Sony Updates 1080i HD Videoconferencing System

Version 2.03 enables support for existing and emerging videoconferencing applications including immersive, room and personal HD 3D telepresence and broad-scale desktop video collaboration.
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Sony Electronics’ industry-first 1080i high-definition videoconferencing product, the PCS-XG80 system, is boasting enhanced capabilities with the release this month of version 2.03.

New features will include compatibility with the MPEG-4-AAC-LD and MPEG4-AAC- LC audio formats and HD video transmission capabilities at narrow bandwidths (768 KBps) and in unstable public IP network or ISDN environments.

“Users now have the flexibility of selecting HD or mixed-format audio environments, with higher levels of capacity and scalability,” said Aleta Moeller, marketing manager for Sony Electronics’ IPELA videoconferencing group. “Users can communicate with a much greater number of endpoints with CD-quality audio, and can connect with both synchronous and asynchronous networks. As a result, businesses can conduct more realistic ‘face-to-face’ videoconferences.”

Version 2.03 enables support for existing and emerging videoconferencing applications including immersive, room and personal HD 3D telepresence, and broad-scale desktop video collaboration, as well as traditional videoconferencing.

This new system version offers built-in Quality of Service (Intelligent QoS) to maintain a connection even in low bandwidth conditions.

Users can also seamlessly share PC data in HD at 30 fps. Dual-stream functionality lets users send two separate parallel streams of live, HD information. Both live camera view and animated PowerPoint data, for example, can be displayed in HD on two different screens or projectors at a remote site.

It has six-site multipoint conferencing, meaning users can call up to five other remote sites to simultaneously meet, with multi-language support for 23 different languages.

The system is available in the United States through Spire Global, Sony Electronics’ sales and service arm for its IPELA line of IP-based videoconferencing endpoints and accessories in the United States. Spire Global can be reached at 888-807-7473 or by visiting www.spireglobal.com.

The PCS-XG80 system, V 2.03, will be available at a suggested list price of $8,999.

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