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Signs Point to Surge in Video Conferencing

The video conferencing industry may see an uptick if current analysis of the market holds true.

Research firm Global Industry Analysts (GIA) recently announced that the worldwide video conferencing market would bring in $10.8 billion by 2015. GIA attributed its forecast to the effects of globalization, cost-saving efforts and increasing acceptance by small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

While acknowledging that the recession has suppressed the communications market in general, GIA concluded that, as the global economy improves, companies will be willing to invest in video communications in order to increase efficiency and save money over the long term. It also pointed to ongoing technology innovations in audio and video, as well as the continued decentralization of working environments as positive influencing factors. Read the complete press release on GIA’s announcement here.

Matt Hemblen of ComputerWorld thinks the recent release of HP Visual Collaboration —  a suite of HD videoconferencing solutions — may work out quite well for the video conferencing industry:


“HP’s entry into desktop videoconferencing will further energize the market for videoconferencing, even as many newer mobile devices like the iPhone 4 have begun supporting real-time video chat.”

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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.

What do you think?

Polycom, Microsoft to integrate Unified Communications offerings

Polycom and Microsoft have announced a channel partnership to increase Microsoft’s Unified Communications (UC) offerings. As a part of the multi-year global agreement, Polycom will develop and provide integrated end-to-end UC solutions, including room-based video systems, for Microsoft’s clients. Under this partnership, Polycom becomes a member of Microsoft’s key strategic global alliance.

AVI-SPL Director of Video and UC Project Management John Vitale shared his thoughts about the partnership: “I think this is a good step for both Microsoft and Polycom to take and help accelerate the adoption of Unified Communications. In the past, video has always been the ‘leave it for later’ feature of UC due to its challenges with mass scale deployment in an enterprise. Polycom and Microsoft teaming up to help solve these issues can only help the situation. I’m looking forward to the fruit this partnership will bear.”

For more information about the agreement, click here to read the announcement and watch a brief video featuring Microsoft Corporate Vice President of UC Products and Polycom President and CEO.

Looking to Streamline Your Video Communications?

LG has arrived on the videoconferencing scene, with support from LifeSize, a division of Logitech. LG’s executive conferencing system, powered by LifeSize, equips customers with a sleek video communications system and a versatile range of high-quality options. This includes a streamlined approach to HD video and voice communications and increased interoperability, all housed within a 24-inch LCD display.

Product highlights

The executive conferencing system has been designed to allow easy deployment, takes a few minutes to set up and only requires the connection of two cables.

It’s fully integrated with HD video and wideband audio, and features:

  • Point-to-Point calls at 720p30 HD resolution
  • An integrated 720p camera, microphone array and speakers
  • Built-in loudspeakers with Echo Cancellation
  • Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation for automatic control of the screen size based on the users’ network

Users will also benefit from an intuitive LifeSize graphical interface, allowing them to easily switch between HD videoconferencing and PC monitor functionality. The on-screen dashboard navigation includes options for shifting between calls, directories, settings and the main menu.

Interoperability

Broad interoperability with video communications systems and IP/PBX installations drives connections with vendors such as Alcatel-Lucent, Asterisk, Avaya, Broadsoft, Cisco, Microsoft and Shoretel. This readily enables executives, remote office employees and teleworkers to connect face to face with anyone, anywhere.

The executive conferencing system will be available to order later this summer, with shipments ready in the fall.

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AVI-SPL’s NYC Hall Situation Room Featured on CBS Evening News

In coverage of the recent bomb threat to New York City, anchor Katie Couric interviews Mayor Bloomberg in the high-tech Situation Room. AVI-SPL’s critical control room solution highlights advanced videoconferencing technology, an innovative 1 x 2 video wall, 46″ LCD displays and highly-secure communications for rapid decision making.

From more details on the Situation Room’s technology, including the Crestron programming and IP-based systems, click here.