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Blue Jeans Network Unveils Enhanced 'Room to Remote' Conferencing to Expand Video Collaboration Far Beyond the Boardroom

Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable video collaboration services, today announced significant enhancements to its award winning cloud-based offering. Dubbed "Room to Remote," these new product capabilities extend the power of HD video conferencing and content sharing well beyond the boardroom.

The business video collaboration market has been dramatically affected by the surge in mobile devices, increasing demand for more affordable conference room solutions, and requirements for more tightly integrated video and content sharing. Blue Jeans Network's Room to Remote conferencing platform is designed for this evolving market and sets the new standard for video conferencing. Key new platform features include:

  • Mobile Meetings: a new Blue Jeans mobile application for iPad and iPhone extends Blue Jeans' interoperable video conferencing and content sharing to hundreds of millions of mobile devices worldwide.
  • Millions of New Affordable Video Conference Rooms: a partnership with Tely Labs turns any meeting room into an HD video conference room, quickly and affordably. This opens up new possibilities for the estimated 50 million secondary conference rooms worldwide.
  • Video and Content Together: The Best of Both Worlds: with dual HD streams for interactive video and content sharing and a "slider" for layout control, video and content can be individually controlled by each meeting participant to create an optimal and adjustable experience for their individual needs.

"Video conferencing and content sharing really go hand in hand," said Roopam Jain, Principal Analyst, Frost & Sullivan North America, Information and Communication Technologies Practice. "Many of the conferencing and collaboration tools focus on one and treat the other as an afterthought. It's great that Blue Jeans is approaching them equally and giving the meeting participants the flexibility to decide how to use them across Blue Jeans' unmatched range of supported endpoints."

The new product enhancements will be demonstrated for the first time in Booth #1237 at Enterprise Connect 2013 in Orlando, Florida March 18-21.

New Blue Jeans Mobile Application for iPad and iPhone

Blue Jeans was the first cloud-based collaboration solution to bridge together traditional conference rooms with remote participants on desktops, laptops, or mobile devices. It is still the only solution capable of bringing together diverse endpoints from Cisco, Polycom, Lifesize, Sony, Huawei, Microsoft Lync, Skype, Google, any Web browser, and even telephones into a single meeting. Now with the new Blue Jeans mobile application users also can join Blue Jeans meetings for HD video conferencing and bi-directional HD content sharing directly from their iPad or iPhone. The free Blue Jeans mobile application is now available for anyone to download on the Apple Store or at bluejeans.com/ios.

New Interoperability with Tely Labs Turns Any Meeting Room into an HD Video Conference Room

Today, due to the high cost and complexity of traditional video endpoints, less than 5 percent of all conference rooms in the world are video-enabled. This has been a big inhibitor to widespread video collaboration. To help extend the reach of video collaboration to the other 95 percent of conference rooms, Blue Jeans Network has worked with Tely Labs, the makers of telyHD, an affordable video calling appliance ideal for secondary conference rooms. The new telyHD Enterprise Edition, available through Tely Labs' authorized resellers, now allows for direct access to Blue Jeans' meetings through its on-screen menu. With a telyHD Enterprise Edition appliance and any flat screen TV, customers can video-enable practically any conference room for about $1,000.

New Dual HD Streams for Video and Content Sharing with "Slider" Layout Control

Interactive video and content sharing are both important elements of effective collaboration, but since no two meetings, and no two meeting participants are the same, a one-size-fits-all solution to video and content sharing that rigidly restricts the quality or priority of either is by definition sub-optimal. To that end, Blue Jeans has delivered the first solution for video and content sharing equality. Blue Jeans now offers video and content sharing as dual HD streams. This provides simultaneous high quality for both the interactive video and shared content across all supported room, desktop, and mobile platforms. Additionally, Blue Jeans has implemented a new "slider" layout control option to allow meeting participants to adjust on-demand the relative size and shape of the video and content windows, and to be able to zoom in or out on the content as desired.

"Over the last year as the service has grown dramatically, we have seen a decidedly changing landscape at both the room and the remote end of the spectrum," said Stu Aaron, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Jeans Network. "The hallmark of our success has always been connecting business meeting participants in conference rooms with those that can not be in them. Now with reasonably priced solutions for secondary conference rooms and fully featured mobile options for telecommuters and travelers, we are dramatically expanding the reach of our service to meet our customers' needs. There are over 50 million secondary conference rooms and almost 100 million iPads worldwide that now have the option to connect to the Blue Jeans network."

"We have just started using Blue Jeans and already see immediate ROI," said Bob Baughman, Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Business Development at Calxeda. "We use it for better coordination across the global sales team and customer collaboration across time zones. Blue Jeans is easy to use and its cross-platform and mobile multi-client integration is second to none. Our company is a high-growth startup. We need tools that just work and have immediate impact to our bottom line. Blue Jeans just 'fit'!"

To learn more about Blue Jeans new Room to Remote capabilities or for a 14-day free trial please visit bluejeans.com or stop by Booth #1237 at Enterprise Connect on March 18-21 in Orlando, Florida.

About Blue Jeans Network

At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road. Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly any time, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends. Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information go to: http://bluejeans.com or follow the company @BlueJeansNet.

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