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IP Unity Rolls Out Video Chat

First of new conferencing and collaboration toolset (June 21, 2004)

IP Unity, the market leader in IP service solutions for blended TDM and IP networks, will launch its new Video Chat application on June the 21st at the industry's largest carrier-focused technical exposition, SUPERCOMM 2004. Based on IP Unity's flagship Harmony6000 media server / applications server, this application is the first in a series of video IP-based conferencing and collaboration tools which IP Unity will deliver to service providers for the provisioning of innovative multimedia and 'triple play' services for enterprise and consumer users.

The initial Video Chat application is an MPEG-4 based feature set that runs on the applications server IP Unity's carrier customers already have installed in their networks. The new features enable carriers to deliver a bundled service that combines and simultaneously shares live presenter video, PowerPoint slides, stored images and streaming video clips.

Combining one-way and two-way communications capabilities, IP Unity's Video Chat will be used in commercial solutions like interactive education, distance learning, corporate broadcasts and multi-point video chat applications. Video Chat is also being adapted for use in simple consumer applications, and is currently in field trial with Asian carriers and consumer subscribers. The product is deployment-ready, shipping to carriers in multiple markets, and will be demonstrated in IP Unity's Supercomm booth #12327, Hall B North.

"With this new feature set and future applications, we will enable carriers to draw on the powerful multimedia processing, transcoding, transrating, storage and forwarding they already have in their IP Unity-based network infrastructures," stated IP Unity CEO Arun Sobti. "Such functions are essential to new and innovative IP-centric applications such as Video Chat, MMS interfacing, User-Customized Video News, Internet Video Streaming, Gaming and Collaborative Conferencing.

He continued, "Because we have already helped many carriers to deploy these IP service-enabling functions for VoIP, messaging, interactive voice response (IVR), conferencing and speech recognition, we know the power and features are there, ready to leverage for these exciting, demand-driven applications."

Video Chat requires minimal hardware and software changes for providers already running Harmony6000-based conferencing and messaging applications. It uses existing audio, video and image processing to gather live and stored content, and formats output to match applications to the end-user device. It enables on-the-fly audio-video conferencing, based on MPEG-4 standards for advanced video and audio encoding, dynamic presentations, and error-free delivery over IP networks.

"Although video applications have been deployed in niche environments today, market drivers are creating the need for new video services," said Danny Klein Senior Analyst with the Yankee Group. "IP Unity's Harmony6000 is well positioned to take advantage of the growth in video, especially for expansion of peer to peer applications today."

In addition to Video Chat, IP Unity plans to support the following video-rich applications in the coming year. These applications will similarly leverage IP Unity's Harmony6000 and the new generation of MPEG-4 decoders to drive greater productivity, value and revenue opportunities for IP networks:

Video News Delivery
Users will register for video news delivery and receive clips directly in their inboxes as part of unified messaging. Users will register with video news agencies (e.g., cable news stations) to receive real-time feeds. Because they are emails, such items can be viewed / forwarded. No architecture changes are necessary, but a content-serving website is needed for content customization and to facilitate video encoding/transcoding for small-screen devices.

Internet Video Streaming
Video Streaming delivers live/recorded video transmissions to PC or mobile display devices without full downloading or storage on receiving devices. Streams may be presentations, movies, music, pre-recorded video conferences or clips. No architecture changes are needed to deploy Internet Video Streaming, just video encoding/ transcoding software for small-screen devices.

Collaborative Conferencing
Collaborative conferencing marries audio, data and video conferencing into one integrated experience for multiple participants. A moderator talks and sees other participants, displays slides and charts, or performs collaborative activities (group editing, white boarding, etc). New software delivers the collaborative Graphical User Interface and integrates voice, data and video controls for participants.

About IP Unity
IP Unity provides IP service solutions for blended TDM and IP networks. The company's Harmony 6000 media/applications server system delivers high speed, volume media processing and carrier-class IP telephony services like audio/web conferencing, messaging, interactive voice response, auto-attendant and prepaid services on a scalable system. These capabilities enable providers to quickly, cost-effectively deploy traditional and new telephony services while protecting their existing investment in legacy systems. Globally, carriers rely on IP Unity to deliver reliable and powerful enhanced service solutions to niche or mass markets. For more information on IP Unity's award-winning solutions, call 408-582-1100 or visit the company website at



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