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March 13, 2009

HD Videoconferencing Tops UC Product of the Year Awards

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor


LifeSize Communications, a company providing high-definition (HD) video conferencing solutions to the global marketplace, recently announced a successful second half of 2008 with a close to 150 percent growth for the full year.
 
“We are pleased with our industry-leading growth and believe that the opportunity for HD video to deliver value has never been greater,” said Craig Malloy, CEO, Communications. “Because the benefits of HD video are so clear, compelling and measurable, many LifeSize (News - Alert) customers are accelerating their video communication system deployments.”
 
The company’s video conferencing solutions provide customers with the ability to reduce travel expenses, increase worker productivity and improve business performance.
 
To honor the companies “ground-breaking advancements in UC technologies this past year,” the editors for TMC’s Unified Communications (News - Alert) magazine have chosen both their LifeSize Control v4.0 and LifeSize Room video conferencing solutions as 2008 Product of the Year Award Winners.
 
LifeSize Room is the company’s HD videoconferencing communications system that offers a true-to-life experience with crystal clear video and sound for conference rooms.
 
LifeSize version 4.0 helps to increase quality, performance and flexibility of the video communication experience for users and administrators of LifeSize video systems. The software solution includes increased embedded MCU support to 6-way continuous presence of LifeSize Room and LifeSize Room 200 as well as a 4x digital zoom that extends the capabilities of LifeSize Camera and LifeSize Focus, among a number of other enhancements.
 
Unified communications provide organizations with a number of options for how they communicate with their colleagues, partners and customers and facilitate the use of multiple enterprise communication methods, including equipment, software and services.
 
A recent survey from CDW (News - Alert) noted 20 percent of organizations are actively implementing UC and 33 percent are actively planning for implementation.
 
The poll also uncovered that that rich media conferencing strategies were emerging as dominant. Thirty-nine percent said their organizations are choosing that approach over telephony-centric approaches (32 percent), e-mail-centric (18 percent) and instant messaging and presence approaches (11 percent).
 
 “Unified Communications magazine bestows Product of the Year Award on companies that have demonstrated excellence in technological advancement and application refinements.  These winners have demonstrated to the editors of Unified Communications that their products or services have gone the extra mile to help improve both the customer experience and the ROI for the companies that use them,” said Rich Tehrani (News - Alert), TMC President and Group Editor-in-Chief of Unified Communications.
 
Winners of 2008 Product of the Year Awards will be featured in the March/April 2009 issue of Unified Communications magazine.
 
 
 
For more, be sure to check out the HD Videoconferencing channel on TMCnet.

Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Stefania’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi



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