Be Here's VoIP Collaboration Phone Is Here

FREMONT, Calif.,—Be Here Corporation, a developer of immersive optics and imaging, unveiled at DEMOfall 2006 the beta version of TotalView, the first VoIP Collaboration Phone with full-room video. TotalView is a business tool, delivering a view of the entire conference room that provides a natural experience as if all locations are sitting around the same conference table. Designed for multilocation meetings of three to four people in each location, TotalView delivers voice, video, and data in a simple appliance that sits at the center of the conference table. Leveraging the enterprise's VoIP investment, TotalView replaces the conference room speakerphone with a single integrated device. Users can connect their laptop to TotalView and individually control their camera view as well as the data they see and share, separately from the other meeting attendees.

"Large studies we conducted in 2005 and 2006 resulted in two key findings. The first was that over 90 percent of all meetings in the enterprise are small, between two to six people, and there is intense interaction between members. The second key finding showed that the most common meetings include one or two remote sites," says David Coleman, managing director of Collaborative Strategies. "TotalView is the first collaboration appliance we have seen that deals with all media types in a small conference room and has the power and flexibility to support small meetings."

Today there are already 30 million VoIP-enabled phone lines in the North American enterprise. One out of every ten of these lines goes to a small conference room or table in an executive's office—where a speakerphone is typically in use today and where small, ad hoc meetings lie at the heart of enterprise productivity. TotalView empowers users at these conference tables and eliminates the need for expensive, cumbersome video conferencing systems, resource scheduling, call bridges, and additional data sharing technologies.

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