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Exploring Virtual Reality for UC

on November 07, 2014

When it comes to unified communications (UC), innovation takes place on a regular basis. While this technology has a wide area of application, leading unified communications (UC) vendors are always trying to stretch the area of application to make UC more helpful for users. As such, some of the leading UC vendors are evaluating the scope of virtual reality in the conference room or the boardroom.

When it comes to unified communications (UC), innovation takes place on a regular basis. While this technology has a wide area of application, leading unified communications (UC) vendors are always trying to stretch the area of application to make UC more helpful for users. As such, some of the leading UC vendors are evaluating the scope of virtual reality in the conference room or the boardroom.

A recent article published in the Network World discusses how UC vendors are trying to bring virtual reality in the enterprise. It talks about various enterprise-ready platforms that will soon be compatible with Oculus Rift and other virtual reality devices to offer businesses a better and more secure virtual experience than consumer platforms like Second Life, which is in the beta phase of its Oculus Rift integration. 

While the three biggest commercial virtual reality platforms are ProtoSphere, AvayaLive Engage, and 3DICC's Terf, there’s an open source multi-platform named OpenSim, which can even operate behind a corporate firewall.

Brought by ProtonMedia, ProtoSphere is perfectly integrated with Microsoft's unified communications tools and SharePoint. With a claimed customer base of Fortune 500 companies, this platform is essentially used as a cloud-based service, while 20% of its clients use it as traditional software behind the corporate firewall. Besides its plans for Oculus compatibility, the company is also coming up with its full-blown iPad version and gesture recognition features through the Kinect platform.

Offering a stiff competition to ProtoSphere's is AvayaLive Engage, which is brought to the fore by the Avaya unified communications platform. This platform will soon be offering Oculus Rift support.

3DICC is the third major name in this field that not only partners with Cisco, a leader in unified communications, but also offers complete integration with its FlexSpace product. It has recently added the Oculus Rift feature to its functionalities.

While these companies are building their virtual reality strategies, enterprises are waiting to create an immersive environment within their infrastructure where they can examine virtual prototypes of their products.