Cisco offers IP video system

Cisco and videoconferencing system partner Tandberg will be targeting New Zealand's 30-odd voice over IP sites for a new IP video-conferencing system.

Cisco and videoconferencing system partner Tandberg will be targeting New Zealand’s 30-odd voice over IP sites for a new IP video-conferencing system.

The system, demonstrated in Auckland at the start of the month, works with the latest version of Cisco’s VoIP software, CallManager 4. It tackles the market at two levels: a USB Logitech web camera and software turns desktops on a LAN into videoconference terminals for about $US200; and portable Tandberg terminals with built-in camera, suitable for sitting on the chief executive’s desk, cost about $US6000.

The Video Telephony Advantage PC client software allows real-time, person-to-person video sessions to be added transparently to IP telephone calls.

Cisco New Zealand systems engineer Arron Scott says the system brings videoconferencing down in price without requiring a special room.

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