Radvision targets Cisco, Polycom with expanded videoconferencing portfolio


Videoconferencing company Radvision (Nasdaq:RVSN), which last month was acquired by Avaya for $230 million, hasn't sat on its hands waiting for the ink to dry on the deal.

The company announced this week that it was expanding it Scopia portfolio.

Radvision plans to release a hardware solution for the small- to mid-sized conference room, the Scopia XT4200 HD videoconferencing system, and the Scopia XT Meeting Center, an all-in-one room system with integrated 55-inch displays.

Both leverage the same technologies as the recently introduced Scopia XT5000 platform.

The SCOPIA XT4200 includes dual 720p/60fps live video and content, HD audio, H.264 High Profile and scalable video coding (SVC), dual display support and a wide-angle PTZ camera.

The SCOPIA XT Meeting Center is a premium HD room system, integrating single or dual 55-inch 1080p displays in a specially designed cart.

The products build on Radvison's end-to-end catalog, and could help the company compete with sector heavyweights Cisco (Nasdaq:CSCO) and Polycom (Nasdaq:PLCM).

Avaya's purchase of Radvision will help Avaya establish itself in the videoconferencing space, and gave Radvision, which has struggled to climb out of the shadows of the two market leaders enough cash to continue development of its platform.

For Radvision, an Israeli company founded in 1992, the deal is an opportunity to climb out of the hole it has been struggling in since Cisco bought Tandberg. Before the sale, Radvision had been a major technology partner with the networking company, and sales to Cisco, at one time, made up about 40 percent of Radvision's revenues.

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