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Unified Communications Week in Review

September 21, 2013

It’s been a busy week in the news, so let’s take a look at what has happened in unified communications.

A U.K. grocery chain, SPAR, is using cloud communications to help mitigate business travel costs. With five distribution centers scattered about, executives spent a good amount of time and money getting to and from each location not only in England, but Scotland and Northern Ireland as well.

“We have a lot of senior executives travelling to a central point or host distributors for meetings and these will be, what we believe to be, in excess of 50 meetings a year,” said Roy Ford, SPAR UK’s IT controller.

The solution was videoconferencing.

Read more on how Avaya helped SPAR cut communication costs and keep their executives working without travel expenses.

Up next in headlines is Axis Communications, which is helping SMBs obtain affordable video surveillance with its AXIS M7016 Video Encoder and the AXIS P7216 Video Encoder.

According to the report, these two video encoders give customers using analog cameras the means to make the jump into IP video, a specialty of Axis Communications.

"With tens of millions of analog cameras still in operation around the world, video encoders allow these end-customers to leverage existing investments while providing a scalable solution to network video," Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc., said in a statement.

Read more about how Axis is investing in R&D to help keep surveillance costs down while maintaining the highest quality in performance for smaller companies.

In other news, Level 3 and Blue Jeans Networks teamed up for a new cloud-based solution, which provides enhanced collaboration capabilities to organizations, boosting productivity and improving the bottom line.

"Easy-to-use, accessible video collaboration services provide customers with a level of flexibility and interoperability that needs to be the new standard of enterprise communications," said Krish Ramakrishnan, CEO and co-founder of Blue Jeans Network. "Market interest in these unified video solutions continues to be strong, and we are pleased to be working with Level 3 as part of its enhanced service capabilities and continued dedication to increasing service reliability and customer satisfaction."

Read more about the collaborative effort between Blue Jeans Network and Level 3.

That’s it for this week’s Unified Communications Week in Review. Be sure to visit the Unified Communications community for up to the minute news on all things UC.