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UC Week in Review : Conferencing Takes Centerstage

April 23, 2010

Mother Nature may have helped introduce some businesses to new conferencing options during the past week - when the volcanic ash cloud over Europe grounded International Air Traffic.

A Skype spokesman told the AFP: "We have seen an increase in the past few days in terms of video-calling because of the situation." TMC's Rich Tehrani reported that many are discovering video as a solution to not being able to travel.

Skype wasn't alone in seeing an increase in customers. Videocall announced that its high definition desktop telepresence service, MyPresence has helped organizations beat the blues of closed airspaces across Europe, by letting key personnel stay in touch wherever they are.

Polycom announced that it experienced an all time high in the use of video conferencing and telepresence solutions during the last week. Regus, a customer of Polycom that operates a global network of 2,500 publicly available video conferencing rooms and a growing list of immersive telepresence suites has claimed that it saw a 108 percent growth in the usage of these services in the UK and 18 percent growth across the continent of Europe.

In other news

Alteva haspartnered with Microsoft and BroadSoft to provide what it calls a "true hosted" Unified Communications solution. Alteva has developed a way to interconnect its hosted voice and messaging services with Microsoft Communication Services product suite, including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Office Communications Server "OCS," for both its small business and enterprise customers.

Apptix and Echoworx have partnered to provide advanced encryption on e-mail, voice and collaboration services to companies in the healthcare and finance fields.

And Artificial Life, Inc. announced the launch of a new subsidiary and a green IT initiative. A new entity will be set up by the company, which will be based in Hong Kong with offices in Japan, Germany and the USA. The initiative is expected to promote the development of innovative applications for supporting green and clean products and projects. This will help improve environmental protection besides solving complex sustainability problems. Artificial Life plans to launch the new company in July this year.

Alice Straight is a unified communications editor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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