A Peak at InfoComm

Jun 06, 2011 7:37 am   |   Leave a Comment

A week away and we head to InfoComm 2011 in Orlando, where we will demonstrate our industry-leading personal videoconferencing solutions for OEM partners and clients. As the largest “pro-AV” event in the world, InfoComm will be a jammed packed event, with more than 32,000 AV professionals and 950+ exhibitors, and we are pleased to showcase our fully array of personal videoconferencing  and unified visual communications solutions at booth #2081.

If you’re in town for the show, feel free to stop by and talk to us about your videoconferencing needs. We also invite you to attend the Emerging Technology Roundtable next Wednesday, June 15, where Avistar CTO, Dr. Chris Lauwers will speak on “how SVC, cloud computing and other bleeding-edge technologies will change the way you collaborate and communicate.”  The session will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 314B at the Orange County Convention Center.

For more information on Infocomm 2011, please visit: http://www.infocommshow.org/

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When Conducting International Videoconference Calls, Do You Do Like the Romans Do?

May 30, 2011 5:12 am   |   Leave a Comment

A recent New York Times article, “Adapting to the Reality of Everyday Video Chatting,” which reported on the growing usage of videoconferencing, raised some interesting points about videoconferencing etiquette among business users.

  • Even if you’re conducting an international videoconference call, you should learn local customs.  For example, Judith Olsen, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, said we will need to learn new methods of business communication as face-to-face — but not person-to-person — meetings become more common. This is particularly important when conducting a videoconference call with someone living in another country.  A business traveler embarking to a new country will learn some local customs, such as to actually pay attention to a business card handed to you when in Asia — as opposed to the US practice of stuffing the card quickly into a pocket.  As Olsen noted, “We have a saying, ‘When in Rome, do as Romans.’  But if I’m videocasting, whose Rome am I in? Whose cultural norms do we take on?”
  • Before conducting a business videoconference call, you should preview your posture and where you appear to look. Because the position of your laptop and webcam can be variable — even with built-in webcams — you should test out and adjust where your eyes are focused. That’s because, if your camera is set on top of your laptop, you may appear to be avoiding eye contact when you look away from the webcam.  As Thomas Lewis, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, told the Times, “When someone doesn’t look us in the eye, the brain deduces this as someone being less likable, less confident and less honest.  This is problematic in trying to create business relationships.”

That’s some good advice on conducting videoconference calls for business.

If you’re interested in seeing some of this great videoconferencing technology, please visit Avistar @ InfoComm, 2011 – Booth #2081

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This Week @ Citrix Synergy

May 23, 2011 6:00 am   |   Leave a Comment

Citrix Synergy San Francisco will be jammed packed this week, with compelling speakers, outstanding demonstrations and opportunities to network. We invite you to stop by our booth, #638, to see industry-leading desktop videocommunications on the Citrix platform.

And if you can, we urge you to attend Avistar’s presentation on 2pm on 5/26 by CTO Chris Lauwers, a noted industry thought leader who will discuss architectures for interactive audio and video within VDI environments. That talk is at 2 pm in the Moscone West Convention Center.

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Preparing for Synergy

May 17, 2011 6:50 am   |   Leave a Comment

As we finalize our plans for Citrix Synergy we are proud of how far we have come. We were the first to offer desktop visual communications for VDI environments. In 2010, the industry recognized this with a Best of Synergy Award for Workforce Productivity for the Avistar C3 Integrator™ solution. The Avistar C3 Integrator™ for Citrix solution enables rich videoconferencing to run optimally and at lower cost on virtual desktops across LANs and WANs. Users can experience immersive high-definition desktop video communication on the smallest of thin terminals, without degrading network performance or server scalability. Everyone wins with the Avistar C3 Integrator™ for Citrix solution as end users experience a fully immersive desktop videoconferencing experience, while the IT organization benefits from lower IT operating costs and gains the efficient deployment and support model of the VDI environment. If you are heading to Citrix Synergy, we’d welcome hearing from you on your needs and experiences with desktop videoconferencing. And we invite you to stop by our booth, #638, to test-drive Avistar C3 Integrator™ for yourself and experience the richest videoconferencing experience on the thinnest of terminals.

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About Avistar Communications

Avistar is an innovation leader in the unified visual communications industry, with more than 15 years of experience providing proven business-class desktop videoconferencing technology. Avistar’s solutions are used across a broad spectrum of industries with deployments ranging in size from 30-35,000 users. Avistar’s technology also helps to power solutions from Citrix, IBM, LifeSize, Logitech and many other leading unified communications vendors, while delivering end-user videoconferencing solutions to some of the world’s largest corporations, in more than 40 countries. For more information, please visit www.avistar.com.

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