Twelve Key Stages in the History of Unified Communications

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12 key stages in the history of Unified Communications 48,000bps, $100 per hour, 4G and BYOD Remote conferencing is everywhere – but that smartphone in your pocket is just the latest development in a very long journey. Here’s the complete history of unified communications: 1936 First public video calling service launched in Germany by GegensehenFersprechanlagen. Hardwired video-phone booths allow people in Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Munich to talk for 20p per minute – about 1/15th of a weeks wages. World’s Fair debut 1964 UHF/VHF links connect two people using traditional TV broadcast technology. 1970 AT&T Picturephone $160 per month per fixed end point for businesses in the downtown Pittsburgh area. The system only transmits pictures. Inter-continental calling 1982 IBM launches a 48,000bps video conferencing link between their US and Japanese offices. Commercial Labs offers first “public” service costs $250,000 for the hardware plus $1,000 per hour for hard line use between offices. $ $ $ 1986 PictureTel launches system costs $80,000 and line fee drops to $100 per hour. Still only good for pointto-point calls. IBM PicTel 1991 Inter-office calling costs $20,000 with line charges set at just $30 per hour. 1992 CU-SeeMe video calling software launches on Apple computers Arkadin Arkadin Arkadin later ported to Windows with audio. Arkadin Microsoft NetMeeting launches 1996 offers “free” video and audio conferencing for Windows PC users. 1997 Caltech-CERN builds the Virtual Room Video conferencing System (VRVS), linking several global scientific communities. Low cost broadband makes video conferencing a reality for consumers and SMEs. 2015 2003 Hi Definition Video conferencing is now ubiquitous, with Skype, Google Hangouts and Apple FaceTime dominating the consumer sector and solutions like Skype for Business, formerly Microsoft Lync, serving business needs. 4G and BYOD make video conferencing any place, any time a reality. So what is the future of unified communications? The growth of BYOA - Bring Your Own App - for business applications will create a ‘shadow IT’ scenario as employees bypass the IT department and choose the apps they need to do their jobs. 4K video calling as standard, even to mobile devices, provides ultra-clear video. 4K Improved multi-participant calling that takes advantage of improved bandwidth available from 5G mobile networks. 3D video conferencing tools that use holographic projection to give the impression of being physically present at meetings. Takeaways: Unified Communications are becoming essential to businesses who need to maintain relationships with remote clients and employees. Unified communications: Allows you to read the body language of your colleagues, pick up on non-verbal cues and use this information to really drive your pitch home. Experience the benefits of face to face communications in building your business relationships. Demonstrate concepts, products and ideas visually in a way that is impossible with other communications tools. Find out why unified communications should be an integral part of your business operations, and how the technology can boost your profits by downloading The connected business: Managing beyond the remote workforce. Download now [Enjoy sharing] gic Strate tive Effec le Flexib Strategic Effective Flexible The connected business: : Managingbubeyond d siness ed nnect The co the remote g beyon force workforce gin Mana mote work the re

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