Lucent Technologies Announces New Internet-Based Videoconferencing System, Lucent Collaborative Video (Business Wire; 01/19/99) MURRAY HILL, N.J. (Jan. 19) BUSINESS WIRE -Jan. 19, 1999--Lucent Technologies today announced an innovation in Internet-based videoconferencing that delivers high-quality video and audio to multiple parties in a low-cost PC-based solution. With the Lucent Collaborative Video system, customers can extend their existing Internet Protocol (IP) networks to include seamless multipoint video meetings (in NTSC or PAL), real-time application sharing, and management and storage of video. The first customers for the system are: Click3X, a New York City-based postproduction facility; Agora Interactive, a PC-based entertainment company based in Louisville, Kentucky, and Telemedicine Solutions, International in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Lucent Collaborative Video system, designed and developed at Bell Labs, Lucent's research and development arm, has been tested over the past three years in high-profile global collaborative trials. "Customers want Internet solutions for their communications needs, and this extends to high-quality videoconferencing. The Lucent Collaborative Video system delivers an ideal toolkit for next-generation Internet video," said Bob Gaglianello, the system's inventor and a member of the Bell Labs multimedia communications research department. "This system is a piece of the larger broadband communications revolution that Lucent is leading. The technical and creative freedoms that are unleashed with this system will make Internet video communication as seamless tomorrow as e-mail is today." The Lucent Collaborative Video system is a hardware and software solution that uses proprietary algorithms from Bell Labs to simultaneously encode and compress the video at multiple resolutions along with audio. It supports three resolutions, from 160x120 to 640x480 at selectable frame rates ranging from 30 frames per second (fps) to 0.1 fps. Lucent Collaborative Video sells for between $3,000 and $4,000, depending on configuration. The product will be sold through Lucent's Datanetworking Systems sales force (www.lucent.com/dns) and through D&A Integrated Solutions, Inc. (704-377-5009; www.dna1.net). "The next generation of the Internet will see greater collaboration between people, rather than the storage and retrieval of information," said Sid Ahuja, director of the Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory at Bell Labs. "The commercial release of Lucent Collaborative Video is a significant milestone for the video industry." The system supports Motion-JPEG, MPEG-1, H.263/261, and T.120 standards and requires Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 95 and Service Pack 3, as well as a Pentium 5 or better with 64 MB RAM and TCP/IP network adapter. For more information on the Lucent Collaborative Video system, visit the Web site at www.multimedia.bell-labs.com/lcv. "Lucent Collaborative Video demonstrates Lucent's commitment to commercializing Bell Labs innovations," said Allen Eisdorfer, technical supervisor with the Bell Labs Research Effectiveness department. "Bell Labs has a long history of groundbreaking video work, and the Lucent Collaborative Video system is part of this heritage." POST-PRODUCTION Click3X, part of the IllusionFusion group of digital media companies, delivers digital effects, animation, and broadcast design services for clients ranging from Sony to ITT Industries. With offices in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, Click3X wants to maintain real-time relationships with remote clients. The Lucent Collaborative Video system allows Click3X to maintain continuous creative sessions with those clients, whether in California or Tokyo. Preliminary edits of commercials can be displayed through LCV, eliminating the need to ship tapes back and forth through overnight mail. "The Lucent Collaborative Video system eliminates the boundaries between client and production house in a way that makes the entire creative process more engaging," said Chuck Heuer, Vice President and National Director of Technology for Click3X. "We want to develop the first interactive post- production studio in the industry, and we now feel that, through Lucent, we can deliver this to our customers." INTERACTIVE GAMING The $22 billion interactive coin-operated amusement industry now has an enabling system for high-quality Internet gaming. Agora Interactive, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is developing a network of video arcades that deliver multiplayer games through the Lucent Collaborative Video system. The initial trial of the Agora system will consist of eight arcades in separate cities in the United States, which will enable a pay-per-use model for each game. Compaq Computer will provide Agora with the PC hardware and support, and PSINet will deliver high-bandwidth connections to their global IP backbone. Through Agora's Global Access Total Entertainment (G.A.T.E.) system, the Lucent Collaborative Video system will help deliver content - ranging from video games, videoconferencing, advertising - to a wide audience of users. "There are more than 1,000 PC games introduced each year, and our ability to deliver multiplayer gaming through a network of interactive kiosks is very potent," said Andrew Prell, CEO of Agora Interactive. "The Lucent Collaborative Video system creates a transparent experience for game players, who are not aware of the technology at all." MEDICAL ^ The medical industry has been using videoconferencing for various applications, including educational sessions, patient consultation, and remote collaboration. The introduction of low-cost Internet-based videoconferencing, through the Lucent Collaborative Video system, allows customers such as Telemedicine Solutions, International in Baltimore, Maryland, to extend this use. ^ "We have dramatically increased our use of videoconferencing through the Lucent Collaborative Video system, and have found new ways to communicate that were not previously available or affordable," said Dr. Ernest Carter, president of Telemedicine Solutions, International. "Our productivity has gone up without adding cost to our budget and this system integrates flawlessly with our network." ^ Derrick Knox, CEO of D&A, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based reseller and systems integrator, has worked with a wide range of international customers who use the Lucent Collaborative Video system. "The ability to share documents while on a videoconference with no delay is a tremendous customer advantage. The variable frame rate of the system provides options that are, frankly, amazing. We have had high-quality audio in videoconference sessions where the data rate is only 56 kilobits per second, and that's phenomenal," said Knox. "My customers are using the Lucent Collaborative Video system for applications that they never knew existed over the Internet and they're doing it at a reasonable cost." ^ Click3X is a commercial design company specializing in 3D animation, special effects, and design work. For more information on Click3X, visit the company's Web site at www.click3X.com. ^ Agora Interactive, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is creating the interactive communication system for the 21st century. Agora's technology links consumers to entertainment and e-commerce venues while they are away from home. Agora has developed and is planning to manufacture and operate a worldwide network of interactive kiosks. Further information about Agora Interactive can be found at www.agorainteractive.com. ^ D&A Integrated Solutions, Inc., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a systems integrator with several contracts for services that are then made available to other government agencies such as basic ordering agreement, fixed fee, and cost plus fixed fee. D&A offers ATM switches, routers, PBXes, fiber optics, video teleconferencing, CCTV, access control points, and electronic security systems. For more information on the company, visit their Web site at www.dna1.net. ^ Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronic components. Bell Labs is the research and development arm for the company. 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