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Magor and EMC Demonstrate HD Videoconferencing Over Unmanaged Internet and EMC's VSAT Service
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011


Firms Leverage Magor’s Scalable Video Coding (SVC++) and EMC’s New HD Connect On Demand Satellite Service to Conduct Real-Time, Ad Hoc Point-to-Point and Multipoint Visual Collaboration Calls Between US, UK and Kenya
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Miami, Florida, USA and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – July 21, 2011 In a breakthrough for the high definition video conferencing market, Magor Communications and Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) successfully conducted a live demonstration of real-time, high definition (HD) video conferencing over unmanaged Internet and EMC’s VSAT service at the Wainhouse Research Collaboration Summit, taking place at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia.
During a packed session Tuesday morning, 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 utilized 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.
The successful demonstration was an important advancement for delivering real-time HD visual collaboration services to remote locations across the globe. Key details for these calls include:
·          Both calls were set up in an ad-hoc, non-scheduled manner
·          The calls delivered excellent video quality that allowed conference attendees to clearly see facial expressions and pick up on the non-verbal cues of the call participants
·          The round-trip delay between endpoints that were connected via EMC’s VSAT service ranged from 650-771ms, with zero packet loss and zero jitter
·          The round-trip delay between endpoints that were connected via the Internet ranged from 85-93ms, with zero packet loss and zero jitter
“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.”
“We were proud to announce our HD Connect On Demand Satellite Service at the Wainhouse Research Collaboration Summit,” said Thomas Luketich, VP of video conferencing and application services for EMC. “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 8 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.”
Supporting Resources:
·          Learn more about Magor TeleCollaboration from the white paper, “Introducing Magor TeleCollab