21/08/2012 - LifeSize Communications Launches Virtual Video MCU
Logitech (Nasdaq: LOGI) division LifeSize this week launched a pair of all-in-one HD videoconferencing options aimed at the expanding market of companies looking for mid-priced, high-performance solutions.
Both make set up easy by integrating video, audio and presentation capabilities, and both use LifeSize video technology as their engines, the company said.
The Unity 50 is a 720p30 tabletop or wall-mounted solution, that features a 24-inch LED display. It requires only two cables for plug-and-play setup, and lists for $3,999.
The Unity 500, which is targeted as a more immersive solution, features 1080p30 HD video on a 40-inch LED display. It, too, needs no tools to set up. List price is $19,999.
"Businesses need to speed decision making and improve productivity across the entire organization," said Michael Helmbrecht, vice president and general manager of video solutions at LifeSize. "We are making HD videoconferencing easier than ever to bring to every home office, executive office or conference room."
Both products are immediately available.
The videoconferencing segment is sizzling. A new report from CompTIA said that it's one of the more widely adopted and anticipated elements of unified communications. Some 71 percent of companies have some form of videoconferencing in place, with another 16 percent planning to add it over the next year.
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In version 4.7 of their system software, LifeSize now lets users to share data like spreadsheets and presentations during video conferences with the use of LifeSize's Passport and LGExecutive system. The company also released a new software application called LifeSize Virtual Link which allows data sharing using a PC or Mac.
In addition to the new data sharing capabilities, the new software allows LifeSize Passport and LGExecutive to stream and record live HD Video using LifeSize Video Center. LifeSize Desktop has also been updated to Version 2.0 adding datasharing and 720p HD transmit capability.
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