Addressing Mobile Issues
Now ShoreTel, Vidyo, Radvision and other communication technology vendors are bringing their solutions to mobile platforms to address those issues. ShoreTel's updated ShoreTel Mobility solution enables employees to access corporate communications applications on their own smartphones and tablets while making it easier on IT staffs by reducing support costs and securing the corporate network by separating the personal and professional environments on the mobile device. The solution is available on devices running Android 2.1 and above, including offerings from Motorola, HTC, Samsung and Cisco's Cius business tablet. There also now is support for such BlackBerry devices as the Torch 9800, Bold 9700 and Bold 9780.Vidyo is aggressively rolling out offerings to challenge such players as Cisco and Polycom in the burgeoning video collaboration space. The company initially targeted its software at desktops and laptops. In June, the vendor unveiled its VidyoPanorama offering, which is designed to compete with immersive telepresence systems from Cisco and Polycom by offering high-quality video collaboration for significantly less money. VidyoMobile is another solution that enterprises can leverage to increase collaboration among employees and increase worker productivity, according to Asish Gupta, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of corporate development. "The business applications of VidyoMobile are compelling," Gupta said in an interview with eWEEK. VidyoMobile enables users to participate in conferences with more than 100 participants, according to Vidyo. The solution on the iPad 2 can display up to four participants at a time, and users can customize their view and select presentation materials. VidyoMobile for iOS 4.x is available now, and will support the latest versions of the iPhone. VidyoMobile for Android smartphones and tablets is in beta and will be available to select devices in November. Radvision announced Oct. 3 that its Scopia Mobile v3 application is available in the Apple App Store. The app will offer HD video conferencing, data collaboration with review capabilities, conference call control and an intuitive user interface. "[Enterprises] want people to be able to join the [video conferences] on any device at any time," Robert Romano, vice president of enterprise marketing, said in an interview with eWEEK. "And it's not just video and voice, but data also." Radvision officials want to make joining and navigating through a video conference easy, with the ability to participate through a single click, full two-way video and the capability of seeing up to 28 participants simultaneously. Users also can easily connect with a wide range of telepresence, standards-based HD video conferencing systems and unified communications applications, including Microsoft Lync. They can view presentations, documents and images, and review previously shared materials, and can manage aspects of the meeting such as starting and stopping recording or streaming, end a meeting, mute background noises, stop cameras or disconnect people. They also can access video conferences through mobile broadband or WiFi. The mobile devices become "so much more than just an endpoint," Romano said. Scopia Mobility v3 is available now from the Apple App Store. Romano said v3.1, which will include support for Android-based devices, will be available during the winter.
For their part, Vidyo officials on Oct. 6 announced that their VidyoMobile for iOS 4.x is available on iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches through an app in the Apple App Store. With the app, enterprises can enable their mobile workers to participate in corporate video conferences from their iOS devices. Vidyo's software solutions already enable video collaboration on laptops, desktops, telepresence and high-definition room system, and are interoperable with endpoints from such competitors likes Polycom and Cisco-including endpoints that Cisco acquired when it bought Tandberg last year.