The service, which uses bridging software for video and voice applications, allows for different end-user technologies from various vendors, where the user is given a VoIP number to join the conference.
Working much the same as teleconferencing, where a person had to dial a number and had a PIN to join the discussion, the video collaboration goes further by allowing face-to-face, screen-to-screen, and Smartboard sharing for the participants.
This brings the same documents, visuals and live notes to the users' devices for true collaboration. It also gives mobile workers the chance to participate from their smartphones and tablets. All any participant needs is a piece of downloaded software to activate the service."One stop solution"
"It operates with the broadest range of business, video, mobile and social networking applications," says Gary Hart, executive head unified communications services at Vodacom Business Services.
"It allows users and workgroups to share their screens displaying any application - Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, presentations, as well as Smartboard for meeting-driven explanations and notes. This takes an ordinary video conference into the virtual meeting room, where participants situated anywhere, using any device, can share the working documents with each other. They do not need any expensive equipment, as they can use any device with a camera and audio.
"Not only do we offer this service, but will deliver a total one-stop solution to business owners and corporates, where we manage their network and video needs to ensure a high quality service. As the solution is totally device vendor agnostic, it can be implemented almost immediately - as soon as everyone has downloaded the software onto their device."Benefits
- Increased productivity - decisions are made much faster
- Reduced unnecessary overheads
- Reduction in travel and accommodation costs
- Reduced carbon footprint
- Ability to collaborate seamlessly and securely with business partners and customers
- Greater staff interaction - face-to-face experience
- Converged offering from one provider
- OPEX model - fixed fee per month
- Investment protection, as the company will be responsible for the video bridging hardware and software upgrades
For more, go to www.vodacom.co.za/business