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Lifesize Partners with LG Electronics on HD Video
June 10, 2010 | Chris Payatagool
LG Electronics is partnering with LifeSize Communications, a unit of Logitech, to offer a unified high-definition video and voice communications solution.
LG's new executive conferencing system, powered by LifeSize, provides point-to-point HD video calls at 720p30 HD resolution with integrated 720p camera, microphone array and speakers. Interoperability with video communications systems and IP/PBX installations allow the system to be connected to mainstream unified communications technologies from vendors such as Alcatel-Lucent, Asterisk, Avaya, Broadsoft, Cisco, Microsoft and Shoretel.
The integrated HD video/wideband audio solution is housed in a 24-inch display with 1920 x 1080 HD resolution. LG and LifeSize say setting up the system takes minutes and requires only the connection of two cables. It also features a graphical user interface designed to allow users to switch between HD video conferencing and PC monitor functionality.
LG and LifeSize are taking an important step toward placing HD video into the mainstream of communication technology. While videoconferencing is not a new concept and is becoming more popular, it is still the exception, rather than the norm, for enterprise communications.
Based on its promised interoperability and small form factor, this new executive conferencing system holds the potential to make video a much more mainstream means of enterprise communication. Especially as remote enterprises increasingly rely on access points that are located in home offices and other non-corporate settings, this type of unobtrusive solution will be critical to boosting the use of video communication. In many instances, video is not a necessary component of enterprise communication, but it's nice to know video will be easily accessible if it's needed.
The system will be priced at $2,999 with global availability expected in Q3 2010.
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