Video ~ The Essential Next Step in Collaboration

Video communications is becoming more prevalent in both our professional and personal lives. Businesses of all sizes should be taking advantage of the benefits of video conferencing as part of their overall collaboration strategies. The flexibility of video solutions today means it is just as easy to make a video call as it is a voice call, regardless of what device you are using.

Together, Radvision and Avaya are propelling the unified communications evolution forward with unique technologies that harness the power of video, voice, and data over any network. While voice solutions — like conference calls and traditional phone calls — have an enormous role to play in helping to facilitate teleworking practices, software-based video applications are playing a growing and more critical role in helping to remove distance barriers to human collaboration. High-quality video conferencing tools help provide the context of communication that is missing in a voice call.

The growth of video calling is not surprising, since many companies are looking for alternative cost-effective and efficient ways of doing business. The generational difference is yet another consequence of the “bring your own device” movement in which younger entrants into the workforce are familiar with using video for more personal communication.

Video solutions like Skype are sufficient for casual, one-on-one communications.  But Skype is not a true business-grade solution. There are management issues, quality issues, limitations on the number of participants, security concerns, etc. So when you’re looking to conduct business via video, Skype is probably not your best option.

“Prosumer” solutions like Adobe Connect and WebEx are those that originally started as web conferencing tools, meaning they integrate voice (although not always over IP) with content-sharing. They are more about active speakers and passive participants and less about interactive/collaborative communications.

If quality (e.g., HD audio, video and content delivery, security, etc.) matters, if you’re looking to connect with many people at one time and if visual communications is an important part of your company’s work flow and success, I guarantee the investment in an enterprise-grade solution like Radvision is well worth the price.

Radvision’s complete solution includes all the components necessary to provide a total video, voice, and data collaboration application. Radvision’ s latest innovations include:

High Performance Room Systems

Unmatched Telepresence

Desktop Communications and Mobile Conferencing Solutions

These solutions are key examples of Radvision’ s transformation from an infrastructure provider to delivering a full portfolio of video conferencing solutions.

Avaya/Radvision Video Collaboration Solutions

  • Highest quality room system, desktop and mobile solution
  • The most flexible and affordable telepresence system
  • Simple, affordable solutions for all size businesses
  • Comprehensive management applications
  • Open standards: Interoperable with most vendor systems

Radvision’ s  SCOPIA offering is the industry’s most comprehensive, robust video platform for video communication solutions that delivers the scalability and seamless device support organizations need to leverage and protect current standards-based conferencing investments. The SCOPIA product offering includes network infrastructure solutions for multi-party conferencing, network connectivity and firewall traversal; endpoint solutions for board rooms, conference rooms, desktop and personal video conferencing; and management software for scheduling, device and bandwidth management and directory services.

Designed with SMEs in mind

SMEs can revolutionize video collaboration through enterprise security mobility that features affordable video applications for desktop and mobile applications, and beyond. The SCOPIA Elite MCU 5105 is an intelligent, entry-level MCU that supports high definition audio, video and content-sharing. Ideally suited for SMEs and smaller departments or distributed organizations within larger companies, the SCOPIA 5105 offers five ports for HD video calls and up to 20 ports for enhanced definition calls, with dynamic resource allocation built in. This affordable MCU enables smaller sized businesses to leverage the high-end capabilities of the market’s leading MCUs but at a fraction of the cost.

Businesses see video collaboration as a way of increasing employee productivity at a time when more workers are going mobile. At the same time, it enables businesses to reduce their spending on travel. Video collaboration solutions are designed to accelerate business operations and minimize travel through enhanced collaboration between organizations large and small.

Avatel is pleased to announce, we now offer Radvision Scopia video collaboration solutions to our customers, made possible through Avaya’s acquisition of Radvision in early 2012. By adding Radvision video to Avatel’s portfolio of collaboration solutions, we can deliver affordable, feature-rich and easy-to-use video collaboration solutions to businesses of any size.

Contact an Avatel Video Specialist for a Radvision Scopia Demo at 866.835.2661.You will be impressed with how easy it is to conduct a face-to-face, collaborative video meeting.

Jamie Wood, Avatel EVP

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