Glowpoint Intros Telepresence Interoperability as a Service

Glowpoint Inc. (GLOW) has announced a new interoperability service that enables businesses to seamlessly connect Cisco TelePresence Rooms with standards-based telepresence and traditional video conferencing systems, which were formerly incompatible. Defined as “interoperability as a service” (IaaS), the service is now available upon request to businesses around the world.

Glowpoint’s IaaS provides a simple solution to address one of the primary challenges today for organizations deciding which telepresence solution to deploy – Cisco, Polycom, Tandberg, LifeSize or another, the company explained. The service also is intended to help businesses drive wider adoption and increased usage of their video communications systems. This service further complements Glowpoint’s current suite of managed video and business-to-business (B2B) services and may be used in conjunction or independently.

“Just this week, we successfully conducted a multi-point interop call for a multibillion-dollar company that wanted to connect Cisco TelePresence with Polycom telepresence, as well as a Tandberg HD video conferencing system, from locations in different continents on disparate IP networks,” said Howard Reingold, Glowpoint’s director of product management. “We achieved this by using Glowpoint’s TEN B2B exchange, combined with our Interop service, managed by our experienced VNOC service team.”

Glowpoint will be holding live demonstrations of its IaaS at an upcoming open house in New York City.

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