PictureTel Introduces Videoconferencing Server Software for Business-Quality Multi-Location Use

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PictureTel Corporation, a leader in videoconferencing solutions for business, has introduced PictureTel 330 NetConference multipoint server software, a nextgeneration product for multi-location conferencing. Multiple users are able to meet in virtual conference rooms and perform business-quality audio, video, and data sharing over their existing corporate Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure or other IP network.

PictureTel 330, which is based on the H.323 international standard for IP-based videoconferencing, enables up to 24 clients, consisting of individuals or teams, to meet in virtual conference rooms where they can perform videoconferencing as well as audio-only conferencing and data collaboration using T.120, the international standard for data conferencing. The software can be deployed over any IP-based network, including LANs, intranets, extranets, virtual private data networks, and the Internet. It also features the NetConference Web-center, a 100 percent pure Java-enabled Web page used to manage the conference rooms.

"Our ongoing market research showed us that there was a large business collaboration void that needed to be filled," said Peter Mahoney, director of product marketing for PictureTel. "Customers wanted a system that could be deployed easily over their existing networks to provide business-quality conferencing and collaboration to the organization as a whole. We've met that need with PictureTel 330."

PictureTel has a long history of leadership in H.323-based conferencing, including co-authoring the H.323 international standard. PictureTel 330 is a key component of PictureTel's full suite of H.323 conferencing products, which includes LiveLAN, a complete H.323 TCP/IP-based videoconferencing solution; LiveManager, an H.323-compliant gatekeeper conference management software application; and LiveGateway, an H.320 to H.323 videoconferencing gateway. Together these products comprise a comprehensive, practical, high-quality and affordable multimedia videoconferencing solution for the enterprise.

PictureTel 330 is H.323-based and offers business-quality features that include voice-activated video switching and audio mixing to create a realistic and natural conference ambiance by automatically displaying the current speaker and automatically mixing audio if two meeting participants speak at the same time. Other key features for business users include integrated T.120 data sharing; video source suppression; public and private passwordprotected rooms; conference room naming; directory services through the Microsoft Internet Locator Service; and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) management.

Interoperable clients include PictureTel's high-quality, hardware-accelerated LiveLAN, and the popular H. …