ATLANTA, January 31, 2011 - PGi (NYSE: PGI), a global leader in virtual meetings for almost 20 years, today announced general availability of iMeet, its new innovation that gives people their own personal meeting room online.
After rigorous beta testing and a soft launch last fall, iMeet’s general availability brings to market the benefits of video conferencing, social networking, and media and file sharing – all in one place. iMeet enables face-to-face meetings for anyone connecting over the web, with enhanced group video that is as easy as flipping on a webcam – with no upfront capital costs or software downloads. No technical support or user manual required, either.
“When the conferencing industry began, the service was expensive, hard to use and largely reserved for the executive suite. Over a decade ago, PGi introduced automated, reservationless conferencing, bringing conference calls into the daily lives of busy professionals everywhere,” said Boland T. Jones, PGi founder, chairman and CEO. “PGi helped change the way people do business by improving the way they meet. Now, we intend to do the very same thing with video conferencing. With iMeet, we are bringing video conferencing to the masses, without the costly, dedicated video rooms that are currently reserved for a small segment of the workforce.”
“iMeet offers the richness and enhanced value of group video to anyone with a webcam, without clunky software downloads or capital investment,” continued Jones. “It is delivered in a refreshingly simple, wide open space – the iMeet room – that users can personalize to their liking. Unlike other video solutions, in iMeet, people can connect with popular social networks and get to know the people they are meeting with in a more personal and complete way.”
iMeet rooms come equipped with a robust file cabinet feature that enables hosts and their selected guests to store, show and share videos, pictures or documents. Users can even email files into their room from their desktop or mobile device. iMeet conversations flow over PGi’s enterprise class, global audio network – or through users’ computers from anywhere in the world, with any web phone.
“iMeet is refreshingly simple, intuitive and fun. Its multi-point desktop video, permanent, personalized meeting rooms and integration with social media technologies make meetings more friendly and human,” said Roopam Jain, senior analyst, Frost & Sullivan, Inc.
To join the community of over 5,000 current iMeet users, get your own personal iMeet meeting room by visiting www.imeet.com.
About Premiere Global Services, Inc. │ PGi
PGi is a global software and services company that enables real-time, virtual meetings. For almost 20 years, we have innovated technologies to empower people to connect, collaborate and come together in more enjoyable and productive ways. Every month, we bring together over 15 million people in nearly 4 million virtual meetings. Headquartered in Atlanta, PGi has a presence in 24 countries worldwide. For more information, visit us at www.pgi.com.
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