Avaya shows video collaboration Flare

Avaya Flare Experience, including Android tablet, to make video collaboration easier and cheaper

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Avaya shows video collaboration Flare The Avaya Flare Experience aims to bring high definition, low bandwidth video conferencing and collaboration to a wider market
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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 15, 2010

Avaya has announced a new set solutions which it says will help bring video collaboration to a much wider audience.

The Avaya Flare Experience will include new products and software for real time enterprise video communication and collaboration, to make video collaboration both easier to use, and cheaper to operate. New products will include personal desktop units to multi-screen room systems, which Avaya says will operate at one third of the cost of comparable systems.

The new system is based on Avaya Aura Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) architecture, which uses the same platform for video calls and conferencing as the for voice calls, for better control of costs, quality of service, administration and management.

To make devices simpler to use, the Avaya Flare Experience has been developed on the Android operating system from Google, to give a common interface across all devices, with touch and swipe, easy to understand interfaces to carry out common tasks and manage calls.

Initially the Flare Experience will be sold with the Avaya Desktop Video Device, although Avaya plans to expand this to other devices including PCs, laptops and smartphones. The Avaya Desktop Video Device is a 11.6” tablet device, developed specifically for the Avaya Flare Experience, which is intended to provide a video collaboration endpoint that can be used on desktops, while mobile on a campus, or as a customer kiosk. The Device includes an HD720 pixel camera, and dual microphones, with mobility through SIP and WiFi.

 “To be fully productive, employees need to simply connect via easy-to-use, fully integrated video, voice and text capabilities,” Kevin Kennedy, president and CEO, Avaya said. “This is the heart of Avaya’s people-centric approach to collaboration and the means to faster, better results with less effort and a lower total cost of ownership. We’re delivering a more potent collaboration experience at one-third of the cost using substantially less bandwidth over other solutions today.”

The Avaya Flare Experience will also be extended to Avaya 96x1 Series Desk phones, for normal voice calls and conferencing and instant messaging; Avaya Collaboration Server, a single server solution to provide Avaya Flare Experience, Avaya Desktop Video Device and Avaya Video Conferencing Solutions; and Avaya Video Conferencing Solutions range from individual employee desktop video to small group systems to large, multi-screen conference rooms.

The solutions will also be supported by Avaya Professional Services for Video, to help companies to roll out video and collaboration solutions, while Avaya Managed Video Services will provide support and ongoing management of services for companies. Avaya is also offering its Avaya web.alive virtual reality, meeting space business communications platform through a software-as-a-service model.

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