Aethra, RADVISION and Polycom CEO win VC Insight Awards for 2006 Achievements

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Awards for Videoconferencing Company of the Year 2006, Unified Communications Company of the Year 2006, and Industry Leader of the Year 2006 are announced by online Specialist Newsletter Videoconferencing Insight at http://www.vcinsight.com.

The online Specialist Newsletter Videoconferencing Insight has announced its Editor's Choice Awards for Achievements in the Year 2006 at http://www.vcinsight.com. All three winners of the Awards have advanced the industry's progress enormously by developing endpoints and network infrastructure for High Definition Videoconferencing.

The top three awards were published in the 8 January 2007 issue to be found at http://www.vcinsight.com/Home. They are:

Aethra SpA, of Ancona, Italy: Videoconferencing Company of the Year 2006.

"Aethra has made considerable technical innovation and progress in 2006 and as a result Aethra is now a clear Number 3 in the videoconferencing industry," said Richard Line, Editor of Videoconferencing Insight. "Aethra is offering the best technology available, stylish Italian design and some features that are better than competitive offerings. As Aethra competes fiercely with attractive pricing, this is a compelling proposition worldwide. Aethra has consistently invested between 10% and 15% of its revenue in R and D each year. The fruit of this is a complete range of new videoconferencing systems, including the Vega X7 for High Definition Videoconferencing," he added.

RADVISION Inc.: Unified Communications Company of the Year 2006.

"The release of the SCOPIA™ v.5 family of infrastructure products in 2006 enhanced RADVISION's capability to provide unified visual communications in the world of H.323, SIP and 3G mobile markets," commented the Editor of Videoconferencing Insight. "The larger capacity of the SCOPIA™ MCUs enabled High Definition Videoconferencing as well as SD Videoconferencing, converged video telephony services, and scalable desktop-based visual communications ... anywhere, at any time, and over any network. In 2006 RADVISION demonstrated a strong capability to manage innovation and produce industry-leading technology across a very broad range of technologies."

Robert Hagerty, Chairman and CEO of Polycom, Inc.: Industry Leader of the Year 2006.

"Robert Hagerty was appointed CEO of Polycom, Inc. in July 1998; over the last ten years he has led Polycom from being a manufacturer of conferencing phones to a leading provider of both videoconferencing and unified collaborative communications solutions. Revenues for Polycom were $46 million in 1997; they reached $200 million in 1999 and an estimated at $630 million in 2006," commented the Editor of Videoconferencing Insight. "As an outstanding leader, Bob Hagerty has anticipated the strong management team that the much larger Polycom Company would require. Bob Hagerty's vision of the future has enabled Polycom to create leading endpoints for High Definition Videoconferencing and a complete range of IP-based network infrastructure products that comply with all the next generation international standards: H.323, SIP and now IMS."

"The videoconferencing industry made giant steps forward in 2006 by introducing High Definition Videoconferencing and HD Telepresence Systems. The three corporate winners of our Awards for Achievements in the Year 2006 were chosen because of their company's innovative technology has made video meetings easy to set up and a more enriched and natural visual and audio experience," said Richard Line, Editor of Videoconferencing Insight, the independent newsletter on video and unified communications read in more than 60 countries around the world.

About Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter

Videoconferencing Insight is a well established newsletter for the user of videoconferencing and unified conferencing systems which has reported on the industry from a user perspective since May 1996. To increase access to the Newsletter, Videoconferencing Insight became a webzine in August 2002. It is published online on Wednesday of each week at http://www.vcinsight.com and is read in more than 60 countries around the world.

In addition to the user application case studies, interviews and industry news published weekly, the web site contains a reference data bank of hundreds of user applications in 25 vertical user categories such as manufacturing industry, financial services, hospitals, telemedicine and education. Potential users of videoconferencing are invited to examine these case studies in order to better understand the benefits of using videoconferencing for themselves.

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