Sony unveils videoconferencing system

Sony Broadcast has launched the PCS-1P, a multimedia videoconferencing system that claims to deliver the full benefits of high quality video, audio and data conferencing to organisations worldwide.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  September 7, 2003

Sony Broadcast has launched the PCS-1P, a multimedia videoconferencing system that claims to deliver the full benefits of high quality video, audio and data conferencing to organisations worldwide.

“Today, many businesses are looking to increase efficiency and improve profitability while also managing travel budgets and other overheads effectively,” says Nitesh Naidu, product manager, Video networking, Sony Broadcast. “That is why corporate companies, educational establishments, scientific institutions and medical practitioners are using videoconferencing to improve their internal as well as external communications – bringing people together to easily share ideas and swiftly make decisions, wherever they are in the world,” he adds.

Sony’s new generation of videoconferencing systems enables a user to connect two PCs or laptops to facilitate sharing of high-resolution data at the touch of a button – irrespective of the number of participants, while retaining full industry-wide interoperability. The PCS-1P is highly scaleable and can be applied to many user environments: from desk usage to large board room meetings, within companies, institutions or at home.

Sony’s MPEG4 Advance Audio Coding (AAC) at 14 Khz and double the bandwidth of conventional conferencing systems ensures that every participant can be heard clearly. Likewise, MPEG4 video coding is also able to deliver far superior video quality than the widely used video coding standard, even when using low bit rates. Supporting MPEG4 also anticipates future connectivity capabilities with consumer products such as PDAs.

The PCS-1P enables six site multi-point calls at a maximum of 384Kbps per site in a mixed IP/ISDN environment, connecting up to six international locations into one meeting instantly, while 2 cascaded PCS-1P systems can bring up to 10 video or audio sites together in one videoconference. Further improving the natural interactivity of a face-to-face meeting, a digital whiteboard connected to the Sony PCS-1P system adds hand written comments or diagrammatic explanations during the conference.

In combination with Sony’s CTE-600 audioconferencing device, the PCS-1P has been designed to equip large boardrooms. Six built-in microphones provide a 360 coverage around the meeting room, while the integrated speaker projects crisp and clear audio in all directions for improved intelligibility. The smart CTE-600 actively filters out background noise and features a built-in echo canceller.

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