BT Conferencing has announced a suite of applications for its MeetMe Conferencing tool to provide more control to users on smartphones or working from a desktop.
Chief among the updates is the BT MeetMe Mobile Controller application designed to manage and control audio conferences from BlackBerry or Windows Mobile smartphones by turning the device into a controller.
For example, the person chairing the conference can add, remove or mute participants, dial in other contacts from the phone's address book, record calls and be made aware of participants joining the call with alert notifications.
The BlackBerry and Windows Mobile applications have been in use for a few days among customers, and a version for the Android and Apple operating systems will be launched before the end of the year, the company said.
Aaron McCormack, chief executive of BT Conferencing, told V3.co.uk that the rise in staff hosting conference calls on mobile phones from any location had driven the development of applications that provide more on-the-go controls.
"Conference calls are becoming more pervasive, and we are seeing this rise right across our network. So it's important for staff to be able to control the calls they are on much as they would on the desktop," he said.
"This offers desktop functionality to mobile platforms, so if someone has a noisy connection you can mute them or you can bring up a roll call of who is in the call by cross-referencing numbers that have dialled in with your address book."
BT has also launched a second version called Desktop Controller that can be accessed from any Flash-enabled browser and provides the same benefits as Mobile Controller.
An application for Outlook, meanwhile, allows users to schedule conference calls through the email client by automatically inserting dial-in numbers and pass codes to an Outlook invitation.
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