Video conferencing has been added to ReadyTalk (for some reason I thought they already had it….oh well.)
I like press releases. No work for me….a new blog entry for you. Call me lazy! 😉
We are pleased to announce the availability of ReadyTalk video conferencing, enabling you to get the most out of your collaboration experience with fully integrated audio, web and video conferencing.
Video conferencing brings the valuable element of face-to-face engagement to your meetings, making it ideal for collaboration, interviews and small trainings. Here are some details on ReadyTalk video conferencing:
- Four simultaneous video conferencing feeds which can be shared by chairpersons, co-presenters, or participants.
- Included in your existing web conferencing subscription at no extra charge.
- 25 participant capacity for viewing the video feeds.
- Participants viewing feeds can share their video feed when a slot becomes available.
- Chairpersons and co-presenters can actively manage the shared video feeds.
- Video feeds are shared in a film strip next to your web conference content.
Ready to get started? Your subscription has access to video conferencing today! If you have any questions regarding your account or this feature, please let me know.
Audio & Web Conferencing, ReadyTalk
- Rich communication experience that you can see, hear and now smell
- Customizable hardware for all occasions
- Various business applications including recruiting benefits
And that’s not all – we’ll soon be adding taste bud and tactile technology to enable our users to really get a sense of the meeting.
With Blue Jeans, you can see, taste, touch and most importantly smell what you’ve been missing.
About Blue Jeans Network
At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road. Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly any time, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends. Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information go to: http://bluejeans.com or follow the company @BlueJeansNet
Here is a VERY important announcement from the good folks at Blue Jeans Networks.
******Copy this URL and share it with ALL of your friends and colleagues ****
This is TOO IMPORTANT to ignore!
Whooops!!!! On the ADVICE of my LAWYER…..
(Click here on Monday after 8 AM EST to read the announcement….my bad)
I love cloud-based multipoint videoconferencing, but, you already know that.
Here is a SCOOP from Blue Jeans Network that I just got permission to post.
I was told that Blue Jeans has been interoperating Skype and Lync since 2011 (even though the press release says 2012).
No surprise there. Blue Jeans has been pushing the state-of-the-art in cloud based videoconferencing almost as long as I have (well, just a few years less….). 🙂
Blue Jeans Network First To Offer Microsoft Lync Users Ability to Share Their Desktop Content With Cisco, Polycom, and Other Mobile, Desktop, and Room-based Video Conferencing Solutions
New Capability Enhances Lync Value for More Effective Business to Business,
Business to Consumer, and Intra-company Collaboration
February 20, 2013 — MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Blue Jeans Network, the leader in interoperable video conferencing services, today announced the availability of bi-directional HD desktop sharing for its growing base of Microsoft Lync users.
Since Lync support was first introduced by Blue Jeans in 2012 it has become a popular option for customers looking to connect their Lync users to non-Lync users inside and outside their organization for multi-party video collaboration. This includes colleagues using Cisco or Polycom video conference rooms, as well as remote workers, partners, and customers on the many desktop or mobile video collaboration solutions already supported by Blue Jeans, including any browser, Skype, Cisco Jabber, Google Video Chat, and more.
“Tens of thousands of Lync endpoints have already participated in Blue Jeans meetings,” said Stu Aaron, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Jeans Network. “Up until now these Lync users could easily join the meetings, to see and be seen, and could receive desktop content shared by other, non-Lync, devices. With this new bi-directional HD desktop sharing feature, Lync users can now also share their own desktop content, including presentations and other documents, the way they are used to, in high definition with other meeting participants.”
Blue Jeans is the first and only vendor offering this multi-party bi-directional content sharing capability between Lync users and non-Lync users without requiring any special on-premise hardware or software to buy, manage, or maintain. The Blue Jeans bi-directional HD desktop screen for Lync functionality is fully implemented in the Blue Jeans cloud and is included with every subscription.
“We use Blue Jeans in order to extend our Lync deployment to easily interoperate with our room-based systems,” according to Andy Brezinsky, Director of Engineering at Milwaukee, WI-based Corvisa Services. “In addition to across-the-board video conferencing which helps us to improve communication between employees and partners in multiple offices and multiple states, today’s announcement from Blue Jeans will also allow us to extend collaboration by leveraging Blue Jean’s desktop sharing capabilities.”
“Whether it is SMBs trying to integrate room-based video conferencing systems with Microsoft Office 365, or large enterprises looking to have Lync deployments communicate with existing Cisco or Polycom hardware, Blue Jeans acts as a simple, reliable, and scalable solution to allow businesses large and small to benefit from interoperable video conferencing without the headaches of on-premise solutions,” said Neil Setchell, CEO of ExtraTeam a Pleasanton, CA-based technology consulting firm, systems integrator, and Blue Jeans partner.
For more information or to see the new Lync functionality, please visit bluejeans.com/microsoft-lync. To schedule an in-person demonstration at the Lync Conference 2013 on February 20-21 in San Diego, CA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Blue Jeans Network
At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road. Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly any time, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends. Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information go to: http://bluejeans.com or follow the company@BlueJeansNet.
I did a really quick test since I think this technology is awesome and will move video conferencing one step closer to ubiquity.
What I Did
Since my first review of Vidtel, they have left a room on their system for me to test with (thank you Vidtel!!). So using that room (2819) and entering the correct pin, I did the following.
1. Dialed my Vidtel virtual room using Chrome.
2. Entered the correct pin to connect to my room.
3. Dialed my Vidtel “MeetMe” room using Google Chat on my Smartphone.
Once connected, I changed the layout (figure 4) and then added the keyboard (figure 5).
There is so much more you can do…give it a try!
Using WebRTC to connect to a video conference is one more, albeit it major, step to bringing video conferencing to the masses.
Using your browser makes connecting to a video conference super easy. Once connected, the audio and video quality are excellent.
I love to see companies move the technology forward. Bravo Vidtel! 🙂
In the process of evaluating the ZTE ZXV10 T700 (I will post the entire product review by weeks end…I hope), I went ahead and made a three way video conferencing call using our friends at cloud-based video conferencing service provider Vidtel.
The picture above shows a Google Chat connection via my Toshiba Laptop computer (middle), the ZTE using H.323 (top), and my Motorola Atrix smartphone again using Google Chat (bottom right).
On the phone, I can change the camera, mute the mic, and send text chats. In fact, Vidtel recognizes some of the text chats as commands…..very cool!
The moral of the story is this:
You are no longer tied to a conference room to participate in a video conference! Anytime, anyplace, anywhere is here……NOW!
More to follow….
I suspect it is about time I chimed in on this definition thing on this blog.
I had an unfortunate “job” interview yesterday and it got me to re-evaluating a lot of things. The job was to install “telepresence”. After a few seconds of questioning I realized that it was not “telepresence” they wanted, but, plain old vanilla “video conferencing”. Unfortunately, I was told I was “not qualified” to install it….thus, the re-evaluation. Getting old really does suck…avoid it all costs!
But, with age comes wisdom…and also the lack of fear to express my opinion, now more than ever….
One thing I need to do (now I can check this off my bucket list) is to give you MY definition of the difference between telepresence and video conferencing. (The pictures shown below are totally random….so don’t get all upset about what vendors are being shown…:-))
Telepresence: A very expensive room with a wonderful “experience”
Video Conferencing: Everything else from mobile to conference rooms
You get the idea….
According to the salesman, FuzeBox licenses from Vidyo its SVC (which he called Scalable Video Codec not coding) but uses something different for audio. That was immediately apparent because there were no audio issues during the call and I used my webcam’s microphone and desktop speakers.
Ease of use
Unfortunately, I was not given Host rights so I was just a user connecting to a meeting hosted by the salesman. I connected via an email link and that took me to Fuze’s website for an 8mb download. Note that once the Fuze Meeting program was installed, it was not automatically put in my computer’s startup routine. That’s always appreciated, especially if you are dealing with not-so-power users. Connection via iPad required downloading the app and input of a meeting number and user name. That’s it.
Quality of product
Due to SVC (as I was told), there is no ability to change bandwidth based on connection speed or quality. This absolutely wasn’t needed though as the video and audio quality was both excellent over the 30 minute call. There were no lip sync issues, even on the iPad. Nor was there lag between the image on the iPad and the image on my desktop. If there is significant lag on any of the devices, there is always the problem of people talking over one another. Not an issue here with my setup.
FuzeBox has a couple of versions of FuzeMeeting listed on their website. The website www.fuzebox.com/pricing also has pricing listed for each version. Anything above Pro would be overkill for me as I wouldn’t see myself in meeting with more than four people on video. At $49/month it is about the right pricepoint. I was told by the salesman that it is not sold monthly though, only yearly and that’s a bummer. The host is only required to have a license so you can email invites out for meetings and the other parties only need to perform the install and they are ready to go. The Business version allows for twelve people on video and adds a couple other features not available on the Pro version as well as a couple of enhancements.
One item of note: Salesmen frustrate me. Typically, I like talking to support staff, engineers or owners because they understand that I am looking at products both subjectively and objectively and won’t buy a product because of (insert marketing speak here). He automatically assumed his product was the best out there because it is the most used and even compared the product to Cisco, Polycom and Lifesize hardware endpoints. When I first got connected to the call (I was early, salesman was late) the salesman said “You have 10 minutes!”. I thought; “Seriously?” and went about the demo. Sales tactics aside, their product is top notch in both video, audio and data sharing. I would recommend it.
Polycom…are you serious?
This was in my email last week:
We’re About to Make History
You don’t want to miss this game-changing announcement.”
Really?? I wonder if the others who have been there for years are shaking in their boots??
To be fair….maybe I am missing something….comments below for those who can set me straight. I will continue searching for the historic announcement….
By the way: The ViewStation was a game changer….the PVX was a game changer…..purchasing Accord was a near game changer…..
I love stats!
When I was at ESnet (http://www.ecs.es.net) I built Perl programs to sift thru the Gatekeeper stats to give me almost any bit of interesting usage information I could calculate.
Until today, my stats were the only video conferencing industry stats I had ever seen.
The press release I got today from IOCOM changed all that! 🙂
Being greedy, I asked for more detail (I will post here if I get more..), but, I also held back as I could have asked for MUCH more. 🙂
Summary: Video conferencing usage on Visimeet is increasing by leaps and bounds…here is the press release.
NOTE TO OTHER CLOUD BASED VIDEO CONFERENCING PROVIDERS: Release your stats, I will post!! 🙂
Chicago, IL, October 4, 2012: IOCOM, a leading provider of universal video conferencing solutions, today announced a significant growth in customer usage of their software-based collaboration platform, Visimeet. Over the last year, several of IOCOM’s most active customers held over 200,000 meetings covering more than 500,000 hours or 30 million minutes. The majority of these meetings are held between at least two different endpoints (telepresence suites, PC desktops, Linux laptops, iPads, etc.).
“Many of our customers work across multiple locations and need a reliable collaboration solution that allows them to accomplish their business goals without having to spend resources on travel. We’re glad that Visimeet is that solution,” said Gary Refka, Vice President of Operations and Customer Support for IOCOM. “The numbers clearly show the value Visimeet brings to our clients, who have, at most, only one person across the entire organization dedicated to supporting the system, only further emphasizing its ease of use and reliability.”
IOCOM notes that customers most often take advantage of data sharing functionality during collaboration sessions in which users can share data, in real time and its native resolution. Other features include instant messaging, file transfer, independent camera and audio control, and desktop sharing.
“Providing our customers with the best possible tools to enhance their productivity is our number one priority, and with Visimeet’s interoperability across Mac, PC, Linux, iOS, and Android devices, more and more organizations are turning to IOCOM to fill their video conferencing needs,” said Tim Hackett, IOCOM CEO. “The bring your own device (‘BYOD’) trend is thriving in many corporations today and we are pleased to have compatible collaborative solutions”.
Visimeet is a software-based solution that keeps people connected through video, audio, and data conferencing and gives users the ability to transfer files and share and view data in real time. Its solutions can connect with different endpoints simultaneously, including room systems, desktop PCs, notebooks, and mobile devices as well as telephone, ISDN, SIP, and H.323 connections. IOCOM focuses on delivering high performance solutions that provide superior quality audio and video without the cost and complexity of proprietary systems.
Users can sign up for a free Visimeet account by visiting http://try.iocom.com/.
Founded in 1998, IOCOM develops, markets, and supports enterprise video conferencing and collaboration software and solutions that enable multi-point communication for business processes. IOCOM delivers innovative on-premise and cloud-based solutions that enable multiple groups or individuals to instantly collaborate anytime and anywhere over their chosen medium. IOCOM is the first collaboration software company to integrate high performance multiple data and video windows with high performance audio. To learn more, visit www.iocom.com.