25.07.11

Magor and EMC use satellite to deliver HD VC

Wainhouse Research’s recent research collaboration summit in Philadelphia saw Magor Communications and Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) demonstrate HD videoconferencing over unmanaged internet and EMC’s VSAT service.

The two companies used Magor’s scalable video coding (SVC++) and EMC’s HD Connect On Demand Satellite Service to conduct real-time, ad hoc point-to-point and mulitpoint visual collaboration calls between the US, UK and Kenya.

Magor and EMC conducted a live point-to-point visual collaboration call between a Magor TeleCollaboration system in Philadelphia and a Cisco C20 in Nairobi, Kenya. The call was made from Philadelphia to Germany over the Internet. From Germany, it connected to Nairobi via EMC’s VSAT service.

Once that call was complete, the companies conducted a peer-to-peer multipoint call between three Magor TeleCollaboration endpoints located in Philadelphia, London and Miami. This call utilised Magor’s scalable video coding (SVC++ ) to connect from Philadelphia to London over the Internet. It then connected to Miami via a satellite connection out of Germany. Miami then automatically closed the mesh to connect back to Philadelphia via a satellite in Hawaii.

“Magor and EMC demonstrated the ability to extend HD video conferencing using satellite links to locations around the world,” said Ira M. Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. “Traditionally, satellite connections have had difficulty providing the low latency and consistently high performance necessary to host business-quality video conferencing. EMC’s VSAT offering combines ad-hoc access, low delay, and high QoS with an innovative usage-based cost model to provide a reliable and affordable satellite network able to carry even the most demanding communication traffic – including real-time video conferencing.”

Thomas Luketich, VP of video conferencing and application services for EMC, added: “HD Connect provides HD visual collaboration, video conferencing and telepresence circuits in an on demand method anywhere in the world, concentrating on Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. The HD Connect service, which works with any video conferencing system, utilizes EMC’s high quality MPLS satellite network, which has been providing data services to governments and NGOs in those regions for over eight years.”

“The team at EMC has found an innovative way to increase the experience and reduce the costs that have been historically associated with satellite service,” said Ken Davison, vice president of global sales and marketing for Magor Communications. “Combining that capability with our scalable video coding (SVC++) gives governments, NGOs and corporations around the globe an affordable option for real-time HD visual collaboration between facilities located virtually anywhere on the Earth, including those that do not have easy access to the Internet.”