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OM Ships International Links Vessels and Land-based Offices with WiredRed’s e/pop Web and Video Conferencing
 



Chichester, England – August 28, 2006 – WiredRed®, the leader in real-time communication software, today announced that OM Ships is using WiredRed’s e/pop® Web Conferencing software to allow its various managing offices and ships to communicate, share ideas and plan upcoming projects on the agenda.

Headquartered in Mosbach, Germany, OM Ships International is a Christian charity, which owns the world’s largest floating bookstores in the form of two ocean-going vessels. To date, these ships have visited more than 150 countries around the world to provide educational resources to less fortunate people. As well as providing reading material, the charity coordinates aid and development projects with local communities that the ships visit.

OM Ships International has a network of land teams in 30 different locations worldwide, which pre-arrange the projects to ensure that all governmental and shipping regulations are met. Due to the team being dispersed throughout the globe, effective communication is paramount in ensuring that all new projects are managed efficiently and all the existing projects run according to plan.

“We were looking for an appropriate communication tool, which proved to be somewhat problematic as the connections – particularly on the ships – have very low bandwidth,” explains OM Ships International Director of Information and Communication Technology, Kirk Wilson. “We tried a selection of web-based conferencing solutions, which combined voice and real-time group working, however none fared too well via the local connections, which vary from DSL to dial-up, until we came across WiredRed’s e/pop.”

OM Ships International discovered e/pop Web Conferencing software from WiredRed and implemented a five-user license to allow the various managing offices and ships to connect. e/pop offers the solution to organisations looking for a convenient and secure form of communication. By allowing organisations to liaise via voice and video over IP, they can share ideas, applications and desktops in real-time, giving users the ability to conduct online meetings and training seminars with anyone, anywhere, and at any time.
“The ability that e/pop gives us to speak and share our desktops in real time, is ideal for our organisation, as it is important for us to collaborate on upcoming projects with our teams worldwide,” comments Wilson.

All web conferencing services and IP video products use bandwidth. The advantage of on-premise software, such as e/pop, is that it allows IT staff to control the network routes and limit bandwidth. This is ideal for marine and ship-to-shore conferencing over private networks and VPNs, whereas outside services simply cannot operate or choke low-volume connections going on and off the private network.

“It’s great to see how this charity can benefit from using e/pop and better its communication network – ensuring that its projects are executed smoothly,” says WiredRed UK MD Tom Sloan. “It’s certainly an example of how people can now communicate regardless of their location over the Internet – in a similar way that they would face-to-face.”

About OM Ships International
Headquartered in Mosbach, Germany, OM Ships International is a Christian charity that operates the world’s largest floating bookstores in the form of two ocean-going vessels. Over the past 35 years, the ships have visited ports in over 150 countries in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. The ships project promotes international understanding and worldwide education. Through cultural exchange programs, community service initiatives and a floating book fair, a ship experience encourages all who come aboard to expand their horizons and embark on a voyage of discovery. For more information, please visit www.omships.org


About WiredRed
WiredRed Software is a technology leader in real-time communications. The Company's secure, multipoint routing technology powers its e/pop product line, which includes multiparty video conferencing, web conferencing and secure IM software. All e/pop products are designed to provide busy, security-conscious IT staff with fast and easy to maintain solutions compatible with their existing networks.

More than 3,500 commercial and government customers are using e/pop software. Customer installations include Birmingham University, Loreto College, Digital Media Interactive, Tutoreasy, Derwent Shared Services, Routeco Plc., Barry Callebaut, ADP, Scottrade, Wells Fargo, The Members Group, Mercury Insurance and Florida Rock. The company licenses its software to corporate and government IT organizations and a growing network of business partners.

WiredRed has offices in San Diego, California, Chichester, England and Sophia-Antipolis, France. For more information visit www.wiredred-epop.com.
 

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