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October 15, 2008

LifeSize Reveals New Telepresence and HD Videoconferencing Solution

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

LifeSize (News - Alert) Communications has introduced its latest next-generation solutions in high definition (HD) video communications and telepresence, LifeSize Room 200 and LifeSize Conference 200. In addition, the company revealed an all new LifeSize Team 200, a HD communications system.
While LifeSize Room 200 is a full HD video communications system, LifeSize Conference 200 is a full HD telepresence solution.
A built-in HD multipoint control unit with transcoding, LifeSize Room 200 delivers 1080p30 and 720p60 resolution, and supports 720p30 dual streams enabling high definition data sharing. This offering allows as many as six participants to be on a call at one time.
The standards-based data sharing feature allows documents, spreadsheets, presentations, video and other digital information to be shared in full motion and high definition. An additional feature of LifeSize Room 200 is multiple camera inputs, which enable a wide range of video and data presentation options.
LifeSize Conference 200 is equipped with 1080p30 and 720p60 resolution, life-size images and HD audio. Jyotindra Thacker, president at Reliance Industries, said that his company was seeking a telepresence room that reflects his company’s spirit of personal relationships with employees, partners and customers.
He added that after reviewing numerous vendors’ offerings, LifeSize produced a “far superior face-to-face experience, along with a more flexible solution,” that could be incorporated into the existing space without compromising on the style.
“Only LifeSize Conference allowed us to deliver telepresence on our terms,” stated Thacker.
The new LifeSize Team 200 delivers dual-monitor HD video, digital I/O and an enhanced embedded multipoint control unit. LifeSize Team 200 delivers True HD—720p30 video—using only 1Mbps.
Additionally, the company unveiled a number of new infrastructure and software capabilities that expand interoperability and enable video as a critical extension to enterprise communications.
The newly introduced infrastructure products include LifeSize Networker ISDN to IP gateway and LifeSize Transit, the SIP and H.460 all-in-one firewall/NAT traversal solutions.
LifeSize Multipoint, 12- and 24-port HD Multipoint Control Units were also introduced. LifeSize Multipoint Extension software delivers important new functionality to LifeSize Multipoint users.
This functionality allows any user with a laptop, webcam, and network connection to participate in any video conference, viewing in True HD. LifeSize Multipoint Extension also allows video call recording, Microsoft (News - Alert) Outlook Integration, Web scheduling and webcasting.
LifeSize also announced advanced interoperability with IP-PBX systems such as Microsoft OCS, Cisco Call Manager, Siemens HiPath and ShoreTel (News - Alert) Shoreware.
“With our latest products, we have once again raised the bar in quality while driving price performance to new levels, unlocking the power of telepresence for knowledge workers everywhere,” said Craig Malloy, CEO and founder of LifeSize Communications.
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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart

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