Lucent Technologies markets videoconferencing system developed by AG Communication Systems

Washington D.C. 23 January 1998 AG Communication Systems, based in Phoenix, manufactures advanced telecommunication products and provides access, wireless and intelligent network services. In order to commercialise the ATIUM VIA 188® video codec and network management and scheduling software, the company has signed an agreement with Lucent Technologies, a public and private network builder and supplier of communications systems and software as well as microelectronics components, headquartered at Murray Hill. Together, both companies will be able to deliver, among other services, the computing capacity for the supply of telemedicine applications.

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AG Communication Systems, based in Phoenix, manufactures advanced telecommunication products and provides access, wireless and intelligent network services. In order to commercialise the ATIUM VIA 188® video codec and network management and scheduling software, the company has signed an agreement with Lucent Technologies, a public and private network builder and supplier of communications systems and software as well as microelectronics components, headquartered at Murray Hill. Together, both companies will be able to deliver, among other services, the computing capacity for the supply of telemedicine applications.

The VIA 188 system will be integrated either within Lucent's GlobeView®-2000 core Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) switch or within its Multiservice switch as to simultaneously provide the reliable, scaleable, high-quality video and data needed for telemedicine, distance learning, remote arraignment and several other projects.

Wayne Williams, general manager of ATIUM products at AG Communications Systems, is pleased with the deal because it will enable the commercial deployment of broadband videoconferencing to the benefit of a large number of end-users.

At the ComNet exhibition which took place last January in Washington D.C., both companies have demonstrated the rich potential of the VIA 188, such as for instance the transmission of complex video in compressed, MPEG-2 format over ATM and the provision of excellent end-to-end video solutions for a broad range of customers.


Leslie Versweyveld

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