Category Unified Communications

Why Unified Communications Makes Sense Now

Businesses that have been cautiously waiting and watching have yet another good reason to enter the rewarding world of Unified Communications (UC).

Earlier this month, Polycom, a noted partner of AVI-SPL, announced it is developing standards-based H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology for both current and emerging UC technologies.

What does that mean for you and your business?  To put it simply, you can invest in UC without worrying that your infrastructure will suddenly become outdated. More to the point, you can continue to reap the benefits of UC that make it so attractive to companies like yours – its user-friendly integration of real-time communication services, including presence, email, instant messaging and video conferencing. Companies will also profit from SVC’s ability to deliver high-quality video and audio at any bandwidth.

Because of SVC’s interoperability and backward compatibility, companies can protect the value of their current and future UC investments, an advantage that is especially important for small businesses that must be cautious with their budgets.

Featured Polycom solutions

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Speak to a Unified Communications Expert!

Overwhelmed by the need to expand your UC capabilities or just don’t know where to start with UC? Speak to an AVI-SPL representative. Complete our short needs analysis form and we’ll have a UC expert give you a call. You can also contact us at (866) 559-8197 or email us at sales@avispl.com.

Polycom Announces Expansion of UC

Today, Polycom announced plans to expand video communications solutions to the masses through its new product and service offerings specifically for mobile users, small and medium businesses (SMB), and consumers (who, up ’til now, had all been relatively left out of the video communications market).

This announcement is based on Polycom’s new vision of “Unified Communications Everywhere” and its plan to open video communications to everyone on any device.

John Vitale, our director of product management for Video & UC commented on the announcement: “I like what I’m reading in Polycom’s announcements. To me, this is saying Polycom is expanding its  product and technology reach beyond the enterprise market and is looking to position itself as a formidable player with Service Provider grade solutions, strengthening its relationship with Microsoft and addressing the ever growing mobile device market needs. With Smartphones dominating 50%+ of the market and still growing, and the constant improvements in 3G and 4G wireless networks, high-end applications like video calling are becoming more desirable and something that mobile users will eventually expect to be on their mobile phone.”

Read more about Polycom’s plan to bring unified communications to everyone.

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State & Local Agencies: Learn How to Securely Converge Voice, Video & Data Networks

Today’s government organizations are quickly realizing the power and efficiency behind streamlined network communications. With this in mind, Cisco-TANDBERG’s upcoming webinar is geared towards highly-secure convergence solutions for state and local agencies.

On Thursday, October 21 at 11 a.m. EST , you’ll learn how to:

  • Improve workforce productivity through richer interactions, while avoiding travel expenses
  • Expand access to information and subject matter experts and accelerate decision making
  • Enhance services for citizens for different media using voice, Web, or video conferencing

Speak with Cisco’s leading experts as they share best practices for successful planning, implementations and funding.

Register Today for the Cisco & TANDBERG Video Solutions Help State & Local Government Agencies Do More With Less Webcast!

Click here to register now!

Webinar speakers

Jose Leary, a 14-year industry and 11-year Cisco veteran who specializes in rich media technologies such as video conferencing, TelePresence, streaming and surveillance. He has supported many civilian and department of defense entities throughout his Cisco career on planning, designing, and supporting video solutions and now serves as the lead immersive specialist for the Cisco TelePresence Video team.

Sean Lessman has been with TANDBERG, now part of Cisco, for 15 years. He works to ensure quality with product development, as well as the TelePresence Video sales force and Systems Engineer and Consulting Systems Engineer resources.

Featured AVI-SPL Government AV Design and Installation Projects

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Learn How Cisco’s TelePresence Was Used in This K-12 School District to Reduce Costs & Engage Students

Curious to know how TelePresence can make a positive impact in your school? Join us on Wednesday, September 29, as AVI-SPL and Cisco hosts an informative seminar on these topics – one that’s geared specifically towards the special needs of K-12 educators like you.  Don’t miss out, as the seminar starts at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT.

Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

Located in rural Southeast Oklahoma, the Howe Public Schools District serves approximately 480 pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Challenged by federal mandates to offer more content, Howe lacked the financial resources to hire the number of teachers needed to comply. Today, Howe is partnering with four different schools to deliver courses, adding video to online classrooms, podcasting class sessions and improving professional development for faculty.

Join Dr. Lance Ford and Superintendent Scott Parks to learn how they are using Cisco TelePresence to:

  • Maximize faculty resources through distance learning
  • Provide access to experts and content not available otherwise
  • Unite multi-cultural student groups for collaboration and learning
  • Expand professional development programs
  • Provide on-demand access to content and lectures anytime, anywhere
  • Reduce costs and improve efficiencies for administration tasks

Register today to learn how you too can video-enable Telepresence in your school!

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University of Georgia Uses Telepresence to Reach More Students and Retain Faculty – Learn How.

Join Cisco and AVI-SPL on Tuesday, September 28 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT for an informative webinar.

Learn first-hand how Telepresence brings students and faculty together, while at the same time retaining faculty, increasing elective offerings and reaching more students.

Sit in on a conversation with Sarah Wardlaw Jones, program coordinator for the Millikan Educational Resources Center at the University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy. Her school’s four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program has faculty and students located across the state. With interactive video communication, faculty and students are seeing better use of their time and more in-depth and active learning, as well as significant cost reductions.

Register today to learn how you too can video-enable Telepresence in your school!

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Host

Dr. Lance Ford is an educational technology advocate for Cisco’s Collaboration team. He is focused on helping students attain their maximum potential through various technical tools.

Speaker

Sarah Wardlaw Jones is the IT Manager for the Millikan Educational Resources group at the University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy. She is responsible for the management of the College’s instructional technology and classroom support program.

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