SOUTHWESTERN BELL INTRODUCES LINE OF VIDEO NETWORKING SERVICES;
PROVIDES FULL SUPPORT, HELPS CUSTOMERS CUMMUNICATE WITH VIDEO
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A new line of services from Southwestern Bell Telephone will help schools, businesses and others needing to tie far-apart groups together face-to-face over phone lines.
The services offer customer video communications for such uses as group videoconferencing, medical consultation between two locations and bringing classroom education to students in a remote school.
The new services also let customers send and receive video, voice, documents and computer communications between two or more locations.
Called a Local Area Video Network, the services are part of Southwestern Bell's line for computer networking known as Building Distribution Systems & Local Area Networks. As a full video systems integrator, Southwestern Bell offers planning, installation and training, and administration services to customers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
"A Local Area Video Network lets our customers, who are separated by long distances, see and hear one another, in color and in full motion," says Bob Williams, Southwestern Bell's product manager for Local Area Video Networks. "In addition, charts, diagrams, spreadsheets or computer-based data transmit sharply along with video and audio."
The conferencing system, consisting of video and personal computer monitors, remote controls, speakers, computer software, cameras and microphones, is from VideoTelecom(TM) Corp., an Austin, Texas-based company.
VideoTelecom's PC-based MediaConferencing(TM) systems will let Southwestern Bell customers enjoy such features as video, audio, document (graphics and charts), computer (files and spreadsheets) and timeconferencing (video "E-mail") between two or more geographically separated locations.
Based on the concept of multimedia presentations, MediaConferencing provides customers with all the benefits of high level face-to-face meetings without "being there."
MediaConferencing is especially useful for training and classroom instruction for corporations, schools or universities; psychological and medical diagnoses of hospital or institutional patients; military briefings; court arraignments and legal depositions; board and departmental meetings; project status reports; and a variety of other activities.
"There are so many uses for videoconferencing," notes Southwestern Bell's Williams. "From health care to banking and from education to government, our customers have told us they want to add the benefits of multimedia conferencing to their businesses. But they want someone to package the system and manage it for them. That's where our Local Area Video Network services come in."
Southwestern Bell is demonstrating and marketing the VideoTelecom systems in 15 customer demonstration centers throughout the company's service territory.
"We are selling the most advanced videoconferencing system available in the U.S. market," Williams says.
Already, two customers are using Local Area Video Network services and the MediaConferencing system: Incarnate Word College in San Antonio has purchased the service and system and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is testing the system.
In January 1992, Incarnate Word's School of Nursing will have an 150-mile-long "interactive" (two-way) multimedia system in operation between San Antonio and Laredo for teaching nursing students in Laredo. The University of Arkansas is using the video networking to link Fayetteville and North Little Rock for a distance learning program for teacher retention.
"The fact that Southwestern Bell has successfully marketed our equipment to two of its existing customers so quickly proves that Southwestern Bell is filling a viable customer need," notes Dick Moeller, president and chief executive office of VideoTelecom.
"We are pleased that Southwestern Bell is not only selling our systems but also managing total systems integration--from initial planning to installation, training and maintenance," Moeller adds.
MediaConferencing can save organizations and corporations thousands of dollars in air fare, hotel accommodations, and lost productivity associated with travel while simultaneously extending staff resources, Moeller says.
Costs of the Media Conferencing systems from Southwestern Bell range from $40,000 to $100,000 per location, per site. Monthly charges for leased transmission lines are extra, as well as fees for planning, provisioning and administration.
VideoTelecom Corp. manufactures and markets a full line of interactive MediaConferencing systems. The company has installed more than 500 systems throughout the nation for such customers as the U.S. Navy, the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory, Texas A&M University and Fidelity Investments.
Southwestern Bell Telephone is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwestern Bell Corp. (NYSE: SBC) and provides systems integration and telecommunications services to more than 9 million customers in five states.
NOTE TO EDITORS: VideoTelecom(TM) and MediaConferencing(TM) are trademarks of Video Telecom Corp.
/CONTACT: Scott Hilgeman of Southwestern Bell Telephone, 314-247-4613; or Laurie Pennino, 214-520-3555; or Alison Raffalovich, 512-834-2700, both of VideoTelecom Corporation/
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