VideoCentric Introduce New Emblaze-VCON xPoint Video Conferencing System for High Quality at Low Bandwidths

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VideoCentric has announced that it will be selling and supporting Emblaze-VCON's new xPoint videoconferencing system aimed at bringing affordable, high resolution video and data to customers at lower bandwidths.

VideoCentric has announced that it will be selling and supporting Emblaze-VCON's new X-Point videoconferencing system aimed at bringing affordable, high resolution video and data to customers at lower bandwidths.

The new system has a unique data sharing feature built into the basic model, meaning that a standard USB stick containing a Microsoft(R) Powerpoint, Excel, Word, AVI or other presentation can be plugged in and the system will automatically present its contents to the meeting controller for display within the conference. Usual add-ons such as laptop data sharing and ISDN are also to be available as options and an in-built 6-way MultiPoint will be added as an option during 2008.

Supporting bandwidths of up to 4Mbps at its high end, VCON have also focused on performance at the low end of the bandwidth spectrum where most customers using public networks need to operate. Whereas many 720P HD systems on the market will fall-back to a lower video resolution, eg CIF, VCON have utilised 4xCIF to ensure an HD-like quality even at 384kbps.

Screen configurations are more flexible than other systems on the market at this price too. Dual screen operation with various configurations of TV, XGA or DVI monitors or projectors means that xPoint is suitable for large meeting rooms as well as being attractive on price for smaller ones. Its sound performance is also boosted by 20Hz ultra wideband audio quality regarded by many as the most important feature of any videoconference.

The optional ISDN module is also unique in that it can be connected directly to a port on the rear of the X-Point or it can be networked using an RJ45 cable to a LAN, making it a shared resource, accessible to numerous IP endpoints on the customer's network. In this mode, it operates in a similar way to a QBRI ISDN Gateway, albeit only one nominated endpoint can use it at any one time, but that makes it ideal for locations where an X-Point and a handful of vPoint desktop clients have been installed where ISDN access is only required periodically.

X-Point is already being supplied and installed in meeting rooms and classrooms across England, Scotland and Wales and customers are encouraged to request an on-site demonstration of the technology by contacting either its Edinburgh or Thames Valley office. David Shimell, Sales Director for VideoCentric said "Our staff have worked with VCON's videoconferencing products for over 12 years now and so it is great to see this new hi-res system launched in such a small chassis, and with so much connectivity". He added "Its easy-to-use interface and price point are bound to attract new customers and many of those who have seen it so far and compared it to other systems on the market have already gone on to purchase".

As a special introductory offer in 1Q08, any customer purchasing an X-Point with a single 32" or 40" LCD screen from VideoCentric will receive a matching LCD screen for free allowing dual-screen mode to be utilised from the outset.

A detailed 20-page evaluation report from Wainhouse Research is also very positive about Emblaze-VCON's new offering, outlining specific strengths as "exceptional ease of use, strong video performance especially at relatively low call speeds and solid interoperability with other systems in the test lab".

The report can be downloaded free from http://www.wrplatinum.com/Downloads/8216.aspx

About VideoCentric
VideoCentric is a supplier of world-class videoconferencing and streaming products from Emblaze-VCON, Tandberg, Lifesize, Sony, Polycom, Aethra, Codian, RADVision and Exterity complimented by a wide range of plasmas, LCDs, and projectors and SMART Interactive Whiteboards. Its experienced installation and training team is fully accredited and spans the whole of England, Scotland and Wales with offices in Wokingham, Berkshire and central Edinburgh and an operations depot in Lancashire. For more details about VideoCentric go to http://www.videocentric.co.uk

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