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Sony signs partnership agreement with Codian

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Sony and Codian, both leading manufacturers of videoconferencing products for IP and ISDN connectivity, has joined a partnership to deliver an end-to-end high definition (HD) solution, that provides the ultimate in visual clarity and supports existing installations to offer simultaneous HD and SD (standard definition) videoconferencing.

Together, Sony and Codian aim to address the growing demand from business, education and government organisations, for the vastly superior visual quality achieved by HD solutions.

HD reduces meeting fatigue and with continuous presence, delivers greater interaction, user satisfaction and participation.

Another key advantage of this end-to-end solution is its interoperability and seamless integration with existing installations of SD products, ensuring a single videoconferencing event.

Users are offered an ideal infrastructure that exploits current investments in SD, while enabling a cost-effective transition to an HD future.

There is no need to replace an existing videoconferencing network; as this end-to-end solution has the advantage of mixing SD with HD, from multiple locations, during the same videoconference session across both IP and ISDN.

Unveiling the new solution at CeBIT 2007, the package couples Sony’s PCS-HG90 HD codec with an award-winning Codian MCU4500 Series videoconferencing bridge to deliver a fully interoperable HD/SD conferencing solution.

According to Sony, the PCS-HG90 delivers true high definition videoconferencing, which will give exceptional visual communications advantages to its users.

The joint solution is interoperable with SD videoconferencing technologies, enabling customers to make the most of their existing

videoconferencing investments.

Now professionals in Australia are able to benefit from world leading products that are proven to advance communications and aid decision making processes.

According to Codian, it understands the need to offer choice and flexibility, addressing both current and future videoconferencing investments.

By teaming with Sony, Codian continues to show users the full power of the next generation of high definition voice and videoconferencing products.

At CeBIT it will demonstrate this complete end-to-end solution, allowing visitors to see for themselves exactly how together it address their videoconferencing needs.

The Sony PCS-HG90 is an HD codec suitable for applications that require real-time, low delay, two-way communication from remote locations.

The PCS-HG90 is perfect for live coverage, interviews and remote reporting in HD video with high quality audio. MPEG4-AVC coding makes efficient use of the bandwidth and offers a low-delay connection between different sites.

The Codian MCU 4500 series family of conferencing bridges incorporates a radical new generation of videoconferencing technology.

For the first time, users can enjoy crystal clear, full-motion, HD continuous presence conferencing with a mix of SD and HD endpoints.

The unrivalled power of the Codian MCU 4500 Series delivers full feature HD conferencing without limitations or restrictions.

With more than ten times the performance of other systems the MCU 4500 series is ideal for organisations that require an HD and quality telepresence experience such as business meetings, telemedicine, distance learning and corporate training.

The joint videoconferencing solution will be on display at CeBIT2007. CeBIT runs from 1-3 May at Sydney’s Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour at Hall 5 stand W40.

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