SAN FRANCISCO - September 30, 2003 – Videoconferencing is taking on a new level of ease and accessibility with products such as VBXcast, the world’s first intelligent MPEG-4 network video appliance, and other products from VBrick Systems. By adding one-way or two-way MPEG-based network video appliances from VBrick Systems (www.vbrick.com), organizations are enhancing traditional videoconferencing by providing ways for all stakeholders, regardless of their location, to access important meetings.
Most traditional videoconferencing solutions are built for videoconferences between two or three locations. By adding VBrick’s line of MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 encoders and decoders, customers in enterprise, education and military/defense fields are distributing videoconference sessions live over corporate Intranets and the Internet to PCs and TVs alike. With VBrick’s solutions, videoconferences are no longer confined to stations with fixed equipment and restricted to the time constraints of available participants.
“With corporate travel still being restricted, video has become an important tool for organizations large and small to communicate with key stakeholders such as customers, shareholders, partners and employees,” said Richard Mavrogeanes, President and CTO of VBrick Systems. “Adding VBricks to a traditional videoconferencing solution can give an educational institutions, government agencies, and businesses an unprecedented amount of methods of using the videoconference as a tool to reach those who matter most with live or recorded video.”
For example, by utilizing a VBrick network video appliance, organizations can turn standard videoconferencing feeds into an MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 video stream. That stream can be broadcast over a corporate intranet where it can reach employees right at their desktops through VBrick’s StreamPlayer viewer. So for instance, a busy executive can keep track of an important videoconference while staying productive at his desktop. For even greater reach, an organization can use a VBXcast, VBrick’s MPEG-4 video appliance, to stream a session over the public Internet where users anywhere can view sessions on their desktops.
“The videoconferencing system extension we implemented with VBrick appliances has ensured us high quality videoconferencing streams along with portability and ease of use,” said Mike Lucas, coordinator of distance learning, for the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. “With VBrick appliances, we are able to extend our existing videoconferencing system to any classroom or office on campus by simply delivering a VBrick to that location and plugging it into our broadband network,”