Olympus Germany to select Optivision broadband video solution for VSI hospital project on medical imaging

Palo Alto 26 June 2000Olympus Germany has selected Optivision Inc.'s streaming MPEG video products for use in a next generation, network-centric medical imaging application. Olympus' Germany Video Systems Integration (VSI) initiative will provide widespread user access to live and archived medical images within a local hospital and to remote medical service providers. The VSI project will also provide telemedicine, teleconferencing and training capabilities using industry standard computer Intranet, LAN, and WAN-based technologies.


Combined with Olympus medical imaging and video processing products, the Optivision MPEG video over Internet Protocol products provide medical personnel with a flexible and managed network to improve patient care via faster diagnosis, treatment and access to remote medical experts, as well as reduced time and costs for personnel training.

"Optivision's market and product leadership in the high quality streaming video marketplace made them an obvious choice for our new medical imaging initiatives", stated Rudiger Tamm, Olympus product manager for flexible endoscopes in Germany. "Optivision products have the video quality, mission-critical reliability and ease-of-use we require for our VSI project. To date, much of what we have accomplished was made possible by the intense level of service and support we received from this company. The Optivision team made us feel as though our project was also their strategic mission."

The VSI system is comprised of an analogue video switching network that is integrated with a hospital's Internet Protocol-based computer network. A variety of Olympus endoscopic and medical imaging devices are located in diagnostic and treatment rooms throughout the hospital, and each generates high quality analogue video images. The video images from any device are available to any of the other rooms using the analogue switching system. Optivision products are used to capture and receive live video images for distribution within the hospital's local area computer network.

The high quality MPEG compressed videos are now available to any user connected to the hospital's network and available for transmission over a WAN to remote sites. Storage is provided by a video server attached to the computer network and provides live storage of the Optivision video streams, as well as video on demand service for hospital users. System administration and management, including the control of the streaming video over Internet Protocol images, is provided via a Web server based software application.

Obtaining the highest quality video and low latency transmission was a key requirement for the VSI project. The Optivision product line provides a set of inter-operable network attached streaming video components which support industry standards. This insures that a broad range of high quality MPEG streaming video applications can be implemented easily in a variety of network environments. High quality video is supported by MPEG compression with variable bit rates from 56Kb/s to 15Mb/s for customer choice of video quality.

Both LAN and WAN environments are supported with industry standards such as IP/Ethernet, ATM, Gigabit Ethernet, and T1 network interfaces. These are all available in Optivision products. Live medical images are captured, compressed, and streamed over the computer network using Optivision's NAC3000 network attached encoder. Users can view the MPEG video over IP on a TV monitor connected to an Optivision NAC 4001 network attached decoder or view live video with Optivision's desktop LivePlayer streaming video player.

"Olympus is representative of visionary organisations that require high quality streaming video for mission-critical applications", said Michael Liccardo, who is chairman, president, and CEO of Optivision. "The convergence of data and video on high speed enterprise networks is enabling multimedia applications in the medical market such as expert collaboration, conferencing, content distribution, and also medical procedure training and reviews. We look forward to being a part of this emerging streaming video solutions in medical imaging and to our continuing and growing partnership with Olympus."

Headquartered in Tokyo, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. is a global leader in optical and electronic technology. The company produces a wide range of products for consumer, scientific, health care, and industrial markets, such as 35mm, Advanced Photo System, and digital cameras; microcassette and digital voice recorders; computer peripherals; clinical analysers; medical and industrial endoscopes; biological and metallurgical microscopes as well as measuring instruments; and other high technology products. OLYMPUS Optical Co. (Europa) GmbH is a subsidiary of Olympus. Olympus Video System Integration (VSI) is a initiative of the German sales & marketing organisation for flexible medical endoscopes.

Optivision Inc., the dominant leader in the networked streaming video market, develops, manufactures and delivers MPEG network video products for high-quality video creation, management and distribution worldwide both directly and through leading industry partners. The company's products are used in diverse applications, such as distance learning, corporate training, video courier services, telemedicine, surveillance, and visual collaboration. The company is privately held and is headquartered in California.

Leslie Versweyveld

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