Duo Enhance Videoconferencing Offerings
Vendors promise more ease of use and better video quality.Polycom Ltd. and Tandberg ASA are rolling out upgrades to their respective videoconferencing offerings that the vendors say will improve ease of use and boost video quality. Polycom, best known for its videoconferencing technologies, next week will unveil an entry-level group videoconferencing system with a user interface that borrows ease-of-use features from the cell phone. The interface of Polycoms VSX 7000 includes a quick call list of up to 99 recent calls for simplified dialing, and it can be configured with business-specific icons and other customized options.
Polycom champions the VSX 7000 as delivering TV-like video and near-CD-quality audio. The Pleasanton, Calif., company incorporated the H.264 video compression standard, which it first introduced on its iPower products unveiled early this year. To achieve maximum audio quality, Polycom embedded a high-fidelity speaker directly into the VSX 7000 conferencing unit and included a stand-alone subwoofer.