LAS VEGAS, NV-While videoconferencing seems a growth market on paper, contractors are often heard to complain that manufacturers do not take the professional AV channel seriously when it comes to selling and promoting their products-preferring instead to target IT or telecom dealers.
In a sign that this might be about to change, Tandberg, the Norwegian-based provider of telepresence and HD videoconferencing solutions, has announced its first jointly developed product with projection and display specialist Barco.
The new custom solution combines Tandberg's C90 Telepresence Engine and HD cameras with Barco's XDS Control Center software suite-a multi-window display package that runs on a variety of Barco platforms, including LCD panels and single- or multi-channel projection systems.
Explaining the rationale for the new partnership, Fredrik Halvorsen, Tandberg CEO, said, "As decisions become more complex, they often involve input from a larger number of experts and data points. Together with Barco, we are simplifying tele-collaboration for industries that rely on co-operation between multiple facilities to share and review complicated data."
"We believe our desktop integration can render decision-making and collaboration between remote teams more user-friendly," added Michel Vandeplas, president of Barco's Presentation & Simulation Division.
"Tandberg's ultra high-definition 1080p video allows teams to see remote colleagues in natural, lifelike detail, and they still have direct and easy access to the data they need to discuss."
The combined tele-collaboration solution will be available from the third quarter.