Avaya Brings Radvision Video Capabilities to Aura UC Solutions
Avaya also introduced the Scopia XT Executive 240 Desktop, a desktop video conferencing system that offers an optional MCU embedded insides. The XT Executive 240 offers users a desktop system that also can be used for video conferencing and content sharing. Avaya added a browser-based interface to its Scopia Management System that enables users to manage video collaboration deployment from PCs and Apple Macs as well as smartphones and tablets. In addition, incorporated into the interface is Google Maps, and other enhancements include multi-tenancy capabilities, concierge services and the ability for enterprises and service providers to scale to up to 400,000 users. Avaya’s Scopia TIP Gateway offers greater interoperability with telepresence systems from Cisco, adding to the interoperability with other systems from the likes of Polycom, LifeSize and Tandberg, which is owned by Cisco. Cisco introduced the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP) in 2010 to encourage greater interoperability between the room systems from disparate vendors, and the company has since the protocol to a third-party standards group, the International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium. In addition, Avaya unveiled a set of plug-ins, called Avaya Client Applications, which enable Aura systems to communicate with such Microsoft software as Lync, Outlook, Office, Internet Explorer and Dynamics. They also can talk with clients running IBM Sametime and Salesforce.com applications.“Avaya provides the best of both worlds when it comes to UC and video,” Robin Raulf-Sager, director of communications for Radvision, which is now an Avaya company, wrote in a post on Avaya’s blog. “We are also making good progress toward the integration of these two worlds.”Video conferencing got a boost during the global recession, when enterprises saw telepresence and other systems as a way to increase worker productivity while driving down costs, including travel expenses. However, in recent quarters, revenues in the worldwide video conferencing market have fallen, thanks to an uncertain global economy and the slowing sales of expensive, room-based telepresence systems as more of the focus in the space has shifted to software. According to market research firm IDC, the third quarter followed a similar trend from throughout the year, with revenues in the space falling 4.8 percent from the same period in 2011, and sales of larger, multi-codec immersive telepresence systems dropping 35.8 percent.