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January 31, 2008

HD Video Conferencing Connects NFL Legends and Soldiers at Super Bowl XLII

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

With Super Bowl XLII festivities just around the corner, two companies are bringing the excitement of the game to those Army soldiers serving the country thanks to the power of HD video conferencing.
HD video conferencing solutions provider LifeSize (News - Alert) has teamed up with RADVISION, a provider of products and technologies for unified visual communications over IP, 3G and IMS networks, for a "morale-boosting" campaign that will connect Army soldiers in a "face-to-face" HD video conference session with past and present NFL players.
The real-time meetings will take place during pre-game events between soldiers at Fort Lewis, Washington and festivities in Phoenix.
According to a news release, live greetings from NFL legends and Hall of Fame players will be exchanged on location Thursday at the Super Bowl NFL Charities Celebrity Bowling Classic and on game day from Phoenix.
“Even football stars have heroes, and the players have tremendous respect for our nation’s men and women in uniform, said Coach Charles Hatcher, head of Champions 4 Champions, who organized the event through NFL Charities.
“This is the first time we’ll be using a high definition link to connect the players with some of their favorite fans, many of whom will soon be deploying overseas into combat zones. It’s a chance for the players to give back to the people who preserve our freedom.”
With HD video conferencing, it will be possible to meet and talk as though they were in the same room thanks to the capabilities of HD video which delivers a rich, interactive experience that includes clear images, fluid motion and rich audio, so participants feel as though they are physically in the same room during their interaction.
“We have a full roster of NFL legends participating in our Super Bowl NFL Charities events, and every athlete I’ve spoken with is looking forward for the chance to pay their respects to the troops,” said Nick Nicolosi, tournament director for the third annual Super Bowl NFL Charities Celebrity Bowling Classic and the 23rd annual Super Bowl NFL Charities Celebrity Golf Classic.
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