HP Expands Video Lineup with Desktop, Conference Room Offerings

HP has moved downstream in the videoconferencing space with a line of conference room and desktop offerings that complement its high-end Halo studio technology.

HP Visual Collaboration is a set of software-based solutions designed to enable high-definition videoconferencing at the users desk. It’s done either via a client installed on laptops or desktop computers, or via a bundled, touchscreen solution that features an HP TouchSmart 600 Quad loaded with HP Visual Collaboration software, a camera and headset. Two conference room solutions, the HP Visual Collaboration Room 100 and Room 220, are also available.

The products are complementary to HPs Halo studio technology, an HP-managed service that includes monitors, cameras and other equipment needed for extremely high-end, studio-style videoconferencing. HP Visual Collaboration, however, will be a standard videoconferencing setup, with management of the sessions done by users or through a managed services provider.

The new offerings utilize scalable video coding technology from Vidyo, which is an adaptive technology that optimizes video, reduces latency and eliminates the need for a multipoint control unit. HP and Vidyo struck an agreement in June that allows HP to incorporate the scalable video coding technology into its video lineup.

The software, available now, supports up to 100 disparate users in a single video call. The screen shows the last eight people to talk during the session.

The basic software license for HP Visual Collaboration is $5 per endpoint, regardless of the type of technology (laptop, desktop PC or conference room device).

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