U.S. Department of Justice decides on VBrick

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The United States Department of Justice has purchased VBrick’s recently announced streaming video solution for Microsoft’s Office Communicator and SharePoint products. The deployment enables the Department to integrate rich media into familiar unified communications technologies currently used every day (instant messaging, desktop sharing, VoIP, etc.) to dramatically bolster organizational effectiveness and collaboration. “It’s particularly gratifying to announce such high-profile deployments as the Department of Justice as we continue to bring industry-first video solutions to market,” said Michael Rubin, Vice President of Marketing, VBrick Systems. “IP video streaming and unified communications are proving to be the most effective means to ensure large, distributed organizations can advance productivity and drive greater efficiencies. We look forward to continued high customer momentum in the months ahead.”

VBrick’s solution for embedding streaming video into unified communications is comprised of two new products: the OCS Streaming Gateway and the SharePoint Integration Module. The OCS Streaming Gateway combines the power of streaming video with the real-time collaboration capabilities of Office Communicator and makes accessing, sharing and discussing streaming video content easier than ever. Powering this simplicity is VBrick’s version of a well-known Microsoft feature—the presence icon, which lets users determine at a glance whether their contacts are online. VBrick’s own presence icon, called a Video Buddy™, behaves like a regular presence icon, only it represents a particular live video source. A quick glance at its color will signal whether a channel is “On Air” or “Off Air” and convey its presence status.

The result is a richer, more powerful communications experience. End users can collaborate using live TV channels, managers can project key messages through video broadcasts, trainers can communicate new material on video and employees can produce and share rich media content using Office Communicator as the common entry point for their day-to-day work and collaboration activities. The SharePoint Integration Module equips users to discover, share and search video content from within any SharePoint site. Underlying this unified user experience is the VBrick Enterprise Media System (VEMS), which performs the content and video channel management, user access, scheduling, reporting and network optimization and distribution functions critical for scalable video deployments. The new solution from VBrick requires no change to the Microsoft Office Communicator or SharePoint server infrastructure.

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