Avistar Issues 2010 Desktop Videoconferencing Trends

Dec 15, 2009 11:55 am

San Mateo, Calif., Dec. 15, 2009 – As we head into 2010, Avistar Communications Corp. (www.avistar.com), a leader in unified visual communications solutions, sees the following trends on the horizon. Videoconferencing will become easier to use, more available and ubiquitous, while significantly contributing to business productivity.

·        More communications-enabled business processes (CEBP). Companies will see long-term rewards, including decreased cycle times, increased productivity and growth by injecting unified communications into their business processes. By integrating conferencing capabilities into existing business applications, decisions get made faster, in a more collaborative environment.

·        Try it you’ll like it. Free consumer applications will prompt consumers to try videoconferencing – an option more viable when webcams become standard accessories on computers, as they already are on netbooks. But big organizations will be worried about manageability of bandwidth. Companies will look for business-class videoconferencing that doesn’t overwhelm their networks.

·        Hang up on phone numbers. In five years, people will move away from phone numbers. They’ll demand single-click buttons to reach the people they want to communicate with – whether it be from a computer or smartphone, from their places of business, on the road or in their home – and all through audio, video or multimedia. Within five years, business cards will hold a single address for contact voice and video information.

·        Thin continues to be in. Expect to see more thin devices, lower power consumption and virtual desktop environments as they continue to gather steam.  But that demand leads to a key question: What happens to communication applications when applications go to the data center, rather than sit on the client?  Voice and video communications architectures need to be fundamentally changed to adapt to VDI deployments.

·        Video goes social. Although it seems natural, videoconferencing will be an added feature of social networks within the next 24 months. Social networks will continue to be text- and link-based. The challenge for social networks is not bandwidth but storage: how to store videoconferencing messages on servers.

There are no technology obstacles to open videoconferencing. Experts and users expect the ability to place and receive video calls from any videoconferencing application. Technologically, that’s possible today through support for videoconferencing standards. SIP, H.264 and firewall traversal are the keys. When more videoconferencing vendors support these standards, consumers and those in the professional setting alike will be the big winners.

About Avistar Communications Corporation
Avistar (AVSR.PK) is an innovation leader in the unified visual communications industry, providing proven business-class desktop videoconferencing technology. Avistar’s installations include more than 100,000 committed desktop seats worldwide, bringing together business users anytime and anyplace. Companies such as IBM, LifeSize, Logitech, Paradial and Zultys use Avistar technology to power their unified communications solutions. Avistar also works with leading channel partners and resellers including AVI-SPL, CityIS, Fontel, Jenne and Media Plus in more than 40 countries. For more information, please visit www.avistar.com.

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Contact:

Angela Smith

Avistar

650-525-3388

asmith@avistar.com

Margaret Bonilla

Birnbach Communications for Avistar

603-548-0693

mbonilla@birnbachcom.com

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