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Volcano Spurs Nefsis® Video Conferencing Trials

Geologists warn the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull could go on erupting for months,
spurring interest in video conferencing for business throughout Europe

Chichester, United Kingdom — April 20, 2010 — The power of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull has not yet abated. Travel chaos across Europe may be with us for a long time as geologists have warned that the volcano could go on erupting for months. Widespread air travel interruption throughout Europe and the worldwide business community has spurred interest in secure video conferencing and Nefsis free trials via the Web. Video conferencing is an obvious alternative to air travel. Moreover, Eyjafjallajökull highlighted the business continuity benefits provided by the latest generation of online services such as Nefsis, which can reach any desktop or conference room with a PC and Internet connection.

Sigrun Hreinsdottir, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland, has warned that the eruptions could carry on in cycles for quite some time, even months. No one has yet predicted how long the present eruptions might continue and to add salt to the wound, they have not even been classified as major eruptions.

The Eyjafjallajökull volcano has only erupted three times during the last 1200 years. The most worrying concern is that during the 1820s — the most recent notable eruption — records show that it erupted intermittently for just over a year. However, following the previous three eruptions there was a major eruption of the nearby Katla volcano which dwarfed those of the Eyjafjallajökull. The last time that the Katla blew off steam was in 1918, but prior to that it had erupted approximately every 70 years. Fortunately, the Icelandic meteorological office has stated that at the moment there is no evidence of ground rumblings beneath Katla.

Thousands of flights to and from European airspace have already been cancelled and with weather forecasters predicting that the winds blowing the volcanic ash south east to Europe will continue in the same direction for at least another two days and could go on until Wednesday. It looks like more travel chaos is expected.

It is estimated that the grounding of flights has already cost the British economy at least £920 million, with estimated losses of £230M per day as long as it continues. Ferry operators are taking record bookings and Eurostar trains are fully booked through to Tuesday.

"With international business travel effectively suspended until further notice, many companies are taking advantage of our 14-day free trial. We are happy to help any organisation whose business travel has been affected," said Tom Sloan, Managing Director WiredRed UK / Nefsis."

"Nefsis video conferencing takes very little time to setup. Download the trial and you could be communicating and collaborating with staff, customers, prospects, suppliers and anyone else within minutes," added Mr. Sloan.

There is no need for traditional, installed-site video conferencing hardware, MCUs, video conferencing CODECs or dedicated telephone lines. To join a conference, just a PC and an Internet connection is all that is needed. For video participation, any webcam or PC compatible video peripheral can be used.

About Nefsis
Headquartered in San Diego, California, with offices in Chichester UK, Nefsis® is a next generation, video conferencing software and online service solution designed for effortless, business-to-business online meetings. The Nefsis server cloud and multi-core concurrency accelerate desktop sharing and multipoint video, connecting employees, customers and business partners anywhere they have Internet access.

For more information, please browse the Nefsis website or call +44 (0) 870 224 0415 in Europe, or +1 (858) 715-0970 in the Americas.  Nefsis Home Page | Nefsis UK

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