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InFocus unveils new video collaboration platform

This week in UC news, InFocus has announced a new platform that focuses on scalable video collaboration, while Kollective has launched its Konnector video broadcasting service.

InFocus has announced its newest enterprise video collaboration platform, ConX, which focuses on scalable collaboration for enterprises of any size.

The video collaboration platform allows organizations to customize InFocus software and services to fit their video collaboration needs, such as mobility and TelePresence. The platform includes several enterprise-grade services, such as ConX Wall and ConX Exec.

ConX Wall lets organizations display video on up to 96 screens and supports video conferences with up to 20 participants. ConX Exec is aimed at huddle rooms, executive offices and other small to midsize meeting spaces, and supports video conferences with up to 10 participants.

The ConX video collaboration platform includes an integrated multipoint control unit, which allows users to customize and control video displays and how data is shared during a meeting. The platform leverages InFocus' cloud-based ConX Video Meeting service, which allows users to connect to ConX endpoints, such as Mondopad, PCs, tablets, video walls, and third-party SIP-compliant and H.323 systems.

ThinkingPhones rebrands as Fuze

UC as a service provider ThinkingPhones has rebranded as Fuze, taking on the name of the cloud-based video service provider that the company acquired in November.

The rebranding is part of an effort by the provider to unify its services under a single brand and differentiate itself in an increasingly competitive UCaaS market. Fuze CMO Brian Kardon said the rebranding helps customers better understand the scope of the provider's product suite and how individual offerings interrelate.

ThinkingPhones launched in 2006 as a telephony provider and added cloud-based capabilities over the years to become a more complete UCaaS provider. In addition to Fuze, the provider acquired Whaleback, a cloud-based service provider for small and midsize businesses, in 2014, and caller identity service Contactive a year ago.

Fuze also closed $112 million in new funding to expand its global operations and invest in its portfolio.

Kollective launches video broadcasting service

Cloud-based software-defined networking company Kollective announced Kollective Konnector, a few-to-many broadcast service that leverages an organization's existing video conferencing service.

Kollective Konnector uses Kollective's software-defined content delivery network to allow organizations to use a video conferencing service, such as Blue Jeans or Vidyo, as a streaming service.

Kollective President Todd Johnson said traditional video conferencing systems weren't intended for broadcasting interactive meetings to a large number of users, but there is an increasing business need for such broadcasting services.

The Konnector broadcasting service uses live encoding servers to pull video and audio streams from a video conferencing system, and prepares the streams for distribution through the content delivery network. The service includes an admin portal to allow users to set up live events and connect to their video conferencing system.

MessageOps launches intranet for Office 365

MessageOps, a Microsoft cloud business unit of Champion Solutions Group, has launched a new SharePoint Intranet platform for Office 365.

The platform, called ROOT, aims to give Office 365 users a collaborative work environment, with a central location for company information and applications.

Chris Pyle, president and CEO of Champion Solutions Group and MessageOps, said the intranet platform was designed to help businesses unify messaging and tools that employees need to be more productive.

The intranet platform lets employees search for people, departments or particular skill sets within the organization. It also includes widgets that streamline workflows that track requests and allow department managers to see open, in-progress and closed requests by category and person.

ROOT is scalable across enterprises of any size and can be deployed on multiple devices.

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