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Tandberg Brings Video to Desk Phone

Tandberg is now shipping the E20 video IP phone, adding scalable, DVD-quality video to desktop phones. Designed to replace the standard office phone, the E20 offers high-quality video combined with CD-quality audio to enable face-to-face collaboration from any desk.

Tandberg is now shipping the E20 video IP phone, adding scalable, DVD-quality video to desktop phones. Designed to replace the standard office phone, the E20 offers high-quality video combined with CD-quality audio to enable face-to-face collaboration from any desk, according to the company.

The quality, scalability, and design of the E20 allow it to be integrated into any unified communications platform. Users still have access to familiar telephony features, such as call transfer, message waiting, and call forwarding, as well as quick keys for access to advanced IP phone and video services. The E20 has a 10.6-inch LCD widescreen paired with a 5 megapixel high-resolution camera for users to see facial expressions and read body language. The camera is positioned at eye level to provide a head-on image. Users can also switch to audio only if necessary, with an ultra-wideband 20 kHz speaker phone and 10 kHz handset.

"In these challenging times, organizations that continue to innovate will come out ahead. Collaboration is paramount to innovation, and companies can't afford the misunderstandings that often arise from audio-only communication or the costs and lost productivity that result from travel," said Fredrik Halvorsen, CEO of Tandberg, in a statement. "This is the new way of working."

The E20 is interoperable with any standards-compliant video or telepresence endpoint, allowing a user at a desk to visually communicate with a team in a conference room, a colleague on another continent, or the CEO in a telepresence meeting.

"We are going to see video become an expected part of the work environment--much like e-mail is today," said Andrew W. Davis, senior partner of Wainhouse Research, in a statement. "Video will be integrated into our daily workflow and organizations will learn quickly that video is something they cannot afford to be without."



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