Tandberg is unveiling the EX90, a telepresence offering that brings the immersive video collaboration technology to the desk. At the same time, Avaya is teaming up with LifeSize to add more video conferencing capabilities to its Aura platform.
Tandberg and Avaya are making moves in the video collaboration space.
Tandberg on March 18 launched EX90, which extends the company's
telepresence capabilities to the desk.
The EX90 brings the functions available in Tandberg's
Telepresence offerings-including video and audio quality, and InTouch touch-screen
interface-to a personal video collaboration experience. The technology will
give business executives an easier way to communicate with employees, customers
and partners through a telepresence environment, according to Tandberg
"Business driven by emails and phone calls is a thing of the
past," Tandberg CEO Fredrik Halvorsen said
in a statement. "[Executives] must be able to connect face-to-face with anyone
at anytime, at a moment's notice. The EX90 enables executives to engage with
customers, experts and employees as if they were sitting across the desk."
Immersive telepresence technologies are designed to give users
the impression that they're in the same room with the people they're meeting
with, even if those people are somewhere else in the world. High-end systems
from the likes
of Cisco Systems
and Tandberg include large screens and rooms in different
locations set up to look similar.
However, vendors are looking to extend the telepresence
experience outside of specially designed rooms, and outside of the company
Cisco officials March 11 introduced its Intercompany
, which is designed to let people at different companies more
easily collaborate via video conference calls.
Cisco is in the process of buying
for $3.4 billion.
Tandberg's EX90 connects with any standards-based video or
telepresence systems through InTouch, in full 1080p30 resolution. InTouch is an
8-inch screen interface that lets users make high-definition video calls, share
content and use advanced features.
The system uses a 24-inch screen, and users can add up to three
other participants to the call. When not in use, the screen can be used as
a PC monitor, and users can add a second monitor if necessary.
For its part, Avaya on March 17 announced that it is including
LifeSize Communications' HD video conferencing systems to its Aura UC (unified
The goal is to combine the HD video experience from LifeSize
with the centralized UC management functions of the SIP (Session Initiation
Protocol)-based Aura. The combination will mean enabling such video
conferencing capabilities in multiple locations with multivendor environments.
"As working environments become increasingly distributed,
video communications provide an outstanding ability to draw teams together and
enable effective collaboration as part of a cohesive unified communication
experience," Alan Baratz, senior vice president and president of Avaya's
Global Communications Solutions unit, said in a statement.
LifeSize last fall was bought
for $405 million.