PictureTel's 1414C Subsidiary Launches Conference1-2-3 Portal-Based Multipoint H.320 Videoconferencing Service.Business Editors
ANDOVER, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 5, 2000
Web Self-Service Solution Reduces Cost and Complexity Barriers to
Greater Use of Videoconferencing A real time video session between two or more users or between two or more locations. Although the first videoconferencing was done with traditional analog TV and satellites, inhouse room systems became popular in the early 1980s after Compression Labs pioneered digitized video systems Systems
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1414c, a subsidiary of PictureTel Corporation, (Nasdaq:PCTL PCTL Percentile
PCTL Prioritized Candidate Target List ), the world leader in visual collaboration, today announced Conference1-2-3(SM), its H.320-based multipoint videoconferencing service.
Leveraging PictureTel's processes and expertise gained from delivering multipoint conferencing Same as teleconferencing. This is a rather redundant phrase, because conferencing implies three or more participants, rather than point-to-point between two people. service to volume customers for over five years, Conference1-2-3 provides the general conference market 24x7 Web-access to the same high-quality bridging service.
Priced at $49 per site per hour within the U.S. - including port and ISDN ISDN
in full Integrated Services Digital Network
Digital telecommunications network that operates over standard copper telephone wires or other media. network charges - Conference1-2-3 dramatically reduces the cost of H.320 videoconferencing bridging service. Importantly, Conference1-2-3's Web-based, self-service scheduling reduces the administrative overhead and time consuming process associated with set up and testing.
In addition, the automatic call launching feature minimizes the uncertainty in executing inter- inter- word element [L.], between.
1. Between; among: interdental.
2. In the midst of; within: interoceptor. and intra-organizational videoconferencing meetings. Conference1-2-3 sidesteps traditional lead times to using bridging service with its automatic call launching, 24-hour connection testing and guaranteed port availability.
Platform independent, Conference1-2-3 supports conferencing See teleconferencing. sessions among any H.320 systems.
1414c also unveiled a Conference1-2-3 introductory special offer. Through July 2000, users that hold two conference sessions, get a third session at no additional charge.
Users access Conference1-2-3 by logging on to www.conference123.com, completing an intuitive Web form that includes user and room profiles, and their conference information. Service options include continuous presence layout options, audio add-on A purchase of additional goods before payment is made for goods already purchased.
An add-on may be covered by a clause in an installment payment contract that allows the seller to hold a security interest in the earlier goods until full payment is made on the later goods. ports, Meet-Me/Dial In Service, and data rates up to 384 KBPS.
Payment options include major credit cards and purchase orders through secure Web links.
"Conference1-2-3's Web-portal interface transforms multipoint videoconferencing from a complex, technical function into a straightforward point-and-click exercise," states Jeanine Lovejoy, IT Operations/Telecommunications Manager at Fenwick & West LLP LLP - Lower Layer Protocol . "As the service reduces complexity, its real-time scheduling capability, aggressive pricing, and automatic testing features allow us to better leverage existing investments in H.320 videoconferencing equipment. The net impact, is that Conference1-2-3 reduces the barriers to content-rich interaction for our remote personnel - unlocking important organizational productivity advantages."
"Conference1-2-3 allows my staff to walk into the conference room just prior to a scheduled meeting and "Voila!" the bridge automatically calls out and connects the units. It is great tool for a multi-office law firm such as ours."
"Conference1-2-3 empowers organizations to better leverage their investment in installed H.320 systems," said Mr. Wayne McAllister Wayne McAllister (1907-2000) was a Los Angeles-based architect who was a leader in the Googie style of architecture that embraced the automobile. Inspired by tail fins and gleaming chrome, he elevated the drive-in restaurant and the theme hotel to futuristic works of art. , vice president of operations, 1414c. "Conference1-2-3 reduces the cost, and critically, the complexity associated with the videoconferencing. As with all PictureTel solutions, our objective is to enable intuitive, rich media interaction - unencumbered Unencumbered
Property that is not subject to any creditor claims or liens.
For example, if a house is owned free and clear (meaning the owner owes no mortgage to anyone), it is unencumbered. by technology. Users will gain advantage from using our Web-based conferencing portal complete with online help tools featuring videoconferencing tips and guidelines guidelines,
n.pl a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks. , stored user profiles, same day conferencing capability, online modifications capability and much more."
"Videoconferencing is not a customers' core business, so executives are often intimidated in·tim·i·date
tr.v. in·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing, in·tim·i·dates
1. To make timid; fill with fear.
2. To coerce or inhibit by or as if by threats. by technical complexity, and as a result have to draw on the telecommunications Communicating information, including data, text, pictures, voice and video over long distance. See communications. and/or MIS (1) (Management Information System) An information system that integrates data from all the departments it serves and provides operations and management with the information they require. department(s) to work with a third-party communications company Communications Company is a communications unit of the United States Marine Corps. They are part of Combat Logistics Regiment 37 , 3rd Marine Logistics Group (3MLG) and III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF). The unit is based out of the Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. to schedule a call," noted Andrew Davis, analyst and managing partner, Wainhouse Research. "The expense and potential for technical difficulties increases as you add to the number of locations participating in the meeting. PictureTel is simplifying the user's experience by combining intuitive Web self-service with call launching and connectivity testing. Further, as Conference1-2-3 resets the price-point, it promises to increase demand for high-quality H.320 videoconferencing from within the installed base, and boost demand from new audiences."
Pricing and Availability
Accessible worldwide by going to www.conference123.com, Conference1-2-3 pricing starts at $49 per site, per hour, at 128kbps - including port and communication charges for US-to-US calls. Banded rates apply for international calls enabling customers to quickly and easily predict the total cost of the call. (Prices vary based on the network data rate and international locations)
Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, 1414c has an extensive development team in Silicon Valley, California and Andover, Massachusetts. A wholly-owned subsidiary of PictureTel Corporation, 1414c takes full advantage of the IP revolution, delivering access to a broad range of IP-based interactive communication solutions.
These solutions include live multipoint videoconferencing, video-streaming, and broadcasts, data-sharing, and voice-over-IP. The 1414c name reflects the organization's core value proposition to reach beyond traditional boundaries - delivering new experiences in seamless communication and knowledge transfer. For more information, visit www.1414c.com
PictureTel Corporation (Nasdaq: PCTL) is the world leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing a full range of visual- and audio-collaboration and streaming-video solutions. The company's systems meet customers' collaboration needs from the desktop to the boardroom. PictureTel also markets network conferencing servers and a comprehensive portfolio of enterprise-wide services.
Additional PictureTel information is available at www.picturetel.com. PictureTel collaboration products See collaborative software. and services eliminate the barrier of distance, enabling people to be Anywhere Now(TM).
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