Hi-Def Meeting: The Next Wave Of Videoconferencing

Austin, TX - A high-definition picture has come to be expected when watching key sporting events that most likely have little to no effect on the viewer's interactive experience. Now available at a price point for small- to mid-sized companies, a videoconference that could make or break a deal is also available in high-def from LifeSize.

In addressing a very relevant part of the market, the targets for the LifeSize high definition video communications company are enterprises, health care, universities and any company using small- or mid-sized conference rooms that need to communicate and do business with colleagues in remote locations.

The company recently demonstrated its LifeSize Room at the LegalTech Expo in New York City with its channel partner, SPL Integrated Solutions. "We work with numerous law firms around the country and they are always eager to implement new solutions that promise to improve their daily business interactions," said Jerry Gale, vice president of marketing, SPL. "Reducing client costs and increasing attorney productivity are key components that will certainly be realized through high definition video communications."

With an efficient high-definition codec the company has developed and a PTZ camera, in a small videoconferencing situation, a true high definition image is available. The system supports H.264 and H.263 video standards. "The true value of high definition video communications is realized when applications that were never able to take advantage of video technology can now alter how business is conducted," said Munira Fareed, vice president of marketing, LifeSize.

LifeSize has been in business since April 2003 and was started by two former executives from Polycom. Its LifeSize Room system was made available this past December.

LifeSize claims nearly 10 times the quality of what everyone has experienced with videoconferencing at about the same price. "We're delivering high definition-so it looks like HDTV, people look clear and vivid and life size," said Fareed. "You can see if they put gel in their hair. You can see if they're sweating. If you're negotiating with them, you can see who in the group who is the leader."

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