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ViewCast.com Hits Up Minerva for Video Platform

ViewCast.com, Inc. this week formed an agreement with Minerva Networks, Inc.whereby ViewCast.com will integrate the Minerva Video Network Platform as part of its video communication system.

The Viewpoint VBX System provides a flexible video PBX architecture that video-enables hundreds of desktops throughout an enterprise. A single Viewpoint VBX System in a switch room controls video connections anywhere in a building or campus. With the Viewpoint VBX Codec Array, users from remote sites can use the system as easily as the local staff.

The Minerva VNP is a carrier-quality MPEG-1&2 network appliance optimized for video distribution over IP networks and corporate intranets.

The addition of MPEG-2 capability builds on ViewCast.com's incorporation of H.323 standard support based on the H.323 protocol stack from RADvision, Inc. As a result, companies that have invested in high bandwidth TCP/IP networks can now leverage that investment to enable video communication at a choice of quality levels with the Viewpoint VBX.

"This addition of MPEG codecs to the Viewpoint VBX will give ViewCast.com customers tremendous flexibility in addressing their video needs," said ViewCast.com president and chief executive officer George Platt. "The Viewpoint VBX extends the reach of video communication, so that users can access high-quality video communication tools -- in a cost-effective manner from the desktop or from the conference room."

"Minerva has been offering carrier-quality and open-standards products and we are pleased that ViewCast.com has chosen Minerva's VNP technology to complement their VBX system," said Patrick Sweeney, vice president of Marketing at Minerva Networks.

Utilizing the Viewpoint VBX integrated conference bridging facility enables meetings to be distributed to multiple parties simultaneously by integrating multiple video communication standards, including communications standards H.323, H.320, H.324 and/or compression standard MPEG.