Demo Corner: Reviewing information via video from the job site

Posted by Cheryl Goss

Jul 15, 2014 9:57:00 AM

As seen in the Ottawa Construction Association Official Publication

"I want to send real time video from the construction site back to the office where the design engineer and project architect can review the information - you know, like as if they were actually onsite with the tradesmen and labourmen -

Can you guys do that?"

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Topics: magor

Visual collaboration is like driving a really nice car

Posted by Cheryl Goss

Apr 8, 2014 2:41:00 PM

You don’t really know how awesome it is – until you’re the driver.

Describing the overall user experience of a visual collaboration session is a challenge. We are familiar with the video conferencing experience, whether it be Skyping or Google Hangouts with friends and family, or using video conferencing in rooms at work for regular meetings, that we often have difficulty visualizing video interactions any other way-– until we actually try it!

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Topics: demo

Demo Corner: Sharing high quality video as collaborative content

Posted by Paul Rusheleau

Apr 4, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Today, our demo guy Scott is demonstrating how we can use high quality recorded video as collaborative content. 

 

Since Aerus clients are flexible enough to send and receive multiple high definition video streams at once, any source of full motion video can be brought into the session - recorded or live – for collaborative purposes. 

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Topics: demo

Enterprise Connect 2014 Wrap Up

Posted by Paul Rusheleau

Mar 27, 2014 1:19:00 PM


We had a great time at Enterprise Connect re-connecting with industry peers, meeting new colleagues and gaining more insight into the trends, user expectations and perceptions around cloud, video, collaboration and of course, WebRTC. It is obvious that the business communications landscape is rapidly evolving from hardware to software centric models as we saw more software and cloud-based vendors at the show than last year.

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Magor, Aerus and Enterprise Connect 2014

Posted by Paul Rusheleau

Mar 5, 2014 3:35:00 PM

At Enterprise Connect 2014, our team will be exhibiting live demonstrations of how Aerus works – our 100% software, cloud-based service delivery platform (SDP) for enterprise-grade visual collaboration.

You’ll get to see easy call set-up flexibility that includes peer-to-peer networking, advanced collaborative capabilities and robust interoperability.

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Topics: Events

Desktop visual collaboration client for Windows® and three new Aerus OnDemand services

Posted by Paul Rusheleau

Mar 5, 2014 3:04:00 PM

Today, we announced two key developments to our Aerus Service Delivery Platform (SDP) that bring greater reach and service options to end users:

  1. Support for a desktop visual collaboration client for Windows
  2. Three new Aerus OnDemand services:
  • Aerus Invite - A personalized virtual meeting room service offering
  • Aerus OnScene - A vertical solution for public safety applications
  • Aerus WebCollab - A WebRTC-based webinar-style collaboration service offering

The software-based Aerus SDP has been designed to deliver a new level of flexibility for enterprise-grade visual collaboration by combining cloud computing, peer-to-peer networking and media stream switching to enable:

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Topics: magor

Demo corner: Advanced collaboration capabilities

Posted by Paul Rusheleau

Feb 26, 2014 7:56:00 AM

We caught up with our demo guy Scott to take a look at some of the things he’s been getting people really excited about in his recent Aerus demos. 

This demo is all about advanced collaboration capabilities. Watch Scott use devices you’re already familiar with—Macs, PCs, iPads—and the applications that run on those devices, but he’ll use them in ways you've never seen before. Scott will show us different ways to use Aerus to enable easy sharing of the items you use every day and how to turn them into collaborative items in an Aerus session. 

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Thinking outside the old bucket

Posted by Paul Rusheleau

Jun 12, 2013 8:58:00 AM

We humans are organizers.  We like to keep things in their proper place – shoes, emails, whatever.  That’s also true of information in our heads.  We like to keep our memories, experiences and information properly filed in the grey matter so we can make sense of our environment and make good decisions as we go, whether it’s knowing not to put salt instead of sugar in coffee (not good) or to invest in high-yielding bonds (good.) 

When we come across a new thing in our world, our first action is to try to relate it to something we’re already familiar with.  On the plus side, this can help us figure it out faster.  On the negative side, though, this can make us ignore or dismiss completely new discoveries, inventions or concepts simply because we can’t find existing buckets to put them in.  The challenge for technology innovators is to help the market define and internalize new buckets so that analysts, media and customers can more quickly understand where the solution plays in the overall market.  

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Topics: visual collaboration, visual conversations

Watson, I want to see you now

Posted by Paul Rusheleau

May 30, 2013 2:11:00 PM

Watson, I want to see you now…or perhaps tomorrow at 2…..or perhaps you and 14 other people….oh and we’ll need the schematics, specifications and a live look at the installation…and we might want to add in a few other people later…

In a great NoJitter post titled “Watson, I Want to See You Now,” Matt Brunk did us the honor of “getting” our story and explaining it in a way that was immediately understandable and intuitive.  Matt starts off with a reflection on Bell’s famous line, “Watson, come here I want to see you,” and then he adds the word “now”

"… to highlight today's context in two ways.  Now is the imperative and I mean  now as in instantly; and secondly when I say I want to see you, I mean just that, so the empowering video conversation is what I want immediately, unscheduled and without disciplinary constraints of office worker etiquette of sending out advance notice that I want to engage in a video conversation…. When our workflow is held up, delayed or interrupted you can be sure that so goes the cash flow. Herein is the problem."

In Matt’s case, time is money and spontaneous interaction is his most common workflow.  For a CEO holding a company meeting, scheduled is the workflow needed.   It’s about supporting not only spontaneous workflows, but supporting ANY workflow – scheduled, unscheduled, invited or impromptu, point-to-point, multi-point, many-point, group collaboration, presentation style, room or desktop, people coming in and dropping off, stationary or mobile.

As part of his argument, Matt included a diagram we think is important in putting workflow into a broader context than simply “spontaneous.”

Workflow, as in the figure above, should include all the ways that people choose to work together.  The inherent problem with traditional video conferencing is not THAT it is scheduled, but rather that it MUST be scheduled.   Bridged architectures are bad only insofar that they don’t support other types of workflow other than scheduled.  And therein lies the heart of the problem.

It may appear to be a subtle thing, but its very important in understanding where visual collaboration is headed. Tell us what you think about visual collaboration in the comment section below!

You can read the full NoJitter article here »

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Topics: visual collaboration, workflow

Visual Democracy - What is it and why does it matter?

Posted by Paul Rusheleau

May 17, 2013 1:33:00 PM

The technology world has always suffered from rampant “termitis,” a condition marked by a constant flood of new terms coined by different vendors, analysts and bloggers to try to describe the same thing.

The disease has been around for a long time and it’s bad for the patient – the technology market – because buyers and users have to struggle to understand concepts that should be simple to grasp.  A perfect example is “telepresence.”  There are many definitions out there, and so how does a buyer make sense of it all?

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