IP Video Conferencing Solutions
Avistar Communications Corp.
555 Twin Dolphin Dr.
Redwood Shores, CA 94065
Avistar Communications recently unveiled its Multi-Channel IP
Gateway, Model AG4000. The Multi-Channel IP Gateway is designed to
enable immediate video connectivity between Avistar users, within and
across enterprises over corporate IP networks or IP VPN networks. The
AG4000 is a four-channel IP video gateway that takes advantage of the
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) standard for communication between
gateways. The new Avistar gateway provides business quality video,
configurable QoS support, high call reliability, and automatic software
The Avistar Multi-Channel IP Gateway is supported by the latest
AvistarVOS Server software release, version 7.0. The software manages
the gateway with automatic configuration, remote administration and
management, configurable profiles, and automatic route selection to
manage video traffic and assign routing priorities across multiple
network types. The AvistarVOS Server software controls the AG4000 as
well as Avistarï¿½s existing H.320 (ISDN) and H.323 (IP) gateways as
shared system resources for optimum system reliability and lowest
overall communications costs.
154 Middlesex Tpke.
Burlington, MA 01803
The Ezenia! Series 2000 VideoServer MCS is a full-featured, scalable
videoconferencing server designed to enable people in multiple locations
to communicate using audio, video, or data over any circuit-switched
network. Among the features that the Series 2000 delivers are:
ï¿½ Flexible configurations for conferences of any size over any
ï¿½ System capacity that expands as a companyï¿½s video conferencing
needs expand; and
ï¿½ Broad interoperability (designed to connect users on switched or
dedicated networks such as ISDN, ATM, or Frame Relay).
When combined with the Encounter 3000 NetGate, the Series 2000
VideoServer represents the most powerful conferencing solution available
today for mixed IP and ISDN network environments. The NetGate enables
multimedia conferencing between ISDN and IP endpoints by reconciling the
differences in the network protocols, thus allowing users to collaborate
in real-time via voice, video, and data regardless of their network
type. The Encounter NetGate supports as many as sixteen (16) conference
sessions. Additional features include restricted and unrestricted rates
up to 768Kbps IMUXed, real-time voice transcoding, IP-to-ISDN and
ISDN-to-IP communication, and a browser-based administrative user
VBrick Systems, Inc.
12 Beaumont Rd.
Wallingford, CT 06492
VBrick Systems, Inc., has announced the immediate availability of a
new StreamPlayer product suite. StreamPlayer software, which is designed
to allow desktop users anywhere on the network to view high-quality MPEG
streams from VBrick appliances, is available in two versions --
StreamPlayer, a free viewing-only component that displays live full
screen MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video in a Web page, and StreamPlayer Plus,
which is a desktop application and provides live and stored video
viewing, as well as recording and clip editing of MPEG streams.
The enhanced StreamPlayer offering provides organizations with the
ability to stream real-time and stored events to the desktop, in order
to provide training to employees, distribute live news to any PC, and
save training sessions and lectures for later viewing. Used across a
wide range of applications, StreamPlayer helps enterprises increase
productivity, enhance learning, and improve security and monitoring
Rounding out the software line is a new offering, StreamTracker, a
powerful statistics tool that allows administrators to monitor MPEG-1
and MPEG-2 video stream usage and to generate reports or billing.
StreamPlayer operates under Microsoft Windows 98, 2000, NT, or XP.
Xchange Manager 3.0
10535 Boyer Blvd., Suite 300
Austin, TX 78758
VCON has released the Media Xchange Manager (MXM) 3.0, which now
features a suite of advanced applications designed to enhance the
current set of IP video network management and video telephony
capabilities. Two key applications are vPoint, a software-only
videoconferencing client that runs in three modes for full remote
business conferencing, and IPNexus, a secure instant messaging/data
sharing tool that gives customers total control of the level of
accessibility from inside and outside the network. MXM 3.0 supports both
the H.323 and SIP standards.
The MXM combines an IP video PBX, IP video network management, and
rich media applications in an integrated media server designed to
facilitate enterprise-wide interactive, visual communications.
vPoint detects the attached hardware and automatically operates in
the appropriate mode. Cost-effective and easy to use, vPoint is
integrated with the MXM allowing IP telephony capabilities such as call
transfer, call forwarding, and ad-hoc conferencing. Other features
include built-in echo cancellation and noise suppression, remote
software upgrades, data rates up to 1.5Mbps at 30 fps, VCON PacketAssist
QoS architecture, and a full range of audio and video algorithms.
IPNexus, a secure instant messaging and collaboration application
addresses two main concerns of organizations: network security and
employee productivity. IPNexus has multiple integrated functions that
include IPMessenger, an instant messaging mode that allows two or more
people to have an interactive chat session; and QuickNote, an electronic
ï¿½stickyï¿½ note feature.
First Virtual Communications
3393 Octavius Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Click to Meet Express is a software solution that combines the best
of Web conferencing with the best of video conferencing into one
integrated application. The solution utilizes Web-based presentation and
data collaboration tools with business quality audio and video to
provide a range of ad-hoc and scheduled Web conferences.
The software solution is designed to allow users to invite anyone via
the Web, e-mail, or Instant Messaging (IM). A browser plug-in provides a
rich palette of easy-to-use tools and ï¿½skinsï¿½ and is designed to
allow participants to select an appropriate conferencing environment.
Click to Meet Express eliminates per minute/per participant and audio
costs of hosted Web conferencing services. Existing video conferencing
equipment is integrated and extended into the Web conferencing realm and
costly videoconference bridging is eliminated.
Video and audio components support H.320 and H.321 (through gateway),
H.323, T.120, SIP, TAPI 3.0, and CUseeMe. Video codec support includes
H.261, H.263. Audio codec supports G.711, G.722, G.723, and echo
cancellation when used on Windows XP. Click to Meet Express includes
H.323 firewall support and NAT support.
266 Harristown Rd., Ste. 201
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
RADVISION provides two lines of videoconferencing solutions: viaIP
and INVISION. The viaIP solution is a customizable, scalable array of
ports, management solutions, and custom functionality with which
customers can design and quickly deploy a highly configured, scalable
visual communications network ideal for each clientï¿½s unique needs.
The viaIP solution is delivered in an integrated chassis.
The companyï¿½s INVISION product line is a suite of plug-and-play
videoconferencing network appliances that offer an off-the-shelf,
pre-configured solution with all the functionality of an entire IP/ISDN
videoconferencing infrastructure, from centralized management and
multipoint conferencing to gateway services and value-added
applications, in an integrated device.
RADVISION also offers iVIEW, a suite of management applications for
robust network management and intuitive conference scheduling. The
RADVISION solutions support and interwork with and between ISDN (H.320),
IP (H.323 and SIP), and 3G wireless (3G-234M) technologies, providing a
crucial bridge between the legacy videoconferencing world of ISDN-based
video systems and the emerging IP-based systems that leverage todayï¿½s
high-speed LAN, WAN and wireless infrastructures.
200 Park Ave., Ste. 2005
New York, NY 10166
TANDBERG recently announced enhanced IP functionality across its
product line. In particular, TANDBERGï¿½s stand-alone Multipoint Control
Unit (MCU) can now host video and audio conferences via IP networks.
Also, the companyï¿½s patent-pending Intelligent Packet Loss Recovery (IPLR)
improves both received and transmitted video on all IP endpoints, IP
infrastructure and MCUs.
With this release, TANDBERGï¿½s MCU now provides video and audio
conferencing over ISDN, IP, or mixed ISDN/IP in either a 16+16 (video
plus audio) or 8+8 configuration. In addition to IPLR, the TANDBERG MCU
and codec now support a number of industry standard IP Quality of
Service features including RSVP, DiffServ, IP Precedence, and Type of
To protect the content of customersï¿½ multipoint calls, TANDBERG now
provides 128-bit AES and 56-bit DES embedded Secure Conference
encryption over IP and ISDN. TANDBERG video endpoints used in
conjunction with the TANDBERG Management Suite (TMS) over IP will now be
equipped to detect and flag attempts to gain unauthorized access through
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