Market Update: USDA Funds 45 Rural Telemedicine Projects

Plantronics Unveils Unified Communications Products and Services: Plantronics today announced new additions to its unified communications portfolio that span communication devices, software and services. Plantronics is delivering a vision of smarter, more intuitive communications and pioneering the next generation of mobile communications devices and technologies to help people stay connected regardless of location or device. Plantronics celebrates its 50-year milestone with a look to the future by offering the new Plantronics UC Toolkit, the industry’s first complete set of tools, training and documentation for expanding the growth of unified communications solutions and two new flagship products for the unified communications market, Voyager PRO UC and Calisto 825, also announced today.

BroadSoft Announces Communication Applications Optimized for 4G Networks: BroadSoft, the leading global provider of IP-based communications services to the telecommunications industry, today announced MobileMxD – an integrated suite of consumer and unified communications (UC) services optimized for 4G networks and the growing variety of smartphones and tablet devices. With MobileMxD, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) will be able to provide greater value to their existing consumer services, while tapping into the growing enterprise demand for mobile unified communications applications.

Fonality Helps Small- & Mid-Size Businesses Communicate Effectively with Affordable Enterprise-Grade Unified Communications: Fonality, North America’s fastest growing business communications company, today launched a unified communications platform as part of the Fonality Connect cloud-communications solution. Now, small- and mid-size companies can leverage Fortune 500-type unified communications and contact center capabilities with advanced features such as drag-and-drop call management, real-time contact center metrics and visual voicemail with simplicity and affordably through the cloud. The solution ships today and is available at a fixed price point every business can afford, with a starting cost of $30 per user, per month.

CommuniGate Systems Launches CommuniGate Pro version 5.4: CommuniGate Systems, the leader in super-efficient, massively scalable unified communications technology, today announces the launch of CommuniGate Pro version 5.4. The award-winning CommuniGate Pro hosting platform technology now includes an array of new and improved features enabling revenue-generating services and value-added features such as HD Voice, mVoIP, enhanced groupware for Apple Macintosh users, improved Mobile Sync for the Android platform, iOS4 (iPhone/iPAD) and remote mailbox synchronization, enabling operators to maximize their customer value with cloud-based applications.

Partnerpedia Provides ISV Community and Enterprise App Store: Partnerpedia, a leading provider of online communities for collaborative business, today announced that two major unified communications equipment manufacturers have selected Partnerpedia Community Marketplace, a private label marketplace and enterprise app store solution, to drive ISV and developer adoption and customer demand for its new line of unified communications devices in the enterprise market. 

USDA To Fund 45 Rural Telemedicine Projects: The United States Department of Agriculture has announced that it will fund 45 telemedicine projects to increase access to health care in rural areas. Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement Monday, saying more than $34.7 million in grants will be issued through USDA’s distance learning and telemedicine program to fund 106 projects: 45 in telemedicine and 61 focused on distance learning services.

Logicalis UK Acquires Direct Visual Limited: Logicalis Group, the international IT and communications solutions integrator, has reached an agreement and contracts have been exchanged to acquire Direct Visual Limited, a UK-based Tandberg (now part of Cisco) Platinum Partner and one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of video communications solutions and video managed services.

Siemens Enterprise Communications Offers OpenScale Service Packages: Leveraging its extensive experience with unified communications installations, Siemens Enterprise Communications today introduced OpenScale Service Packages to eliminate the complexity and address the unique deployment issues faced by customers. Traditional telephony and IT services have not effectively addressed the needs of today’s multi-vendor, multi-site unified communications deployments, but OpenScale Service Packages are designed to provide unique capabilities and options based on a customer’s individual needs, while realizing the cost savings and scalability of a standardized global package.

HP Visual Collaboration Offerings Now Available Through Ingram Micro: HP and Ingram Micro Inc. today announced that Ingram Micro will be the first authorized distributor of HP Visual Collaboration videoconferencing solutions.  

Alfresco Delivers Critical Foundation for Social Content Management with New Enterprise Release: Alfresco today announced the immediate availability of Alfresco Enterprise 3.4 for download. This significant new release delivers on Alfresco’s vision of providing the open platform for social content management by delivering both a more robust content platform for building any kind of content-rich application, along with a more social user-interface for collaboration and document management. This platform will be used by developers and companies to build applications where enterprise content is “social-ready” – or shared, collaborated on and syndicated across the Web – and captured for compliance, retention and control.

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