Intel and BT have teamed to push videoconferencing to the forefront of corporate users? agendas, with the introduction of an upgrade to its Pro Share business videoconferencing product.
The telco will be the first vendor to offer the system, which has been revamped to include better video and audio quality, use multi-purpose ISDN for conferencing, remote Lan access and fax, and support for a number of additional standards including H320, H323, and T120 with Microsoft Net Meeting. Intel claims it is the first vendor to provide support for all three of the standards.
Steve Gandy, general manager of BT?s visual business area, said that big businesses were beginning to see the advantages of the technology despite resistance in the past.
?Some meetings don?t work very well in an electronic environment while others are well suited to it,? he said. ?The constraints were ease of use, pricing, infrastructure and the way videoconferencing fitted in with existing business processes. We?re now working to overcome these restraints.?
Nigel Grierson, marketing director of Intel Europe?s communications group, said: ?Pro Share is now priced at around #700 per user per PC and high quality video and data conferencing is now a reality for companies of all sizes.?
The two companies rolled out BP as an endorsement, which has decided to adopt the technology in the organisation. Lent Greenes, knowledge management team leader at BP, said: ?We see it as an essential part of our technical infrastructure, which is underpinning our drive for a change in business performance.?
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