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June 24, 2010

RADVISION SCOPIA Elite MCUs Picked by New Zealand based KAREN

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

RADVISION has announced that RADVISION SCOPIA Elite MCUs have been deployed on the Kiwi Advanced Research & Education Network (KAREN) to support more than 220,000 users at over 60 New Zealand universities and higher education organizations, research institutes and government agencies.
KAREN is the exclusive broadband network. It links education, research and innovation organizations in New Zealand, and serves researchers, educators, and scholars from Crown Research Institutes, universities, libraries, schools, polytechnics, museums and private sector partners across New Zealand.
Additionally, the network also connects with similar high-speed national research and education networks across the world via international connections to Sydney and Seattle.
Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ) owns and operates the KAREN video conferencing service for KAREN members.
Dr. Chris Litten, engagement manager at REANNZ, said that video conferencing is an essential tool for the KAREN community and use of the technology for research, teaching and the day-to-day business of Members has sky-rocketed over the last three years.
"RADVISION's SCOPIA Elite was selected to meet our growing video conferencing needs after a competitive process because it provided the functionality we needed at an industry-leading price point," Dr. Litten said.
REANNZ has deployed RADVISON's recently introduced SCOPIA Elite Conferencing Solution, the first standards-based MCU with the combination of 1080p, 720p, and H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC).
Using the latest in DSP technology, SCOPIA Elite supports telepresence to desktop connectivity and is the centerpiece of RADVISION's comprehensive next generation conferencing solution.
Additionally, the solution also provides HD desktop conferencing capabilities for the KAREN community via SCOPIA Desktop, making it easy to extend conferences to remote users. Company officials said that this solution allows users to share full voice, video and data, with traditional room systems, telepresence systems, desktops and mobile devices all in one conference.
Eitan Livne, general manager of Asia Pacific territory at RADVISON, said that the company's SCOPIA Elite Conferencing Solution, coupled with SCOPIA Desktop, is ideal for the education sector.
RADVISION is a technology and end-to-end solution provider for unified visual communications including video network infrastructure, developer tools and high definition (HD) room, desktop and mobile video conferencing systems.
Earlier this month, the company showcased a series of new and innovative solutions including telepresence connectivity, mobile conferencing and solutions for the SMB market

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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