Alcatel-Lucent brings visual collaboration to users

Alcatel-Lucent has announced availability of a suite of visual collaboration solutions that they say brings high-quality, cost-effective video to users across the enterprise.

The company adds that their Visual Collaboration suite moves beyond costly and restrictive telepresence solutions by employing an open solution approach that extends enterprise video to any endpoint and location, including desktop PCs, smart phones, laptops, tablets, interactive whiteboards and display screens across offices, meeting rooms and boardrooms.

Working with collaborators including SMART Technologies, RADVISION and Lifesize, Alcatel-Lucent brings a broad range of video collaboration solutions to enterprise customers, including infrastructure, applications and end points. Leveraging presence, easy to use interfaces and “drag–and-drop” capabilities, employees can contact each other via any device and establish a video link for a real-time “face-to-face” conversation with content and collaboration, or share content via web portals.

Visual Collaboration suite includes the new Alcatel-Lucent Interactive Whiteboard Solution, which integrates content sharing using their My Teamwork application with employee workgroup collaboration enabled by the SMART Board 685ix interactive whiteboard system. The interactive whiteboard connects participants across conference rooms and remote locations, enabling them to write and collaborate in real time with all videoconference participants seeing what is being written and reviewed.

The Visual Collaboration suite also includes web-based video conferencing clients for employee desktops, and a range of solutions that feature infrastructure and dedicated end points from RADVISION and Lifesize for small, medium and large conference rooms, and boardrooms.

“Alcatel-Lucent’s Visual Collaboration suite brings video solutions across the enterprise to a broader range of users, locations, and endpoints.” said Tom Burns, President, Enterprise & Strategic Industries, Alcatel-Lucent. “Our strategy is designed to give our enterprise customers choice with a wide range of cost-effective options for video, from working with our valued solution partners to offer joint solutions to delivering embedded video capabilities with our new OpenTouch communications platforms.”

“Many enterprises have already adopted telepresence and are now looking into new and more affordable video solutions, reaching desktops and smart devices, to extend video beyond the meeting room,” said Melissa Fremeijer, Research Analyst for IDC. “As video becomes a business requirement and a channel demanded by customers, businesses will rely on solutions that increasingly reach more people across more end points and connect more locations.”

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