HD Videoconferencing

Veraview is happy to have been a part of the new Erie Community College (ECC) STEM Building. The structure, space allocation, and up-to-date infrastructure set this building apart from the rest of the campus, bringing science and biology to the forefront of the college’s student demographics. But ECC brought the upgrade to a new level and that’s where Veraview comes in.

Classroom technology

Veraview Installers Wiring Projectors

Although academic criterium is forever evolving and still extremely relevant in the workspace, it is also expensive and does not always leave students with hands-on, non-theoretical exposure. We help elevate a college’s investment in the classroom by providing an environment with the best tools to bring that exposure to the classroom.

Classroom monitors for video conferencing

Dual monitors for classroom content sharing and video conferencing


Solstice Pod reflected on screen for classroom content sharing

Screen for content collaboration


For ECC, Veraview installed distance learning tools, such as video cameras, projectors, and screens to many of the classrooms. You often hear of rooms having this technology, but what you don’t hear about is what sets these tools apart. Here are just a few factors to consider: Classrooms typically have ambient light throughout the room and many rooms are too large to have a great video experience. Whether that be a presentation or a video conference. Choosing the right screen that absorbs the variable light fluctuations so that it is visible from any angle in the classroom, as well as having a projector bright enough to cast the image through the light is paramount. A student also needs to hear and be heard from anywhere in that room and a far-end participant needs to be engaging to all the students. Knowing what equipment works best in a specific environment is key to success.

Podiums wired for technology

Classroom podium wired for technology

Of course, bringing technology into a room and not making it easy for an instructor to use simply doesn’t work. It needs to be centrally managed in an environment that is conducive to a teaching environment; leaving the instructor to focus on the curriculum rather than the technology. Veraview integrated these tools into each room in a way that supports the specific classroom objective. The ECC Stem building is set up to continue to grow and build virtual resources well into the future. This is what sets a college apart, building student enrollment and creating an increased enrollment strategy regardless of the economy and local restriction. The world is open to the classroom. ECC opened the door with complimentary upgrades to make that happen and we are proud to have integrated the technology into the classroom.

The Global Classroom Event

Global Classroom

On December 3rd we hosted an education event at our office named, “The Global Classroom. Just about twenty educators from local schools attended the event to learn about available resources for distance learning initiatives through Polycom. From everyone at Veraview we want to extend our thanks to all of the attendees as well as our expert presenter Elaine Shuck! We can’t wait to see everyone again soon for the next event.

If anyone who wanted to attend couldn’t make it, please feel free to contact us for more information and look out for upcoming event invitations.

PC-Based Conferencing

PC-based or “soft” conferencing is any type of conferencing which utilizes an application or program rather than a dedicated hardware unit. There are many well-known soft clients available such as Skype, Facetime, google hangouts, etc. Soft conferencing has a variety of use cases, from companies just starting out with video conferencing to enterprise level deployments of 1000+ users.
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Telemedicine is nothing new and for people who don’t have convenient access to medical care it can quite literally be a lifesaver. What about the rest of us? Me and you, the people who drive five or ten minutes to see our doctor, why would we ever need telemedicine services, would we use it if it became readily available? UnitedHealthcare (the country’s largest health insurer) wants to find out. On April 30th, UnitedHealthcare announced that its self-funded customers have the same access (standard copay) to telemedicine as they do to traditional in-person based care. This coverage will extend to all plans throughout the year.
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Do you currently have on-premises video conferencing? Do you use it as often as you initially thought you might? If you’re only using video conferencing to hold or attend meetings with employees you’ll be happy to know there is a lot more that you can do. Don’t get me wrong, meetings and employee conferences are perfect applications of video within an organization, but there is so much more that can be done to make your video investment a vital part of daily operations. Be it Finance, HR, Customer Service or any other functional area, APIs (application programming interface) allow you to customize your video environment to enhance your preexisting employee and customer websites/portals, streamline your remote interview process and avoid video-room scheduling mix-ups.
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Thanks to everyone who paid us a visit on the 21st at the Niagara County Technology & Homeland Security Forum! It was a great event and we always appreciate seeing old friends and meeting new people.

For those who couldn’t make it, we set up a Polycom Group 300 codec and camera that enables you to conduct video conferences in a small board room or huddle room. The camera that comes with the codec is also the microphone that picks up your voice during a call. In addition to our Group 300 codec we conducted demonstrations of our Recordex Document Viewer and Tablet. These Document Viewer and Tablet bundles are far more versatile than the old overhead projectors and come with some really intuitive software that allows for recording and annotation.

For more information on our company or the products and services we offer check out the rest of the website or head to our contact page and shoot us a line. We look forward to seeing you at the next event!

Video as a Service

In an earlier blog post I mentioned the affordability of video conferencing technology, specifically, cloud based video or video as a service. Video as a service differs from traditional infrastructure based video conferencing in a few ways, the largest difference being hardware.

In a traditional infrastructure based environment there are several hardware components needed to complete the system, all of which provide unique capabilities such as firewall traversal, connectivity for mobile devices and video capture/streaming to name a few. In addition to the “behind the scenes” equipment you have your cameras, microphones and speakers. This kind of system can become quite costly and is not necessary for many end users who do not need/want to manage all solutions in house.
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Everyone understands that travel is a part of business, right? It doesn’t always have to be. Since the dawn of the information age businesses have had technology available to significantly reduce travel. Video conferencing makes it easy to meet face-to-face with clients and employees without ever having to leave the office. The benefits are immense. Imagine all of the time and money saved on routine travel not to mention helping save the planet by cutting back on your carbon footprint.


Video conferencing not only reduces travel, it increases collaboration as well. With the ability to have quality face-to-face interactions at a moment’s notice employees feel more inclined to reach out to their team members in different locations to get things done. Supply chain management becomes streamlined as video conferencing allows for content sharing and annotation within a single call. Why send an email when you can make a more effective video call?
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