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25 February 2010 - BT Conferencing today announced that it now offers interoperability between the video conferencing systems of the three top manufacturers of video conferencing equipment: Cisco, Polycom and TANDBERG, as part of the companyís managed service offering, BT One Source.
Inter-company video conferencing helps businesses maximize their investment in video technology by allowing them to collaborate effectively with partners, suppliers, customers and others, around the globe. BT One Source provides an end-to-end solution for each manufacturerís video conferencing system resulting in an easy-to-use, reliable, and cost-effective environment regardless of the technology platform.
Aaron McCormack, CEO of BT Conferencing, said: "BT has successfully deployed this interoperability service for several large multi-national customers, enabling them to use a mixture of different endpoints in a video meeting. We also currently operate this service within BTís internal video estate. Our goal is to help our customers maximize their investments in video technology by allowing them to collaborate with partners, suppliers, customers and others around the globe."
BT One Source includes Engage Meeting Manager, BTís universal customer interface that allows customers to operate different manufacturersí products, creating a seamless, automated customer experience. BT customers can use Engage Meeting Manager to initiate a video call between Cisco TelePresence systems and traditional TANDBERG and Polycom video systems with a simple point and click.
BT's managed video conferencing service also includes an Engage Tracker tool which helps organizations quantify the return on investment (ROI) of their video conferencing estate by tracking travel cost savings and carbon emission reductions resulting from video usage. Engage Tracker tallies savings on actual installed and utilized systems, not on industry averages, estimates or models. The tool is a unique feature available to BTís video conferencing customers regardless of the equipment platform they use.