Blue Jeans Offers Free Videoconferences For Military Families
Home for the Holidays allows up to 25 military members and their families to connect from PCs, mobile devices or videoconference rooms during the Christmas season.
10 Best Business Tools In Google+
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
Members of the U.S. armed forces who are unable to get home for the holidays in person will still be able to see their loved ones over a free videoconference connection.
The Home for the Holidays program runs from December 20, 2012 to January 2, 2013 and is supported by Blue Jeans Network in partnership with Military Association Benefits Group, Military Comm Networks and associated companies. Blue Jeans offers an inexpensive cloud-based videoconferencing service for bridging between different brands of videoconferencing equipment, mobile devices and other services like Skype and Google Video Chat. To get on a call, service members will be able to take advantage of any of these channels or Blue Jeans' own browser-based video client.
"We tried to roll out this program last holiday season but ran up against interoperability and scalability challenges," Dennis Butts, CEO of Military Association Benefits Group and several affiliated companies, said in a statement for the press release. "With Blue Jeans on board, having soldiers and family members spread across Google, Skype and a host of room-based systems used by the military is simply not an issue."
"There are over one million servicemen and women who are away from their friends and family over the holiday season," added Krish Ramakrishnan, CEO of Blue Jeans Network. "Whether serving overseas, or stationed at one of hundreds of bases in the United States, there shouldn't be any impediment to these families seeing each other over the holidays."
For families without computers or mobile devices, physical locations have been reserved throughout the United States where the families will have access to the videoconference resources they require. A complete list of locations is available at http://mabgi.us/Association_Connect.html.
Social media make the customer more powerful than ever. Here's how to listen and react. Also in the new, all-digital The Customer Really Comes First issue of The BrainYard: The right tools can help smooth over the rough edges in your social business architecture. (Free registration required.)
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
2017 State of IT ReportIn today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.