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Avaya, LifeSize to enable HD video conferencing for unified communications

by CBR Staff Writer| 17 March 2010

Allows users to collaborate through video over multiple locations in businesses with mixed communications environments

Avaya has entered into an agreement with LifeSize Communications to establish interoperability between its Aura unified communications (UC) platform and LifeSize HD video conferencing systems.

Avaya said that the combined offerings will enable broad-scale deployment of HD video conferencing with LifeSize video systems and the centralised management and control capabilities of Avaya Aura.

The company claims that the SIP-based Avaya Aura allows enterprises to distribute video conferencing capabilities over multiple locations in businesses with multi-vendor environments. It enables employees to collaborate with each other by video, regardless of communications system that serves their specific location.

According to Avaya, LifeSize high definition video can be easily deployed and offers HD quality for small or large group video conferencing. Aura enables centralised deployment of audio, video and web applications over multiple locations, as well as the creation of application profiles based on employee requirements.

In addition, Aura helps organisations realise network savings and increased control by combining audio and video onto a single network, and establishing network-aware bandwidth management policies, Avaya claims.

Alan Baratz, senior vice president and president of global communications solutions at Avaya, said: “As working environments become increasingly distributed, video communications provide an outstanding ability to draw teams together and enable effective collaboration as part of a cohesive unified communication experience.

“Avaya’s work with LifeSize Communications and others will help make it easier and more cost-effective for companies to deploy video to employees at all levels of their organisation.”

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