July 14, 2011
Phoenix-based cloud UC provider Telesphere has taken the wraps off its Telesphere VideoConnect communications-as-a-service hosted telepresence offering, designed to let businesses of any size take advantage by extending the service to “webcam-equipped PCs, room-based video systems, videophones, smartphones, tablets and softphones.”
The idea, according to Telesphere’s press release, is to combine a user-friendly GUI with hosted infrastructure that can intelligently start video calls based on where the conversation starts and ends. No additional devices are needed for VideoConnect, it’s hardware-agnostic, and it’s all based on the individual employee’s phone number. Up to 12 legs can be included in any single Telesphere VideoConnect teleconference, according to the press release.
One-on-one VideoConnect calls are free, while calls using the Telesphere bridge are billed on minutes and port usage. The company is billing the new offering as CapEx-free, since it leverages existing hardware from many manufacturers. And while availability is limited to “select” Telesphere customers right now, the company does offer a reseller program.
Here’s the rest of Telesphere’s VideoConnect fact sheet:
Support for HD video at up to 1080p.
Employees within the same company can use four-digit dialing for video calls.
An intuitive UI that automatically displays the video feeds from the six most recent speakers, with the current one in the center pane.
For videoconferences with more than two parties, a Telesphere-provided live video attendant welcomes each participant to the bridge, requests a passcode and places them in a virtual waiting area if the conference hasn’t begun. This feature enables any-size business to provide a highly professional, concierge-level user experience.
A standards-based architecture, including SIP.
Real-time monitoring that automatically moves participants back to the waiting area if the moderator unexpectedly drops.
What I find most interesting about this news is the timing. Microsoft is aggressively promoting the Office 365 cloud suite at WPC this week, which includes UC service Lync Online as a core component. But the implicit message by releasing the news of Telesphere VideoConnect this week is this: There are alternatives to Microsoft Office 365.
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