5 Best Video Collaboration Tools To Ride Out the BART Strike

BART Strike line 2013The BART strike hit Bay Area’s 400K daily commuters this morning with a slap in the face. Oakland ferry lines were stretching around the corner and the Bay Bridge has been backed up since 5:30 a.m. KTVU-TV’s @sal_castaneda tweets:

In 1997 [the last BART strike] most people couldn’t work from home using a high speed internet connection. Will today’s tech help during this #BARTstrike?

The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

In fact, BART officials’ top 2 suggestions for dealing with the strike are “adjusting work hours” and “telecommuting.” If you want to carry on business as usual with these commuting alternatives, there are a gazillion new apps and tools to help you connect and collaborate with coworkers wherever you are. Here are our favorite video collaboration tools to help you stay connected. Also check out our video conference product reviews page:

1. VSee (of course!) – VSee is a super simple tool for getting work done like you’re face-to-face. VSee group video calls are always free and its signature one-click screen share (paid if >1 share) makes collaboration easy.  It also uses ultra low-bandwidth to allow you to work with coworkers on crowded wifi hubs and 3G networks. You can even integrate VSee into your own app with the VSee API.

2. Cisco WebEx - This is a full blown presentation tool with all the bells and whistles you need – moderation control, meeting scheduling, whiteboard, PSTN dial-in…you name it, it has it. It’s a great product, especially for large webinar presentations, but rather clunky for simple, quick check-ins and staying connected throughout the day.

3. Google+ Hangouts and Skype - A lot of people in the freebie crowd use these in conjunction: Skype for free 1-on-1 video calls and Google Hangouts for group meetings. However, neither of these will fly if you have concerns about privacy or security, and neither can’t beat VSee for low-bandwidth.

4. Zoom - Walt Mossberg did a rave review of Zoom when it first came out last year. It supports a lot of the same functions as WebEx with the focus on video.  Thus it has pretty good quality video, and it allows meetings for up to 25 participants. It also support iOS and Android mobile platforms.

5. Vidyo – We really have to hand it to Vidyo for doing a great job on video quality. It offers a wide range of products from desktop to room-based video conference and has been giving Polycom and Cisco Tandberg a run for their money with its software-based video conference at a quarter of the cost. But like WebEx, it’s designed more for formal meetings and presentation than lightweight collaborations.

What are your favorite video collaboration tools? Tell us in our comments.

photo courtesy: @ChrisFilippi via Twitter

VSee and MDLIVE at the AHIP Conference

VSee MDLIVE telehealth portal staff

VSee and MDLIVE teamed up at the AHIP Institute 2013 last week to help spread word of the exciting things that are happening in this rapidly transforming health care marketplace.

For the VSee and MDLIVE partnership, this means showing off our awesome telehealth platform to deliver a seamless and complete healthcare experience to patients: VSee provides the easy-to-use, high quality video engine, and MDLIVE brings an extensive physician network with doctors who are available around the clock.

Check out this video to see how VSee-powered MDLIVE works.

Why VSee Video Chat?

Based on Stanford human factors research, VSee is super user friendly and designed for the non-tech savvy.  It lets doctors focus on caring for patients instead of spending valuable time learning to use the technology.  There is no complicated infrastructure, no admin install, and it crosses all firewalls.  This makes it extremely scalable and simple to deploy. VSee is also rich in interactive features such as one-click EMR sharing and medical device streaming so patients can feel like they’re seeing a doctor face to face.  VSee is HIPAA-compliant and FDA-registered.

Easily create your own telehealth platform with VSee’s simple API. It supports complex medical work flows such as virtual waiting room and triage care.  Learn more about VSee API here.

VSee telemedicine EHR-sharing

VSee hack saves the day! The laptop pictured above is sitting on 4 glasses because Milton’s laptop overheated, and we were able to get it working again by sitting the laptop on 4 glasses of ice :) (Btw, Milton believes the CEO should get the worst computer on the VSee team.)

VSee MDLIVE telehealth portal

VSee MDLIVE booth crowds

VSee Selected for TATA Tech Innovation Forum

TCS Innovation Forum 2013

VSee is one of 15 companies chosen to be a part of this year’s In-Radar Tech Startup Showcase at the TATA Innovation Forum 2013 in Santa Clara. The Innovation Forum brings together some of the best and brightest minds from renowned companies, academia, and innovative startups in North America for an exciting time of brainstorming and discussion on the newest solutions, ideas and best practices addressing our common problems.

Join VSee and other emerging tech companies on Wednesday, June 26 from 12:00-3:00 p.m.for a showcase of the latest products and solutions that are changing the way we live, do business, learn, and receive healthcare.

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, California
Date: June 25-26, 2013

Twitter Hashtag:  #TCSInnovation

VSee is the ideal tool for remote healthcare with its simple, secure medical video chat, real-time Electronic Health Records sharing, and medical device streaming. It is the winner of the People’s Choice Award in the American Telemedicine Association Video Contest, where its low bandwidth feature enables remote healthcare delivery in developing nations.

VSee Hosts Visitors from Poland’s Top 500 Innovators Science Program

Top 500 Innovators visitors

Yesterday, VSee treated a group of Poland’s brightest scientists, researchers, and professors to a taste of innovation and entrepreneurship in action as part of an innovator’s training program. VSee was one of approximately 10 companies the group will be visiting, including established names such as Polycom, IDEO, Google to startups like VSee and younoodle.

Funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland, the Top 500 Innovators Science Management Commercialization Program, aims to to train top scientists/researchers to think and work like a cutting edge Silicon Valley company.  This current group of 40 researchers and professors will be on campus at Stanford for nine weeks taking courses and doing hands-on collaboration projects.

VSee Video Conference: A Tool For Primerica Reps To Connect With Teammates and Clients

Geographic boundaries should be a thing of the past for doing business and working with colleagues. If distance holding you back from reaching more customers or getting more training, check out this Primerica Technology Blog article on how Primerica representatives can use VSee simple video conference and screen share to be more productive and to stay connected.

Primerica Technology

For Primerica rep Chuck Wilder, VSee allows him to quickly get information out to his team who are located all over the state and to stay connected to his mentor an hour and a half away.  He finds VSee’s video conferencing and document sharing powerful features for when you’re trying to develop a team and build a business. “It’s easily a 10% improvement to what we were doing previously just because of the confidence level of not having to delay appointments so we can have it checked and reviewed by our trainers,” he explains.

The best part is VSee isn’t a tool just for Primerica representatives.  It’s a great tool for any virtual team that needs to get creative work done together. It’s also perfect for students to do group work or cross university research and for families who want to stay connected to their loved ones.

Give VSee a try today. We continue to have a 100% virus-free product that is safe to use.   VSee group video is free for everyone, and students can get free VSee Plus accounts by signing up with their .edu accounts.

VSee is clean!
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