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Video-conferencing by Colin Wheeler

From 1 March 2018, Jisc’s video-conferencing (VC) platform, Vscene, will become a paid-for service run by Ajenta. As a result, colleges and universities are faced with a choice – continue with Vscene, or choose from one of the growing number of vendors that supply VC services to the sector.

CDN invited a number of vendors, including Jisc/Ajenta, to make a case for their offerings. Also on the programme was a presentation from West College Scotland who have decided to opt for a ‘Skype for Business’ solution, and a presentation from APUC which described the available procurement options.


Moving towards Skype
David Black, Director of IT, West College Scotland

David Black provides the background to West College Scotland’s decision to move to Skype for Business as the College’s unified communications solution. The talk reflected on the position at merger, the strategic drivers the College identified, the work done so far and what is planned for the future.



VC Procurement
Lorona Watts, Supply Chain Manager, APUC
Lorona presented on the procurement routes to market for a new VC service.



Vscene is a cost-effective video collaboration platform specifically designed and developed for education & research, supporting thousands of classes, events and training sessions weekly, providing a highly reliable service for teachers, students and advisors to participate in teaching and learning activities through virtual classrooms, e-learning and lecture capture as well as providing a tool for collaboration with other schools and colleges worldwide.
Vscene is actively used by 4,000 schools, colleges and universities in the UK supporting more than 100,000 students, teachers, researchers and technical managers over desktop, mobile and many different kinds of existing room systems.

Further information about Vscene


Cisco pioneered unified communications to carry voice and video over data networks, reducing costs and simplifying operations. We developed a global conferencing cloud that synchronizes voice, video, and data.

Cisco’s culture of innovation now brings you Cisco Spark, one service for all your communications, from always-on messaging to video calling, phones, and video conferencing rooms. Everything you need to work together, from your pocket to the boardroom.
Cisco continues to deliver more connectivity with greater ease, leading the industry into the future.


Lifesize delivers award-winning conferencing technology that gives your organization the power to connect and collaborate effectively. Our history of video conferencing innovation has evolved to include all the modern ways enterprises meet—video, audio and web. Through a unique integration of plug-and-play HD camera systems and HD phones with easy-to-use cloud-based conferencing software, we deliver a meeting experience like no other.
At Lifesize, our mission is to connect people to make their workplaces great. And we’re happy to let you take all the credit for the improved meeting culture and productivity.


BlueJeans is the world’s leading provider of interoperable video communication, bringing video to you wherever you are. Thousands of global companies use BlueJeans every day for meetings, events, and on social networks across any location or device including mobile, desktop, and room systems. BlueJeans replaces traditional web conferencing technologies for a modern workforce, delivering face-to-face video communication for any organization who wants to bring their employees, leaders, and partners closer together.


PGi is the world’s largest dedicated provider of collaboration software and services. For 25 years, our broad portfolio of products has served the end-to-end collaboration needs of enterprises. Accessible anywhere, anytime and on any device, PGi’s award-winning collaboration solutions drive productivity and teamwork for approximately 50,000 customers around the world. Over the last five years, PGi has hosted over 1.2 billion people from 155 countries in nearly 300 million virtual meetings.
We provide a collaborative advantage to nearly 50,000 enterprise customers, including 75% of the Fortune 100™.
Our award-winning Unified Collaboration & Communications (UC&C) software and services are globally available and scalable for every business need.

* CDN has no affiliation with any of the listed suppliers.