LifeSize, a division of Logitech, has qualified its LifeSize Passport HD video conferencing product to be the first room-based, business-class video conferencing solution to be plugged into Skype, adding the ability for users to now conduct video calls with Skype users around the world.
“This initiative enables Skype to be part of the room-based enterprise video conferencing market. LifeSize is known for its HD telepresence-quality solutions in the enterprise. Now, LifeSize Passport users can easily connect using face-to-face video conferencing with other Skype users worldwide,” said David Gurle, vice president and general manager of Skype Enterprise. “With the ‘consumerisation of IT’ whereby people are bringing Skype into the workplace, more enterprises are looking for synergistic solutions like this that include Skype. We’re delighted that LifeSize is helping them address customer demand by delivering enterprise-class video conferencing with Skype.”
To enable Skype video calling from LifeSize Passport, a customer must first be a registered Skype user. Upon logging into LifeSize Passport using their Skype log in credentials, their Skype contacts are automatically populated into the LifeSize directory. To make a call, users simply click on a contact name in the directory.
In addition to Skype video calling, the LifeSize Passport user is able to make calls to landlines and mobile phones through Skype.