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The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to medical mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobility Charts Weekly The mHealth market earned revenues of $230 million in 2010 and is estimated to reach $392 million in 2015, according to a new report from research firm Frost & Sullivan. Read Original Content Linking dermatologists to patients in remote areas through telemedicine gives patients more accurate diagnoses and better disease management than they would receive without access to a specialist, says a... (more)

Westcon Group Named EMEA Distributor of the Year by Juniper Networks

HOUTEN, Netherlands and TARRYTOWN, New York, January 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- - Security Business Practice Honored as Top Juniper Channel Partner For Second Time in Three Years Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, today announced its security business practice has been named "EMEA Distributor of the Year" by Juniper Networks.  Westcon was honored at the first annual Juniper Networks Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 17.  The award is the second time Westcon has received this honor from Juniper Networks in three years, with the award previously being received at regional events. More than 30 distributors and partners from the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA were recognized during the event, whi... (more)

Polycom Announces New Polycom(R) KIRK(R) Butterfly Handset Series That Bring Stylish and Affordable Wireless Phones to Office Environments

PLEASANTON, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/22/12 -- Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today unveiled the new Polycom® KIRK® Butterfly Handset Series of stylish and colorful wireless phones for office environments. The affordable handsets add to the Polycom® KIRK® family of Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) handsets, which for years have been used in healthcare, manufacturing, retail and other demanding work environments. The new Polycom KIRK Butterfly series features best-in-class voice quality and call reliability, and interoperability with major IP PBX systems and soon Microsoft® Lync™ (in the process of Microsoft qualification). The handsets interoperate with all of the Polycom® KIRK® Wireless Servers, which can support small businesses to enterprise systems. The handsets feature a newly d... (more)

AMD and Nuvixa Bring New, Immersive Dimension to Telepresence

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/06/12 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has invested in Nuvixa, Inc., a developer of gesture-based video communication and presentation solutions, through AMD Ventures (formerly the AMD Fusion Fund program). Leveraging depth-sensing camera technologies, the Nuvixa StagePresence™ immersive video presentation tool extracts a presenter from virtually any background environment, and embeds their live video persona within any compatible digital desktop or slide content. Image processing enhancements only available via OpenCL™ and AMD accelerated processing units (APUs) create immersive performance and quality improvements that deliver close to double the frame rate(1) and a more immersive experience to online audiences. "Nuvixa is on the cutting edge of video processing technology and exemplifies why we created AMD Ventures; to fo... (more)

Telepresence – The Face of the Cloud

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Yesterday I had the opportunity to pay a visit to a few vendors at the virtual VoiceCon event.  I enjoyed a chat with an Alcatel-Lucent representative, learned a bit about Avaya's Aura Unified Communications (UC) platform, and viewed an IBM Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony demo.  Virtual attendance at the event during the time that I joined was under 300 participants. Other companies participating included Siemens, Sprint, and Acme Packet. As you can imagine given the ongoing economic challenges, and the demand for green technologies, businesses are seeking all viable means to cut expenses, including travel, while still conducting their business face to face; and cloud computing coupled with converged communications provides a way to meet that need. I expect that the enterprise unified communications space will be fascinating to watch in 2... (more)

The Evolution In Enterprise Communications Continues

The VoiceCon 2010 event, now called, “Enterprise Connect!” is underway this week from Orlando, Florida; broadcasting keynotes from Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Siemens, which you can watch for free on VoiceCon TV. As I mentioned previously, in my last unified communications blog post, “Telepresence – The Face of the Cloud“, the 2010 UC dance gets more interesting (and complicated) with each passing day.  As businesses continue to seek out ways to cut costs, and gain efficiencies, unified communications, and cloud computing, continue to provide alternatives for enterprises of all sizes to reduce their costs, and become more efficient in the process. Some of the leading news stories this week are: HP partnering with Polycom (you didn’t expect them to partner with Cisco did you?), Siemens partnering with VMWare for virtualized real-time enterprise unified communicati... (more)

CSC Offers TelePresence as a Service for Video Conferencing

"Cisco TelePresence changes the entire realm of communications and collaboration," said Richard McLeod, senior director of collaboration solutions for worldwide channels at Cisco. "CSC's investment in the TelePresence ATP ranks them among an elite group of partners qualified to deploy Cisco TelePresence in multiple regions." CSC unveiled on Tuesday its TelePresence as a Service (TaaS) offering, an end-to-end managed video conferencing solution based on the Cisco TelePresence product suite. Targeted at businesses with executives who are challenged with face-to-face meetings and limited time, the solution's powerful monitoring/management tools assure that TelePresence end points, network and infrastructure networks are always ready for high-definition video conferencing. Unlike the solutions of other system integrators and telecommunications providers, CSC's TaaS pro... (more)

HP Divests Video Conferencing Unit

HP is selling its video conferencing unit to Polycom for a that's-not-much $89 million so Polycom can go off and do battle with Cisco if in fact Cisco stays in the business and so HP can focus on the cloud. HP's high-end Halo widgetry never caught on. Maybe it was the $550,000-a-room price tag and the $18,000-a-month service fee or the fact that the guy at the other end had to have one too. Polycom, which told the Wall Street Journal there are all of 425 Halo rooms in the world, means to make Halo interoperate with its existing systems. The deal includes a strategic telepresence alliance between HP and Polycom. Seems HP will be reselling Polycom's cheaper stuff and Polycom will be including HP's webOS widgetry on its video applications. The deal should close next quarter. Remember, Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion and Skype's got free video-calling softwar... (more)

Hannover Re Adopts Tata Managed Telepresence

The reinsurance business is evolving. Traditionally, reinsurance transactions are between two insurance entities: the primary insurer that sold the original insurance policies and the reinsurer. The companies in this industry are long-standing users of advanced communications technology, now including video collaboration. Tata Communications announced that it has been chosen by German reinsurance company, Hannover Re, to deploy and run its Telepresence facilities -- serving the group’s internal teams in 18 locations across 16 countries, worldwide. Tata Communications will deploy the Cisco TelePresence high-definition, immersive video collaboration systems to help employees based in Europe, North America, Asia, Middle East and Africa collaborate with each other on a daily basis. Under this agreement, Tata Communications will provide Hannover Re with a solution that i... (more)

SPIRIT DSP Receives 2011 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award

SPIRIT DSP, the world's top voice and video over IP engines provider, announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named SPIRIT's product VideoMost.com a recipient of the 2011 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award. VideoMost.com is massively multi-point, web-based videoconferencing software product targeted for licensing to carriers and service providers as a white-labeled branded service. VideoMost.com is based on SPIRIT DSP's video engine for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS clients and Windows or Linux-based video conferencing servers. The software embraces SPIRIT's highly scalable H.264SVC video codec and HD voice IP-MRTM wideband voice codec (IETF RFC 6262), enabling HD voice and multi-party video calling. The multi-point video software works on connections from 512 Kbps, providing up to 30 fps HD 720p and supports an unprecedented 100... (more)

This Week in Cloud

Download our iPhone app New: Download the This Week in Cloud iPhone app. Now it’s even easier to get your weekly cloud news and perspectives. Cloud News The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a finalized set of guidelines on cloud security. Read more in this InformationWeek article or read the guidelines at NIST.gov. Cloud computing provider Joyent recently raised $85 million in funding, according to this TechCrunch article. European group Weather Investment II was the main investor. SmartDataCenter, Joyent’s cloud software suite, is used worldwide by developers and enterprises. Piston has released Piston Enterprise OS, an open source operating system for the cloud. This scalable private cloud operating system is built on the OpenStack cloud platform and was built for enterprise customers. Read more at Data Center Knowledge. Microsoft rece... (more)