Stories by Jason Meserve

Tandberg, Polycom pitch security, update wares

FRAMINGHAM (01/27/2004) - The war between videoconferencing equipment providers Tandberg ASA and Polycom Inc. heated up on Monday with the two competitors issuing dueling announcements regarding support for the Advanced Encryption Standard and H.264 video compression algorithm as well as a number of other product enhancements and additions.

VBrick launches EtherneTV

FRAMINGHAM (11/14/2003) - VBrick Systems Inc. this week released a suite of products designed to deliver both live and on-demand MPEG video to desktops and set-top devices in a corporate network.

Sonexis enhances premised-based conferencing server

FRAMINGHAM (11/03/2003) - Sonexis Inc. this week unveiled ConferenceManager 4.0, a premised-based audio and Web conferencing system with double the capacity of its predecessors as well as new capabilities such as application sharing, conference record and playback, and improved security with support for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

WebEx adds one-click meetings

FRAMINGHAM (10/24/2003) - WebEx Communications Inc. this week rolled out a number of enhancements to its Web conferencing service, including the ability to launch a meeting from any Windows application.

Keynote pack manages streaming media

FRAMINGHAM (10/16/2003) - Keynote Systems Inc. last week rolled out a streaming media performance management service that lets customers check the performance of any streaming offering, whether it's live or on-demand, from 14 points around the globe - nine in the U.S. and five abroad.

Polycom unit boasts better video compression

FRAMINGHAM (10/03/2003) - Polycom Inc. next week will introduce its first videoconferencing appliance that supports a new video compression standard, which is said to cut in half the bandwidth required to provide the same quality video as the previous standard.

Arel enters conferencing fray

FRAMINGHAM (09/23/2003) - There's a new player in the spectrum of IP-based conferencing. Arel Communications and Software this week launched its Integrated Conferencing Platform (ICP), a software-based server that combines voice, video and data conferencing into a Web interface.

VCON enhances products

FRAMINGHAM (09/15/2003) - VCON Inc., a small player in a videoconferencing equipment market dominated by Polycom Inc. and Tandberg, is looking to boost its stature with this week's release of a new conference scheduling and management module and a handful of product enhancements that boost the call handling capability of its network products.

H.350 standard centralises video, SIP directories

A new standard adopted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is designed to centralise and integrate voice over IP and video endpoint directories, making it easier for users to find and connect to each other.

Spectel targets mobile users

Spectel this week launched a voice and data conferencing product targeted at mobile users that need to moderate a group conference.

RealNetworks announces Version 8

Most companies would be content to trot out clips of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." But to show off the improved video quality of its RealSystem 8, RealNetworks would settle for nothing less than the director himself.