Radvision launches software-based Scopia Elite 6000 MCU, video network monitoring tools

Desktop and mobile platforms driving videoconferencing demand

Avaya's Radvision has launched its software-based Scopia Elite 6000 Series multipoint control unit (MCU) for videoconferencing and video network monitoring tools.

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The new MCU, which runs on an Intel (Nasdaq: INTL) server, provides dual 1080p/60fps channels for video and content and simultaneous H.264 high profile for bandwidth efficiency and H.264 scalable video coding. It also offers multi-stream immersive telepresence connectivity.

The MCU is based on a hybrid architecture that provides increased density with support for 40 full 1080p high-definition (HD) ports on a single 1U system. In addition, enterprise users are able to moderate meeting through on-screen menus that are compatible with a range of devices or through the Scopia Control iPad app.

"There has been a real trend toward desktop mobility and BYOD" in the videoconferencing market, Bob Romano, global vice president of marketing at Radvision, told FierceEnterpriseCommunications. "What customers really want to see is the ability to extend beyond the conference room environment and allow remote participants to join regardless of what device they are using."

Radvision can enable remote participation through its Scopia Desktop and Scopia Mobile platforms, which the new MCU supports. "What we are seeing is a real desire for more capacity because as you extend videoconferencing out to mobile and desktop users, that draws on a bigger user base," Romano said.

According to a survey last year by Forrester, a majority of 1,000 firms polled said they plan to adopt desktop videoconferencing. Leaders in the videoconferencing market, according to Forrester, include Radvision, Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), Polycom (Nasdaq: PLCM) and LifeSize.

In addition, Radvision unveiled last week its eVident set of video network readiness and monitoring tools. These tools include PreVideo, which enables network administrators to test their networks and determine if they are ready for VoIP and HD video conferencing prior to deployment; RVMON, which provides quality-of-experience monitoring through collection and analysis of audio and video metrics; and VQInsider, which provides measurement and analysis of codec parameters to assess user experience.

While the firms are looking more toward desktop and mobile videoconferencing capabilities, revenues generated by the enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence market dropped to $644 million in the second quarter, a 6 percent decline, according to Infonetics Research.

Videoconferencing vendors need to come up with creative ways to convince enterprises to deploy videoconferencing systems. Otherwise, the market will continue to shrink as firms turn to other video-based options.

For more:
- see Radvision's Scopia Elite 6000 MCU and eVident releases
- check out Infonetics Research's stats

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