Avaya's Radvision Unit, LifeSize Unveil Video Conferencing Solutions
Radvision is unveiling a hybrid hardware-software Scopia Elite 6000 MCU, while LifeSize aims to make video easier with its Icon Series system.Radvision and LifeSize Communications are rolling out solutions designed to simplify the use of video conferencing, reduce its cost and significantly improve the user experience. Radvision, which networking and unified communications (UC) vendor Avaya bought last year, is introducing a hybrid multipoint control unit (MCU) that officials said will bring high-quality video collaboration capabilities to businesses of any size, while driving down the costs and power consumption of more traditional MCUs from rivals like Cisco and Polycom. At the same time, Radvision officials also are unveiling a package of network readiness and monitoring tools to enable businesses to ensure that their infrastructures are ready for video and that they can manage it. Both the Scopia Elite 6000 Series MCU and the eVident package of tools were announced Jan. 29 at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2013 event in Amsterdam. Also on Jan. 29, LifeSize officials announced their new Icon Series video system, which is designed to make it easier and simpler for businesses and users to deploy and use video collaboration technology, reducing what Michael Helmbrecht, LifeSize's vice president and general manager of video solutions, said were a number of inhibitors to video conferencing adoption.
While businesses are seeing improved employee productivity and reduced travel costs, thanks to video conferencing, they're finding that they're limited in the number of people they can support because of cost, complexity and infrastructure demands, Helmbrecht told eWEEK.