Avaya Strengthens Video Interoperability With Aura, Scopia Updates

by Gaurav Kheterpal on December 14, 2012

What a remarkable year it’s been for Avaya (and Digitcom)! The communications giant had several key launches throughout the year including new communication outsourcing solutions, a new collaborative cloud strategy, new Ethernet switches and the big one – the much anticipated Avaya IP Office Release 8.1. Therefore, it was no surprise that Avaya was hailed as one of the market leaders to have answered the BYOD challenge, well ahead of the pack.

And not to forget the much talked about acquisition of RADVISION, a move to provide customers a highly integrated and interoperable suite of cost-effective, easy to use, high-definition video collaboration products, with the ability to plug and play multiple mobile devices including Apple iPad and Google Android.

While Avaya has made use of the RADVISION acquisition in bits and pieces till date, the first real major announcement came yesterday as Avaya launched enhancements to its Aura and Flare unified communications (UC) platforms to signal the company’s aggressive intent into next generation videoconferencing enterprise segment.

The latest update to Avaya Aura Conferencing with Avaya Flare Experience 1.1 adds video collaboration capabilities to enable unified voice, video and web collaboration from anywhere using PCs, tablets, and smartphones. On the other hand, Scopia has been revamped to offer tighter embedded four or nine-port MCU and SIP integration with Avaya IP Office. For what it’s worth, Scopia Mobile was the first standards-based mobile video application to enable HD video conferencing, data collaboration with review capabilities, conference call control, moderation, and administration through an intuitive user interface. The Scopia Mobile client is now available for Android as well.

The Scopia Mobile app lets workers view and collaborate on presentations, spreadsheets, documents and images, bring up previously shared items without having to interrupt the presenter and share private messages. There are several new features for meeting presenters –  starting or stopping recording of a meeting, inviting more participants, muting audio and stopping cameras to locking or closing a meeting.

The company has also introduced Scopia XT Executive 240 (XTE 240) – an all-new high performance, executive desktop video conferencing system with an optional embedded MCU. There’s also the Scopia TIP Gateway that enables three-screen support for audio, video and data-sharing in a Cisco telepresence environment and it’s typically suited to large enterprise customers with existing telepresence suites as well as service providers offering telepresence exchange networks.

“Agile organisations that can react quickly to changing market conditions and customer needs are garnering a disproportional share of growth and profits. These organisations are advancing their communication and collaboration systems to drive these results. With the innovations announced, Avaya is delivering on the promise of the real-time mobile enterprise, where organisations collaborate faster, to make smarter decisions and drive better business results,” said, Brett Shockley, Senior Vice President and GM, Applications & Emerging Technologies, Avaya.

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.comby:RSS,TwitterFacebook, or YouTube.

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