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March 20, 2008

RADVISION Partners with Alcatel-Lucent to Delivery Multipoint Video Conferencing

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

RADVISION, a provider of video network infrastructure and developer tools for unified visual communications over IP, 3G and emerging next-generation IMS networks, has announced that it has teamed up with Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert).

These two companies plan to deliver multipoint video conferencing on top of the Alcatel-Lucent OmniTouch My Teamwork conferencing and collaboration applications. As a result, Alcatel-Lucent’s enterprise collaboration customers will benefit from RADVISION’s SCOPIA video conferencing platform.

Part of Alcatel-Lucent’s Unified Communications (News - Alert) offering, OmniTouch My Teamwork is designed to deliver conferencing and collaboration capabilities across any network, from any location within or outside the business to support a dynamic enterprise environment. Such capabilities will enable workers to stay in touch from wherever they are at any time from any device.

Businesses will also be able to benefit from a flexible software and standards-based platform that will allow easy integration into business processes with carrier-grade scalability to accommodate growth.

Employees use a single-click to access a range of communication media in order to choose the best method considering the tasks to perform their jobs effectively. Such capabilities include presence-based calling, ad hoc, reservationless and scheduled audio and Web conferencing, secure IM and integrated peer-to-peer video.

The complete multipoint video communications solution in SCOPIA enables the delivery of a very cost-effective, high quality video experience.

The platform’s advanced media processing capabilities allow mixed conferences of HD video systems, standard definition endpoints and video from desktops. All capabilities are available in the same call while preserving the native resolution and without requiring participants to downgrade current capabilities.

SCOPIA also offers optimized capacity to deliver maximum value for the investment based on the video application used. In cases where HD is not fully utilized, the number of available ports for standard definition and desktop systems increases resulting in a reduced cost per port.

“Combining RADVISION’s SCOPIA video capabilities with OmniTouch My Teamwork provides us with key enhancements to our product portfolio,” said Eric Penisson, vice president of Alcatel-Lucent, enterprise products, in a Thursday statement. “The addition of SCOPIA positions us to increase our market penetration in the Unified Communications arena.”

“Extending the Alcatel-Lucent Unified Communications solution with the SCOPIA conferencing platform provides a very advanced and affordable video conferencing solution – where users of HD, standard definition, and desktop systems can all communicate,” said Zeev Bikowsky, General Manager Networking Business Unit for RADVISION, in Thursday’s statement. “Our unique method of advanced media processing provides great performance with affordable prices.”

The demand for conferencing solutions continues to grow among companies of all sizes as they are recognizing the benefits of this collaboration and the cost savings gained with reduction in travel. As this demand grows, so does the demand for better quality solutions that also interoperate.

Such a trend presents significant opportunities for companies such as RADVISION and Alcatel-Lucent, especially when they partner to capitalize on the expertise of each company.

The joint solution will be on display at the Alcatel-Lucent booth #711 at VoiceCon in Orlando March 17-20, 2008.

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Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

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