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HP Halo unveils new webcast tool

This service allows users to produce webcast content directly from their Halo telepresence endpoints and then stream the content to employees or external audiences around the world.

As many as three presenters from three different sites or companies can be included in each webcast; this allows for the addition of content experts without being bound by a single location. Presenters simply go to their HP Halo studio and use existing HP Halo cameras to record a broadcast-quality video presentation or to participate in a live video event, eliminating the costs associated with travelling to a TV studio or sending a video production crew to the presenter.

All Halo endpoints–including the HP Halo Collaboration Studio, HP Halo Meeting Room and HP Halo Collaboration Center–can be used to conduct these webcasts.

HP Halo Webcasting includes everything from webcast planning and scripting to video production, editing and distribution. Users also have access to a customisable media portal that features content such as live question-and-answer sessions via instant messaging or phone as well as surveys and presentation slides.

Meanwhile, HP has announced the realignment of its Halo business within the HP ProCurve Networking business, which is part of the company's enterprise-focused Technology Solutions Group responsible for servers, storage, software, networking and services. The tech giant said the move provides customers with “one-stop shopping” in choosing the right video endpoints, services and network solutions.

“Together, these developments and offerings are aimed at helping customers reduce operating costs, lower demands on IT staff, extend their reach and facilitate better business outcomes,” said Ken Crangle, vice president and general manager, Halo business unit, HP.

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