Communications company Latitude claims its teleconferencing system shaves 50 per cent off the cost of arranging conference calls via service bureaux such as BT and ACT.
During next week's computer-telephony show, CT Expo, Latitute will unveil Meeting Place, a server based system that enables companies to hold multiple concurrent conferences involving up to 120 callers. Up to eight servers can be networked to support 960 callers. Participants are also able to share documents via standard browsers or Latitude's own Meeting Time client software.
Paul Cheslaw, Latitude UK's managing director, said: "Traditionally companies would get a service bureau to organise conference calls, or buy conference bridge equipment themselves, but this requires the setting up of a mini call centre and is limited in its features. Meeting Place requires no call centre agents and is the first product to integrate with the corporate Lan."
The Meeting Place server connects to the customer's PABX or to the telephone network using standard E1 trunk lines. It also links to the Lan to enable callers to access Intranet, email and fax servers.
The company said it has already sold the system to five UK organisations.
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