lab (HPL). We don’t talk about the HPL too much and many TPO
reader might not even know that we have day jobs but when David and I aren’t reporting on
the latest and greatest in visual collaboration, we are consulting for organizations looking to
improve their visual collaboration capabilities. We have significantly expanded our
consulting practice with the addition of 9 additional consultants including multiple CEOs,
company founders, and intellectual property developers. We are calling it: the “visual collaboration dream
team” and we are looking to help organizations build Video Network Operation Centers (VNOCs), video call
centers, streaming video capabilities, address security, governance, & business continuity and develop visual
collaboration strategies that connect them to their partners, vendors, and customers at the speed of light.
There will be multiple members of our consulting team attending InfoComm in Orlando this week if you
are interested in discussing how we might help you.
[email protected] to schedule.
Thanks for reading,
Howard S. Lichtman
Publisher - Telepresence Options & President – Human Productivity Lab
Hot Off the Press: The 2013 Edition of Telepresence Options Magazine
– The B2B Video Issue!!
The 2013 issue of Telepresence Options Magazine and the 2013 print edition of the Telepresence and
Videoconferencing Catalog have arrived!
The Summer 2013 issue of TPO Magazine is focused on Inter-Company video and features:
Deloitte: Open for Business at the Speed of Light: An inside look at how Deloitte is
connecting to 185 companies a month, generating revenue from their video program, saving their
clients money, and making their expertise available globally. The most in-depth look at a Fortune
100 visual collaboration program ever.
Business-to-Business Video: How organizations are cutting costs, improving productivity, and
enhancing collaboration by connecting with their supply and demand chains.
Business-to-Consumer Video: How video is enabling organizations to connect with customers,
enhance their brand, and provide subject matter experts anywhere.
WebRTC – A Reality Check: Telepresence Options talks to some of the industry’s leading
players to cut through the hype around WebRTC.
Robotic Telepresence: Tale of the Tape 2013 – We compare the new crop of telepresence
robots and look at the state of the industry and future trends.
Implementing B2B Videoconferencing- Consider the Ballerina: One of the industry’s most
sophisticated VNOC architects explains what it takes and provides “news you can use”.
Visual Collaboration for Agile Software Development & Scrum: Agile and Scrum are
revolutionizing software and hardware development but how do you get everyone on the same
page when your teams are scattered across the country or world?
The Video Migraine – Videoconferencing security, governance, and business continuity – One
Step at a Time!
Order a Hard Copy and/or Get Instant Access to the iPad-friendly digital edition.
The Ever Expanding TPO Catalog: 8 New Visual Collaboration
Listings With More To Come
June 6, 2013 | Telepresence Options
The Telepresence and Videoconferencing Catalog, is being
completely redesigned and upgraded in 2013 to provide the most
comprehensive overview of visual collaboration providers on the
Internet. We recently added 7 new enhanced listings to the
catalog, including:
AVI-SPL: Managed Services
AVI-SPL: Integrated Services
WolfVision: Ceiling Visualizer
XConnect: VIE
XConnect: VR
Continue reading...
Solution Snapshot: Draper
June 4, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Continuing the roll out of our 2013 series profiling the
leading solutions in videoconferencing, telepresence, and
visual collaboration, we offer a Solution Snapshot of
Draper Background Solution. Draper, Inc.'s Video
Conferencing Backgrounds offer a wide range of
possibilities with a single purpose: to make your video
conferencing more effective, focused, and attractive. Click here to view the Draper Background's Solution
Human Productivity Lab Expands with Visual
Collaboration Dream Team
June 3, 2013 | Telepresence Options
The Human Productivity Lab is a consultancy specializing in
videoconferencing, telepresence, unified communications and visual
collaboration. The company tends to take on unique projects: designing global
visual collaboration networks, testing new telepresence solutions, bringing
new visual collaboration technologies to market and due diligence for visual
collaboration investors. In the spirit of full disclosure, the company also
owns Telepresence Options, which has grown from HPL founder Howard
Lichtman's personal blog to become the largest identifiable audience in the
world interested in visual collaboration reaching more than 35,000 unique
visitors a month on our website, a newsletter with more than 6500 subscribers, and the only magazine
focused on videoconferencing, telepresence, and visual collaboration with distribution in 96
countries. Continue reading...
New Tech Alert: Prysm's Videowalls for
Meeting Rooms
May 30, 2013 | David S. Maldow, Esq.
Can videowalls function as collaboration tools? We are about to find out
thanks toPrysm's new Collaboration Videowall Solutions. Large
videowalls never fail to impress and get attention. As a result, they
have traditionally gravitated toward advertising or signage applications
(see below), whereas, meeting rooms generally use multiple 55" to 60" displays for videoconferencing and
Continue reading...
Solution Snapshot: AVTEQ
May 23, 2013 | David S. Maldow, Esq.
Continuing the roll out of our 2013 series profiling the
leading solutions in videoconferencing, telepresence, and
visual collaboration, we offer a Solution Snapshot of
AVTEQ's TeamSpace Solution.
AVTEQ's new TeamSpace collaboration center is compact
videoconferencing furniture designed for cubicle and small
office spaces, making office-to-office and team-to-team
collaboration easier than ever. It combines a worktable, screen mounting system, equipment storage and
videoconferencing camera shelf into one unit.
Click here to view the AVTEQ TeamSpace Solution Snapshot
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Videoconferencing Start-Up Pexip Uncloaks From Stealth Wainhouse Research Interview with CTO Hakon Dahle
May 22, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Andrew W. Davis / Wainhouse
Andrew recently caught up with Hakon Dahle, a well-known video technical guru from his years with Tandberg
and Cisco and the Norwegian Navy. Hakon is now involved in one of the industry's newest startups, again
based in Oslo.
Continue reading...
Playing God: Meet the man who built
the most lifelike android ever
May 22, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Andrew Couts / digitaltrends
Next month, leaders in the world of robotics, neuroscience, and
artificial intelligence will converge on New York City for the second
annual Global Future 2045 Congress, an event devoted entirely to
the quest toward "neohumanism" - the next evolution of
humankind. GF2045 is the brainchild of Russian billionaire Dmitry
Itskov, who's made it his life's goal to transpose human consciousness into a machine, thus giving us the
power of immortality. (Really.)
Continue reading...
Microsoft Unveils 3rd Generation Xbox One: Another Step
Towards Videoconferencing in
Every Living Room
May 21, 2013 | Joshua Parker
Today Microsoft unveiled their 3rd generation video game
console named Xbox One. The long awaited successor to
the massively successful Xbox 360 comes with incredibly
high expectations, and it is already available to pre-order.
Continue reading...
Company Profile - Polycom
May 20, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Continuing the roll out of our 2013 series profiling the leading
companies in videoconferencing, telepresence, and visual
collaboration, we offer a profile of Polycom.
Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice
and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000
customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by
the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive
software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the
broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud
applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its
ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best user
experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO.
Click Here to View the Polycom Company Profile
The Fridge Has Eyes: Cara Gives Anything With A Camera Powers
To See Faces, Age, Gender, More
May 17, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Sarah Kessler / Fast Company
When Jason Sosa started work on a webcam technology that
detects, in real time, the age, gender, attention time, and
glances of the people looking at it, he thought he was
solving an advertising problem. It's turned out to be much
His startup's first product was a digital billboard that
changes the ads it displays depending on who looks at
them--showing, for instance, an ad for a toy to a child and an ad for aftershave to a man.
Continue reading...
Is That A Display, Or An Actual Window? The Answer Is Yes!
May 15, 2013 | David S. Maldow, Esq.
We recently stumbled across "Switchable Projection Window" technology, demonstrated in the YouTube
Video below. This technology allows a normal glass window to be used in a variety of ways, including as a
television, a whiteboard, a computer monitor, and a privacy screen.
Continue reading...
G2J's MyEasyVision: Next Generation Videoconferencing
May 13, 2013 | David S. Maldow, Esq.
G2J is a videoconferencing managed service provider, headquartered
in Paris with a growing global presence. I recently was invited to
meet with Jose Jacques-Gustave (CEO) and Geoffrey Vande Weerdt
(Head of The Americas & Global Wholesale Alliances). Unfortunately I
wasn't able to use this as an excuse for a Paris vacation, as we were
able to meet in their Miami offices. But it was still a great opportunity
for me to learn that there is a lot more than meets the eye when it
comes to G2J, and to find out why they are so excited about
their MyEasyVision offering.
Continue reading...
Company Profile - AVTEQ
May 9, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Continuing the roll out of our 2013 series profiling the leading companies in
videoconferencing, telepresence, and visual collaboration, we offer a profile of
videoconferencing furniture manufacturer: AVTEQ. AVTEQ manufacturers of a
wide range of AV products including mobile carts, fixed stands, and executive
conference room and technology furniture. The company is regarded for costefficient, all-inclusive products that do not require accessories and upgrades to
be practical and efficient. AVTEQ has become the preferred choice of hundreds
of Global 1000 and Fortune 500 clients because of unmatched quality, service
and product innovation. It stocks a full line of A/V and digital signage support
products, as well as custom develops and designs solutions for unique videoconferencing, business, and retail
applications. Click Here to View the AVTEQ Company Profile
Blue Jeans New Pricing Plans: Business Class VC Interop at
Consumer Prices
May 7, 2013 | David S. Maldow, Esq.
Blue Jeans, pioneers in cloud-based videoconferencing
interoperability services, just announced a new pricing
plan designed to shake up the cloud videoconferencing
market. Please check out my recent coverage of Blue
Jeans and their latest developments at theEnterprise Connect
The Blue Jeans service is primarly focused around
accessibility. Blue Jeans users and their guests can connect to
their virtual rooms using a number of business class, and
consumer, endpoints (Cisco, Polycom, Lifesize, Microsoft Lync,
Skype, Google Video, WebRTC Browser, mobile devices, etc.). However, interoperability is only half of the
accessibility picture. In order to be truly accessible to the millions of potential users in the SMB market, the
offering has to be affordable.
Continue reading...
Company Profile: IMatte / SightDeck
May 2, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Continuing our series profiling the leading companies in
videoconferencing, telepresence, and visual collaboration, we
offer a profile of IMatte, creator of the SightDeck, the
ultimate presentation environment.
SightDeck was formed in 2000 by the award-winning
technology company, Ultimatte Corp., the world's recognized
leader in sophisticated green screen tools for the film, video
and graphics communities. Founded by Petro and Paul
Vlahos in 1976, Ultimatte provides real-time hardware and computer software products, allowing industry
specialists the ability to create completely seamless film effects in motion pictures and virtual studios for
broadcasters. Continue reading...
ORNL Develops Innovative Virtual Environment for Scientific
May 1, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, the
Department of Energy's first Innovation Hub, has enlisted top
scientists and engineers from around the U.S. to improve the nuclear
reactors that provide about 20 percent of the nation's electricity.
But the researchers don't all have to be in one place: CASL, which
opened in 2011 and is based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
(ORNL), is using state-of-the-art telepresence and video
communications technology to enable the scientists to collaborate over great distances.
Continue reading...
IBM develops telepresence robot to remotely assist field
April 30, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by David Szondy / Gizmag
If you've ever tried typing while talking to technical support with the
phone crammed between ear and shoulder, then you know the
meaning of frustration. Now imagine doing that upside down inside an
airplane wing while juggling wires, crimps and a schematic printout.
For some field engineers, that sort of thing is an everyday occurrence,
so IBM in collaboration with the University of Sheffield Advanced
Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in the UK is developing a mobile maintenance, repair and operations
(MRO) prototype robot. It's a combination of a smartphone app and a camera/projector mounted on a robot
arm, that allows supervisors and experts to have a more active presence on the job.
Continue reading...
The VCI-Group Launches The Visual Collaboration Industry
Sourcebook: Powered By The TPO Catalog
April 23, 2013 | David S. Maldow, Esq.
Regular Telepresence Options readers may be aware of
our recent and on-going work to refresh and upgrade
the Telepresence and Videoconferencing Catalog. As part of
this effort, we have opened it up to non-sponsors, making it
a truly comprehensive third party overview of the visual
collaboration industry. In addition, we have been adding new
features, such as relevant news and twitter feeds in catalog
sections, and we have big plans to continue improving and
enhancing the experience, and finding new ways to provide
additional free value to our readers.
The VCI-Group has also been working hard to refresh and
update their programs and resources to meet the needs of
today's visual collaboration users. With this in mind, the VCI-Group has partnered with Telepresence
Options to create the best third party, free, resource in the industry. The new VCI-Group Visual Collaboration
Industry Sourcebook is a great start for those seeking to learn about the technology and organizations in this
Continue reading...
Videoconferencing Gets Personal With Fundawear: Remotely
Controlled Haptic Underwear
April 22, 2013 | Joshua Parker
Durex Australia has released videos associated to
an experimental product they are calling
"Fundawear". Fundawear allows the remote
sensation of touch through wearable
undergarments via use of a mobile application.
Unlike other wearable touch undergarments these
appear to have had extra effort to ensure the least
intrusive hardware within the garment. They have
worked to use the smallest battery packs and
vibrating sensors similar to those used in mobile phones.
Continue reading...
Telepresence Options: New Articles and Stories
From our on-going review of the most important stories on telepresence technologies and
reporting on the telepresence industry.
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Surge in corporate video conferencing, says UCi2i
Home Depot testing video conferencing with on-line shoppers to
sell custom kitchens
June 7, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Andria Cheng / Market Watch
Home Depot Inc. is benefiting from the housing market rebound. Its
stock rose another 2.9% Thursday, the No. 2 gainer on the Dow. That
led to a 25% gain so far this year, outpacing a 14% gain by its smaller
rival Lowe's Cos. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. its other Dow retail counterpart,
was up 11%.
Continue reading...
Bell Labs invents lensless camera
June 7, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Kurzweilai
Researchers at Bell Labs in New Jersey say they've used compressive
sensing to build a camera that needs no lens and uses only a single
sensing pixel to take photographs, MIT Technology Review reports.
Continue reading...
June 6, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Conference News
Global video conferencing company, UCi2i has claimed that 'home
has become the workplace of choice', pointing to new research
results from Ipsos MORI.
An Ipsos MORI survey of 1,000 remote workers, found 70 per cent
admitted they get more done at home than they do in the office.
UCi2i says its customer usage increased 357 per cent in the last year,
and claims it demonstrates the value of video communication in today's ever evolving workforce.
Continue reading...
Video conferencing means fewer jail trips, less burnout
June 6, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Denise A. Raymo / Press Republican
MALONE -- Franklin County uses video conferencing instead of transporting some
inmates to court appearances.
The system, says Public Defender Thomas Soucia, helps him stay in better touch
with his incarcerated clients, eliminates time-consuming treks to the County Jail
for brief conversations, and it is expected to reduce employee burnout.
Continue reading...
Brad Feld - Venture Capitalist's Plan to Master
June 5, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Brad Feld / Foundry Group
I've decided not to travel for the rest of 2013. There are a lot of
inputs into this decision, including the fact that I've been travelling
50% - 75% of the time for the last 20 years and I'm just tired of it. I
also have realized that my endless travel introduces a lot of friction
into my world that I believe is both unnecessary, is shortening my
life, and starting to have a material impact on my creativity.
Continue reading...
Creative Introduces Senz3D Interactive Gesture Camera
June 5, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Anton Shilov / XBitLabs
Creative Technology has announced the new Creative Senz3D
interactive gesture camera, introducing an immersive multidimensional gaming, video conferencing and voice control
experience for PC enthusiasts and early adopters. The cam uses
technologies co-developed with Intel Corp. and relies on software
development kit designed by the latter.
Continue reading...
Soldier about to go to Afghanistan marries girlfriend over Skype
June 4, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by DAILY MAIL REPORTER
A Colorado soldier facing deployment to Afghanistan has
tied the knot with his girlfriend over Skype from his base
in Panama.
In a virtual whirlwind, Staff Sgt. Darrin Brust initiated the
romantic gesture by proposing to his long-time girlfriend
Torey Simons at the airport before he left for Central
America. With one week before his deployment to Afghanistan, Torey had little time to prepare the online
ceremony but with family gathered in her home and Darrin's soldier buddies huddled around the computer as
witnesses, the couple made their vows. Continue reading...
Verizon deploys 100GE technology to meet enterprise cloud,
video demand
June 4, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Fred Donovan / Fierce Enterprise Communications
Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is beefing up its global IP network by deployed 100
gigabit Ethernet (GE) technology to the edge routers of its Private IP
network to give enterprises faster speeds and increase bandwidth for
cloud and video services. Continue reading...
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Microsoft Connects Skype, Lync
June 3, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Pedro Hernandez / eWeek USA
Microsoft has introduced voice and chat interoperability between its
enterprise and consumer products. Skype and Lync users can finally call
each other and participate in text chats without switching apps, Microsoft
has announced. For now, Lync-Skype connectivity works only on the Skype
desktop clients for Windows and Mac, but Microsoft assures that it is bringing the functionality to other
platforms soon. Video calling between both platforms is also in the works. Continue reading...
Intel's Haswell Chip Optimized for Videoconferencing
June 3, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Charlie Demerjian /
Intel has finally released the next big thing in CPUs but
what does Haswell bring to the table? Depending on
how you look at things either a lot or not much, but it
certainly has enough interesting details to keep any
geek happy. The basics of Haswell don't look all that
different to the last two CPUs Intel put out, Sandy
Bridge and Ivy Bridge. Both have four cores max on the desktop, HT, a central ring bus and, a GPU on die.
From a high level view there isn't much there but the devil is in the details and there are a lot of details. The
cores are entirely new but not radically different from their predecessors other than adding AVX2 support.
Continue reading...
Vancouver startup company aims to reinvent the doctor-patient
house call
June 3, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Doctors made house calls in a bygone era, but a Vancouver startup
wants to reinvent the antiquated practice by connecting physicians and
patients via webcam.
Medeo.ca is a new online platform that lets patients with valid MSP
coverage visit a doctor in a virtual office using video-conferencing
technology on their computer, iPhone or iPad.
"This is the first time you have been able to have a doctor literally in the palm of your hand," CEO Ryan
Wilson told The Province in an exclusive interview before the company's official launch Monday.
Continue reading...
Atheer's Mobile 3-D Interface Is Augmented Reality on Steroids
May 31, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by CHRISTINA BONNINGTON / Wired
A California company has answered a question few people have
probably thought to ask: What would happen if you combined the
wearability of Google Glass with the gesture-based control of
Microsoft Kinect? The answer is a pretty cool wearable interface
you can control using your voice or gestures.
Mountain View startup Atheer wants to make it easier, and more
natural, to interact with the digital world. A prototype of its
interactive 3-D interface shows it is well on its way.
Continue reading...
Double Robotics has started shipping its iPad-equipped
telepresence robots
May 31, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by John Koetsier / VentureBeat
Made-in-the-USA Double Robotics is now shipping its innovative
new telepresence robots. The Y Combinator-backed startup
officially launched in mid 2012 with a Segway-like telepresence
robot that balances on two large wheels, uses any iPad as its
screen and eyes, and rests on a smart kickstand when not in use.
And, of course, lets you virtually visit locations, participate in
remote meetings, and show your smiling face to distant colleagues. Continue reading...
Cook affirms Apple wearable-computing scenario
May 31, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Kurzweilai
Speaking at the D11 Conference on Tuesday night in theopening tête-àtête, Apple CEO Tim Cook offered muted praise for Google Glass but
dismissed its mainstream appeal while calling wearable computing on
your wrist "interesting" and "natural," Jason Hiner writes on ZDNet.
Continue reading...
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Requestec's WebRTC MCU Now Shipping
May 31, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Requestec release WebRTC, Flash RTMFP and SIP-enabled Multi Control
Unit (MCU) for conferencing and recording of multiple concurrent audio
video streams. Since announcing the addition of WebRTC to its carrier
grade Zenon IP Communications Gateway,Requestec has now started
offering its WebRTC-enabled gateway to customers in both the health
and financial enterprise sectors. The gateway includes a powerful MCU for
conferencing together WebRTC, Flash RTMFP and SIP endpoints in a
number of layouts which can be controlled remotely through an HTTP API
or based on who is talking. Continue reading...
Digital Shoreditch festival open house displays latest in
immersive visualisation
May 30, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Oliver Wainwright / ISPR
The future of virtual reality: want to conquer vertigo or have a
go at surgery? Now you can with the next level of 3D
technology - which defies gravity and lets you come
squeamishly close to death
Ever wondered what it would be like to tightrope walk above the city,
dissect a human heart, and jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet - all in
one afternoon? These are just some of the experiences on offer in a basement in east London, as part of
the Digital Shoreditch festival next week, where the latest developments in immersive visualisation will be on
show. Continue reading...
Cool InfoGraphic: The Past, Present, and Future of Smartphones
May 30, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by waypharer
It's always fun to look back on the past, especially in the area of cellular
phone technology. We've come so far and there is still so much further we
can go when it comes to those little gadgets we're so addicted to these
days. Take a peek below and have some fun. Don't forget to share with
anyone else who may find this history as interesting as we did!
Continue reading...
IDC: Cisco, Polycom post double-digit declines in
videoconferencing revenues
May 30, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Fred Donovan / Fierce Enterprise Communications
Enterprise videoconferencing, telepresence equipment market declined 13.2% year-over-year in Q1 Cisco
(Nasdaq: CSCO) and Polycom (Nasdaq: PLCM) posted double-digit declines in enterprise videoconferencing
and telepresence equipment revenues in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest stats from IDC.
Continue reading...
Cisco and Microsoft Can't Communicate
May 29, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Larry Walsh / ChannelNomics
No love is lost between Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in the race
to dominate the unified communications market. For the last several years,
the two have been locked in a bitter battle over technologies, products and
market share in this emerging segment. Once again, Cisco is looking to
blunt its rival's advances by challenging Microsoft's acquisition of Skype.
Cisco yesterday asked the powerful European Commission to again
review Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype, claiming the
regulatory court erred when it approved the deal following the 2011 acquisition.
Continue reading...
Xbox One can talk - Report
May 29, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Eddie Makuch / GameSpot
Source says Microsoft currently testing Siri-like feature for
next-gen platform and mode that allows friends to take over
gameplay. A new report today claims the Xbox One has more
features than Microsoft showed off during the system's
announcement earlier this week. Polygon has heard from a
source that the next-generation platform will be able to speak
and has an option to allow friends to take over gameplay.
Continue reading...
This Telepresence Robot Is Powered By a Smartphone
May 24, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Emily Price / Mashable
What if you could have your smartphone greet customers while
they're shopping in your store or have a tablet work as a
babysitter? That's the idea behind R.bots Synergy SWAN, a
telepresence robot with that works with any Android or iOS device.
To make the robot work, you attach your smartphone or tablet. The
device charges while its docked, and the robot interacts with the
world around it. The robot is still a prototype, but R.bots was able to show me a few use cases for the device
on the show floor at CTIA Wireless conference this week in Las Vegas.
Continue reading...
Programmers to embed video conferencing deeper into real life
May 24, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Adrian Bridgwater / Computer Weekly
At some point during the 1900s (or thereabouts) what we used to
know as video conferencing became known as presence,
telepresence, or even immersive telepresence if you will.
Telepresence is in fact much the same video conferencing but
carried out with the support of high-end "codecs" to enable users
to speak and view each other over high bandwidth connections
that support HD resolution images.
Continue reading...
LifeSize Unveils ClearSea Mobile Video Conferencing Tool
May 23, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Jeffrey Burt / eweek
ClearSea, part of LifeSize's UVC platform, is simpler and more costeffective than offerings from the likes of Cisco and Polycom, officials
say. LifeSize Communications officials want to make it easier for
people to use their video conferencing technology at any time and on
any device. Continue reading...
Second Life Founder's New Virtual World Uses Body Tracking
May 22, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Story and Images by Tom Simonite / technologyreview
Hardware that tracks your head, eyes and hands will make the follow
up to Second Life very different to the pioneering virtual world.
The founder of once-popular virtual world Second Life, Philip
Rosedale, is working on a new 3D digital world that looks like it will be
operated using gestures and body-tracking hardware. Rosedale
declined to talk about his new company, called High Fidelity, just yet.
But videos and other material posted online by the company suggest
it is working on an impressively immersive virtual reality experience
where you control an avatar using head and hand movements.
Continue reading...
Swivl lands $500,000 from Grishin Robotics for its nifty remote camera controller
May 22, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Chat Perf attachment adds smell-o-vision to your iPhone
May 21, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Role-Playing Games And Video Conferencing
May 21, 2013 | Telepresence Options
South Korea Uses Videa Callaboration Tools For Disaster Management
May 20, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Texans Star J.J. Watt Surprises 12-Year-Old Leukemia Patient as Only He Can
May 20, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Video conferencing industry set to see dramatic changes
May 20, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Google calls for fast adoption of VP9 video compression
May 17, 2013 | Telepresence Options
11 Governments Are Meeting in Peru to Figure Out How They Can Control the
May 17, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Samsung to Offer 5G Service by 2020:Tens of Gigabits per second
May 17, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Ringadoc adds another $700,000 for after-hours patient calls
May 16, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Virgin eyes Kiwi link-up
May 16, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Encoder for 8K "Super HI-Vision" Developed
May 15, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Skype with care - Microsoft is reading everything you write
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Shady Companies With Ties to Israel Wiretap the U.S. for the NSA
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Case Study: VideoCentric Visual Collab in Abu Dhabi
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How Google is melding our real and virtual worlds with games, apps ... and Glass
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The Future of Gaming: It May All Be In Your Head
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Apple TV: Apple's Trojan Horse
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Carolina on their minds
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Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Secure Quantum Internet for Over Two
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Telepresence Industry Press Releases
Check out the latest news from the companies on the forefront of telepresence
technologies, telepresence managed services, and inter-networking telepresence.
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Human Productivity Lab Releases New Publication,
"Planning a Video Conferencing or Telepresence
May 31, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Detailed guide outlines end-to-end planning of a telepresence or video conferencing
Ashburn, VA May 31, 2013
The visual collaboration consultancy Human Productivity Lab (HPL) announces the
release of the publication Planning a Video Conferencing or Telepresence Project.
Written by HPL Consultant Richard Tucker, this guide is based on the experiences
and lessons learned by end user organizations that have implemented telepresence
projects, from personal systems to immersive room systems.
Continue reading...
AGT Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Unveils Updated Brand Identity
and Commitment to Service Providers
June 6, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Kennesaw, Ga. (June 5, 2013) - Celebrating 20 years in business, AGT,
a leader in managed and cloud video conferencing solutions, today
introduces a new brand identity initiative, featuring a logo refresh, new website and strategic positioning
committed to service providers. Signifying the company's key differentiators, the new visual identity and
messaging support a dedicated focus on delivering the industry's most turnkey partner program for service
providers and resellers.
Continue reading...
Alteva Continues to Demonstrate UCaaS Leadership position with
Integrated Microsoft Lync offering
June 6, 2013 | Telepresence Options
PHILADELPHIA, PA - June 5, 2013 - Alteva (NYSE MKT: ALTV), a
premier provider of hosted Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS),
announces the launch of Microsoft Lync. Alteva's Microsoft Lync enables
enhanced virtual meetings by integrating audio and video that empowers
users to share presentations, annotate slides, superimpose text, and use
visual pointers, in real-time. Additionally, users are able to move directly to
a collaborative environment from an instant messaging application.
Continue reading...
Samantha Osowski Directs Yorktel's Marketing to Address
Evolving Enterprise Market
June 6, 2013 | Joshua Parker
Eatontown, NJ (June 6, 2013) - Yorktel (@Yorktelcorp), the worldwide leader in
video managed services, today reported on the success of its yearlong
marketing program implemented by Samantha Osowski, hired last year to lead
the Company's branding, communications and marketing. As Director of
Marketing, Samantha is charged with all aspects of program development,
execution and management. "The global communications landscape is shifting;
enterprises now readily embrace advanced technologies and services as part of their core operations," said
Yorktel President and COO, David Phillips.
Continue reading...
ZTE Corporation : ZTE and Easymeeting.net Join Forces to
Develop Easy-to-Use Video Conferencing Solutions
June 6, 2013 | Telepresence Options
6 June 2013, Shenzhen, China- ZTE Corporation ("ZTE") (H share stock
code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global
provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile
devices, and Easymeeting.net, a globalvideoconferencing as a service
provider, have entered into a strategic partnership. In the next 12-18
months they will developand release several major video conferencing R&D
initiatives. The video conferencing industry is experiencing a huge shift from complicated high-cost solutions
towards highly-scalable cloud-based software coupled with affordable hardware. The partnership between ZTE
and Easymeeting.net will expedite the transition by making video conferencing more affordable and simple to
use. Continue reading...
Atrium Executive Center Partners with A&S, Inc. to Provide
June 6, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Mt. Laurel, NJ, June 4, 2013
Atrium Executive Center, South Jersey's standard for workspace solutions including
Furnished Offices, Virtual Offices, Meeting Space and Business Services, has today
announced its partnership with A&A, Inc. Court Reporting and Videoconferencing.
The alliance will bring state of the art videoconferencing equipment to a
convenient location, expanding Atrium's technology solutions packages.
Continue reading...
Shanghai joins Tata Communications' global telepresence
network via partnership with China Mobile and JW Marriott
June 6, 2013 | Telepresence Options
NEW YORK, MUMBAI - Tata Communications, provider of A New
World of Communications, announces the addition of a state-ofthe-art "virtual meeting" Telepresence suite to its global network,
situated in the heart of downtown Shanghai. Launched in
partnership with China Mobileand JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai,
the new in-hotel facility located within the 5* luxury JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square, provides
participants a life-sized, high definition and immersive virtual collaboration experience.
Continue reading...
Consumer Marketing Veteran Brad Simmons Joins FuzeBox as
Vice President of Marketing
June 5, 2013 | Telepresence Options
As the consumerization of the enterprise and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) era accelerates, FuzeBox
brings on Simmons to drive consumer disciplines into company's online marketing strategy to further propel
FuzeBox applications into the global marketplace
SAN FRANCISCO----June 04, 2013--
FuzeBox, the global leader in real-time visual collaboration solutions, today announces a key executive hire,
with Brad Simmons joining the company as vice president of marketing. Mr. Simmons brings over 15 years of
experience in the consumer direct, online marketing, and acquisition space.
Continue reading...
Clary Icon to Launch the Clary OneScreen™ Interactive Video
Whiteboard at InfoComm 2013
June 5, 2013 | Joshua Parker
Clary Icon, a US-based manufacturer of interactive video whiteboards,
will formally launch the Clary OneScreen™ at InfoComm 2013, the
largest professional audio visual show in the world. The Clary Icon
team will demonstrate how the Clary OneScreen is changing the way
people work together in booth #1688. San Diego, CA June 04, 2013
Clary Icon, a US-based manufacturer of interactive video whiteboards,
will formally launch the Clary OneScreen™ at InfoComm 2013, the
largest professional audio visual show in the world. The Clary
Icon team will demonstrate how the Clary OneScreen is changing the
way people work together in booth #1688. Continue reading...
Personify Launches Immersive Video Conferencing for Apple's
Notebooks and Desktops
June 5, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Chicago, IL June 04, 2013
Personify, the immersive video communication company behind Personify
Live™, announced today the launch of the Mac version of its flagship Web
conferencing product. Personify Live, now functional for both Mac and PC
environments, works in conjunction with traditional Web conferencing and
collaboration tools, including GoToMeeting, WebEx and Skype.
Continue reading...
Christie and the Sextant Group Help North Carolina State
University Build Research Library of the Future
June 4, 2013 | Telepresence Options
CYPRESS, Calif. - (June 3, 2013) - Christie® and The Sextant
Group are helping redefine the components of a research library
at North Carolina State University's James B. Hunt Jr. Library in
Raleigh, North Carolina. Achieving the school's goal of securing a
competitive advantage by equipping students with collaborative
research tools for solving problems in today's tech-driven society,
the library sets a new standard in combining technological
innovation, student engagement and striking architecture
usingChristie® MicroTiles®, Christie projectors, and Christie Spyder
X20 video processors.
Continue reading...
Vidtel and Haverford Systems Partner to Deliver Cloud-Based
Any-to-Any Video Collaboration
June 4, 2013 | Telepresence Options
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 3, 2013 --- Vidtel, a pioneer in
cloud-based any-to-any® video conferencing, and Haverford
Systems, a custom technology integration specialist, together
announced that Haverford Systems will provide Vidtelpowered cloud videoconferencing services as part of their
portfolio of solutions. With this agreement, Haverford
Systems joins Vidtel's channel partner program, and will
deliver Vidtel's MeetMe service to its customer base.
Continue reading...
Frost & Sullivan: High Usage of OTT Applications in Australia Ease of Use and Accessibility from Smart Devices Main Drivers for
June 4, 2013 | Telepresence Options
SYDNEY, JUNE 4, 2013 -- -- Over-The-Top (OTT) applications are among the most downloaded and used apps
on mobile devices and employees are increasingly using their smart devices at work, by-passing carrier
networks to send messages and to make voice or video calls.
Continue reading...
Tata Communications' global telepresence extends to Shanghai
June 4, 2013 | Telepresence Options
New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Tata Communications has added a state-of-theart "virtual meeting" telepresence suite to its global network in downtown
Shanghai. It has been launched in partnership with China Mobile and JW
Marriott Hotel Shanghai, the company said here in a statement Tuesday.
Telepresence is the next generation of video-conferencing that provides a
fully life-like and high definition 'virtual' meeting experience, which helps to
improve all sorts of business interaction through better and more frequent
Continue reading...
Cisco, Polycom, Logitech's LifeSize lead healthcare
videoconferencing market
June 4, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), Polycom and Logitech's (Nasdaq: LOGI)
LifeSize are leading the telemedicine movement by providing
videoconferencing capabilities to healthcare
organizations, according to research firm TechNavio.
Continue reading...
Huawei Videoconferencing Participated the IMTC SuperOp! 2013
Robust Interoperability Reducing the TCO for Enterprises
June 3, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Porto, Portugal, May 27, 2013 - Huawei, a leading global
information and communications technology (ICT) solutions
provider, attended the SuperOp! 2013 held by the International
Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) in Portugal.
Huawei's videoconferencing products successfully passed the
interoperability testing with equivalent products from mainstream
videoconferencing vendors. Thanks to the industry-leading
interoperability, Huawei's videoconferencing products can protect
customers' existing investments in videoconferencing systems and
assist customers in expanding videoconferencing platforms to a broader service scope, enabling flexible faceto-face communication and improving collaboration efficiency while reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO)
for enterprises. Continue reading...
whyGo Now Offers Cloud Based Video Conferencing Room
Booking System
May 31, 2013 | Telepresence Options
WhyGo breaks barriers again with the world's first private and public video
conferencing room scheduling system.
(PRWEB) May 31, 2013 In today's ever changing conferencing world, the room
scheduling market has just become easier with whyGo's company branded
cloud based scheduling platform. Until today, scheduling platforms only
schedule a company's private video conferencing venues.
Continue reading...
Tata Communications completes successful unified
communications deployment for KPIT Cummins
May 30, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Technology overhaul encompasses network consolidation, business video and
managed voice services to enhance employee productivity and customer experience
through innovative global collaboration
New York (NYSE) & Mumbai (NSE & BSE) - May 30th 2013 - Tata
Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, today
announces that it has completed a successful multi-technology implementation of
network consolidation, business video and managed voice services for KPIT
Cummins. Continue reading...
Prysm Announces Collaboration Videowall Solutions
May 30, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Powered by Cisco Codecs and Cameras, New Offerings Deliver
Seamless Telepresence Capabilities
SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - May 30, 2013) - Prysm Inc., a
designer and manufacturer of videowall systems that deliver
immersive and engaging user experiences, today announced two
collaboration videowall solutions tailored for multi-purpose meeting
rooms. Prysm videowalls shatter the barriers to seamless collaboration with their unmatched beauty and
brightness, anywhere-in-the-room viewing angles and industry-leading resolution. They complement
performance leadership with smart sustainability including best-in-class energy efficiency.
Continue reading...
Human Productivity Lab Announces "Visual Collaboration Dream
May 29, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Adds Ten Prominent Experts including CEOs and Inventors
in Europe and the United States
Ashburn, VA, May 28th, 2013 - The visual collaboration
consultancy Human Productivity Lab (HPL) is pleased to
announce the addition of an internationally renowned team
of experts to significantly expand the Lab's consulting
capabilities for enterprise clients and vendors/service
providers. The HPL team is now comprised of twelve
consultants with diverse specialties within the fields of
videoconferencing, telepresence, robotic telepresence,
streaming media, unified communications, and visual
collaboration. The group comprises a talent pool that
includes multiple former CEOs/company founders, multiple
inventors and intellectual property developers, and
specialists in the design, implementation, and adoption of
visual collaboration solutions. Continue reading...
Weemo closes on $3 million in funding to provide cloud video
collaboration within business applications
May 29, 2013 | Telepresence Options
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 28, 2013
Weemo, a unique cloud-based video service provider, has
completed a $3 million funding round, bringing the total investment
in Weemo to more than $5 million. Existing investor Idinvest
participated in the round.
Continue reading...
PCORI approves research award to study use of
videoconferencing technology for pediatric care
May 29, 2013 | Telepresence Options
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has
approved a $1.6 million research award to the Children's Discovery
and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA to study
the use of videoconferencing technology to deliver behavioral health
services to pediatric patients in community primary care settings.
Continue reading...
Alteva Experiences Strong Demand for Polycom VVX Productivity
and Video-Enabled Phones
May 29, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Alteva, a Polycom Platinum Partner, Exceeds VVX Sales Forecast
within 30 Days of Launch
PHILADELPHIA, PA - May 28, 2013 - Alteva (NYSE
MKT: ALTV), a premier provider of hosted Unified
Communications as a Service (UCaaS), announces that it has sold
over one thousand Polycom VVX business media handsets within
the first 30 days of the phone's launch. Alteva first announced the
availability of the VVX 500 and 600 series handsets in late March
2013. A Polycom Platinum partner, Alteva showcases the VVX 500 and 600 handsets designed for a broad
range of business environments.
Continue reading...
Orange Business Services and T-Systems create greater reach for
international videoconferences
May 29, 2013 | Telepresence Options
New agreement enables video meetings between
customers of T-Systems and Orange Business
BONN,Germany & PARIS, May 28, 2013 -- T-Systems,
Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer arm, and Orange
Business Services have signed an interprovider agreement for
Corporate Video services that will allow customers who use TSystems' Corporate Video Exchange Services to meet live with
customers of Orange's Telepresence Community via
Continue reading...
Draper Introduces Video Conferencing Accessories
May 24, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Mobile Video Collaboration Riding the Back of BYOD
May 24, 2013 | Telepresence Options
whyGo Offers Superior Video Conferencing Capabilities to Company Recruiters
May 23, 2013 | Telepresence Options
LifeSize Takes Smart Video Mobile
May 23, 2013 | Telepresence Options
CIS Video Conferencing Customers Are Slow in Moving to Cloud Computing
May 22, 2013 | Telepresence Options
FaceToFace Communications & StarLeaf Bring Videoconferencing
May 22, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Three Draper Products Recognized with ADEX Awards
May 21, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Avaya Joins the Open Visual Communications Consortium
May 20, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Polycom® RealPresence® Video Solutions are Mission Critical for Jaypee Group,
Reducing Travel by 40 Percent and Doubling Productivity
May 20, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Arkadin Moves Main North American Operations Center to State-of-the-Art Facility to
Support Aggressive Expansion
May 20, 2013 | Telepresence Options
Telepresence People
New Title
Sandra Hill
Vice President Channel Management and Distribution
Tim Gaines
Vice President of Sales
Daryl Coyle
Vice President of Federal Sales
Greg Douglas
Vice President of Business Development, Public Sector
Ron Schaefer
Federal Accounts Manager
Craig Denning
Senior Sales Account Executive
Ana-Maria Gimenez Easynet Global Services
Director of Videoconference and Telepresence
Miles Smith
Vivid Solutions
Interim Chief Executive
Brad Simmons
Vice President of Marketing
Stephen McDermott MetTel
Managing Director of Client Services
Shelly Heiden
Ben Taft
Vice President of Inside Sales
Sabino Petruzzelli
AV Account Executive
Kelly Harman
CK&G Consulting
Sr. Strategist
Jim Kruger
Chief Marketing Officer
Director BT Continental Europe
Jeff Tench
Larry Satterfield
Global VP of Sales
Jeff Roy
Sales Engineer
Nick Milo
RHUB Communications
Director of North American Channel Sales
Phil Graham
VP of R&D
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