Allegany College of Maryland Creates Virtual Classrooms with HaiVision's hai1000 MPEG-4 AVC H.264 Multi-stream codecs

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HaiVision Systems Inc. (Montreal, Canada) is pleased to announce that Allegany College of Maryland has selected and deployed the hai1000 MPEG-4 AVC H.264 multi-stream codec system to unite educators and students across their 3 campuses.

HaiVision Systems Inc. (Montreal, Canada) is pleased to announce that Allegany College of Maryland has selected and deployed the hai1000 MPEG-4 AVC H.264 multi-stream codec system to unite educators and students across their 3 campuses. Continuing the tradition of providing the best collaborative environments for remote education, Allegany College of Maryland selected the hai1000 because it provides DVD quality audio video connections between multiple sites with the lowest latency available. Using the HaiVision technology, an educator on one campus can effectively hold a single class session spanning the three campuses within a 60 mile radius. This eliminates the need for costly travel by students and educators alike - and gives back those hours to spend on academics.

John Moore, Associate Dean of Computer Services for Allegany College of Maryland, states "having access to such high quality audio and video simply enables a better learning experience compared with traditional video conferencing systems."

"The biggest win for our educators is continuous presence, having each remote site displayed precisely on separate displays to enable true multi-site collaboration," adds Ken White, Allegany College of Maryland's Director of Media Services. "Students can now attend classes without traveling 40-50 miles."

Allegany College of Maryland will use the system for English literature and vocabulary, as well as advanced math, nursing, and criminal justice. They are planning 5-6 multi-site sessions per day throughout the school year. The campuses are connected via wireless transmission provided by Stratex Networks (installed by TWR Corp. of Cumberland, MD), providing very low inter-site latencies and very high quality bandwidth.

Room design and codec integration for the project was provided by York Telecom, a leading visual collaboration and communications integrator.

The hai1000 is the world's premier system for multi-stream low latency audio visual connectivity as required within telepresence suites and virtual classroom environments. Using MPEG-4 AVC (also known as H.264) the hai1000 saves 60% of the bandwidth typically required for DVD quality transmission using MPEG-2 technology.

See case studies of this and other distance education installations at:

http://www.haivision.com/applications/education/.

About York Telecom

York Telecom is a leading provider of visual communication services and solutions for the Federal Government and Fortune 1000 companies, as well as State and Local governments. Founded in 1985, the company is headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey. The company offers total managed conferencing services, consulting, integration and operational services, professional video production and postproduction for visual communication solutions such as Videoconferencing, Streaming Media, Video on Demand, Custom Media Studio and Room Design and Multimedia Network Management. York Telecom has worldwide branch offices, a multi-lingual help desk and a worldwide integration, production and support force. For more information, visit York Telecom online at http://www.yorktel.com or email at info@yorktel.com.

About HaiVision Systems Inc.

Based in Montreal, Canada, HaiVision Systems Inc. is a private company dedicated to improving the way people live and work through the use of advanced network video technology. HaiVision's products are used in the foremost telepresence suites and boardroom video conference systems worldwide. They are also used in the medical field supporting information and service delivery within hospital campuses and across nations. The most progressive educational institutions also use HaiVision technology for distance education - continuous presence network video systems linking specialized teachers with students throughout k-12 and higher education systems. Please have a look at the product information, case studies, videos, and file samples available in the file download area of our web site.

For further information, please contact:

Ceicy Tsui                

HaiVision Systems Inc.    

Tel: (514) 334-5445, ext. 251            

Email: ctsui (at) haivision.com

Web: http://www.haivision.com

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