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RADVISION Enhances its SCOPIA Conferencing Platform

January 19, 2009

RADVISION, a provider of video network infrastructure and developer tools for unified visual communications over IP, 3G and IMS networks, has enhanced its SCOPIA conferencing platform by offering high definition(HD) desktop video conferencing to IBM Lotus Sametime instant messaging and Web conferencing. This augments the support offered to IBM’s unified communications (UC) and collaboration platform.

RADVISION’s SCOPIA conferencing platform with SCOPIA Desktop creates a complete HD video conferencing solution. Users will be able to add multipoint HD video to Lotus Sametime instant messaging or Web conferencing sessions on PCs with RADVISION’s Sametime plug-in. These sessions can also be extended to HD video conferencing room systems, videophones and 3G mobile devices.
SCOPIA Desktop requires only a standard PC, Web cam and Internet connection to enable high performance video conferencing, delivering high definition H.264 image quality, and low latency, besides increasing processor efficiency and network bandwidth. The audio system includes features like echo cancellation, suppressed background noise and is resilient to errors in the network. This makes it an effective communications tool.
The SCOPIA solution simplifies deployment in an IBM environment. IBM Lotus Notes integrates with the Notes calendaring function for conference scheduling and the Domino directory makes access and authentication easy. IBM Sametime’s capabilities have been enhanced by SCOPIA and RADVISION’s UC portfolio now includes video integration capabilities to Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, IBM and Microsoft unified communications solutions.
“RADVISION’s SCOPIA Desktop with high definition video capabilities delivers the essential features required for widespread adoption of desktop video conferencing,” said Zeev Bikowsky, general manager of Networking Business Unit for RADVISION.
“Many users investing in today’s leading unified communications solutions like IBM Lotus Sametime have already deployed room video conferencing and want a solution that fully supports and interoperates with those systems including providing a similar high definition experience to the desktop.”
RADVISION proposes to demonstrate the new SCOPIA HD conferencing platform for Lotus Sametime at Lotusphere 2009 Product Showcase taking place in Orlando starting today.
RADVISION provides standards-based video networking infrastructure and developer toolkits for voice, video, data and wireless communications. RADVISION’s combines the power of video, voice, data and wireless making it suitable for high definition video conferencing systems, innovative converged mobile services, and highly scalable video-enabled desktop platforms on IP, 3G and emerging IMS networks.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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