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New USDA Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grant Program for 2017 - Opening up soon!

Posted by Paul Richards on Feb 17, 2017 12:26:51 PM

New USDA Distance Learning Technology Grant for 2017

In 2017, the USDA will DLT (Distance Learning and Telemedicine) grant program will allocate over $17 Million Dollars in funding for distance learning and telemedicine programs. The program will help rural communities acquire technology to connect teachers and medical providers with needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise.

We want to help your organization secure a technology grant for distance learning and/or telemedicine. We can help with grant writing and technology planning.

 "The Distance Learning & Telemedicine (DLT) program helps rural communities acquire technologies to connect teachers and medical providers serving rural residents with other teachers, medical professionals and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise." -USDA

Schedule a Grant Writing Strategy Meeting

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Topics: Video Conferencing, telehealth, telemedicine

Wireless USB 2.0 Video Extension System from HuddleCamHD? This teaser video was just released...

Posted by Paul Richards on Feb 16, 2017 3:45:36 PM

 

 

Wireless USB 2.0 Video Extension Systems

Wireless USB video extensions  are coming sooner than you think and it's time to start getting excited about it! HuddleCamHD has just released their very first teaser video for the USB2Air which looks like a problem solver for the modern day web video conferencing user! The USB2Air will be HuddleCamHD's latest product built for wireless 1080p video transmission over USB 2.0! HuddleCamHD has also released the following timeline for production on the new wireless USB transmission system below:

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Topics: wireless webcam, wireless USB microphones, Wireless USB

Amazon’s new video conferencing service Chime takes on Zoom!

Posted by Paul Richards on Feb 15, 2017 1:31:26 PM

Hello Pro AV & IT Managers,

Last week we talked about Slack adding video conferencing and Zoom adding live streaming. It’s interesting to watch each company adding features outside their core product as if they are worried about a turbulent 2017 in an already overcrowded market. February 13th, 2017, Amazon just announced their latest product, AWS Chime. It’s a full-featured video conferencing and chat application ready for immediate deployment. Amazon will take on Cisco and Microsoft in a market Gartner estimates to be $12 Billion last year and expected to climb to $22 billion by 2020.

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Zoom.US, Amazon Chime

Slack adds Video Meetings... Zoom Webinar adds Live Streaming

Posted by Paul Richards on Feb 12, 2017 10:38:35 AM

Originally posted on Author's LinkedIN page here.

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Topics: Live Streaming, zoom, Slack, zoom webinars

Professional USB Audio Conferencing... Here is what makes Phoenix Audio Different

Posted by Paul Richards on Feb 9, 2017 9:33:50 AM

Hello AV & IT Managers,

If you have spoken to one of dedicated account managers here at ConferenceRoomSystems.com you may have found out that we really like to recommend Phoenix Audio conferencing products. There are quite a few reasons why Phoenix Audio's USB, SIP and traditional analog PSTN conference phones fit the bill for many of our technology projects. Let's start with some basic reasons why we recommend Phoenix Audio and then we will review each major product in our video series below.

1. Quality: Phoenix Audio makes a high quality product. Every product is made from aluminum alloy, NOT plastic. It makes a BIG difference and  the build quality shows.

2. Support: Support is essentially non-existant. It's not that we don't want to help support our customers... It's the fact that the products just work and support/troubleshooting just doesn't come up with Phoenix Audio Products

3. Easy Installation: When it comes to installation everyone likes to hear Daisy-Chaining and Power Over Ethernet. These two features put Phoenix Audio above and beyond. Later in this blog post we will review there PoE USB 2.0 extension system, ceiling mounting solutions and daisy chaining in more detail. 

4. Versatility: Phoenix Audio has managed to pack a ton of value into their small conference phones. When competitors are offering just USB or just analog phone support, Phoenix support both in a single model. As many of our customers make the trasisition from traditional audio conferencing to web-based communications it's nice to have product that can bridge the gap. 

5. Asthetics and DesignHave you ever seen the size of a Cisco 8831? Check out the size difference. Enough said. Collaboration space design is more important than most manufacturers give it credit for. A good design can make all the difference for room functionality and ease of use. 

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Topics: audio conferencing, phoenix audio, AV

Why we don't use Webinars... Zoom adds Facebook Live Integration and more...

Posted by Paul Richards on Feb 3, 2017 8:57:33 AM

We have moved over to the dark side of video communications… Live Streaming. In some ways, I miss the lightside. GoToWebinar, Cisco Event Center and Zoom Webinar were comfortable. They weren’t too expensive and I enjoyed the easy to manage platforms that just felt good.

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Topics: web conferencing, Live Streaming, facebook live, zoom webinars

Live streaming tips from 7 top industry experts!

Posted by Paul Richards on Jan 31, 2017 7:35:30 PM

**Originally posted on LinkedIN here...

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Topics: Live Streaming, Wirecast, Live Broadcasting, vmix

Free Lіvе Strеаmіng Courses Frоm PTZOрtісѕ

Posted by Paul Richards on Jan 25, 2017 9:26:43 AM


Hi Everyone!

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Topics: Live Streaming, Video Production

5 Reasons Video Conferencing for Your Business is Genuinely Valuable [List]

Posted by Tess Protesto on Jan 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

 Many prospective clients come to us with questions like, “Why do I need to conference through video vs. phone?” or“What’s the value of having an entire conferencing camera system?" I’m here to show you that, yes, it does make a difference. I’m not going to pitch to you why our products are amazing or better than the rest, we’ll save that argument for another day ;). I’m here to talk to you today about relationships.

Here’s an example of what I’m referring to. You go to your local deli every week to purchase your lunch meats and the occasional pot roast. You choose there as opposed to the supermarket because you enjoy contributing to a local business in your community. Joseph, the butcher, is a jolly old fellow that’s owned his delicatessen for 23 years now. He puts a smile on your face every time you walk in with his witty jokes and ability to remember your name, your order, and your kid's name. He tells you about his grandson’s soccer trophy and his wife’s silly nagging. His products are 30 cents more expensive to the dollar than the supermarket, but it’s worth it. That interaction you have with him every time you go to buy your cold cuts is part of a positive relationship you’ve built with this business owner. Your visits have become a fun experience.

 

Joseph’s the one that’s got it all figured out. What’s most important and often ignored in business is building and maintaining relationships with your clients and equally as significant, your employees. This can be difficult if you run a large company or a business that doesn’t allow for in-person interaction with the client. You’re left with reaching your customers via phone and e-mail, or spending the money to travel to meet. Investing in a video conference system provides a solution to these issues and allows you to develope or maintain those relationships.



Here's a simple layout of how video conferencing will benefit your business:

1) Reduces Travel Time & Cost

Installing a video conferencing system will eliminate the need for traveling and will, in turn, save you A LOT of time and money on flights, hotels, per diem, etc. This will also likely please your employees by not taking them away from their family and homes on a regular basis. Less travel time also allows employees more time for productive work in the office.

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Topics: Video Conferencing, HuddleCamHD, web conferencing, conference streaming

Facebook Introduces Hot New Live Streaming App [Video]

Posted by Tess Protesto on Jan 5, 2017 11:30:00 AM

 

Facebook started off the new year by introducing a new application that's going to change the game for live streaming. Hosting more than 1.8 Billion users, Facebook is constantly producing clever ways to increase ease of user interface. Facebook has certainly jumped on board with the rise of live streaming. The new Facebook Live Streaming App has made the process handy for people at any level of experience. Users are now able to connect directly to a streaming device like the PTZOptics HD Live Streaming Cameras. This is opposed to the prior need to go through the RTSP streaming process. This new feature now makes live streaming easier than ever. Here's what you need to know:

1. App is now accessible from your desktop computer

2. Users have ability to create mini streaming studios with USB based video products 

3. The simplicity of the app is going to attract A LOT more Facebook Live users, and therefore viewers

Now that we have informed you about this new and exciting app, here's the catch. Facebook is still distributing the app to all accounts, so not everyone has it yet. We were lucky enough to have one account that has been updated. Attached to this blog is a short video tutorial introducing the app and showing off some of its features. Some of the key features include ability to switch microphones and cameras, live chat with your viewers, and a simple icon listed alongside the status and photo update links. Here's some visuals for you:

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Topics: Live Streaming, Live Broadcasting, facebook live

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