- An interesting chart from Infonetics research illustrates the different growth rates of video conferencing in PBX based systems versus dedicated systems. In the words of Infonetics, “PBX-based video is proving popular because it offers organizations a cost-effective way to enjoy multimedia communication using infrastructure they already have“.
- Vidyo, the company that powers Google Hangouts and provides a $750 executive video system, among other things, has reported impressive 68% billing growth in a tough market (see Infonetics research above). Earlier this year, Vidyo was recognized with Frost and Sullivans, “2013 Global Video ConferencingTechnology Leadership Award“. Well done Vidyo!
- Frost and Sullivan, has chosen Vidtel, a cloud video conferencing provider, as their 2012 North America Entrepreneurial Company of the Year. Frost and Sullivan says “The end result is that for zero capital expenditure dollars, Vidtel provides an operational expenditure solution that is more competitive than any existing one, be it an MCU vendor, a traditional bridging service provider, or a new cloud ‘MCU-less’ provider“. Well done Vidtel!
- TelyHD, a company that delivers Skype video calling to the living room or the conference room on a high-definition TV, has announced the introduction of an Enterprise edition that will work with Blue Jeans’ cloud-based conferencing platform for connecting to users on endpoints from multiple vendors, such as Cisco, Polycom and Lifesize. I’d be very interested to see how effective the user interface is, as this illustrates a very neat use of Bluejeans to provide interconnect features. The Enterprise Edition follows from an announcement in October of a Business Edition that provides multiparty call for up to 6 units, so long as they are either Skype or TelyHD. It is being reported however, that the Enterprise edition cannot do multiparty calling and the Business Edition cannot do the interconnect to other vendors. By targeting the business market it may address an issue raised by Avaya that video conferencing at home on a TV is not desirable. Either way, it will be interesting to see if a low cost (starting at $500) Skype based product can make inroads into business.
- The folks over at Telepresence Options have produced a very easy to read table of cloud video conference providers. Well worth a look.
- Samsung released it’s S4 phone, alas eye tracking was not a feature (rather it is head tracking), nevertheless the phone is packed with features. Interestingly a different chipset will be released in US and international markets.
- Thursday, 28 March, 2013, Lync Webinar Series: Lync 2013 PBX Integration Scenarios
- Tuesday, 9 April, 2013, Avaya Evolutions, New York
peerlessit.co.uk posts this week
- Short series on why video conference rooms fail: poor lighting, missing content screen, poor acoustics, poor screen positions and poor camera positions.
- A response to a research titled “Considering Lync for telephony? Plan for rising Opex?“.
- Six tips when doing supplier reference checks.
Show us your VC
The inaugural entries on the “Show us your VC” page – Hertz hire car, Peruvian President, The Wharton School and a couple more.