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International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium Hosts Market Interoperability Launch Event At TeleCon XVIII.

ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 1998--

IMTC MILE Pavilion to Showcase Multi-vendor, Multi-protocol

Interoperability

Through Real-Life Business Scenarios

The International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium (IMTC) today announced its second-ever Market Interoperability Launch Event (MILE) to be held October 26 through 28 at TeleCon XVIII.

The second public event of its kind, MILE is an extensive demonstration highlighting the interoperability of IMTC member companies' diverse multimedia communications products and services. Throughout the three-day event, visitors to the IMTC Pavilion will have the opportunity to see how various products (desktop and room-based systems, MCUs, gateways, gatekeepers, etc.) based on international standards work with each other to deliver seamless multimedia communications solutions.

"Research has indicated that users of multimedia conferencing services consistently point to the need for interoperable solutions - ensuring that they are not tied to proprietary technologies and protecting their capital investment in equipment and technology," said Matt Collier, president of the IMTC and vice president of business development at Polycom, Inc. "By hosting innovative demonstrations such as MILE, the IMTC and the participating member companies are demonstrating their commitment to, and fostering the development of, the multimedia conferencing industry."

At the demonstration, visitors will be able to witness first-hand, through scenarios that replicate real business applications, interoperability between and across: -0-
 -- H.323 for video (audiovisual) communications on Local
 Area and Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
 -- H.323 systems interconnected via H.320, and
 -- H.320 for videoconferencing over ISDN
 -- T.120 for real time data conferencing (audiographics)
 -- And, audio conferencing.

 Thirteen companies showcasing more than 20 products will be
participating in the IMTC MILE demonstration, including:

Accord Video Telecommunications Promptus
ConferTech Systems, Inc. RADVision, Inc.
FVC Sony Electronics Corporation
Intel VCON
Lucent Technologies VTEL
PictureTel Zydacron
Polycom, Inc.


Additional IMTC Activities at TeleCon XVIII

On Monday, October 26, Matt Collier, president of the IMTC and vice president of global business development for Polycom, will deliver the Technology Keynote Address at TeleCon XVIII. In addition, the IMTC will be hosting tutorials titled "IMTC University." With sessions on "Fundamentals of Multimedia Teleconferencing," "Standards and Interoperability" and "Voice over IP," the tutorials will highlight the technological issues behind multimedia communications.

About the IMTC

The IMTC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging and facilitating the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia teleconferencing solutions based on open, international standards. The San Ramon, California-based consortium includes more than 150 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video teleconferencing hardware and software, communications companies, teleconferencing service providers, end users, academic institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Since 1996, the IMTC has hosted more than 30 interoperability events around the globe to test T.120, H.320, H.323 and H.324 products and services for compatibility with each other. The consortium's Web site address is http://www.imtc.org.

On November 9 through November 12, the IMTC will host its Fall Forum event in Miami, Florida. This year's Fall Forum is titled "Voice over IP Technologies - Clearing the Confusion" and will include updates on Voice over IP initiatives and technology developments from the IMTC, ETSI, IETF and ITU, as well as updates and insights from VoIP customers provided by the ITCA. In addition, updates on T.120/130,H.320, H.323, H.324, and other relevant standards will be provided. For more information on or to register to attend the IMTC Fall Forum or other IMTC activities, please visit the IMTC Web site at: http://www.imtc.org.
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