Intel has upgraded its TeamStation video conferencing system to include three ISDN lines for near broadcast-quality transmission and has subsequently slashed the price of the previous version by nearly #1,000.
The latest system, TeamStation 4.0a allows for a transmission speed of 384Kbps by using the extra ISDN lines and can offer improved audio and video conferencing quality. The system can also be used for LAN video conferencing at speeds up to 800Kbps.
Arun Shenoy, sales manager for TeamStation, agreed that market acceptance and satisfaction of room-based systems was poor. "Units that simply offer video conferencing usually end up gathering dust in a corner somewhere," he said. "TeamStation effectively enables users to bring their desk into a meeting. It is a complete PC connected to the LAN and means you can get rid of the OHP (overhead projector) and be interactive with the system."
During a video conferencing session on TeamStation, users use their keyboard and mouse controls to amend documents on screen. In future versions, Intel plans to include streaming video and broadcast TV. "We want users to have the same set of productivity tools that they have at their desks in the meeting room," said Shenoy.
TeamStation 4.0a is available now for #8,150 and the older model, version 4.0, now costs #6,150. It includes a hardware and software suite for ISDN or LAN video and data conferencing, an Intel Pro/100 LAN adaptor, accelerated graphics-port technology, full-duplex audio speaker phone, built-in scan converter, wireless keyboard and mouse, and an auto-tracking camera with on-screen, near and far-end camera control. www.intel.com.
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