Since early 1997, the ViewGate enterprise video comumnications system, developed by the Multimedia Access Corporation, has been a tremendous success in the United States. The system connects hundreds of users to frequently-used video-based applications, such as telemedicine, videoconferencing, and distance learning and training. At the CeBIT'98 Fair, VEBA's Raab Karcher Electronic Group launched the ViewGate PAL-version, especially designed for European customers.
ViewGate has been embedded in a Windows NT, client-server architecture. Its centralised network administration facilitates the management and control of the entire video network, the clients, and the traffic. It provides the user with a wide range of shared system-wide resources, such as video codecs, ISDN lines, video-training content, and video servers. In addition, the user is being offered an easy access to efficient and advanced directory services as well as consistent and user-friendly interfaces for his video applications.
It is possible to interconnect the ViewGate system through campus and wide-area-network Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) systems in order to generate integrated, enterprise-wide video communications networks. The manufacturer has developed the system to equally run on Windows 3.11 and Windows '95. ViewGate comprises easy-to-use features like, for instance, system-wide addressing, directory speed-dialing, video-call hold and transfer, and multipoint conferencing. From now on, it is available via systems resellers as well as major businesses and institutions throughout Europe.