VTEL to upgrade SmartLink 6.1 for industry's first multimedia conference server

Austin 07 July 1999 VTEL Corporation has issued the newest release of its SmartLink Multimedia Conference Servers (MCS), based on 155 Mbps Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) support and enhanced features which make multipoint videoconferencing as natural as face-to-face meetings. Relying on the best-selling multimedia conference server architecture in industry, the company's SmartLink MCS enables videoconferences over any circuit-switched network including ATM, ISDN, and Frame Relay and also supports the widest mix of connection speeds.

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VTEL Corporation has issued the newest release of its SmartLink Multimedia Conference Servers (MCS), based on 155 Mbps Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) support and enhanced features which make multipoint videoconferencing as natural as face-to-face meetings. Relying on the best-selling multimedia conference server architecture in industry, the company's SmartLink MCS enables videoconferences over any circuit-switched network including ATM, ISDN, and Frame Relay and also supports the widest mix of connection speeds.

For the VTEL customers who want to use their videoconferencing networks to webcast videoconferences over IP networks, SmartLink equally bridges video to a VTEL TurboCast Studio station. Recently, VTEL was the first company to successfully conduct a simultaneous Internet webcast and multipoint videoconference with use of VTEL Enterprise Series Architecture videoconferencing systems, SmartLink and TurboCast, the company's live and on-demand video broadcast solution for both enterprise IP networks and the World Wide Web.

One new feature on SmartLink 6.1 is full-screen Collaborates, which enables videoconferencing endpoints operating at different line speeds to select a full-screen view of a single site during a multipoint conference. For the Texas Health System in Dallas-Fort Worth, which is installing VTEL's SmartLink and TC1000 and LC5000 group videoconferencing systems at the hospitals throughout north Texas, the full-screen Collaborates feature was key to a successful deployment.

Being able to see a site in full-screen view is a key performance issue for administrative and executive meetings, according to Kenelm Winslow, who is manager of video services for the Texas Health System. Another advantage is SmartLink's ability to handle multi-rate calls. Since the Texas Health System designed its network with 384 Kbps systems at the remote sites and with 768 Kbps at the hubs, SmartLink constitutes the most reliable bridge available for this type of environment.

Next to the full-screen Collaborates, new features for SmartLink 6.1 also include items like H.323 Site Type, allowing a multipoint conference of H.320 endpoints to easily integrate H.323 endpoints; an increased ATM capacity, supporting up to four 155Mbps ATM interface cards, significantly reducing the cost and complexity of deployment; Enhanced Continuous Presence, enabling all sites to view four endpoints on a single screen at broadband rates up to 2Mbps; and Extended Lecture Mode, for remote sites to see the designated presenter site on full screen while the lecturer views up to four remote sites.

The new capabilities of SmartLink 6.1 deliver increased speed and video presentation choices without sacrificing performance. Based in Texas with offices and resellers in 61 countries, VTEL Corporation is a global leader in high technology visual communications products and services. From the Internet visual communications software and services to videoconferencing systems and video networking solutions, VTEL offers customers the most complete range of products and implementation support. The company serves users in the commercial, education, health care, and government markets by combining the power of traditional videoconferencing with the vast reach of the Internet.


Leslie Versweyveld

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