WELLINGTON, Monday 19th March 2012: Leading video conferencing experts say the release of Apple’s latest iPad will take video communication to a whole new level for New Zealand businesses.
The unveiling of Apple’s latest product coincides with the launch of Smartpresence – a Kiwi company which provides hardware, accessories, and cloud-hosted video and audio conferencing services alongside design, consultancy and management.
Smartpresence was founded by Corey McCarthy and John Kandiliotis, who together have designed and deployed the majority of New Zealand’s managed service video environments in the past decade.
The pair says Apple’s new iPad, which is faster than its predecessors and has high definition screen and camera capability, will enable more New Zealand businesses to embrace the benefits of high quality video conferencing and mobility.
“By using Polycom’s M500 iPad application with our Smartpresence infrastructure staff can connect with their company’s video conferencing network and take part in meetings no matter where they are.
“Smartpresence will show New Zealand’s business community how they can integrate and securely manage the very latest video and audio conferencing technology,” says McCarthy.
McCarthy developed the first managed IP video network in Australia and New Zealand in 2000 to national and international acclaim. His expertise in managed video services and related products is well recognised in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, John Kandiliotis is known as the ‘go-to’ man for video conferencing with over 17 years experience working with Government agencies, power companies, insurance companies, major banks and some of the largest companies listed on New Zealand’s stock exchange.
McCarthy says today’s business environment demands greater flexibility, higher productivity and a smaller carbon footprint than ever before. High definition video conferencing has become a key way of achieving all of these goals.
“Video conferencing is really becoming available to everyone now. The technology is far superior and more secure; it’s more integrated; there is more network availability; internet speeds are faster and the hardware is cheaper than ever before.”
Smartpresence has formed key partnerships with leading telecommunications suppliers and also offers New Zealand’s most innovative cloud video service.
“Our Smartcloud intelligent core is unique in New Zealand in that we support H.264 high profile in multipoint calls, providing you high definition at lower bandwidths,” McCarthy says. “Smartcloud is the only service in New Zealand that allows federation for Microsoft Lync users, bringing the Microsoft and traditional video conferencing environments together.”
The nationwide roll-out of ultra-fast broadband combined with the latest video conferencing technology will make a big difference to a company’s bottom line, Kandiliotis predicts. “It will improve communication, reduce travel time and result in faster, better-informed decision making.”
Kandiliotis adds that this new technology is also changing lives especially when it comes to the health and education sectors. He says many schools use video conferencing for distance learning and many medical centres and hospitals use it for remote diagnosis, surgery and emergency responses.
“The great thing about video conferencing is that it helps overcome geographical barriers, providing opportunities to people that may never have been possible.”
Smartpresence is an accredited, independent supplier, installer and maintenance partner of the world’s leading brands of video conferencing and telepresence systems, and has the most experienced video communications team in New Zealand. Smartpresence’s customer care services provide the highest level of technical support available in New Zealand with fully trained and accredited staff.
For more information on Smartpresence visit www.smartpresence.co.nz.
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