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Optivision Intros Network-Attached Streaming Video Decoder

Optivision Inc. Monday introduced the NAC-4000, a compact streaming video receiver and decoder for real-time video distribution over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

The NAC-4000, a network-attached appliance that can be managed remotely, captures Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) standard video and plays it on television or computer monitors to support a variety of enterprise applications, including conferencing, distance learning, corporate communications, training, telemedicine and surveillance.

"Broadband access is available within enterprises, and, consequently, they are on the lookout for plug-and-play video appliances such as the NAC-4000 that are designed to work with broadband networks to enable leading-edge, collaborative, multimedia applications," said Christine Perey, president of Perey Communications.

"The NAC-4000 also features the simplicity of installation and use and small footprint that has made network appliances so popular among enterprises."

The NAC-4000 is a companion to Optivision's NAC-3000 network-attached streaming video encoder. A combination of the NAC-3000 and one or more NAC-4000s allows for the creation of a streaming video channel for enterprise applications for use in network environments.

The NAC-4000 is a single-channel, Ethernet-based receiver/decoder and plays Video-over-IP streams meeting the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 industry standards. The small "Set Top Box" profile of the NAC-4000 enables the distribution of video receiver nodes throughout the enterprise LAN to deliver video content to remote sites, buildings and rooms.

The NAC-4000 design has been optimized for network applications requiring unattended operation. An embedded operating system is not dependent on personal computer (PC) hardware or PC-based operating software.

As an alternative to Optivision's LivePlayer desktop streaming video software, the NAC-4000 supports the industry-standard Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), thereby allowing remote management of all network-distributed NAC-4000 receiver/decoders.

Customers can remotely or locally configure the NAC-4000 to receive specific video streams that are unicast or multicast, as well as to support a variety of digital video resolutions, bit rates and MPEG profiles.

"Our strategy is to offer a family of interoperable, high-performance network-attached video appliances and give our customers the flexibility to mix and match them as their particular needs dictate," said Michael Liccardo, president and chief executive officer of Optivision.

"The NAC-4000 upholds the high standards of performance, efficiency, economy, reliability and ease of use that we've established with our other solutions."

The NAC-4000 is available now through Optivision and its network of value-added resellers, including systems integrators and OEMs. Price in the United States is $2,995.