Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Polycom Enhances Collaboration Portfolio

  Restraining orders by telepresence -- and why the law needs to catch up with tech | Broward County rolls out its own fiber ring, shifts to VoIP

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Polycom Enhances Collaboration Portfolio
Polycom has enhanced its collaboration portfolio with several new features including facial recognition, noise suppression technology, and mobile device upgrades that improve picture quality. The features are integrated with the Polycom RealPresence Group Series and Polycom RealPresence® Resource Manager software.The Polycom EagleEye Producer is camera innovation that advances facial recognition technology. It dynamically finds discussion participants automatically and frames them for clearer view. When coupled with the resource management software, it can report data such as the number of meeting participants and the total time each attended to help administrators with utilization planning.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Restraining orders by telepresence -- and why the law needs to catch up with tech
Over the last four years, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Passaic County, N.J. has helped 90 victims of domestic violence get 39 restraining orders, all from the emergency room and without their ever needing to set foot in a courthouse. That's  thanks to off-the-shelf Polycom videoconferencing technology and a partnership with a local Passaic County judge's office. That number may seem really low -- barely even a drop in the ocean, when you consider that nonprofit Safe Horizon estimates one in four American women (and more than three million men) will face domestic violence in their lifetimes. And it is low. But it's also a light pointing the way forward, even as it spotlights how far the law has to go to intelligently apply technology to real problems faced by millions of Americans. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Re-Evaluating the Role of "Traditional" Audio Conferencing
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Broward County rolls out its own fiber ring, shifts to VoIP
"TOO SLOW!" "It takes me over 5 minutes just to log in!"In 2009 Broward County customer complaints regarding the slowness of accessing and using Broward County's services triggered the Enterprise Technology Services' (ETS) Communications group to review the County's network architecture and determine ways to advance it.The ultimate outcome? Broward County's ETS Communications Group implemented an underground fiber optic ring and associated equipment owned and maintained by Broward County which vastly improves performance, saves $780,000 per year and made it possible to embrace IP telephony, a move that saved an additional $28,000 per year.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Kim Dotcom offers up secure 'Skype Killer' voice chat
Kim Dotcom, the controversial German expat living in New Zealand whose file-sharing site was busted by U.S. federal agents, has launched an end-to-end encrypted voice and video chat service that operates through the browser and is free to anyone with an account on his service.To say Dotcom is controversial is like saying Steve Ballmer is a little loud. Born Kim Schmitz in Germany, he set up his company, Megaupload, as a file-sharing service. The site was accused of supporting and even condoning illegal activities such as piracy. He bounced around a few countries before settling in New Zealand in 2010, where he thought he'd be safe from the law. He thought wrong.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Logitech expands video/audio gear for meeting rooms
Logitech today expanded its offerings in the videoconferencing/collaboration space with the launch of its ConferenceCam Connect device ($499.99). Combining an HD 1080p video camera with dual microphones and a speakerphone for 360-degree audio, the ConferenceCam Connect is aimed at small workgroup collaboration settings (up to six people). The device sits between the entry-level BCC950 unit ($249.99) and the upper-end ConferenceCam CC3000e ($999.99).Logitech says the new hardware is aimed at smaller conference rooms known as "huddle rooms," where groups of employees congregate and need to then connect to videoconferencing systems (it's certified for Microsoft Lync but also works with other systems such as Cisco Jabber, WebEx, Skype, etc.). While many companies have invested money in large-room conference systems, many smaller rooms exist where no gear lives, so video collaboration often happens with people squeezed around an internal webcam or someone brings in an external webcam attached to a tripod.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More



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