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FaceToFace Communications and StarLeaf bring unique cloud-based videoconferencing to Australia and New Zealand

(PR.co.nz) Sydney, Australia and Sunnyvale, California. May 22nd 2013

StarLeaf Call, the first true IT-free cloud based video communications solution that promises to change the way businesses deploy, use and pay for video calling and conferencing developed by StarLeaf (www.starleaf.com) is now being distributed and supported in Australia and New Zealand by FaceToFace Communications. (www.facetofacecommunications.com)

StarLeaf Call uniquely combines a comprehensive range of software and hardware endpoints, all managed from the cloud. It delivers a true ondemand, anyone-to-anyone solution that is as far reaching as the telephone and just as easy-to-use. StarLeaf approached the videoconferencing and collaboration market by starting with the user experience and a belief that if you can make a phone call then you should be able to make a video call.

With StarLeaf Call, a user takes delivery of their endpoint, plugs it into the network and enters a 12-digit identification code. This QuickConnect code verifies the user account, automatically configures the endpoint, populates the corporate directory and provides the connection to StarLeaf Call. Shortly after, the user is ready to video call or conference anyone on any StarLeaf or any standards-based (H.323/SIP) video equipment or software. Ongoing management is conducted via the StarLeaf Call portal, a simple browserbased tool that keeps the user in control of all adds, changes and deletions from the service.

Simon Downey, FaceToFace CEO, says that after years of experience in the global videoconferencing market he is excited to be delivering StarLeaf Call to the ANZ market. “Everyone in videoconferencing has always talked about ‘ease of use’ and ‘plug and play’ but it has all been marketing fluff – users are still scared of a remote control; and firewall traversal is still the bane of videoconferencing installations. StarLeaf Call directly addresses these issues with a consistent touch screen interface and seamless firewall traversal”.

StarLeaf Call provides:

  • A touch screen interface, totally intuitive and requiring no user training.
  • Ability to call anyone on any standards-based device (H.323/SIP)
  • A complete range of endpoints for rooms, desktops, PCs, Macs and iPads
  • The ability to launch a multiparty conference from any StarLeaf endpoint including the iPad
  • Multi-party conferencing, dial-out or meet-me, for groups of up to 17
  • Guest Invite allows users to ask anyone to join them on video
  • Screen sharing and video conferencing simultaneously
  • Rich functionality for video and voice including transfer, forward, hunt groups, video mail, call history and speed-dial favourites
  • Easy provisioning and management through a single web portal
  • All calls authenticated and encrypted
  • Failsafe with full redundancy and multiple data centres operating 24×7

“What we love about Face to Face Communications is its deep understanding of market needs and its commitment to helping customers achieve value from their investment in video calling and conferencing,” said Mark Loney, StarLeaf CEO. “With StarLeaf, Face to Face and its partner community, have a complete solution that addresses the needs of all market segments. And for the first time they can offer customers a cloud based solution, combined with a great portfolio of software and hardware endpoints, at price points that make pervasive video a reality.”

MEDIA CONTACT:
Simon Downey
FaceToFace Communications
+61 414 680 297
+64 21 241 4205
Simon.downey@facetofacecommunications.com
www.facetofacecommunications.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Hellene Garcia
StarLeaf
1-650-444-1943
hellene.garcia@starleaf.com
www.starleaf.com

About FaceToFace Communications
FaceToFace Communications has been in the videoconferencing business for over 15 years – as a Distributor of videoconferencing products and a software developer of scheduling and management tools for videoconferencing. Simon Downey has been CEO for the whole period.

In recent years FaceToFace was the Australian and New Zealand Distributor for Codian videoconferencing infrastructure. They developed scheduling and management tools for Codian. Codian acquired FaceToFace in 2008 – Codian was acquired by Tandberg in 2010 and Tandberg was acquired by Cisco in 2011.

About StarLeaf
StarLeaf delivers HD video calling and conferencing solutions, managed from the cloud, that anyone can use and deploy without training or IT support. They have been designed for today’s workforce, are completely open and yet secure, and connect anyone-to-anyone, on-demand, anytime and anywhere, giving individuals and teams all the flexibility they need to collaborate while on the move, at the office or from home.

 



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