HP has announced several changes to its Halo video conferencing platform, including the introduction of webcasting which allows the telepresence system to be used as a delivery platform.
The webcasting service allows customers to present up to three telepresence endpoints simultaneously to create live or on-demand content directly from the Halo telepresence endpoints, and then stream the content to employees or external audiences on any web-enabled PC or laptop.
All types of Halo endpoints can be used to conduct the webcasts, and the service includes everything from planning and scripting, to video production, editing and distribution.
A customisable media portal can be set up to allow for content such as live question and answer sessions via instant messaging or phone, as well as surveys and presentation slides.
HP is also moving the Halo business unit into its ProCurve Networking group to help integrate the two sets of services more tightly, and will bring together all components of video collaboration, including networking options and services, as well as providing a single point of reference for all of the technologies.
"Customers looking for integrated unified communications and collaboration solutions that include endpoint technologies, network management and comprehensive services can turn to HP," said Ken Crangle, vice president and general manager of the Halo business unit.
"Together, these developments and offerings are aimed at helping customers reduce operating costs, lower demands on IT staff, extend their reach and facilitate better business outcomes."
HP also unveiled a new online video series offering information for small and medium sized enterprises.
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