Market Update: Low-cost HD Videoconferencing from Vidyo

By Carl Weinschenk | Jun 10, 2011 | Print this Page
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Vidyo Intros Low-Cost, HD Telepresence: Vidyo, a company whose technology delivers high-definition videoconferencing images to a variety of end point devices, is introducing VidyoPanorama, which the company says can send high-resolution video to as many as 20 screens and at 10 percent of the cost of telepresence systems. Vidyo, in launching Panorama Wednesday, said it uses technology that delivers the appropriate image over a corporate network or the Internet to each end-point device, whether it's a telepresence studio, a conventional desktop computer or even a smartphone.

CounterPath Releases Bria for iPad, the World's First Universal iOS Softphone: Nearly one in four enterprises already use tablets, and by 2013, so will the majority of businesses, according to multiple analyst and vendor surveys of chief information officers and IT managers. As this installed base grows, so does the opportunity for enterprises to leverage the tablet to minimize telephony costs while improving employee productivity and responsiveness. To enable enterprises and mobile workers to capitalize on this trend, CounterPath Corporation announced the worldwide availability of Bria iPad Edition Version 1.0 via the Apple iTunesApp Store.

West Corporation Completes Acquisition of Smoothstone IP Communications: West Corporation, a leading provider of technology-driven, voice and data solutions, announced the completion of its acquisition of Smoothstone IP Communications, adding to its market-leading unified communications portfolio. Smoothstone is now part of InterCall in West's Unified Communications operating segment.?

Acme Packet, Cisco, Ingate, Sipera Lead SBC Market: In recently released report, Exact Ventures reported that in 1Q11, the enterprise session border controller (SBC) market grew 55 percent compared to 1Q10 as growth driven by strong adoption of SIP trunk and hosted unified communications (UC) services.

Salesforce Invests in Video Platform VSee: Rather than splash out billions on a big name, Salesforce is taking the more subtle route and putting some money behind the clever enterprise 2.0 peer-to-peer-based video and collaboration outfit VSee, whose service allows simple video collaboration, document sharing and file transfer.

Avaya Files For $1 Billion IPO: IP telephony vendor Avaya filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to launch an initial public offering that would raise around $1 billion, and the company said its top priority is to pay down long-term debt, presumably the debt from its $900 million cash acquisition of Nortel Networks a year and a half ago.

WorkSpace Communications Launches Its Voice-Enabled Hosted Lync Platform: WorkSpace Communications, a leading cloud provider of Unified Communications solutions announced its successful migration to the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 platform. The company is among the first nationwide to offer the Lync platform in a multitenant environment — one in which multiple users are accessing the same "cloud."?

Digium Adds Fixed Mobile Convergence to Switchvox: Digium, the Asterisk Company, introduced Switchvox 5.0, a new version that adds fixed mobile convergence (FMC) and further integration with third-party business applications into its full-featured and cost-effective voice over IP (VoIP) unified communications (UC) solution designed for small- to mid-sized businesses. The new release enhances Switchvox mobility to allow users to seamlessly integrate any type of phone with Switchvox. Users can select up to six phones of any type, including VoIP, digital, analog, smartphone or a soft phone, to converge with their Switchvox extension. The user can now route, record or transfer calls appropriately, at any location. Users of Switchvox SMB with active subscriptions can download version 5.0 to have access to these features at no cost.

Revolabs Announces Revolabs FLX Conference Phones: Revolabs, Inc., a leading provider of wireless unified communications products for the enterprise, introduces the Revolabs FLX, a wireless conference phone designed specifically for small- to mid-sized conference rooms, executive offices and SoHo environments. The Revolabs FLX is based on Revolabs' revolutionary wireless audio technology that for years has delivered superior sound quality for audio and videoconferencing to large conference rooms and boardrooms. Small office conference calls, executive office communication and home office communication can now also benefit from that superior wireless audio performance at an affordable price.

New Handbook Features Expanded Avaya and Polycom Sections: Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, infrastructure, data center and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, unveiled the newest version of its industry-leading Unified Communications Solutions Handbook. The market's only reference guide of its kind, the handbook is designed to help Westcon's unified communications customers build and grow their businesses.