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December 04, 2008

ClearOne Partners with Avistar; Enhances Videoconferencing Experience

By Michelle Robart, TMCnet Editor

Avistar Communications Corporation, a provider of unified visual communications solutions, today announced that it has partnered with ClearOne to outfit its C3 desktop videoconferencing solutions with ClearOne's (News - Alert) CHAT 50 personal speakerphone.
Providing high performance audio conferencing solutions, ClearOne is recognized as a global market innovator in the tabletop audio conferencing market, also holds the number one spot in the installed professional audio conference market worldwide.
"With heightened economic concerns, corporations around the world are taking a fresh eye towards videoconferencing," said Mark Child, director of product marketing - Telephony, ClearOne.
"Videoconferencing does not have to be expensive, but it has to be good. And, to be effective, it has to have good audio. The crystal clear sound from the CHAT 50 and the simple-to-use and rich capabilities of Avistar C3 (News - Alert) make working remotely as effortless as working in the office, with no communications downsides. In addition, companies enjoy the added benefit of improving their green initiatives by reducing their carbon footprint," added Child.
ClearOne has been providing audio conference solutions for more than 20 years, and Avistar (News - Alert) has over 10 years of experience in the desktop videoconferencing business. The companies’ combined experiences bring a "best of breed" approach to every product they sell.
"ClearOne has earned a strong market and product leadership reputation and is in sync with how Avistar approaches the market and its customers. Avistar has enjoyed increasing momentum in distributing C3 via resellers and distributors since we began working with the indirect channel earlier this year, and ClearOne is one of the best brands for both product quality and service. Just as ClearOne only partners with the best, we only partner with winning organizations that seriously want to grow their business through videoconferencing. We believe our strategy is working quite well," stated Simon Moss, CEO of Avistar.
In today’s troubled economy, increasing traveling costs have forced people to keep in touch via the old-fashioned way, a way of communication that happened before the days of e-mail and instant messaging. With rising commuting costs, the demand for videoconferencing has taken on a new level of importance in corporations around the world.
The audio market has been quickly gaining momentum, and expansion into desktop videoconferencing has reached new milestones. Both markets make up part of the area of unified communications (UC), which some industry analysts say could reach $30-40 billion by 2011.
ClearOne offers a wide range of audio conferencing products to meet the demands of companies of all sizes.
"For example, a couple of very large customers in the financial services sector provide their employees with a laptop, a webcam, the Avistar videoconferencing solution, and a CHAT 50. That way, each employee can easily communicate while traveling or working remotely. This not only empowers every employee to be a teleworker, but also provides these organizations with tremendous cost savings," Child explained.
As a communications solutions company, ClearOne develops and sells audio conferencing systems and other related products for audio, video, and web conferencing applications. The reliability, flexibility, and performance of ClearOne's comprehensive solutions create a natural communications environment, saving organizations time and money by enabling more effective and efficient communication.
Avistar creates technology that provides the missing critical element in unified communications: bringing people in organizations face-to-face, through innovative communications, for collaboration anytime, anywhere. Its latest product, Avistar C3, is based on more than a decade of market experience and delivers a single-click desktop videoconferencing and collaboration experience that moves business communications into a new era.
The company’s desktop videoconferencing and collaboration installations are among the world's largest, including commitments of more than 100,000 desktop seats to be deployed in over 40 countries in the coming years. Clients report as much as a 20 percent reduction in travel expense and carbon emissions, increases in worker productivity and improved relationship building within their organizations, as well as with suppliers and customers.

Michelle Robart is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Michelle's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart

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