24 / Jun / 2014

Vidyo Shows Off New Ultra HD Soft Room System @ InfoComm 2014

At InfoComm 2014, some exciting new technology has been unveiled in the video conferencing space. Vidyo is shaking up the marketplace with a new Ultra HD Soft Room System. This is an amazing system that takes advantage of 4K display technology, which delivers an incredible, crisp, greater than HD image in native resolution. Now, remote participants can see shared content that needs ultra-detail, like CAD drawings or even medical images.

The the VidyoRoom SE (Software Edition) is an installable soft-client, turning off the shelf computing platforms into fully functioning group systems. “With the addition of VidyoRoom SE and 4K rendering to its product portfolio, Vidyo is leading the market by offering an unprecedented range of choices in price and functionality to meet the needs of individual in-room deployments. Software-enabled solutions for the conference room could significantly change the reach of video conferencing,” said Roopam Jain, Principal Analyst, Frost & Sullivan North America. “No other video communications provider offers such a wide selection of options – everything from dedicated appliances, to group-use licensed soft clients with essential in-room features and open access to sharable content on the same machine, to BYOD huddle spaces using VidyoDesktop on users’ laptops where traditional in-room features aren’t required.” Read more about how this systems works here.

About VSGi

VSGi is a nationwide leader in Video ConferencingTelepresenceAV Integration, and Hosted (Cloud) Video Services. VSGi leverages a cross-functional team of sales, engineering, project management and 24/7/365 technical support personnel to deliver the highest quality solutions to customers. VSGi’s unmatched experience in communications solutions provides its customers a fully integrated turnkey solution including design, configuration, project management and implementation, installation, testing, training and ongoing support.

VSGi is partnered with the world’s leading Video Conferencing Providers, including PolycomCiscoVidyo. For more information on VSGi, visit www.vsgi.com

 

16 / Jun / 2014

Telemedicine: The Indispensable Tool for Healthcare Providers

By 2020, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), $6 Billion will be spent on telemedicine solutions. During its 2014 annual meeting, the nation’s largest organization representing doctors endorsed the use of telemedicine and released guidelines for use and payment of its services. The proliferation of high-speed internet and widespread access to video conferencing technology has made telemedicine a more affordable and more efficient alternative to an emergency room visit for non-emergent care.

Telemedicine is an important tool for physicians in private practices, managed health organizations, and other health providers that want to compete in the marketplace. Businesses and non-profit groups providing community healthcare solutions can provide better patient care and realize significant cost savings by adopting a telemedicine option.  In fact, telemedicine is already in use at many hospitals and is endorsed by the US government, covered under Medicare and Medicaid – and its adoption only continues to grow.

An innovative study reported by the health policy journal Health Affairs found that using telemedicine in nursing homes could save $151,000 per home per year. Nursing homes rarely keep an on site doctor 24/7. Instead doctors are on call nights and weekends. “The controlled study involved 11 nursing homes in Massachusetts, all of whom contracted with the telemedicine service to provide real time video conferencing with physicians when a resident needed evaluation, consultation, or physician observation to determine if hospitalization was necessary.” Outcomes for patients improved, on call in person visits were reduced, and significant savings were realized for the homes.

About VSGi

VSGi is a nationwide leader in Video ConferencingTelepresenceAV Integration, and Hosted (Cloud) Video Services. VSGi leverages a cross-functional team of sales, engineering, project management and 24/7/365 technical support personnel to deliver the highest quality solutions to customers. VSGi’s unmatched experience in communications solutions provides its customers a fully integrated turnkey solution including design, configuration, project management and implementation, installation, testing, training and ongoing support.

VSGi is partnered with the world’s leading Video Conferencing Providers, including PolycomCiscoVidyo. For more information on VSGi, visit www.vsgi.com

 

11 / Jun / 2014

Cloud Based Video Solutions Benefit Organizations of All Sizes, Industries

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz around increased adoption of cloud based video conferencing solutions in small & medium businesses, governments, non-profits, and organizations with limited budgets.  By now, the message is clear — Regardless of an organization’s industry, segment, size or budget, cloud video services offer all the benefits of traditional video conferencing at a fraction of cost.

So, how exactly do cloud video solutions benefit different types of organizations?  We discuss a few of the biggest reasons below.

BYOD & INTEROPERABILITY

To start, cloud based solutions make on demand video conferencing easily accessible and available anywhere, anytime.  Whether using a desktop computer, tablet, mobile device or traditional video endpoint (executive desktop or room system), you’re able to join meetings instantly.  The benefits of interoperability are globally understood and enjoyed, regardless of line of business.  BYOD video conferencing is just as valuable to the business executive as it is to the police chief as it is to the executive director of an association.

CAPEX vs OPEX

With traditional video conferencing systems, there is usually an initial capital investment in equipment, which makes a lot of sense in the enterprise, or for organizations with complex needs.  Cloud Video Service is available for a low monthly fee (per user), and requires no equipment to buy, install, manage or upgrade, which is very attractive to smaller (or more budget conscious) organizations.  Cloud based services also provide the benefits of a dedicated IT department free of charge, without the need to staff, train, and compensate in-house.  With smaller organizations in all industries striving to increase efficiency while reducing costs – hosted video services make a lot of sense, while having a salaried video technician on staff may not.

FEATURES & 24/7 SUPPORT

Regardless of your organization’s industry, size, or budget, do your research and choose a cloud video service partner that best suits your needs.  There are many quality services available, but keep in mind that different providers may offer slightly different features or limits to the number of meeting participants.  Whatever your needs may be, choose a provider that offers 24/7 technical support.  In today’s always on-on demand society, you want to know that your managed service provider will be there when you need them.

About VSGi

VSGi is a nationwide leader in Video ConferencingTelepresenceAV Integration, and Hosted (Cloud) Video Services. VSGi leverages a cross-functional team of sales, engineering, project management and 24/7/365 technical support personnel to deliver the highest quality solutions to customers. VSGi’s unmatched experience in communications solutions provides its customers a fully integrated turnkey solution including design, configuration, project management and implementation, installation, testing, training and ongoing support.

VSGi is partnered with the world’s leading Video Conferencing Providers, including PolycomCiscoVidyo. For more information on VSGi, visit www.vsgi.com

 

4 / Jun / 2014

What’s New in Video Conferencing? Look to the Cloud

On the heels of recent reports for video conferencing equipment sales, it is becoming crystal clear that there is a shift occurring in the video collaboration marketplace.  The latest numbers show declines in year over year sales of video conferencing equipment and room based video systems.  It is important, however, to note that video conferencing is alive and well – thriving, really.  The decline in equipment sales only represents a shift in the way video is being delivered to and used by customers, not in overall video usage or consumption.  So, how is the delivery model shifting, and why?

Video delivered via the cloud, rather than by traditional premise based equipment, provides businesses with high quality, super scalable video collaboration without the costs of investing in equipment.  Cloud video conferencing also provides a truly BYOD (bring your own device) solution which ties together room systems, desktop endpoints, and mobile users to collaborate anytime, anywhere, on any device. Cloud video conferencing is leading the way in a wave of newer, intuitive / easy to use collaboration solutions.  It requires no onsite hosting and no equipment purchases, instead users only need to purchase a license. Once you have an active license, you can invite guests from inside or outside your organization–seamlessly–to your virtual meeting room without worrying about non compatibility.

For these reasons, the market is moving towards an always on-on demand, fully interoperable BYOD flavor of video conferencing.  While the trend has been customers moving away from equipment, and toward software based and hosted solutions, the overall video collaboration market is stronger than ever.  Its manufacturers and service providers are on the forefront of collaboration technologies, which is a great place to be.  Demand is high, and the speed of technological advancements and innovation is very exciting to see.

And while room systems are not going anywhere any time soon, it is clear that video conferencing has a future in the cloud.

About VSGi

VSGi is a nationwide leader in Video ConferencingTelepresenceAV Integration, and Hosted (Cloud) Video Services. VSGi leverages a cross-functional team of sales, engineering, project management and 24/7/365 technical support personnel to deliver the highest quality solutions to customers. VSGi’s unmatched experience in communications solutions provides its customers a fully integrated turnkey solution including design, configuration, project management and implementation, installation, testing, training and ongoing support.

VSGi is partnered with the world’s leading Video Conferencing Providers, including PolycomCiscoVidyo. For more information on VSGi, visit www.vsgi.com

22 / May / 2014

Augmented Collaboration: Cisco’s Innovation Team Unveils Amazing Concept for the Future of TelePresence

Cisco TelePresence provides a high-quality, virtual,  face-to-face meeting experience where facial expressions and body language are key. Now, Cisco is moving the needle on what TelePresence can mean. The company’s Innovation Team has unveiled a remarkable new immersive video collaboration technology named “Spring Roll.” The project is still in the development phase, but recent demonstrations to technology reporters have left them amazed with the technology’s promise.  “It’s already one of the most impressive-looking video conferencing systems I’ve seen,” said John Xavier in Silicon Valley Business Journal. Spring Roll takes TelePresence to a completely new level by providing an organic way to hold brainstorming and collaboration meetings and foster creativity in an easier environment.

The first new feature is immediately apparent—the unique L shaped Head-to-toe TelePresence video screen. As the photo below shows, this design is meant for use in the corner of a conference room which has the added benefit of providing broader viewing space in tight rooms.

Cisco's Spring Roll

What’s even better is the entire surface is touchscreen. Some of the most exciting features are the immersive user experience and the ability to turn the screens into shoulder to shoulder digital whiteboards with participants able to feel as if they are standing side-by-side, even when they are a continent apart. Cisco also promises built in WebEx integration among a host of familiar tools.

Cisco plans to demonstrate Spring Roll at technology venues in California in May, the first time it will be seen by the general public. The company hopes to explore the user experience and gauge interest in Augmented Collaboration with hopes that moving from prototype to production may usher in a new era of video teleconferencing in the coming years. Learn more from Cisco’s Developer Page, here.

About VSGi

VSGi is a nationwide leader in Video ConferencingTelepresenceAV Integration, and Hosted (Cloud) Video Services. VSGi leverages a cross-functional team of sales, engineering, project management and 24/7/365 technical support personnel to deliver the highest quality solutions to customers. VSGi’s unmatched experience in communications solutions provides its customers a fully integrated turnkey solution including design, configuration, project management and implementation, installation, testing, training and ongoing support.

VSGi is partnered with the world’s leading Video Conferencing Providers, including PolycomCiscoVidyo. For more information on VSGi, visit www.vsgi.com