Notes From the Trenches

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Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with dozens of AV and IT professionals tasked with deploying and supporting enterprise video conferencing. Although every project is different, a few themes seem to be consistent across all my conversations, and so I’ve come up with the following “notes from the AV/IT trenches.” […]

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We’re Impressed With the New Barix Paging Cloud

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In one of the most innovative product launches rAVe has seen in a few years, Barix today announced Paging Cloud, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that brings paging into the smartphone. Integrating easily with almost all existing paging and public address systems, Paging Cloud records paging messages and sends them directly to registered smartphones, enabling visitors […]

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Crestron’s XiO Cloud-Based Deployment, Management and Monitoring Platform Make North American Debut at InfoComm 2018

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Crestron announced today that Crestron XiO Cloud, its cloud-based provisioning and management solution, will make its North American debut at InfoComm. Built on the Microsoft Azure platform, Crestron says its XiO Cloud enables organizations to simultaneously configure and deploy an unlimited number of Crestron products. IT managers can then monitor and manage all devices from […]

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SpinetiX Announces Cloud-Based Signage System Called ARYA at InfoComm

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SpinetiX is announcing an end-to-end digital signage solution called SpinetiX ARYA, a new cloud-based solution. SpinetiX ARYA is designed to deliver diverse content to any number of screens at any time, from anywhere and from any device by leveraging users’ own photos, videos and company brand identity. It allows users to create screen-based communication for […]

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Black Box Intros Coalesce Professional All-in-One Videoconferencing and Wireless Presentation System

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Black Box today introduced Coalesce Professional, an enterprise-ready all-in-one videoconferencing and wireless presentation system that lets remote teams collaborate like they’re in one room. Coalesce Professional features enterprise-level, advanced functionality like splash screen customization and central deployment/management. The system is infinitely scalable from the maintenance/monitoring perspective via its central management portal and from a budget perspective with its competitive […]

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Global Caché Commercial AV Line About to Ship and Barco Can’t Wait

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Global Caché announced today they will begin shipping the new Global Caché Commercial Line (CL) to distributors and will service the market via manufacturers’ reps. Global Caché products connect any IR, serial and contact closure device to a Wi-Fi and/or IP network so it can be controlled, automated and maintained by network-based software. The company offers other […]

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Cisco Debuts Spark Board and Spark Meetings

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Cisco just launched two all-in-one, cloud-based products in Cisco Spark Board and Cisco Spark Meeting. Cisco says it invented Spark Board to clean up the conference-room chaos and connect physical rooms to virtual spaces. The Cisco Spark Board will be available in both 55” and 70” sizes. It’s basically a few products in one, including: A […]

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Can There Finally Be a “New UCC Mindset?”

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To refresh the memories, when entering the UCC Pavilion at InfoComm 2016 this is what you were witness to: Videoconferencing and telepresence systems Remote worker / teleworker technologies Cloud services Unified communications and collaboration technologies Networked interactive whiteboards Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) providers Videoconferencing as a service (VCaaS) providers Managed services providers Collaboration […]

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Latest Developments in Videoconferencing and Collaboration with Vidyo

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As I have chosen to dedicate focus to UCC in May on rAVe, here I take a look at recent developments that have taken place at well-known vidoconferencing solutions provider Vidyo. Eran Westman, CEO at Vidyo Vidyo™ technology innovations put HD-quality, multipoint video communications within reach of anyone using any device, anywhere. Vidyo’s video collaboration solutions power […]

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Ricoh Partners with Videxio to Offer a Cloud Videoconferencing Service

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It looks like Fridays are becoming the big news days in UCC, and today happens to be no exception. It was announced today that leading cloud video service provider Videxio has signed a global agreement with Ricoh, where the worldwide technology solutions provider will offer the Videxio service branded as RICOH Unified Communication System Advanced […]

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Combined UCC Power: Mitel and Polycom Announce Merger

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Mitel and Polycom announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement as talks had recently reached final stages after months of discussions. This has created what has been termed by both a new company with shared vision for seamless communications and collaboration – and according to a statement in a Polycom […]

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Pexip’s Enterprise Collaboration Platform Deploys on Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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Pexip today announced that the newest version of its Infinity platform will enable deployment directly on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform. Pexip says their Infinity platform allows organizations to improve work efficiency by simply enabling everyone in organizations of any size to benefit from visual communication and collaboration tools. It seamlessly ties together […]

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Digital Transformation: Part 1 – Innovation, Disruption and the Necessary Mindshift

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Here is the definition of digital: Digital describes electronic technology that generates, stores, and processes data in terms of two states: positive and non-positive. Positive is expressed or represented by the number 1 and non-positive by the number 0. Thus, data transmitted or stored with digital technology is expressed as a string of 0’s and […]

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ScreenHub Aims to Pioneer Cloud-Based Digital Signage

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ScreenHub is a free, software-as-a-service (Saas) content management system for digital screens that they say can be customized to any aspect ratio or pixel matrix. In addition to being compatible with any synchronous digital display, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor LED displays, it can also be implemented on plasma screens and LCD panels. The software […]

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Convergent TechWeek 10/23

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Cloud Video Service Provider Takes Videoconferencing to the Next Level in China Videxio, a leading cloud video service provider, has reaffirmed its commitment to operations in China with the launch of an expanded Chinese service platform, simplified Chinese user interface and cooperation with Huawei to support a fully automated service for Huawei video systems. These enhancements make […]

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Remote Cubed: A Remote Chance of Remote Support for Remote Events

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Over the last few years, a revolution in teamwork and technical support has taken place in the installation portion of our industry. Once network ports began appearing on the equipment that we sold, remote administration, remote monitoring and remote support all became possible, but it really has taken a couple of years to convince clients […]

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Lutron Intros Cloud Connected Device for RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS Systems

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Lutron Electronics today announced that its RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS systems will use the cloud-based Lutron Connect Bridge hardware and the new a Lutron Connect App. This will add features to any RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS home like AppleWatch notification, Geofencing, HomeGlance dashboard for mobile devices, support for Apple and Android Widgets, Nest and Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat support and free remote access to the […]

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The Conversation

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Those who know me know I like to talk. I’ll leave that thought there for now. Recently, in a business discussion I was asked “Why do you answer every question with a story?” I sat there for a few moments and – yes – was speechless (imagine…). Now I’m not sure exactly what my answer […]

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The Technology of Sales

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Interestingly I listen to sales people in the AV (AV/IT, etc.) industry talk about trying to explain what they do to someone whether at an event, a party or even in an elevator, where of course you have about 20-30 seconds (thus the elevator pitch) to get that Aha moment from the listener. In my almost […]

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Convergent TechWeek 9/18

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The Ultimate Drone? Qualcomm Technologies, the $26 billion (2014 sales) wireless chip company is looking for a new market to consume Snapdragon 800 series SoCs (system on a chip), in large part due to the persistent market strength of the iPhone which only makes use of some of Qualcomm’s technology (even though there is usage of the chip in the […]

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Convergent TechWeek 9/10

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Will new headsets and more powerful phones pave the way for brain-controlled smartphone apps? Imagine calling your friends through the power of thought? According to an IBM and Xerox paper (*) summarizing the state-of-the-art in Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), applications may well be developed including brain-driven software for dialing numbers, as well as for messaging and calling […]

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InFocus Lowers Price of ConX Video Conference Solution and Adds Features

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InFocus Corporation says it has made it easier for people to connect and collaborate across platforms and the globe with a major expansion of its ConX Video Meeting (pronounced “Connects”) cloud-based group video conferencing service. The enhanced abilities include: the addition of full HD meeting rooms that can connect up to 25 participants, new Web […]

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Pakedge’s BakPak 3.0 Now Shipping

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Pakedge has introduced the third generation of its BakPak Cloud Management System, which is now available industry-wide after its limited release last month at InfoComm 2015. It is also now shipping with the NP36 network patroller. The cloud based remote management solution gives integrators end-to-end control from a distance with in-depth monitoring of network devices […]

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