An asset management company based in Toronto contacted the support team at video conferencing London because their incumbent provider could not connect their Cisco C20 video conferencing system over IP to their customers ISDN video conference system in the US.

System and network administrator Tiho Devic explained that he had tried a number of solutions including webex and vidyo to make the connection however firewall and incompatibility issues resulted in loss of video and audio.

Video Conferencing London used their Polycom RMX IP / ISDN bridge and newly launched Seevogh desktop video conferencing application to make the call happen. The results were immediate and reassuring.

Technician Patrick Stewart commented saying “Tiho was visibly relieved that the connection worked. We had him connected within ten minutes of his initial call, followed by an immediate connection to his US customer who connected over ISDN.”

Commenting on seevogh Patrick said “seevogh is an easy to use desktop solution that just connects. The user interface allows pop out windows and easy desktop sharing. We have a large number of clients in the Legal and finance sector who still need to connect over ISDN, their ISDN needs don’t necessarily warrant installing ISDN lines however the occasional requirement dictates that our solutions have to make good commercial sense.

Bridging services allow customers with IP (H.323) systems to connect to ISDN video conference systems at relatively low cost. Seevogh conferencing in particular is being deployed by both small and big businesses who want the power of video conferencing without the big price tag.

The meeting which was scheduled to start within three hours of the initial call went ahead without problems. Tiho said he was “very satisfied” with the the service and that we “exceeded expectations.”

Video Conferencing London provide video conferencing solutions world wide.

To find out more about products and services provided by video conferencing London including seevogh visit https://www.videoconferencinglondon.co.uk.

This years world travel market (WTM) returned to the EXcel centre in London’s docklands. It featured a key note speech from the cruise industries number one cruise liner boss Micky Arison who delivered his message to a packed arena from his Miami headquarters. The carnival cruises boss answered questions from the moderator and members of the audience in the seamless video conference session.

In the lead up to world travel market 2012, Video Conferencing London did extensive testing with Carnivals global corporate IT manager Joe Goncalves using the Cisco EX90 located in Miami and a Tandberg Cisco Edge95 located in London.

Lead video conferencing technician Patrick Stewart commented, “We decided to use our RMX bridge to connect the two units. We thought this would offer an element of redundancy should either side drop out. We also added audio back up using a sonifex TBU connected to the bridge.”

The London video conference system was connected to a PA system for audio send and receive, and to a vision mixer for video send and receive. Images were viewed on a 9 x 9
front projected screen.

Mr Goncalves was very impressed with the service and outcome of the conference he said in a written statement; “I cannot thank you enough for all of your help and support in making yesterday’s video conference a success.  You all are awesome.”

We are very proud to have supplied video conferencing to an event dedicated to promoting travel and hope that many more event organisers will see the practical, financial and editorial benefits of having keynote speeches delivered via video conferencing.

 

 

Polycom realpresence video conferencing now available on iphone 4s, android and ipad2

Polycom is pleased to announce RealPresence Mobile is now delivering standards-based visual communication to your iPhone 4S.

With a simple touch, you and your colleagues connect to one another with standards-based video, providing an engaging, realistic experience. The RealPresence Mobile is an efficient, secure, innovative and high-quality addition to any video enabled network, seamlessly connecting to the millions of video conferencing systems deployed throughout the world. Unlike competitive applications that struggle to work in bandwidth challenged areas or are restricted to wireless LAN-only, the RealPresence Mobile helps ensure your maximum connectivity no matter where you are.

The new RealPresence Mobile offers even broader functionality when powered by the RealPresence Platform, including centralized management, multipoint calling, firewall traversal, carrier-grade scale, and full redundancy for an unsurpassed user experience.

Leverage mobility, position and retire quota faster with these components of the RealPresence Platform:

  • CMA® 5000 – CMA (Video Resource Management) provisions and manages the RealPresence Mobile for Microsoft Directory Services, call speeds, and call signaling preferences. The mobile application occupies a CMA license.
  • RMX® 4000 – RMX (Universal Video Collaboration) provides the required additional multipoint calling capability for the increased number of users with multiple devices. The exponential growth of devices on the network drives higher use of multipoint resources.
  • DMA™ 7000 – The DMA (Virtualization) provides a fully redundant call signaling platform that supports both H.323 and SIP call signaling as well as Gateway services to bridge the two platforms.
  • VBP® Series ST – The VBP 5300 or 6400ST (Universal Access and Security) gives remote users secure access into the corporate video network even when the remote user is NAT’s or behind a firewall.
  • RealPresence Mobile v1.1 is available soon on the Apple® iPhone® 4S, Apple® iPad®2, DROID XYBOARD by Motorola™, Motorola XOOM™, and Samsung Galaxy Tab™, with more devices to follow.

 

 

Free Business to Business Video Conferencing via iPad

We in the industry knew it wouldn’t be long before someone created an app that connected the iPad directly to any standards-based videoconference codec. Sure enough, Polycom has recently launched their RealPresence™ Mobile app for the iPad. If it is free video conferencing you are looking for, then grab your iPad and search for the Polycom RealPresence™ Mobile app. You won’t be disappointed.We road-tested the RealPresence™ Mobile client in a number of situations and  were pleasantly surprised at the ease of connection, video and audio quality.
We simply launched the app then dialled out to a Tandberg test IP address. No configuration of the router was necessary and we were able to send and receive both video and audio at 384kbps at the first attempt.
We carried out our next test sitting in our local McDonalds restaurant (at lunch time.) With our iPad connected to their network, we dialled into our RMX2000 video bridge. Again, we were connected first time. We entered the meeting pin and then waited for a colleague to connect from an ISDN site. Sure enough, within two clicks we were having an IP to ISDN videoconference over a McDonalds restaurant wifi network while eating burgers and slurping cola.
As part of their new ‘software’-focused offering, aptly named “RealPresence™,” Polycom launched the M100, a scaled down but fully functioning version of their CMA desktop client. Although the M100 is currently only available for Windows 7 & XP, there is talk of a Macintosh version, which is hovering over the release horizon.  CMA users can pick up the Macintosh version when they purchase a minimum of 50 client licences. The good news is that Polycom are running a  scheme where you can buy 50 licences (mixed PC & Mac) with a generous 50% discount.
So the next time you want to videoconference download the free RealPresence™ app via the apple app store and connect to any standards based video conference.
if you want to connect to more than 1 other  location in the same conference contact bridge@videoconferencinglondon.co.uk and ask for a virtual meeting room, which will give you the ability to connect up to 9 sites in a HD conference plus up to 30 voice calls in the same conference. We believe in connecting people and want you to enjoy the benefits of true collaboration without having to pay a premium.
Happy Conferencing,
Videoconferencing Team

 


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The adoption of video conferencing in courtrooms throughout the United Kingdom means more and more cases are being heard via video link. This provides services connected to the legal services with the ability to reduce risk and cost while increasing accessibility.
We provide facilities for all hearings.

We have provided far end video conferencing services to courtrooms all over the world since 2003. Our network of partners cover every major city in the world, which enables us to deliver witnesses to the courtroom in any time zone.

Our “Portable Witness Solution” delivers high definition video conferencing from the home, workplace or one of our local  rooms throughout Europe. We work with solicitors who either have no video conferencing ,IP video conferencing or PC based video conferencing software.

Our aim is to help the legal proffession provide justice to all those who seek by helping winesses, expert wintnessess and defendants appear in court without travelling. for general enquiries call 08458 380 562. Or email cs@videoconferencinglondon.co.uk

Video Conferencing in courts

 

Video Conferencing (VC) enables any person who has an interest in court proceedings to be involved in a hearing from a remote location. In its simplest form, a witness at a remote location may give his/her evidence via a video link to the court with one screen and one camera in the courtroom.

The technology needed to establish a video link is relatively simple. A screen and a camera with a microphone is required at each location. Any form of screen can be used. An ISDN telephone line supplied by BT is used to transmit the pictures and sound electronically between the locations. Connection is made by dialling the telephone number allocated to the relevant location.

The Access to Justice Act, 1999 allows VC to be used for civil hearings, e.g. case management conferences, ancillary relief hearings, overseas or remote witnesses or in any civil cases in which the court directs the use of video and the parties involved consent to its use.

The courts listed below have VC equipment and it is possible for every location to connect to any other location on the list. For example, VC equipment in Birmingham can be used to give evidence in a matter being heard in Plymouth. It is also possible for multiple locations to be connected e.g. Bournemouth, Leeds and Manchester can be used to take evidence for a matter being heard at The Royal Courts of Justice in London. The network is extremely flexible.

Video Conferencing now available in Care Centres

To address the problem of delays in child care and supervision cases Video Conference (VC) technology in Care Centres (Care Centres have jurisdiction to hear Public Law Children Act Cases) is now available. The availability of expert witnesses has been identified as one major cause of delay and the VC equipment will provide the courts with greater flexibility for when and how expert witnesses (particularly medical) are required to give evidence.

All 53 Care Centres across England and Wales have now been equipped with mobile VC units and DCA is in the process of developing a national directory of suitable sites at hospitals, medical institutions and universities that could be used by expert witnesses. This means HMCS will now be able to arrange hearing dates and conclude cases more quickly and ensure that the costs to the parties and the public purse will be reduced. It will also mean that experts will have to spend less time travelling to and from court and less time waiting for their case to be heard.

Those wishing to make use of the VC equipment should make their request to the court before the Case Management Conference (CMC) or as soon as practicable before the full hearing. At the CMC itself any necessary practical issues can then be agreed, such as remote location, who will administer the oath and any other special arrangements required to ensure that witnesses are able to give their evidence freely.

Site Site Contact Name Telephone Number
Barnet County Court Jane Billyack 020 8371 7108
Basingstoke County Court Linda Thompson 01256 318 222
Birmingham Crown & County Courts Andrea Lloyd 0121 681 3120
Blackburn County Court Anne Wright 01254 680654
Bournemouth Combined Court Douglas Bloom 01202 502 890
01202 502 879
Brighton County Court Vicki Wilton 01273 811332
Bristol County Court Jerry Fowler/Rebecca Cobbin 0117 9106704
0117 9106719
Caernarfon County Court Anwen Wiliams 01286 684600
Cambridge County Court Graham Jone / Susan Bolton 01223224 500
Canterbury County Court Sue Nicholas 01227 819213
Chelmsford County Court Janet Littlewood 01245 264670
Cardiff Civil Justice Centre Tracey Davies 029 2037 6483
Carlisle County Court Peter Cowen 01228 520 619
Chester Civil Justice Centre Julie Burgess 01244 404 241
Court of Appeal, Civil Division Sharon Whitfield 020 7947 6891
020 7947 6917
Coventry Combined Court Neil Turfrey 0247 6536194
Derby County Court Mrs Linda Morris 01332 622595
Exeter County Court Becky Inglis 01392 415324
Guildford County Court Julie Eade 01483 595211
Hove Trial Centre Peter Dingle 01273 229 200
Ipswich County Court Robert Chester 01473 298412
Kingston on Hull County Court Anne Dawson 01482 621144
Kingston-on-Thames County Court Joseph Barnes 020 8546 8843
Lancaster County Court Stephen Sainsbury 01524 68112
Leeds Combined Court Micheal Binns 0113 254 8616
Leicester Crown and County Courts Jane Wainwright 0116 222 5899
Lincoln County Court Richard Harrison 01522 883 206
Liverpool County Court Gill Best 0151 296 2200
Luton County Court Natalie Robinson 01582 506700
Manchester Civil Courts of Justice David Morecroft 0161 954 1737
Medway County Court Pauline Rockett 01634 810721
Milton Keynes County Court Caroline Beechey 01908 302803
Newcastle Combined Court David Bean 0191 201 2055
Newport (Gwent) County Court Jan Mills 01633 227171
Northampton County Court Bernie Norton 01604 470453
Norwich County Court Dave Curtis 01603 728244
Nottingham County Court Nicola Conlin 0115 910 3588
Oxford County Court Neil Spiker 01865 264215
Peterborough County Court Mary Dew 01733 355421
Plymouth Combined Court Pam Reedes 01752 677 489
Pontypridd County Court Richard Roberts 01443 490800
Portsmouth County Court Yvonne Moorecroft 02392 893015
Reading County Court Neil Ashby/Helen Bateman 0118 9870561
Rhyl County Court Tracey Sullivan 01745 352940
Royal Courts of Justice Roger Little Hazel 020 7947 6581
020 7947 6357
Sheffield County Court David Schofield 0114 2812473
Stoke on Trent County Court Amanda Lowndes/Claire Barlow 01782 854019
Sunderland County Court Stephen Preen 0191 5680758
Swansea County Court Andrew Morris 01792 484 706
Swindon Combined Court Sally Snowdon 01793 690 574
Taunton County Court Graham Haines 01823 335972
Teesside Combined Court Russell Pennell 01642 343 047
Telford County Court Mrs Lorna Colling 01952 291045
Truro County Court Alex Maker 01872 222340
Warrington County Court Tony Allman 01925 256700
Watford County Court Colin Douglas 01923 699429
Wolverhampton County Court Ian Lowbridge 01902 481085
Worcester County Court Tim Good 01905 7307800
York County Court Diane Stephenson 01904 629935









  Overview
Polycom® has contributed to the international success of a self-sustainable telemedicine and e-health
programme in Kosovo by helping to rebuild the medical resources of the country.

Named the Telemedicine Programme of Kosovo (TPK), the programme has established a network
of telemedicine centres throughout the country designed to enable knowledge-sharing and medical
collaboration.


Each telemedicine centre is based on a Polycom room video conferencing system that links to
the other telemedicine centres in Kosovo as well as to seven local hospitals, along with links to
international medical expertise in well-equipped and resourced hospitals in the University of Arizona,
Tucson, Arizona, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, Graz University, Austria,
Regensburg University, Germany, Oslo University, Olso, Norway and more than 20 other universities
and hospitals across Europe and the rest of the world.

The TPK is the first of many initiatives of this kind to be instigated in underdeveloped countries by
the International Virtual e-Hospital (IVeH) programme and is now world-renowned as a model for
telemedicine success in developing countries.

The International Virtual e-Hospital Programme
The International Virtual e-Hospital (IVeH) programme (www.iveh.org) was established in 2001 by
Dr. Rifat Latifi, President and Chairman of the Board of the IVeH. Dr Latifi had the energy and vision
to campaign at the highest political level for a programme for rebuilding the medical systems in
developing countries through the introduction and implementation of telemedicine, tele-health and
virtual education programmes.

“The most significant challenges in implementing the IVeH programme is changing the mindset
of physicians and convincing governments of the need for such investments,” explained Dr Latifi.
“Creating true partnerships and transparency in the region has been the key to the programme’s
success.”

Since 2001, Dr Latifi and his team, have brought their vision to life by creating a network of
international partnership and sponsors. The result is that the IVeH has attracted support by European
Union (European Agency for Reconstruction, State Department of USA, USAID and industry partners).

The Telemedicine Programme of Kosovo
As a Kosovar himself, Dr Latifi recognised the medical infrastructure of Kosovo in particular was left in
a poor state by the 1990s Balkans war, by subsequent neglect, lack of funding and poor management.

 
     

 

  For instance, the new generation of medical graduates
after the war had not seen a patient in a clinic
throughout their entire education and medical school
classes were being held in the basements of homes.
Furthermore, many older professors, surgeons and
other doctors had not practiced advanced medicine
and/or surgery for more than a decade. This situation
severely hindered redevelopment of the healthcare
system in Kosovo. To Dr Latifi, telemedicine and
medical distance learning were the only practical
solutions for developing countries such as Kosovo.
Dr Latifi stated: “Kosovo, like so many other countries
in the developing world, had a stagnant and underresourced
healthcare system that urgently needed a
cost-effective and practical solution.”

Polycom Powering the Programme
With government approval and the financial backing
of the European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR),
United States Department of State, the Bureau of
Education and Cultural Affairs, the TPK was able
to implement Polycom room video conferencing
equipment in its network of telemedicine centres.
These enabled them to connect to national and
international sources of medical expertise, including
the University Clinical Centre of Kosovo (UCCK).

The result was the delivery of a high level of medical
and clinical expertise to the heart of the Kosovo
medical community where it was urgently needed.
Each telemedicine centre throughout Kosovo
comprises video conferencing rooms, tele-consultation
rooms and telemedicine training rooms. The video
conferencing rooms are equipped with a Polycom
HD (high definition) room video conferencing system
supported by a central Polycom® RSSTM 2000 video
recording and streaming solution. The RSS 2000 is a
centralised server used by each centre for recording,
streaming and archiving multimedia conferences and
training sessions. This saves time and resources while
extending communication and enabling knowledgesharing
throughout Kosovo and international medical
communities. Polycom® Video Border Proxy™ (VBP™)
solution is a critical factor for ensuring secure,
seamless video collaboration with these outside
organisations.

  Delivering Life-saving Medical Resources
Employing the Polycom HD room video conferencing
systems, the TPK is able to deliver powerful
educational tools to medical personnel at the right time
and at the point of learning. As a result, the programme
is able to train tens of thousands of doctors, nurses,
other healthcare professionals and IT personnel on
how to use telemedicine and e-health applications
through a series of interactive and hands-on lectures.

Likewise, the Polycom equipment is contributing
to better diagnosis and improved patient care. For
example, the highly mobile Polycom video conferencing
units can be located at the patient’s bedside to allow
real-time expert observations from specialist physicians
in other countries. Everyone is a winner. Not only
patients but also doctors and nurses are benefiting
from the improved educational training and access to
the medical expertise provided by the network.

Big Plans for the Future
As a result of the proven success of the TPK
programme, the telemedicine model is subsequently
rolling out, as the Balkan Telemedicine Programme,
to further hospital networks in Albania, where 13
telemedicine centers are currently being build
(six already have been build and are operational),
Macedonia and Montenegro and other countries in the
region.

Furthermore, Dr Latifi and his colleagues are driving
the IVeH telemedicine initiative beyond the Balkans
into South Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and
South America.

Dr. Latifi concludes by confirming the replicable nature
of IVeH programme: “I picked Kosovo to launch the
programme because I knew the country the best. But
from the beginning, the concept of the International
Virtual e-Hospital was not meant only for Kosovo. The
concept is bigger than any one country.”
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‘It’s official’ videoconferencing is fast becoming the conferencing solution of choice

  This Frost & Sullivan research service titled “European Videoconferencing Endpoints Market” reviews and analyses the videoconferencing market in Europe. It explores the major drivers and restraints governing videoconferencing endpoints market, and examines videoconferencing group systems and desktop system segments in detail.

After a few tepid years, videoconferencing is fast becoming the conferencing solution of choice on the back of technological advancements and deeper market penetration of high definition (HD) systems. End-user perception of this technology has taken a turn for the better due to its improved capabilities such as higher picture resolution, enhanced reliability, better sound quality, ease of use and connection through the Internet rather than integrated services digital network (ISDN). These product benefits, coupled with rising customer awareness, cheaper bandwidth, and increased affordability of videoconferencing endpoints, are driving the uptake of the solutions.

The superior features, while helping videoconferencing offer effective communication and collaboration, also aid organisations in meeting their larger business goals of expansion and operational cost savings. As videoconferencing is being increasingly adopted as a tool for enhancing business productivity, market participants are expected to experience deeper market penetration. The increased replacement rate, upgrade orders and opportunities from the newer Greenfield sectors such as healthcare and government are likely to spur the growth of videoconferencing endpoints. “High-end videoconferencing solutions such as telepresence are creating an additional ‘buzz’ in the market and are attracting much needed publicity for visual communication,” says the analyst of this research. “This, in turn, has helped increase the awareness and sale of high-end and mid-range HD systems, as telepresence solutions remain expensive for the majority.”

Migration to IP to Catalyse the Large-scale Adoption of Videoconferencing

End users generally suffer from low technology tolerance with regard to videoconferencing. If they have experienced bad quality or technology problems while using the videoconferencing solution, they are usually reluctant to try the solution again. This issue has been compounded by the increased competition from alternative, less pricey solutions such as web conferencing. However, the transition from ISDN to IP-based networks has greatly worked in favour of videoconferencing solution providers, as IP networks allow them to offer more services at lower costs. “Even though many vendors offer dual mode (IP/ISDN) endpoints, most solutions are deployed over IP,” notes the analyst. “The migration from ISDN to IP is mainly due to better reliability and management, cost efficiencies, and convergence of video, voice and data on IP network.” In regions such as the Nordics, the United Kingdom and Germany, which already have a high-quality network in place, the switch to IP is proceeding smoothly and rapidly. However, market participants will have to strategise differently for some regions such as Central and Eastern Europe, which have poor IP infrastructure and higher bandwidth costs.

Another market segment that is likely to be affected by high prices and bandwidth requirements is the end-to-end HD videoconferencing solution. Although standard definition (SD) systems are more affordable, HD systems are expected steal a march over them, as their prices have dropped and a wider range of products are available from all major manufacturers. “Moreover, the promotion of telepresence by major communication vendors has enhanced the awareness of ‘next-generation’ visual communications and raised the bar for both audio and video quality,” observes the analyst. “The growing awareness and appreciation of HD as an ‘aspirational’ standard for visual presentation is further boosting the market for this product and driving up revenue in the overall market.”

 

Source – Business Wire
 
 

London based BAA Chief Executive Colin Matthews was unable to connect his Polycom video conference system to a video conference meeting held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York. BAA’s incumbent service provider simply could not connect the long distance UK IP based video conference to the New York ISDN video conference call. BAA’s Technical Advisor Paul Hayley was delighted when Video Conferencing London were able to connect the two sites with their on demand video conferencing bridging service.

Technical Director Mark Williams said “ Our on demand video conferencing bridging service is the mobile phone of the video conferencing world. We simply give businesses large and small access to the same video conferencing facilities that almost all large organisations currently use every day.
Not only can we connect different video conference systems together, if you can connect your PC to a broadband connection you can connect to any Polycom, Tandberg, Sony, or Life-size system.
We believe that if small businesses are to survive and indeed get to play with the big boys, they will need to adopt tools like video conferencing that will not only give them access to the people sitting in big board rooms but will also help them communicate internally.
Video Conferencing London is a privately owned certified supplier of video conferencing products and services.

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Im hoping that you took my advice and downloaded the M100, Polycoms latest telepresence software solution that turns your PC into a fully working standards-based video conferencing system. If you did and you now have the software loaded, welcome and well done!
So now your probably wondering how to start video conferencing? It may well be that you are the forward thinking person within your organisation, and if that is the case you may well be the only person you know who has video conferencing. Worry not my friend, you are not alone.

There is a whole community of us here and we welcome you with open arms, or perhaps you might want to connect with people you actually know! Take these practical steps and I promise you, you and your organisation will be held in high esteem as the forward thinking company that started a profit increasing, planet saving revolution!
Do a test call
Before you do anything make sure the damned thing works. I’ve been doing this for 13 odd years so I know what I’m doing and I’m guessing that you do what you do well so may not be a video conferencing expert. There are several places to do test calls to real room based video conference systems: Polycom, Lifesize, Tandberg, Video Conferencing.
Or just send an email to bridge@videoconferencinglondon.co.uk and the bridge operator will contact you and do a point to point, cross platform (IP to ISDN) and multipoint test call with you.

Contact all your suppliers
Are you happy that it really works? It doesn’t matter where your suppliers are located or indeed how many of them you may have contact them all they will be happy to hear from you especially if they think you want to buy something. Ask them if they have video conferencing if they say no send them to me and I’ll look after them. If they say yes, great you will be able to have face-to-face meetings with them without leaving your place of work. You may find that more face to face meetings may strengthen the relationship leading to faster better/faster information ‘The low down’ on the official line and more discounts!

Contact all your customers
If like my company you have large corporate companies within your client base, you can be 99 percent sure that they have a video or telepresence system in at least one meeting/ boardroom. Conversely if you deal with small to medium enterprises or even SOHO (small office home office) they too may have video conferencing facilities even if in some cases its SKYPE (there I said it yuk!)
So let’s deal with the corporate clients first every single FTSE company has a corporate governance policy which includes their commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, which covers yes you guessed it travel. Believe it or not if you travel to a corporate client for a meeting when you could use ‘video conferencing’ they get a cross in their box because your traveling to them increases THEIR carbon impact. So If I was a corporate client wanting to choose two identical suppliers (regardless of the product or service being provided) I would choose the one that I could build a good relationship with and indeed who I could meet with, often at short notice when I wanted to.

Moving on to the SME and SOHO businesses. We are all professional businesses who adhere to regulations and best practice in our own market spaces. The one thing that we all share in common is the need to make sure our costs are cut to a minimum while we provide the best products and services in our market right?
As a small business owner my margins are tight and my costs must be kept on a tight leash. And actually my team and I have very precious little time and families to look after. The last thing we want to be doing is travelling unnecessarily. I agree that we must meet new clients in person on one maybe two occasions, for me the third and subsequent meetings are usually over video.

I meet my midlands based team all day every day, because we have a always on link between the offices. I drive from our London office to Birmingham less than a hand full of times per year yet the two teams are like departments across the hall. They have a good handle on the personalities, traits, gossip and banter it just works like the phone doesn’t. What I’m trying to demonstrate is the fact that video conferencing get you under the skin of an organisation in a way that the meeting periodically and telephone conversations don’t.
This is the next step since the internet in the leveling of playing fields.

Polycoms M100 has a price point that enables even the smallest of small businesses can video conference with no ongoing costs.

If you haven’t already done so, download the M100 free trial today. Do a few test calls. Be sure to contact your suppliers and clients. I would love to hear about how you use video conferencing, so write back and let me know how you get on. As always if I can be of assistance please do get in touch.

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