This Week in Telecom is a weekly news round-up on VoipReview.org that aims to give our readers a fast and easy way to catch up on the latest news and top stories that are trending in the voice and telecommunications space. Check in each and every Friday to find out more about companies, mergers, trends, and more.
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
Polycom Unveils Polycom Pano
Polycom, a leading provider of voice communications and collaboration solutions, announced Polycom Pano, a new offering designed to make sharing of content at work easier and faster. Polycom Pano enables teams to connect from any device without having to plug in any pucks, cables, or adapters. Users simply have to connect Polycom Pano to any display to activate wireless content sharing. Pano includes built-in security safeguards, rich annotation, whiteboarding features, and the ability to share up to four simultaneous streams of content. It’s also easy to install and works in conjunction with any existing video equipment.
According to Mary McDowell, Chief Executive Officer, Polycom, sharing information during meetings has been a huge struggle for their customers. Too much time is typically spent and wasted on finding and juggling cables, pucks, or dongles. Thus, Polycom Pano was developed to cut the hassle of sharing content using traditional tools. “Polycom Pano is an ideal solution for every room where meetings are held,” said Daniel Rogers, VP Global Channels and UC Vendor Alliances, AVI-SPL. “Pano eliminates common frustrations of sharing content and instead allows teams to focus on mission-critical tasks.” Pano app is available for Mac OS X and Windows.
For additional information and to learn more about Polycom Pano, visit Polycom’s website.
Yamaha Launches New Dedicated UC Department
Yamaha, one of the leading pro audio companies, has launched its dedicated Unified Communications (UC) department, bolstering its commitment to the UC market. Yamaha will leverage the expertise of its subsidiary, Revolabs, to broaden its UC portfolio. The company will also focus on creating and developing products that will help enhance communication and support businesses in reaching their goals.
“Yamaha has more than 10 years of experience within the UC industry from working with our enterprise customers in Japan,” said Hirofumi (Hogan) Osawa, Senior General Manager of Audio Business Division and General Manager of UC Department, Yamaha, in a statement. “Our latest organizational change and solutions developments are natural steps toward cultivating those relationships worldwide. With music and sound technology as one of our core strengths and an investment in significant resources across the company, we’re well-positioned to expand our presence in this global market segment with our current and future product suite.”
The recently announced Yamaha CS-700, the first jointly engineered product by Yamaha and Revolabs will be showcased in the Yamaha and Revolabs booth at InfoComm 2017 in Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, please visit Yamaha’s website.
RingCentral Expands RingCentral Connect Platform Partner Program
RingCentral, the industry leader in enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions, has rolled out a host of exciting expansions to the RingCentral Connect Platform™ Partner Program. The trusted provider announced a new tier plan and expanded benefits for companies building apps on the RingCentral Connect Platform -- one of the largest developer ecosystems in the Unified Communications as-a-Service (UCaas) market. The three new tiers now include the Authorized, Premier, and Elite plans.
In a release, the company said that the new plans were created to meet the unique needs of their members. All tiers will have access to developer support resources; their apps will be also be displayed in RingCentral’s App Gallery. Premier partners, meanwhile, can take advantage of marketing and sales enablement programs, including customer and partner events. Members that choose the Elite tier can also enjoy access to premium services such as go-to-market activities that include exhibiting at regional customer events, an invitation to speak at ConnectCentral™, RingCentral’s user conference, and co-development of customized marketing and sales programs.
The program expansion is driven by the impressive growth of the RingCentral Connect Platform, which now has more than 5,000 developers, 100 partner integrations, and over 9 million API call requests a day. Visit RingCentral’s website to learn more about the program.
Arkadin Introduces New Video-First Digital Meeting Space
As today’s workforce becomes increasingly mobile and dispersed, the need for a simpler, more streamlined team collaboration solutions that connect individuals across various locations has never been more apparent. To address this particular challenge, Arkadin, a subsidiary of NTT Communications and a unified communications and collaboration services provider, has developed Arkadin Vision, a video-first digital meeting space solution.
Arkadin Vision seamlessly combines audio, video, and web to give teams a unified meeting experience. With universal interoperability, Arkadin Vision makes it possible for teams to enter virtual meetings from any web browser, mobile device, video room system, and even Skype for Business, providing greater flexibility and productivity benefits. The service is powered by Pexip’s Infinity meeting platform and can host up to 50 participants.
Arkadin Vision is already available in North America and Europe. Availability for Latin America and Asia will also follow later this year. Learn more about Arkadin Vision by visiting Arkadin’s website.