Category Video Conferencing

Videoconferencing Saves the Day in Wake of Iceland Volcano Eruption

As airlines deal with the largest wave of flight cancellations since September 11, businesses, government and everyday travelers are seeing firsthand the necessity of contingency planning and the flexibility of collaborative technologies such as videoconferencing.

Officials at Cisco Systems Inc. say they’ve seen “a huge spike in usage” since the Iceland volcano erupted.

The CEO of Dolly Dimples, one of Norway’s largest restaurant chains, was unable to attend a board meeting thanks to a canceled flight. Rescheduling the meeting would have taken almost a month and disrupted operations. Rather than waiting, he used videoconferencing technology to meet with board members hundreds of miles away in Oslo.

European transportation officials are also holding meetings via videoconference to discuss emergency measures and analyze the effects of the ash cloud.

Millions of travelers worldwide are stranded due to the ongoing flight delays. Some are finding creative alternatives to canceling plans.

Sean Murtagh, 24, and his wife, Natalie, 30, were en route to West London for their wedding celebration when they were grounded in Dubai. Rather than rescheduling their nuptials, the couple used videoconferencing technology to broadcast their wedding vows to guests over the internet.

To learn more about how Cisco videoconferencing technology can help your organization, visit our Cisco TelePresence™ Solutions page.

LifeSize® Express 220™ – Full HD video communication – Budget friendly

The award-winning LifeSize® Express 220™ is an enhanced Full HD video communications system that is both affordable and scalable. Priced for broad deployment and uniquely flexible, the Express 220 is designed to enable companies to extend the reach of telepresence communications to any office or any size business. Ideal for small working groups, teams or individual knowledge workers who want to take communication over distance to the next level, LifeSize Express 220 has it all.

LifeSize Express 220

With LifeSize Express 220, you not only get Full HD video quality – 1080p30/720p60 – for natural, realistic interactions at the lowest possible bandwidth, but also crisp, crystal clear data-sharing and an all new digital I/O with Full HD support. With support for dual high definition displays, Full HD camera, and phone or microphone options, LifeSize Express 220 offers the ultimate flexibility.

Key Features

  • The highest available resolution on the market – 1080p30
  • The best motion handling with half the latency with 720p60
  • Full-motion video and content with 720p30 dual streaming
  • High definition quality. Simplicity. Meaningful team connections.

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Advanced HD Videoconferencing with Polycom’s HDX 8006

High-definition visual communications solution for conference rooms, classrooms and meeting places worldwide.

The clarity of Polycom HDX 8006 system enables users to interact over video freely and naturally, and with the HDX 8000 Series systems’ embedded multipoint and content-sharing capabilities, remote team members can quickly and easily be brought together collaborate on projects visually in this superior telepresence solution.

Polycom HDX 8006

Key Features:

  • High-definition video – Up to1920 x 1080 (1080p) video resolution or 1280 x720 (720p) resolution at 30 fps or 60 fps for excellent video quality at all data rates
  • High-definition voice – Polycom Siren™ 22 and Polycom StereoSurround™ technology for powerful, superior room-filling audio performance

For media-rich group presentations, the Polycom HDX 8006 system enables users to display rich-media content and data easily, enhancing collaboration and audience participation. And utilizing Polycom HDX 8000 Series systems in tandem with Polycom’s unique People On Content™ collaboration technology allows presenters to insert their video images into projected content to explain key elements more clearly.

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Lessons in UC From the Classroom

Unified Communications (UC) tools are moving out of the board room and into the realm of higher education. In a great post on the UC Strategies blog, Blair Pleasant discusses a variety of areas that universities could use UC to streamline communications between faculty, staff, students, and others.

All UC vendors today are trying to find ways to differentiate themselves from one another and to stand out from the crowd. I generally recommend that they focus on professional services and/or applications, especially vertical applications. One vendor that has been successfully building UC applications and solutions based on its vertical expertise is NEC, which is working with its partners to understand the business challenges and business processes in the areas of health care, hospitality, higher education, and government.

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