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Desktop Videoconferencing is changing. New products are coming out that span the casual user using a web cam at home to the most expensive Telepresence Rooms....

Desktop Videoconferencing is changing. New products are coming out that span the casual user using a web cam at home to the most expensive Telepresence Rooms.

This presentation puts some of my thoughts on "paper".

Just so you know... I have been involved in Desktop Videoconferencing since the beginning...



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  • Ruminations on Desktop Videoconferencing
    AARNET Presentation
    March 30 / 31, 2009
  • My Story…and I’m sticking to it
    “Telepresence” is great
    Rooms are great
    But the ability to meet anywhere, anytime, with anyone with whatever capability you have…..can change the world.
    Voice, video, and data collaboration
    Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone
  • History-The Beginning
    Starting in 1992 with the Cameo from CLI and VISIT from Northern Telecom
    Not Standard
    One Color (Cameo), one B&W (Visit)
    Guess which one people liked the most?
    Both Mac based
  • History-Middle
    As time went by the Cameo sent video only out the Ethernet port
    YouTube Video shows this configuration on the Discovery Channel “Answer Guys”
    Creative Labs made a DVC for POTS
    Mac Based
    Cu-SeeMe Internet VC introduced
    H.320 ISDN standards appear
    IP standards in the making
  • History-Late
    Internet popular, web cams came around
    High Speed BW more prevalent
    IPVC standards finalized (H.323 most notably)
    Computing power increased, laptops proliferated
    Infrastructure matured (Gatekeeper, MCU, Gateway, H.350, etc)
    People started to notice (finally!)
    Wireless Hot Spots appear
  • History-In the Making
    Free services appear
    ooVoo, Skype, SightSpeed, Google….more
    New DVC products are appearing at a rapid pace
    Scopia, CMA, Movi, VidyoDesktop (central)
    Mirial, PVX (loner)
    iocom, AG, Open Source
    “Personal Telepresence”
    Desktop video with marketing spin applied to it 
    Laptops / monitors integrate web cams
    Wireless Hot Spots everywhere / BW galore
  • Perfect Storm
    Technologies are in place
    Time is almost right (15 to 20 years after introduction = mass adoption)
    We need the people to accept it wholeheartedly
    World economy may or may not help
    No money
    Great need
  • Old Classifications
    Desktop (computer-based)
  • New Classifications (?)
    Casual / Telecommuter
    HD: No
    Telecommuter / Office
    Standards—You bet!
    HD: Sometimes
    Office / Conference / Class Room
    HD: Yes!
    Telepresence Room
    Standards—If they suit me
    HD: Definitely!
  • Casual / Telecommuter
    Computer-based free or low cost
    Web cam
    HD: No
    DSL or cable Internet connectivity
    256 kbps to 768 kbps + upstream
    The “standard” is the Internet
    Services / Applications
    ooVoo, Skype, Sightspeed, Vsee, WebEx (?)
  • Telecommuter / Office
    Telecommuter has resources from company
    Desktop stand-alone or computer-based
    HD: more and more
    Standards (H.323, H.320 (?), SIP, etc.)
    Desktop for us loners:
    Polycom PVX and Mirial Softphone (others)
    Desktop for those with company network:
    Vidyo, Scopia, CMA, Movi, iocom, AG, other….
    Maybe Set-top or Room…if space available
    Cisco, Lifesize, Polycom, Tandberg…more
  • Office / Conference / Class Room
    Company or School provides space
    Room based, Set-top, Desktop
    HD: is a given
    Standards (H.323, H.320, SIP, etc.)
    “Gateways” connect non-standard to standard
    Cisco, iocom, Lifesize, Mirial, Polycom, Tandberg, Vidyo…others
  • Telepresence Room
    Very nice dedicated rooms
    TP is HD
    Standards depend who designed it
    • Cisco, iocom, Lifesize, Polycom, Tandberg…others
  • Future: DesktopMobile
    Heads-up VC display in your car
    VC from cell phone-ubiquitous
    High quality mobile VC
    VC kiosks (Malls, Airports, etc)
    VCTV (Videoconferencing on your HDTV)
    Plug and Play (for everyone)
    Wireless robots
    Holographic VC
  • Summary
    Desktop Videoconferencing has come a long way.
    The ability to meet from anywhere, to anyone, at any time is here….to a large extent.
    Mobile videoconferencing is in our future
    HDTV videoconferencing is in our future
    Ultimate ease-of-use still in our future
    People still need to get used to the idea of being seen, but, the 15 to 20 year cycle is almost upon us..