Breakthrough price for HD video products ends era of standard definition video, enables widespread deployment of HD video communications
Lifesize Communications, the global leader in high definition video communications, today unveiled its expanded HD video product line, featuring products that will completely alter the video communications industry. Three new products – Lifesize® Express™, Lifesize® Team MP™ and Lifesize® Conference™ – have joined the company’s flagship product, Lifesize® Room™, in a product lineup that makes high definition video communications accessible and affordable to all organizations, in every room, everywhere.
Lifesize’s all-HD video product portfolio is now the industry’s broadest and most affordable high definition product line, ranging from simple point-to-point video systems to highly customized, multi-display, multi-HD camera video systems. All Lifesize products provide stunning quality that delivers an immersive, high definition telepresence experience over existing broadband networks.
“With our complete HD video product portfolio, Lifesize delivers on the promise of video communications by providing a telepresence experience that is lifelike, useful, reliable and affordable,” said Craig Malloy, CEO and founder, Lifesize Communications. “We firmly believe that video communications will change the way people communicate, and we are proud to introduce revolutionary technology that helps people everywhere do more, travel less and be present in any environment.”
The first product in the expanded portfolio is Lifesize Express, which delivers a high definition, point-to-point video communications experience at a significantly lower price than most standard definition systems. About the size of a wireless router, Lifesize Express offers telepresence quality HD video for under $6,000.
“We are confident that Lifesize Express will change the video conferencing landscape forever,” said Malloy, “Launching Express is our most significant achievement since the release of our flagship product, Lifesize Room, less than two years ago. To say we are excited is an understatement.”
Lifesize’s mid-priced HD video communications solutions, the new Lifesize Team MP and Lifesize Room, include embedded high definition multipoint capabilities that offer customers greater flexibility in determining the solution that best accommodates their environment. As with all Lifesize HD video products, Lifesize Team MP and Lifesize Room deliver 30 frames per second and 1280×720 screen resolution at only one megabit per second (Mbps), and provide better quality at any bandwidth. Lifesize products are fully standards compliant and can interoperate with nearly any videoconferencing system built within the last 7 years. Priced as low as $8,999, Lifesize Team MP shatters the price barrier for multipoint HD video.
Rounding out Lifesize’s new HD video product portfolio, Lifesize Conference provides organizations, integrators and AV consultants the HD video infrastructure necessary to create custom telepresence suites. Accommodating multiple displays, up to three HD cameras, and integrating a wireless control panel, Lifesize Conference is the first HD video product designed especially for telepresence environments. It is priced at less than $40,000. By contrast, competing systems from companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Cisco often cost in excess of $200,000.
“Telepresence is about the authenticity of the experience, and Lifesize Conference creates the sensation of everyone being together in a single room,” said Lifesize CTO Casey King. “With Lifesize Conference, telepresence rooms are now affordable to more organizations and accessible by more employees.”
“We built this company to deliver an experience so compelling that people would naturally select video communications instead of traveling,” said Malloy. “With our expanded product portfolio, superior video quality and price leadership, we see the end of the standard definition video era and the beginning of mainstream adoption of high definition for everyone.”
For a complete list of the Lifesize HD product portfolio including their audio, infrastructure and management products, see our Product page. Lifesize Express, Lifesize Team MP and Lifesize Room are available for immediate delivery worldwide.
The Lifesize Conference solution is available Q4, 2007.