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Avaya Flare makes video conferencing more accessible, cost-effective

Zafar Anjum | Sept. 21, 2010
Avayas innovative video solutions make real-time collaboration more accessible and effective for enterprises and end-users

SINGAPORE, 20 SEPTEMBER 2010 Avaya has come out with several video communications and collaboration products and services that can transform business collaboration, the enterprise communications systems company said on Thursday (16 September).

According to Avaya, the highlight of the new suit of solutions is the Avaya Flare Experience. The company describes it as the industrys first, next-generation user experience that delivers unique collaboration capabilities across video, voice and text.  

The new solutions make high definition, low bandwidth video collaboration accessible for more employees in more enterprises at one-third the cost and using significantly less bandwidth than competing solutions, said Ray Teske, managing director, ASEAN & global accounts, Avaya.

The Avaya Flare Experience provides a distinctive user interface for quick, easy access to desktop voice and video, social media, presence and instant messaging, audio/video/Web conferencing, a consolidated view of multiple directories, context history and more. According to Teske, due to its compression technology, the video solution means around 40 per cent of cost saving for enterprises.

The Avaya Flare Experience is initially sold with the Avaya Desktop Video Device but will soon be made available for other environments, including PCs, laptops, tablet PCs, and smartphones. It leverages the Avaya Aura 6.0 solutions.

Avaya Desktop Video Device

Teske said that the Avaya Desktop Video Device has been developed especially for the Avaya Flare Experience as a cost-effective, video-enabled desktop collaboration endpoint for executive desktops or power communicators that can also perform as a customer kiosk.

The device features a large 11.6 HD touch screen with video and audio capabilities supported by a HD 720-pixel camera and HD-quality voice supported by built-in dual microphones. The device will enable campus-wide mobility via SIP and wi-fi. The device also offers USB connectivity for an optional keyboard or handset, 3G/4G access or a thumb drive. Upcoming versions will support remote access over virtual private network (VPN) connections and 4G access, Teske added.

Avaya Web Alive

Avaya web.alive is a virtual reality, meeting space business communications platform that uses personalised avatars and rich, spatial audio and visuals to bring a new dimension to training and distance learning, business meeting collaboration or role-playing that improves event outcomes, customer engagement and sales opportunities.  

Avaya web.alive is now available via software-as-a-service, said Teske. It is a useful platform for education and training purposes.


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