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Eight New Telepresence Sites of 'Connect New Mexico' Leverage IOCOM's Solution

February 26, 2010

IOCOM, a provider of videoconferencing and collaboration solutions, announced it is providing statewide videoconferencing, telepresence, and collaboration for New Mexico’s universities, colleges, and research communities.

According to a press release, the company’s solution was featured in the launch of eight “Connect New Mexico” telepresence rooms, which will link learning communities across the state of New Mexico. In a few days, another 25 rooms will also be launched, thereby enabling every university and college in the state to collaborate as well as interact via videoconference.
Launched in 2007, the “Connect New Mexico” program is a curriculum designed to provide young professionals with the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills and allow them to learn how New Mexico systems and structures work and explore the critical issues of the state.
Some of the founding institutions for the “Connect New Mexico” program are UNM, NMSU, New Mexico Tech, and Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories.
According to the release, the latest “Connect New Mexico” event could connect eight new ‘gateway’ telepresence sites leveraging IOCOM’s telepresence capability. In other words, the company’s telepresence solution provided a powerful remote collaboration tool for New Mexico’s educational institutions.
IOCOM offers collaboration and videoconferencing software via its “Visimeet” solution, which connects people, work environments, communities, and corporations through video, telepresence, data, and voice.
Officials with IOCOM said that the company’s solutions work with virtually any Internet-enabled device, scaling from smart phones to immersive telepresence environments.
The eight “Connect New Mexico” telepresence rooms that will link learning communities across the state of New Mexico include: the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Eastern New Mexico, Western New Mexico University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Santa Fe Community College, San Juan College, and the State Capitol.
All the above sites, as well as the ones that are to be launched, would be used by universities and local businesses for collaborative learning, research, training, and business modeling in the areas of energy, environment, digital film, aerospace, and biotechnology. In total, there will be 33 telepresence sites around the state connected by a secure network.
'The new teleconferencing abilities will enable our faculty to partner with the other sites statewide, and we will witness its benefits in all facets of our mission - education, research, public service, and as we saw in the demo today, patient care,'  David Schmidly, president of UNM, said.
“The opening of these gateways is significant to New Mexico’s economic and high-tech future,” Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico, said. “We’re bringing the highest level of collaboration to every corner of the state, giving New Mexicans the opportunity to tap in to the state’s remarkable educational and economic possibilities.”

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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