Panasonic Demos their HD Visual Communications System

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Panasonic Demos their HD Visual Communications System

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Attendees of the 2010 World Business Forum will see the Panasonic HD Visual Communications System (HDVC) in action. As the Official Video Conference System of this year’s Forum, the Panasonic HDVC will take center stage for use during long-distance Q&A sessions. The World Business Forum takes place October 5 and 6 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It's too bad I'm in the opposite Coast in Los Angeles, California attending ITEXPO, since I would have liked to have checked this out in person. Come to think of it, they should be exhibiting at ITEXPO as well, since one of their competitors Vu Telepresence is exhibiting at ITEXPO. Another competitor, Cisco is also exhibiting, though I'm not sure if Cisco is demoing their telepresence solution at this show.

In any event, the Panasonic HDVC system will be used to connect leaders representing major companies in other parts of North America to the live presentation. Questions posed by the executives will be seen and heard in High Definition on multiple displays on the main stage. It sports full HD 1080i video and 360° audio delivered over a standard broadband connection.

A complete HD Visual Communications System is comprised of a main system unit (the codec), a Panasonic 50-inch Full HD VIERA® Plasma TV, two HD Video Cameras, a 360º HD Audio microphone, a VPN Router and an intuitive Remote Control, along with standard cables and accessories. H.264 video compression is combined with Panasonic’s proprietary codec technology, enabling 1080i video to be delivered over a standard broadband connection. The system includes on-screen guidance and one-touch memory keys for frequently called conference locations and also includes both on-site and remote technical support from Panasonic.

“Only a video conferencing solution of the highest caliber fits the bill for an event featuring influential business leaders such as former Vice President Al Gore and former GE Chairman and CEO Jack Welch,” said Bill Taylor, President of Panasonic System Networks Company of America. “Panasonic’s HDVC makes it possible for businesspeople to easily and naturally bridge distance and time zones. This is not just a conference phone with video—it’s an innovation that replicates the experience of being in the same room with colleagues who work in a different state or half way around the world.”

Delivering full HD video and 360º full duplex HD audio, the HDVC system surpasses the collaboration capabilities of conventional video conferencing systems, providing businesses and institutions with a genuinely viable alternative to business travel. The Panasonic HDVC system is scalable, meaning it allows for Full HD images to be displayed on a wide range of HD monitors, from desktop LCDs all the way up to a 152-inch class HD Plasma display, or even projected with an HD projector. The system also allows for multiple HD cameras to be utilized, so a second camera can zoom in and share detailed images such as solder joints, chips on printed circuit boards, manufacturing lines, or even close-up details during medical procedures.

“The extraordinary resolution of this system allows you to share details that can’t be easily seen with the naked eye, even by people who are present in the same room,” Mr. Taylor explained. “The mobility provided by the portable HD cameras and scalability of this system are potential game-changers for a variety of applications, opening up a broad spectrum of new collaborative possibilities in healthcare, education and manufacturing, to name just a few.”

For additional information on the HDVC system, visit www.panasonic.com/hdvc.


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