Blue Jeans leads the industry as first cloud-based video collaboration service to add key accessibility features
September 29, 2014—Mountain View, Calif.—Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable video collaboration services, today announced it has added key features to enhance its video conferencing service to make it more accessible to customers with disabilities such as visual and hearing impairment. The first cloud-based video collaboration solution to make strides towards greater accessibility for customers, Blue Jeans’ web application, iOS App, and Android App have all been enhanced to make the service available to a wider range of customers with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these.
“Enhancing accessibility is paramount to our mission to make it possible for anyone to collaborate more effectively anytime, anywhere, and from practically any device,” said Stu Aaron, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Jeans Network. “As businesses and educational institutions of all sizes and shapes around the world are deploying Blue Jeans we believe that our enhanced accessibility will ensure that no one is left out. We are taking a proactive step to be more inclusive to all of our customers and intend to continue to lead the industry with accessibility features.”
Beneficial to all customers, the increased accessibility is especially valuable in the education sector as it expands access to classroom resources for all students and opens new avenues of communication with instructors and peers for greater learning opportunities.
Enhanced Accessibility allows for the following:
- Distance Learning: Blue Jeans’ enhanced services opens up the possibility for distance learning to even more users. With Blue Jeans, more students are able to remotely gain access to lectures and classroom resources no matter where they are located.
- Interpreter Services: With Blue Jeans visual collaboration services, those with deafness and hearing loss are able to invite an interpreter into the meeting to help facilitate the discussion.
- Compatibility with screen readers: Blue Jeans’ enhanced services are now compatible with standard screen readers such as VoiceOver on iOS and OSX platforms, TalkBack on Android devices and NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) for Windows platform.
“The need for an accessible video conferencing solution has grown dramatically over the past few years. Our institution offers over 30 hours per week of video courses, where students from all over the country call in to participate in classes held here on campus”, said Philip Bishop from Valdosta State University. “Blue Jeans has been a great tool for us. It has consistently out-performed other solutions in terms of audio and video quality. Quite simply, it has just been the easiest way for everyone to connect.”
Blue Jeans is making enhancements to the service based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act requirements in order to expand Blue Jeans’ accessibility to customers with disabilities.
For more information on Blue Jeans’ new accessibility features, please visit: https://www.bluejeans.com/features/accessibility. If you are attending EDUCAUSE, please stop by booth #249.
About Blue Jeans Network
At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road. Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly anytime, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends. Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information go to: https://www.bluejeans.com or follow the company @BlueJeansNet
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