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Sony And GlowPoint Provide "Instant Video Everywhere"

IP-based video communications solution can be used wherever there is broadband access (June 02, 2005)

Sony Electronics and GlowPoint, Inc., today announced the availability of Sony's IVE or "Instant Video Everywhere" service powered by GlowPoint, the first comprehensive IP-based video communications solution that can be used anyplace where there is broadband access.

Sony's IVE service, powered by GlowPoint, enables users to conduct "face-to-face" video conversations with colleagues, friends and family as easily as using a telephone. The IVE (pronounced "ivy") service portfolio has been developed to extend across multiple Sony product lines, moving beyond the conference room and typical videoconferencing equipment to desktop or laptop computers and other video enabled devices.

Sony's IVE Business service, available now, is the first offering in the IVE portfolio. It is designed to meet the needs of office-based business professionals.


Sony's new IVE Mobile service, scheduled to debut at InfoComm beginning June 8, is focused on video communications capabilities for telecommuters, home office workers and business travelers in the U.S. and around the world. IVE Mobile will offer exclusive, feature-rich capabilities including one-click access to a live IVE Video Operator. Advanced registration is immediately available at www.sonyive.com.

Additional IVE offerings include Sony's IVE Home service, targeted to deliver a broad range of consumer based video communication solutions.

"We've created an engaging communications experience, allowing people to interact wherever they are," said Michael McCausland, vice president of visual communications at Sony Electronics. "Using the power of IP-based video, we have teamed up with GlowPoint to expand video communications beyond the conference room to where people actually conduct business - at their desks, in their home offices or on the road. Sony's new IVE service is a key element of our vision to transform communications by integrating and interconnecting people, locations, devices and content in real-time over unlimited distances with an unsurpassed level of quality."

While fully integrated for use with Sony's state-of-the-art IPELA visual communications product line, the IVE service is an open standards solution that is operable for all companies using IP-enabled videoconferencing equipment, regardless of product manufacturer.

"This is more than a video communications product and service," said David Trachtenberg, president and CEO of GlowPoint. "It is a video-enabled community that truly delivers on the promise of anytime, anywhere face-to-face communications. This is the first in a series of IVE solutions offered by Sony and powered by GlowPoint that will ultimately change the way people communicate in their jobs and their everyday lives - whether at work, in a home office, airport lounge, hotel room or coffee shop."

Sony's IVE service incorporates GlowPoint's "All You Can See" Unlimited Video Calling plans and patent-pending interactive video communications features, including access to live Sony "000" video operators and "Lisa," the IVE video call assistant, as well as innovative applications such as video call mailboxes and direct-dial video numbers. Customers of Sony's IVE service will also have access to exclusive Sony content.

Users can dial "S-O-N-Y" (7669) to reach the IVE Video Portal for instant access to video previews of feature films, special promotions for new Sony products, IVE service updates, video customer service and more. These features are integrated into the IVE service to create a consistent customer experience from wherever video communications are occurring.

 

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