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Tandberg Debuts Media Gateway, Hosted Service

Tandberg announced its new Advanced Media Gateway, which seamlessly enables Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 users to connect and collaborate in high-definition with other standards-based video and telepresence users. The company also rolled out its new Callway hosted videoconferencing solution.

This week Tandberg announced its new Advanced Media Gateway, which the company says seamlessly enables Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 users to connect and collaborate in high-definition with other standards-based video and telepresence users. The company also rolled out its new Callway hosted videoconferencing solution.

Combined with the Tandberg Video Communication Server (VCS), the Advanced Media Gateway offers scalable and HD video access to enterprises using familiar business tools. "By enabling ubiquitous HD video between Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 and standards-based video, we are helping companies leverage their existing collaboration infrastructure to deliver an optimal video experience to everyone," said Fredrik Halvorsen, Tandberg CEO, in a statement.

According to Tandberg, the Advanced Media Gateway can transcode Microsoft's Real Time Video (RTV) format to industry-standard H.264, which is key to enabling HD video and audio interoperability between Office Communicator 2007 R2 and other standards-based systems. The gateway is meant to be used with the Tandberg VCS and the company's PrecisionHD USB Camera, which are optimized for Office Communicator 2007 R2 to offer up to 720p/30 HD video..

Tandberg also this week introduced Callway, a low-cost subscription-based hosted service for delivering HD video and voice communications across the Internet. Callway, initially available in the U.S., is designed for businesses interested in video deployments of 10 or fewer endpoints. Callway includes full customer support and can be installed in minutes and with no IT resources required, according to Tandberg.

"As video communication becomes more pervasive, access to high-definition video capabilities is critical," said Larry Satterfield, president of Americas Commercial for Tandberg, in a statement. "With Callway, we're simplifying access to video collaboration for companies in need of small-scale deployments. The service provides an intuitive user experience, is easy to set up with simple plug-and-play connectivity, and leverages the customer's existing broadband."

Company officials said purchasing a Callway subscription is like purchasing a mobile phone subscription. Customers work with a Tandberg Partner to select their preferred video endpoints and then the partner activates the service, which automatically supplies the customer with a local phone number for each system. The customer can immediately begin making video and voice calls to any other Callway subscriber, any other standards-based video conferencing and telepresence system provisioned for external calling, and any domestic landline or cell phone.

Endpoints currently available through Callway include the Tandberg E20 P video phone, the Tandberg Profile 42-inch HD videoconferencing system with Codec C20, the Tandberg QuickSet C20Plus, and the Tandberg Codec C40, designed for multiparticipant videoconferences.



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