Videoconferencing technology has been with us for years, but it never really took off mainly because of the poor image quality and the prohibitive per-minute cost of ISDN. Custom-installed ISDN lines, which had to be strung together in parallel to communicate the necessary data, were the only way to use the technology.
Now, videoconferencing vendors sell products designed to operate over standard broadband Internet connections. They also offer products with high-definition video, making images crisper and enabling a more intuitive conversation for both parties.
U.S.-based LifeSize Communications believes it has cracked the price problem with LifeSize Express, a relatively low-cost product with high-definition Inter-net-based video communications. With 30 frames per second (the same as standard video), at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, it offers real-time video indications at Internet speeds as low as 128 kb per second. (To get the full video quality, however, you will need 1Mb per second.)
While still priced in the thousands, LifeSize Express is useful to companies with a need for regular long-distance communication between the same people. With gas prices escalating, and tighter security making it troublesome to take even short trips, companies that need something better than a PC-to-PC video link, with a product such as Skype, might opt for LifeSize Express.
For more information about LifeSize Express contact Advanced Presentation Products at 905-502-1110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
-as published in the Financial Post, Monday, December 10, 2007