innovaphone Conferencing
Conference Calls and Video Conferencing for your Company

Communication can take place with several people across different countries or locations without the necessity of expensive and time-consuming meetings or business trips. A simple three-party conference is no problem with the innovaphone PBX IP telephone system and can be carried out with any IP phone. With the communications client innovaphone myApps, video conferences are even possible from your own desktop - without a server or any other expensive equipment.

innovaphone Conferencing is perfect for larger telephone and video conferences with several participants:

Speaker Recognition:
The Video Conference features speaker recognition: if a conference is set up with several video telephony participants, the conference participant currently speaking will be shown on the screen.

Conference Menu Announcements:
Professional conference menu announcements guide all participants of a telephone conference smoothly through the menu and, for instance, request the participants to enter a PIN.

Announcements for a conference call or video conference are available in this innovaphone Wiki article as a download, free of charge and in the following languages: German, English (BE/AE), French and Italian.These are language files which are installed on the SSD or Compact Flash card of the innovaphone VoIP gateway. Further announcements in any language can also be created for a telephone conference individually and independently at any time. The announcement can be converted from all common audio formats into the required announcement format via the Audio Converter on the innovaphone website.

Security:
The conference call can be protected via a password so that only authorized participants can dial in.

Administration:
The Conferencing App with its easy and structured user interface allows the administration of virtual conference rooms with one simple click, including the allocation of flexible dial-in PINs and certain monitoring options. The app is integrated into the communications client innovaphone myApps. By taking a look at the myApps client, the administrator of the conference can check which participant is present at which conference and who is currently speaking. The administrator also has the option to "mute" participants.

Application Sharing:
Furthermore, innovaphone Application Sharing is also available for all big conferences. This allows internal webinars and similar events to be set up and carried out easily, too. The presentation is automatically shown after dialing into the Conference room. innovaphone Application Sharing with video is possible for all conferences, and thanks to WebRTC also with external parties.

Several Conference Rooms:
The IP telephone system innovaphone PBX is able to provide several conference calls in different virtual rooms. The total number of participants depends on the DSP channels reserved for the conference call. A queue serves as a central entry point to the various conference call rooms. Whenever a caller connects to the queue, he is prompted to enter a conference code (PIN) for the respective conference call. When participants enter and leave a conference, the name of the participant or the telephone number (external participants) will be displayed in the Conferencing app.

Operator Function:
Ad-hoc conferences can be realized without great technical effort or any additional hardware with the Operator function via the telephone (DTMF). The person setting up the ad-hoc conference assigns the number of the conference room, the maximum number of participants allowed at the conference and the PIN.

Broadcast Conference:
One special form of conference calls is the ad-hoc Broadcast Conference. Here, a group of innovaphone PBX IP telephone system subscribers is called via a special broadcast number. The call to this number is distributed to the group subscribers. Those participants who answer the call are automatically participating in the conference. The Broadcast Conference offers an effective and quick way to exchange information for regular conferences with fixed participants.

The Broadcast Conference can also be used as emergency call number in businesses: several first responders are in the Broadcast group and in case of an emergency, the first responders can quickly be contacted via the Broadcast Conference.

Technical Requirements:
The innovaphone PBX IP telephone system enables planned or ad-hoc conferences without much technical effort or additional hardware. The Conferencing solution requires either one or more innovaphone VoIP gateways with conference channels or use of the Soft Conferencing functionality in connection with an innovaphone gateway, within innovaphone myApps Cloud or with an IPVA.

  • Conferencing with innovaphone VoIP gateways: depending on the hardware resources, our VoIP gateways have up to 60 channels for audio and video conferences. If the conference channels should not be sufficient, more conference-enabled VoIP gateways can be cascaded, or channels can be added with Soft Conferencing.
  • Soft Conferencing via Soft Conferencing Interface: in addition to the above described hardware-based conference channels, audio and video conferences can also be set up without requiring hardware resources. For example, this applies to virtual environments (IPVA) such as innovaphone myApps Cloud.
  • Retrofitting VoIP gateways with additional channels: the Soft Conferencing Interface can be activated on an IPVA as well as on our innovaphone gateways (from IPXX; with or without integrated hardware-based conference channels). This enables the set up of conferences in virtual environments without requiring additional hardware, plus already existing hardware can also be upgraded or retrofitted using Soft Conferencing.

innovaphone Conferencing is a well-coordinated Unified Communications solution that saves time and money, provides quick solutions to problems and enables flexible collaboration between companies, project groups or departments.

 

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