Lifesize Goes SaaS-y With New Offering

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Story and images by Heather Wright

HD video conferencing vendor Lifesize will launch its software-as-a-service business-class video collaboration in New Zealand this week, in a move the company says will make quality videoconferencing accessible to the business masses.

Andreas Wienold, Lifesize vice president international, says people are used to using video communication via free consumer-based applications at home, and are ‘confused’ as to why they can’t use similar at work – and why many conference room offerings are so complex.

“With this cloud service we’re removing a lot of the cost and maintenance issues,” Wienold says.

“There’s no need for IT staff to support it, yet the experience is phenomenal, it’s crystal clear, and all [mainstream]clients – Android, iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac are supported.”

Company directories are auto-populated across all devices, and the service includes all the expected features such as presence status and click to call, and allows up to 25-way calls in HD video or audio.

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