The 10 Best New Videoconferencing Systems of the Year 2006 win VC Insight Awards

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Awards by online Specialist Newsletter Videoconferencing Insight (http://www.vcinsight.com) go to four High Definition Telepresence Solutions and six High Definition Videoconferencing Systems; but no Standard Definition (SD) Endpoints won an award.

The experience of the user of videoconferencing systems has become better and better over the last five years. "In 2006 there was a giant step forward with major vendors offering new High Definition Telepresence and Videoconferencing Solutions," comments online Specialist Newsletter Videoconferencing Insight at http://www.vcinsight.com when announcing The Editor's Choice of "The 10 Best New Videoconferencing Systems of the Year 2006" in the 15 January 2007 issue.

"There were two enormous changes in the New Videoconferencing Systems produced in 2006. We provide a snapshot of a fast-changing industry. The first is the arrival of new High Definition VC systems from Aethra, LifeSize, Polycom, Sony and TANDBERG; the second is the release of HD Telepresence solutions from Cisco, HP, Polycom and Teliris. Both these developments made videoconferencing more lifelike and took the industry to a new high level in 2006," said Richard Line, Editor of online Specialist Newsletter Videoconferencing Insight at http://www.vcinsight.com.

In 2005, the widespread use of LCD and plasma screens made for a more elegant design, a slimmer look and a smaller footprint of all 10 videoconferencing systems selected as the Best New Videoconferencing Endpoints of 2005.

In 2006, the 10 Best New Videoconferencing Systems all offered High Definition (HD) video and audio. In 2006, there were new HD Videoconferencing Systems from Aethra, LifeSize, Polycom, Sony and TANDBERG; and four new HD Telepresence suites from Cisco, HP, Polycom and Teliris.

Telepresence suites are designed for an entire room dedicated to videoconferencing and video meetings and include suitably designed furniture as well as three or four large screens to provide realistic lifesize images of persons at the far end.

The Editor believes that most users will prefer a High Definition (HD) videoconferencing system when they see one in operation. One way to understand why HD is superior is to visit http://www.lifesize.com and view the high resolution that HD videoconferencing provides.

The philosophy of the Newsletter Videoconferencing Insight has long been that no single videoconferencing system is the best for each and every situation. Therefore 10 systems are included in the Editor's choice of "The 10 Best New Videoconferencing Systems of 2006" provided in the 15 January 2006 issue (http://www.vcinsight.com/Home). The systems are listed in alphabetical order below:

1. Cisco TelePresence System with 1080p HD video and HD audio. The best room and furniture design. Proprietary non-standard technology. As yet, no multipoint links. Cisco has plenty of orders and will install over 100 systems for its own use.

2. HP Halo Collaboration Studio TelePresence System with high quality video and audio. Proprietary technology. Halo will link to standards-based systems in Q2 2007 thanks to collaboration with TANDBERG. HP has installed 90 systems worldwide so far, including many for its own use.

3. Polycom HD Telepresence Solution - Polycom RPX™( HD with 720p HD video on large cinematic walls and its own Siren™ HD audio. Eye-level HD cameras. Standards-based technology. Multipoint with Polycom MGC HD MCU.

4. Teliris VirtuaLive™ HD unified and customized Telepresence Suites with 1080p video at 60fps and HD audio. Flexible designs for rooms. Multipoint available. Supports SD video conferences.

5. The Aethra Vega X7 high definition (HD) visual communication systems is optimised for 768 Kbps; it provides 720p HD video, stereo HD audio, a nine-site MCU and a third-party HD camera.

6. LifeSize Room HD videoconferencing system with 720p HD video and LifeSize own proprietary HD audio system. Multipoint for four sites. Meeting scheduling from Microsoft Outlook™.

7. The Polycom HDX 9004 high definition (HD) visual communication system provides a HD video format of 720p resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), Polycom HD audio, Polycom HD camera and more.

8. The Sony PCS-HG90 high definition (HD) visual communication system provides a HD 720p video format at 60 fps and a video transfer rate up to 8 Mbps over an IP network. Multipoint for 4 sites.

9. The TANDBERG 95 MXP, 85 MXP and 75 MXP high definition (HD) visual communication systems provide HD video at 720p resolution, stereo HD audio, and a TANDBERG HD camera.

10. The TANDBERG Centric 1700 MXP high definition (HD) visual communication system gives busy executives at the desktop HD video at 720p, stereo HD audio, and a TANDBERG HD camera.

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 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 400 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 better understand the benefits of using videoconferencing for themselves

Contact:

Richard Line, Editor,

Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter,

Web site: http://www.vcinsight.com
Telephone: 44 (0)1273 381 300

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