Very soon the Microsoft Lync Optimized Polycom CX5100 Unified Conference Station will be available at VoIP Supply.

We’re expecting to see these by the end of September 2013.

Unveiled at the 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, the CX5100 is for Microsoft Lync users collaborating with remote teams.

What they’ll get is a unique 360 degree, panoramic video experience that also displays a seamless dual window layout.

The “Roundtable”

The CX5100 was originally called the “Roundtable” because the device is placed in the center of a meeting room table and uses a handful of cameras that stitch together a panoramic view that is displayed in one window while another window displays a zoomed in image of the person who is currently talking.

Polycom uses what they call …

What is new technology and new mediums of communication but simply, new ways to access email?

Microsoft has announced the addition of Skype to Outlook. So even as the business world enters a “pervasive video era“, its heavy reliance on email isn’t going to change.

If you’re an Outlook customer in one of these six countries (Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, UK, US) you can now enjoy Skype integration which will give you a similar user experience to Gmail which offers users quick access to voice, video, email, and chat on one platform/screen.

Skype Hardware

Click here for a rundown on Skype accessories that we use in the VoIP Supply offices or, click here for a full list of Skype hardware to enhance …

Video messaging from Skype has graduated from the testing phase to a full-fledged feature for:

  • Windows and Windows 8
  • Mac, iPhone, iPad
  • Android
  • Blackberry

Skype video messaging is completely free and will help busy people everywhere  ”catch up whenever, wherever.”  It can also help you avoid the tedious step of logging in to listen to voicemails on your phone.

It’s Why We Use Video

We use video conferencing because it’s easier to understand what someone’s talking about when you can see them. Skype’s video voicemails have the added benefit of using video even when the other person is not around.

This feature is a much nicer way for people to stay in touch and with the ability to show someone what you’re working on, it should make it easier …

Is Skype free?

It sure is.  But, is it worth it?

Businesses Can’t Rely on Skype, Google Hangouts

If you’re a remote employee, doing some freelance work, or you’re just calling your mom then Skype or Google Hangouts will work great. These are wonderful free video conferencing services that are easily accessible to everyone.

Well, just about everyone. Some countries are banning Skype.

That’s an example of where the problems begin, for businesses.

Quality and Reliability

Quality and reliability aren’t really concerns for one-on-one video chats. But as the number of people, sites, and the importance of the video call increases, the horsepower and available options (we’re talking about cars, right?) of your video conferencing system needs to be increased as well.

For …

A new Frost & Sullivan whitepaper was shared by the Polycom Video Conferencing division that shows how video can be used by businesses to gain a competitive advantage.

Click here to check out the tips in Video Collaboration in a Virtual Workplace that explain:

  • Benefits of Video Collaboration
  • Power and Value of Video shown in Frost & Sullivan data
  • How to Match Technology to Business Needs
  • How to Choose a Video Partner

Trust in a Virtual World

The Frost & Sullivan research shows that fact-to-face meetings are more important than ever.

You need to trust who you’re dealing with in a virtual world. Using video allows you to “read body language and facial expressions and deepen [your] relationships” in a way that’s cost-effective.

Additionally, “Video collaboration …

Telemedicine is now “mainstream,” reports Medical Economics writer, Beth Thomas Hertz.

Citing a report from InMedica, Hertz explains that, “ 308,000 patients around the world were monitored remotely by providers in 2012 for congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension and mental health conditions.”

And that’s just the beginning.

The number of virtual patients is expected to balloon to 1.8 million in the next four years.

Telemedicine Uses

Telemedicine can be defined as video conferencing with a patient through HIPAA approved telemedicine kits, mobile monitoring devices, use of electronic medical data, or accessing information from a smartphone app.

Kim Dunn, MD, explains to Hertz that in her Bellaire, Texas practice, “Telemedicine is fundamentally about communication, and that’s how we use it.”

Telemedicine uses are …

How would you rather spend your time online if you had a health concern; searching WebMD or speaking with a real doctor through video conferencing?

MobiHealthNews writer Jonah Comstock posted an article today, Five Reasons Virtual Doctor Visits Might Be Better Than In-Person Ones, showing how video conferencing is growing in popularity for healthcare uses:

  1. Convenient for both patient and doctor
  2. A virtual waiting room is better than the physical one
  3. Increased patient engagement thanks to screensharing
  4. More convenient, automatic record-keeping
  5. Patients feel like doctors pay better attention to them during virtual visits

Virtual Checkups Save Time, More Comfortable

Video conferencing used to be expensive but now it can easily be done via your laptop, tablet, and even smartphones.

The benefits of virtual doctor …

Would it sound too good to be true if I told you that there’s a way for patients and doctors to use video conferencing to save time, money, and the hassle of in-office visits?

And it can all be done with the approval of insurance companies?

VoIP Supply is now working with doctors across the country to implement low cost telemedicine solutions with VoIP Supply’s new Telemedicine Kit for Video Conferencing.

While health care experts debate how to reform the American health system, the nation’s doctors are asking themselves what they can do today to cut costs and diagnose patients more efficiently now.

Overwhelmed doctors are looking towards a familiar place, technology, to find cures for issues plaguing them on a daily basis such …

Grandstream Video Phone_Camera

Note: This post is brought to us by Courtney Hamp, VoIP Supply’s Technical Support Specialist. Courtney has great VoIP project ideas when he’s not busy helping others, troubleshooting, or designing a communication solution. In this example he has outlined the steps to view a video surveillance feed right from a desktop Grandstream video phone.  No need for an additional monitor or browser tab – just glance at your phone for a quick visual update

Grandstream brings some flair to the desk again with the Grandstream GXV3175, their 7 inch touchscreen IP Multimedia Phone. With several built-in web apps and a 1.3 megapixel camera for video conferencing, it is a great fit for the knowledge worker or executive in your organization.

However, it …