We recently attended the InfoComm conference in Las Vegas, and we’ve taken away many positives from the experience.

InfoComm is an international audio visual show, targeted toward commercial applications (rather than residential). Attendees included small to large system integration/install firms, as well as IT and AV managers working directly with an end-user segment, such as a corporation, higher education, government, and healthcare.

Many new products were showcased this year, and MilesTek is proud to distribute many of them. This confirms our goal of keeping up with industry standards and AV technology.

Attendance was strong at this year’s conference, with many products being showcased, although there was nothing “earth shattering” as far as new technology being presented.

Distribution of HDMI and 4K x 2K Resolution

The main focus of this year’s show was on distribution of HDMI and 4K x 2K resolution. HDMI over IP was also emphasized, which allows for an extension through a LAN network of Ethernet switches/routers.

The other main product that was showcased was the HDBaseT, which allows extension of 4K x 2K resolution up to 330 FT or more. MilesTek should receive stock of our new HDBaseT extenders by the end of the month.

Other highlights included:

  • HD Video Conferencing products, allowing for better interactive collaboration
  • Digital signage creation and distribution systems
  • Large scale video matrix switching equipment—8×8 and larger, over CAT5E/CAT6
  • More and more platforms allowing AV system control and collaboration between smart phones and tablets

Check back with our technical blog regularly for the latest products and developments from MilesTek!

Video conferencing is gaining popularity in the corporate marketplace. Allowing employees and management the flexibility to collaborate simply, HD Video Conferencing provides a meeting experience where you feel like you’re in the same room as the individual(s) you’re conferencing with.

With a slew of state-of-the-art features, HD Video Conferencing is the best way to correspond with remote employees and offices. While the picture quality is unsurpassed, “VU Telepresence is a smarter way to conduct meetings, reviews, interviews, and other business-related events, without the cost and hassle of travel. More than a business solution, VU is the experience of meeting people across the globe using the latest in telecommunication technology, yet feeling as if they were sitting across the table from you.”

Technological Specifications include:

  • Dual-Display video conferencing capability
  • AV cart compatible
  • WebVU
  • Transport ready
  • Easy set-up
  • Screen + document-sharing

Uses for HD Video Conferencing

HD video conferencing is an important piece of the global marketplace. Allowing businesses to integrate employees all over the world, it’s not financially sound to fly these employees in every time a business meeting takes place. Instead, an increasing number of corporations are utilizing HD video conferencing for brainstorming sessions, to relay important company policy and meet with remote employees on a regular basis.

Other Important Points to Keep in Mind

At the 2013 AVI-SPL Global Sales Meeting held in Tampa, FL, HD Video Conferencing devices were a key point in many of the weekend’s seminars and product showcases. While the HD aspect is a fairly new concept, many vendors and manufacturers are promoting the ease, affordability, and flexibility of remote videoconferencing.

MilesTek HD Video Conferencing Telepresence offers a 1080P HD system or a 720P HD system to accommodate your budget. Both systems feature a low bandwidth requirement, telepresence with full HD capability and multi-party conferencing with up to 4 additional parties. This ready-to-use plug and play solution to HD Videoconferencing must be ordered by phone, but more information on each system can be found on the MilesTek website.

If you believe your business will benefit from HD Video Conferencing, click for more information on the 1080P HD Video Conferencing System or the 720P HD Video Conferencing System.

VU Telepresence’s HD video conferencing systemsWe’ve mentioned a couple times just how excited we are about the VU TelePresence HD video conferencing systems. Historically, video conferencing has been an exercise plagued by poor quality and expensive equipment. VU TelePresence’s HD video conferencing systems, however, are affordable, simple to use and proven to deliver sparkling, almost life-like quality connections.

But lest you think we’re going a little bit overboard with our enthusiasm, let’s allay some common questions and concerns many of the hi-def video conferencing system’s potential customers sometimes have in advance. Here are three areas historically troublesome to videoconferencing that VU TelePresence simply masters.

The Need For Surplus Equipment

It’s unlikely that you’ll need to buy a bunch of high-tech equipment – and you don’t need to buy equipment specifically designed for VU TelePresence systems.

Instead, VU TelePresence systems are sold without displays. All you need is an HDMI TV or an HDMI monitor (assuming, of course, that you have access to adequate bandwidth — 800 kbps for 720p and 1.2Mbps for 1080p. A 50-inch HDMI display is optimal) The systems still can work with bandwidths as low as 350 kbps, but only at standard-definition quality.

In fact, the systems product arrive out of the box pre-configured and ready to go. Just set it up on your network and choose a Vu Number.

The Need For Special Lighting

There’s no need to stage your meetings from the local movie studio. The room needs to be well-lit – and uniformly lit for best picture – but no fancy, high-tech lighting is needed for optimal picture quality.

However, certain color clothes don’t show up well in any type of video (read here to learn more).

The Inability to Connect With Other VC Units

VU’s systems can connect with a wide variety of video conferencing systems. In fact, that’s also the great part of interoperability. It simply wouldn’t be feasible if different units from different vendors couldn’t connect – if every business or school or organization, everywhere needed a VU TelePresence system in order to communicate with each other (in high-def, no less).

VU TelePresence masters interoperability. Additional equipment is almost never needed.

We’ve been pretty enthusiastic here on the MilesTek blog about just how much we love the fantastic new VU Telepresence HD video conferencing systems we sell. They make critical business communications easier, more effective and more affordable.

And, amazingly enough, they just got even better.

Our complete line of VU Telepresence High-Def Video conferencing devices are now interoperable with Vidtel video conferencing services.

The advantage of Vidtel’s service is that it allows you to connect (in high-def) with customers, clients, coworkers or colleagues – even if they are not using the same HD video conferencing equipment. There’s no tedious process of setting up a connection. You just enter in the address and go.

Basically, Vidtel has been one of the industry’s true pioneers of cloud-based B2B video conferencing services (note: services, not equipment). Most notably, the company built an SIP-based network that enables interoperability between SIP and H.323 that allows companies and other organizations to blend enterprise-grade video conferencing with other consumer video application (including, most handily, tablets and smartphones). This technology allows equipment manufacturers to expand the scope of endpoints interoperating within their own network.

In other words, they take cutting-edge connectivity equipment and make it even better. Here’s how it works:

Using a VU Telepresence HD video conference system over a high-speed Internet connection, you basically just dial into a video conferencing room, where you meet with the people you’re trying to reach. Or, if the other participants in your call are non-Vidtel users, they can simply dial your address or meet you in a Vidtel room. There’s no need to log into a portal first.

Vidtel video conferencing with VU Telepresence

From there, you’ll be face-to-face and ready to do the business you came to do (without needing to jump on an airplane first).

As we mentioned a few months ago, the VU TelePresence high-definition video conferencing systems feature some truly amazing technology — and technology that can improve both life and business in several ways.

Simply put, the video conferencing system delivers jaw-dropping video quality, crystal-clear audio quality, and an unmatched feeling that the people you’re meeting with — whether they’re in New York, New Delhi or Newfoundland — are engaged and engrossed just a few feet away on the other side of your boardroom conference table.

HD Video Conferencing System

VU TelePresence Video Conferencing Benefits

Easier direct communication. Less misunderstanding. Deeper relationships. Fewer frustrating interruptions. More people at meetings and more hands on deck. Better and more abundant opportunities to talk, to negotiate, to explore big ideas, to hammer out the nitty-gritty details that make projects thrive. It can even make it easier to connect with old friends and family members — all without the need to plop down thousands upon thousands of dollars on plane tickets or enormously expensive equipment.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology at a fraction of the steep costs standard to this sophisticated of an experience, VU TelePresence makes it happen.

VU TelePresence Video Conferencing Features

VU TelePresence is available as both a 720p video conferencing system and a 1080p video conferencing system. The key to both systems are the 720p and 1080p camera support, the multipoint capability, H.264 High Profile, and their unparalleled mobile ability and easy setup and use.

VU TelePresence Video Conferencing Pricing

Now, we’re proud to announce that we’ve made the system more affordable than ever. Currently, the 720p HD video conferencing system is available for just $1,999. The 1080p HD video conferencing system, meanwhile, is available for just $3,499.

By comparison, most similar systems from VU TelePresence’s competitors run from between $12,000 and $44,000 — with fewer features and capabilities. In other words, there really is no comparison.

Dazzling video quality. Crystal-clear audio. Connections with clients, friends and family a thousand miles away that makes you feel like they’re sitting just across the conference table. All this — and more — at an accessible cost you simply won’t find in many other places across the industry.

You can probably tell that we’re more than a little bit excited to introduce our new high-def, ultra-cool, super-affordable HDMI video conferencing systems from VU Telepresence.

Historically, conducting important meetings via video conference was prohibitively expensive for many small businesses and organizations. Doing so would require a significant investment in equipment. Instead, companies were stuck footing steep travel bills when needing to meet face-to-ucj1YDReYE0face for interviews, reviews, sales pitches and other meetings — or they were stuck “making do” with the lesser quality, less-personalized experience of a teleconference.

VU Telepresence offers an intelligent, affordable alternative for businesses in need of direct, visual person-to-person communication. No airplanes or long drives. No overwhelming equipment costs. Just simple, high-def connections at bargain prices. (Don’t believe you’d be getting a steal? Check out this video conferencing technology comparison checklist to see how VU Telepresence systems stack up against systems from Cisco/Tanberg, Polycorn, LifeSize and Radvision.)

MilesTek’s VU Telepresence systems are available in two options — the 720p video conferencing system and the 1080p video conferencing system – and each come loaded with a wide range of features, including:

  • Media control unit/codec
  • Multipoint capability
  • Dual-display videoconferencing
  • WebVU (PC-based video conferencing)
  • Screen and document-sharing
  • Speaker bar
  • Keyboard
  • HD camera
  • Microphone
  • Camera remote
  • Required cabling
  • And more..

The systems are AV-cart compatible, and set-up is simple. The systems are also compatible with third-party systems, ensuring easy video collaboration with customers, clients, and colleagues across the country (and beyond) – regardless of which videoconferencing systems they use.

In other words, the systems are the type of products that simply make it easier for your business to do what it does best. We’re thrilled to be adding it to our complete line of A/V distribution solutions — feel free to contact us with any questions.