Cisco hails videoconferencing at ComNet

Cisco Systems Inc. at the ComNet Conference and Expo on Tuesday unveiled a videoconferencing system that is capable of supporting as many as 400 participants at once in real-time interaction.

Built on Cisco's Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data (AVVID), the Cisco IP/VC 3540 Videoconferencing Series was developed in response to growing interest in transmitting video over packet-based (IP) systems, said Jack Bradley, director of marketing for the videoconferencing team at San Jose, Calif-based Cisco.

"Our customers see video as an important part of [employee] contribution, particularly if it can be done over IP," Bradley said. "With the AVVID architecture, we can build things down into the network to provide [functions] that are needed."

Bradley said the Cisco IP/VC 3540 Series features a four-slot chassis that can be configured with a number of Multipoint Control Unit (MCU), Gateway, and Application Server and T.120 Data Conferencing Server modules. A single MCU module supports as many as 100 users and four modules can be combined in a single chassis.

Based on RADVision technology, the new series is entirely Web-based. Cisco has also enabled third-party scheduling in Cisco IP/VC 3540 via an API.

The series' Gateway Module allows users to interconnect IP-based H.323 networks of LAN-attached endpoints with H.320 video networks based on ISDN technology, Bradley said.

Cisco IP/VC 3540 starts in price at $45,900 for 30 users, advancing to $100,900 for 100 users. The MCU module and Application Server/Data Conference Server will be available for shipment in March. The Gateway modules will ship a few months later, Bradley said.

This story, "Cisco hails videoconferencing at ComNet" was originally published by InfoWorld.

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