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April 20, 2009

LifeSize Makes HD Videoconferencing Even More Affordable

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

Videoconferencing solutions are being used at an increasing rate today, not only because they make it possible to stay in touch with people across the world, but also, the technology is helping users in a tight economy to significantly save on costs.
Videoconferencing technology has improved over the years so that users no longer need to be concerned about choppy video or sub-par connections. Instead, users can have face-to-face meetings and meaningful dialogues with contacts located all over the world, without having to travel.
LifeSize Communications offers a number of HD videoconferencing solutions that allow global customers to reduce travel expenses, increase worker productivity and improve business performance.
The company’s High Definition video system offers clear audio and video interactions that make it seem as though contacts are located in the same room.
Today, the company has unveiled its latest HD videoconferencing solution that offers HD conferencing in what the company says is more practical and affordable than other available solutions.
The new offering, LifeSize (News - Alert) Express 200, supports dual display video and content and is available for under $6000 – so any size organizations can take advantage of the benefits of videoconferencing.
This means project teams can collaborate face-to-face from any location using full-screen HD video. So satellite offices, home office workers, even teachers and students or doctors and patients can all make use of the immersive collaboration offered by HD videoconferencing, without needing to spend time or money on traveling.
“Organizations are turning to video communications in this economic climate and are seeking affordable HD video solutions,” said Andrew W. Davis, Sr. Analyst and Partner at Wainhouse Research.
“The new LifeSize Express 200 delivers what customers want: an authentic communication experience priced for broad deployment. Not only does it enable existing video users to expand their deployments, it invites new customers to implement video communications. The Express 200 will be a catalyst for the continued adoption of HD video communications.”
Boasting more affordability than their competitors, the company said this new offering is available at 50 percent less than their competition and supports more than 50 resolutions. – so any bandwidth will receive the same high quality experience.
The new LifeSize Express 200 makes it possible to share presentations, documents, and video or still images in real-time at 1280x768 HD. The system also offers natural, face-to-face interactions at 720p at 30 frames per second and receives 720p at 60 frames per second.
LifeSize Express 200 is available in two models: LifeSize Express 200 with Focus (Fixed focus camera with built-in microphone) for $5,999 and LifeSize Express 200 with PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom camera with mic pod) for $6,999. 

In addition to the new Express 200 offering, LifeSize has also announced enhancements to its LifeSize software offering with release 4.1 which will be available in May 2009. The latest enhancements to this offering includes new, 4-way calling, more screen layout options, more supported resolutions, more admin controls and improvement in SIP-based calls like dual video support as well as more presence integration with Microsoft (News - Alert) OCS.

“We continue to deliver against our product model of superior quality first – all high definition, life size, immersive video and audio – coupled with unique flexibility to enable the HD experience anywhere,” said Casey King (News - Alert), CTO, LifeSize Communications.
“LifeSize develops only HD video solutions. We’re responsible for the entire solution, from the cameras and image processing technology to the audio processing technology that combine to deliver brilliant images and excellent audio quality. We’ve focused from the start to design a superior architecture, which is why we can continue to deliver to customers an unparalleled HD experience at an affordable price.”

Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Stefania’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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