VoIP Web Conferencing
VoIP web conferencing is heating
up. With VoIP web conferencing businesses will be able
to go far beyond what traditional web conferencing now
offers. Using VoIP web conferencing people will still
be able to use standard features such as application
sharing, whiteboards, and chat as with Microsoft's Live
Meeting. But, VoIP web conferencing allows many more
features that traditional conferencing solutions can
even dare to imagine.
For instance, one major player
in VoIP web conferencing is Macromedia and its Breeze
5 solution. Breeze 5 uses Flash to deliver online
training, marketing, sales and web conferencing into
a whole new multi-media experience. With 98-percent
of all Internet browsers having the Flash player installed,
VoIP web conferencing with Breeze 5 makes a lot of sense.
Macromedia Breeze 5 lets non-technical subject matter
experts use Microsoft PowerPoint to create dynamic include
voice, video, and animations based presentations.
Breeze 5 VoIP web conferencing solution is made
up of 4 major components: Training, Presenter,
Events and Meetng. Breeze 5 Training providers
rich, engaging live and self-paced training that
traditional teleconferencing methods cannot achieve
and at a lower cost. Trainers can build e-learning
courses with narrated voiceovers while analyzing
track-able page views and quiz results. Courses
can also be conducted in real time incorporating
video, voice and animation into the course presentations.
The same features can be used for Meetings and
Presentations as well.
In addition, classes, meetings
and presentations can be recorded and archived for future
use. Breeze 5 Events manages user registration, qualification,
notification, automatic email reminders and tracking
for large online seminars and presentations. It's no
wonder that Adobe decided to buy Macromedia - just for
the VoIP web conferencing system.
Another major player in the VoIP
web conferencing market is AT&T Labs, which showed
off a few of its prototypes at the VON Spring 2005 conference
is San Jose, California. The AT&T Enhanced VoIP
Controller is capable of transcribing conference calls
using speech-to-text software that AT&T says is
85-percent accurate right out of the box. This success
rate even applies without training the software to understand
individual speakers, even those with accents over bad
connections. Users can use Enhanced VoIP Controller
to search the text for key words to find just the part
of the conference they want and read the transcript.
The software maps the text to an audio record of the
call and users can identify the part of the transcript
they'd like to hear, click their mouse and hear that
segment of the conversation.
According to networkworld.com,
"This enables people to quickly find pertinent
parts of conferences, browse the transcript and then
verify its accuracy by actually listening to key parts,
AT&T says. While the call is being played back,
what is being said can be displayed on a computer screen
as text as each word is spoken, effectively creating
closed captioning of the conversation. Listeners can
speed up or slow down the replay to get to the parts
they want to hear sooner." AT&T's VoIP web
conferencing solutions will roll out this Fall, but
the Lab personnel would not comment on whether all of
the features would be included at this time.
There are many other VoIP web
conferencing providers who are currently offer services
that mimic traditional web conferencing solutions only
at a lower cost. But, leave it to Macromedia and AT&T
to think far outside the box and offer features that
are sure to revolutionize the web conferencing marketplace.
Perhaps this is why SBC bought AT&T - just for the
VoIP web conferencing system.