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Fraunhofer Demonstrates Technologies for Telepresence@home and HD Video Conferencing Systems

August 31, 2010

Fraunhofer IIS, a dealer in compressed audio technology, has stated that they are presenting technologies for telepresence@home and HD video conferencing systems for the first time at IFA 2010 in Berlin.

Fraunhofer’s telepresence@home HD video conferencing technology was developed in partnership with the EU project “Together Anywhere Together Anytime (TA2).” The objective of the project is to enable new media experiences to nurture relationships between families and friends.

The telepresence@home and HD video conferencing systems features Fraunhofer’s audio communication engine to provide the highest quality audio and the company’s low-delay video technology that minimizes the delay to a level that allows for natural communication experiences. Both the audio and video technologies incorporated into the new solution enable the highest quality output along with imperceptible latency.

Nikolaus Faerber, low-delay video project manager at Fraunhofer IIS has commented that current low-delay video technologies require either a much higher bit-rate or rely on very expensive dedicated hardware. However, Fraunhofer’s solution is based on PC hardware, which is widely available at a very competitive price. The result is an HD video conferencing system for the home that delivers the best possible communication experience at a low cost.

Ian Kegel, Research Group Leader at BT Innovate & Design and Technical Delivery Manager in the TA2 project added that the combination of Fraunhofer’s low-delay video technology and Audio Communication Engine will enable truly outstanding video conferencing experiences in the home. Because the communication is so natural, users feel as if they are in the same room whether they are playing a game, interactively sharing videos or just having a conversation. This same-room feeling means that distance between people no longer impacts the quality of their communication and relationships.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny