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November 18, 2010

HP introduces videoconferencing offerings for desktops, conference rooms

High-definition video experiences anytime, anywhere

By CBR Staff Writer

HP has introduced a suite of visual collaboration products for desktops and conference rooms that allow people to enjoy high-definition (HD) video experiences anytime, anywhere.

The new Visual Collaboration offerings expand upon HP Halo high-end studios that enables customers to run videoconferencing on their own networks or over a managed network.

HP said the new offering also provides reliable, HD-quality video while reducing network requirements and bandwidth needs over enterprise or best effort networks.

The company said this is enabled by its agreement, announced in June, to use software-based scalable video coding technology from Vidyo.

Scalable video coding is an adaptive technology that optimises the user’s video experience, reduces latency and also eliminates the need for a multipoint control unit.

The new desktop and conference room offerings is ideal for dispersed teams, the Visual Collaboration Desktop software client can be deployed by all users on their own PCs and notebooks.

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The Visual Collaboration Executive Desktop is a bundled, touchscreen offering that features an HP TouchSmart 600 Quad loaded with Visual Collaboration software and includes camera and headset accessories.

The company said that the new offering is designed for team collaboration, the HP Visual Collaboration Room 100 and Room 220 integrate high-quality video into multipurpose conference rooms, offering low total cost of ownership.

In addition, by operating on software-based x86 server infrastructures, Visual Collaboration offerings can reduce infrastructure costs while allowing video to run efficiently.

Further, this infrastructure can be on-premise, hosted or offered in the cloud by service providers.

HP visual collaboration general manager and vice president Rob Scott said customers need to collaborate inside and outside their companies whether they are travelling, working at home or at the office and their full range of high-quality, HD videoconferencing offerings, especially at the desktop, make that possible.

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