Telecommunications vendor Avaya this month announced an IP based desktop videoconferencing system that allows users to make video calls with all the simplicity of a standard voice only call. Rather than requiring users to enter an IP addresses to initiate a video-call, the new system only needs users to enter their colleague’s phone number to make a call.
The system works over a standard IP based company network and remote workers can use a broadband connection to participate in video-calls. The system uses Polycom’s ViaVideo II camera, integrated with Avaya’s IP Softphone product which emulates a users desktop phone in software on the PC. The system is able to deliver high quality 30 frames per second video without placing any load on the PC’s processor, this allows call participants to work collaboratively on desktop applications whilst the call is active.