BrightCom launches new line of Integrated Telepresence

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LOS ANGELES - Sept. 03, 2009 -- BrightCom, the performance leader in integrated telepresence and video conferencing solutions, announced today their expansion of the largest range of telepresence and video conferencing solutions with the launch of Lumina Telepresence. Lumina Telepresence is a new line of solutions built for robust business collaboration. BrightCom will debut the first product of their new line, the L37. The L37 is a modular solution that provides a complete turnkey environment integrating immersive telepresence with web conferencing functions for instant, life-like communication.

BrightCom is launching Lumina Telepresence and unveiling the L37 in booth #202 at TMC's Internet Telephony Conference and Expo (ITEXPO) West 2009 September 1-3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Collaboration in a Competitive World

As reports from analyst group Frost and Sullivan show, telepresence and video conferencing markets are poised for growth reaching $4.7 billion by 2014. The rate of businesses adopting these mediums of communications how that telepresence is rapidly becoming a standard for today's work environment.

"It is 2009 and businesses are competing in a world with an extreme amount of pressure to go to market faster, retain customers longer and increase profits," said Bob McCandless, CEO of BrightCom. "At the same time, businesses are held back by limited budgets, public health issues and raising gas prices."

Mr. McCandless continued, "Lumina Telepresence is built and offered to solve these challenges and drive further success as a solution for everyday operations. With the solution, employees can interact with each other and their business in real-time, in a natural setting for rapid decision making, hands-on brainstorming, and vital relationship building."

The Lumina Telepresence line is comprised of multiple offerings providing integrated telepresence and web conferencing environments. The L37 is the first of the product line. The next offerings are due to be released in Q4 of 2009 and mid 2010.

Instant Modular Telepresence for Natural Teamwork

The L37 is a multi-point, multi-camera, modular telepresence workstation comprised of a work desk, backdrop and private immersive enclosure. The work desk contains a standard 19 inch component rack mount, power
and network ports and a touch panel display for meeting control and administration. The backdrop includes three built-in 37 inch LCD monitors, three high definition cameras, and spatial audio technology for enhanced
immersion. The private enclosure includes acoustically tuned walls enhancing the immersive conference room experience. Lighting fixtures are also available for various experiences.

With technology for gaze correction, and spatial audio L37 provides the natural feeling of real-life, in person conversation, bringing people and ideas around the world to the same table. L37 is built for collaborative work sessions for 2-6 people with support for all BrightCom technology and industry standard endpoints using SIP. Endpoints include laptops, desktops, conference rooms, telepresence suites and in the future, mobile devices.

The L37 uses the Lumina Telepresence Console that supports video broadcasts up to 1080p, CD-quality audio and dynamically scalable bandwidth from 1MBps to 6MBps. Meeting participants can adjust their bandwidth in real-time allowing for high quality meeting broadcasts. Participants can direct connect to other BrightCom systems or any industry standard system using SIP. Meetings can be conducted 'one to one' or 'one to many' with video, voice and data. The Lumina Telepresence Console can also act as a stand alone
device for in-house conference room meetings. Its rich-feature set can be enhanced through configuration or software updates.

"L37 delivers a flexible way for workgroups with laptops to sit down, log-in and instantly start a meeting with each other, partners, clients and co-workers anywhere in the world," said Mr. McCandless. "The built-in, LCD monitors deliver the shared illusion of telepresence defined like no other system on the market today. Emotions are clearly conveyed without any sense of misunderstanding. This greatly adds to the comfort level of conversation and team work."

BrightCom's Visual Collaboration System 2.0 powers L37's meetings for robust web conferencing. VCS 2.0 enables businesses with one solution for meeting administration, management, SIP registrar and a full set of web conferencing functions. Participants in meetings leveraging the L37 can utilize any of the three monitors to display and share data in its native format including high resolution video clips, images, documents or any other type of business information. For effective collaboration, meeting participants can share applications, broadcast their screens, cooperatively mark up meeting materials, and remote control other participants' desktops.

Lumina Telepresence compliments BrightCom's video conferencing solutions including their line of HD and standard definition ClearView Video Conference Rooms and Mobile Cart Systems that allow businesses and organizations to combine video and audio broadcasts with web conferencing capabilities for
large to small conference rooms, office buildings and personal offices.

Pricing for the L37 Includes:

  • Turnkey modular telepresence workstation
  • Work desk with integrated 19 inch component rack mount, power and network ports and a touch panel display for meeting control and administration
  • Immersive backdrop including three built-in 37 inch LCD monitors, three high definition cameras, and spatial audio technology for enhanced immersion
  • Private enclosure to enhance immersive conference experience with acoustically tuned walls, and options for lighting for various experiences
  • Lumina Telepresence Console supports video broadcasts up to 1080p, CD-quality audio and dynamically scalable bandwidth from 1MBps to 6MBps
  • Cabling and complete wiring