Lifesize, a division of Logitech, has announced new enhancements to its Lifesize Cloud video conferencing service, along with the introduction of two new video conferencing endpoints including the Lifesize Icon 400TM and Icon Flex.
Enhancements to the Lifesize Cloud service include the ability for conference participants to connect using web browsers with WebRTC, with Microsoft Lync, and via Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook. Web Browser connections are enabled using Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Safari, using a “one-click” connection directly from the web browser. In cases where the browser does not support native WebRTC, a plug-in is available to facilitate the connection.
The Outlook plug-in and Chrome Extension allow users to schedule video meetings and invite anyone directly from Google Calendar or Outlook without the need to open the Lifesize Cloud application. Microsoft Lync enterprise Lync users can join meetings hosted on Lifesize Cloud from their Lync client application with a single click.
The Lifesize Icon 400 video endpoint is purpose-built to use with Lifesize Cloud, designed especially for the huddle room. The Icon 400 enables users to quickly add video and audio participants to the call and share content with meeting participants. It supports ad hoc calls from the presence-enabled directory, or scheduled / “meet me” meetings in virtual meeting rooms, with single and group calling with up to 25 participants. It also features secure firewall/NAT traversal, along with automatic software updates.
Lifesize Icon Flex is designed for businesses that already deploy a personal collaboration application such as Microsoft Lync. Icon Flex can be configured with a beam-forming table top microphone or the Lifesize Phone.
Commenting in a statement on the latest market conditions and the Lifesize enhancements, Roopam Jain, industry director of the conferencing and collaboration practice at Frost & Sullivan said, “Trends in enterprise IT have converged, making mass adoption of video conferencing a reality. In the meantime, vendors have served up video solutions based on a somewhat limited perspective and approach.”
She continued, “Lifesize solves the problem of bringing video into smaller conference rooms across companies of any size. Through its cloud service and Icon endpoint systems, Lifesize is offering compelling solutions to address the growing user demand for scalable, accessible and easy-to-use video conferencing.”