Cisco Updates Videoconferencing Products
Cisco Systems hopes to hurry along what it sees as theinevitable process of making the Internet Protocol the
universal transport by unveiling an IP videoconferencing
solution, IP/VC, and the latest version of its video
broadcasting suite, IP/TV.
The IP/VC line, which will be available in December,
consists of a multipoint control unit, videoconferencing
gateways, a video terminal adapter, and Cisco's Multimedia
Conference Manager. Cisco's video offerings are part of its
Architecture for Voice, Video, and Integrated Data program,
unveiled last month, which lets companies choose best-of-
breed products and solutions from a range of vendors.
IP/TV 3.0, which will be available in November, is a
broadcast server built on the Windows Media Player platform.
The hardware-software bundle can deliver live television-
quality video across a wide area network in real time. IP/TV
offers video-on-demand capabilities, and corporate
applications include distance learning, online training, and
Kris Vollrath, multimedia and technology manager for SAP's
communications group, uses IP/TV to let executives conduct
meetings with employees sitting at their computers. "We plan
to deploy version 3.0 when we move from an analog satellite
system to digital," Vollrath says.
IP-based video is poised for growth, says analyst Christine
Perey of Perey Research Consulting. "Video is going to make
it to every desktop," she says. "Cisco's entry should
inspire confidence among competitors that have sat around
Pricing for IP/TV 3.0 starts at $25,000. IP/VC is priced
from $4,300 to $30,000, based on capacity and number of
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