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This list of video telecommunication services and product brands is for groupings of video telecommunication services and for manufacturers' brands of videophones, webcams and video conferencing hardware and systems, all related to video telephony for two-way communications with live video and audio.

Descriptive names and terminology

A Tandberg T1 telepresence system features both high-definition audio and UXGA video. Meant for small offices, it requires 6 to 10 Mbps of bandwidth.
(courtesy of TANDBERG Corporation)
D-Link DVC-2000 broadband videophone also from 2007, featuring a flip-up monitor with video camera panel common on several contemporary devices
A typical low-cost webcam for use with personal computers and many popular videotelecommunication programs

Videophone calls can be referred to as 'videocalls'. They differ from videoconferencing in that they expect to serve individuals, not groups. However that distinction is becoming increasingly blurred with technology improvements such as increased bandwidth and sophisticated software clients that can allow for multiple parties on a call. In general everyday usage the term videoconferencing is now frequently used instead of video phonecall for point-to-point calls between two units. Both videophone calls and videoconferencing can also be referred to as a video link.

Webcams are popular, relatively low cost devices which can provide live video and audio streams via personal computers, and can be used with many software clients for video calls. A separate webpage article is devoted to that product.

A videoconference system is generally higher cost than a videophone and deploys greater capabilities. A videoconference (also known as a videoteleconference) allows two or more locations to interact via live two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously. This is generally accomplished by the use of a multipoint control unit (a centralized distribution and call management system) or by a similar non-centralized multipoint capability embedded in each videoconferencing unit. Again, technology improvements have circumvented traditional definitions by allowing multiple party videoconferencing via web-based applications.[1] A separate webpage article is devoted to videoconferencing.

A telepresence system is a high-end videoconferencing system and service usually employed by enterprise-level corporate offices. Telepresence conference rooms use state-of-the art room designs, video cameras, displays, sound-systems and processors, coupled with high-to-very-high capacity bandwidth transmissions.

Typical uses of the various technologies described above include videocalling or videoconferencing on a one-to-one, one-to-many or many-to-many basis for personal, business, educational, deaf Tele-Relay and tele-medical, diagnostic and rehabilitative use or services. New services utilizing videocalling and videoconferencing, such as personal videocalls to inmates incarcerated in penitentiaries, and videoconferencing to resolve airline engineering issues at maintenance facilities, are being created or evolving on an on-going basis.

The products below are listed by their normal and intended purpose, even though their names or descriptions may be different from the categories shown here (refer to terminology within general article pages).

Contents

Section 1: Hardware and related product brands

Worldgate Ojo PVP-900 broadband videophone from 2005, notable for its vertical styling and the cordless handset resting on the support arm for its 'portrait' type display.

Videophone hardware brands for person-to-person (point-to-point) use

Stand-alone videophones are point-to-point units not employing Multipoint Control Units (centralized distribution and call management systems). Earlier models make video calls utilizing older analogue POTS telephone lines, while later models use newer, higher quality, ADSL, ISDN or cable broadband technologies. Some videophones also employ Internet calling (IP) capabilities which can dispense with the need for telephone service.

Videoconferencing and Telepresence hardware systems meant for multiple participants

A Teliris VirtualLife high resolution telepresence system in use (Courtesy of: Teliris)

Video conferencing systems allow multiple participants by use of a Multipoint Control Unit (a centralized distribution and call management system) or via a similar non-centralized multipoint capability technology embedded in each unit.

Applying telepresence to education: a professional development expert in Colorado, U.S. uses telepresence to coach a teacher in Utah during research for Project thereNow

Videoconferencing hardware systems meant for the deaf, hard-of-hearing and telemedical services

  • AuPix: VRS Servers, multipoint units that can conference up to 10 people simultaneously
  • Mirial s.u.r.l.: PSE Video Contact Center, comprehensive solution for remote audio and video contact services
  • Polycom: Practitioner Cart, HDX Immersive Telemedicine Education systems

Videoconference bridging service provider

Webcam hardware brands for use on personal computers

A pre-2006 Apple iSight webcam, with software drivers written specifically for Apple's operating systems

Software client brands

Software clients for the deaf and hard-of-hearing VRS facilities

Server Software

Section 2: Video telecommunication services listing

Video telecommunication services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

See also: Video Relay Service for tables of VRS providers in the United States and France
  • AuPix: AuPix Video Contact Centre
  • Australian Communication Exchange: Multimedia Response Video Relay Service
  • Significan't SignVideo: Video Relay Service
  • IVeS: Video Relay Service based on Videoassistance platform
  • National Association for the Deaf: Video Relay Service (VRS)
  • Visio08: French VRS

Medical organizations employing video telecommunications

Public video conferencing facilities

  • Eyenetwork Global Videoconferencing Services is a British-based booking portal of video conferencing facilities owned by others, and showing 3500 worldwide locations on their website.
  • FedEx Office Formerly FedEx-Kinko's. Conference rooms with video conferencing.
  • London Videoconferencing Studio is a dedicated facility for hourly hire in central London, United Kingdom.
  • Proximity Video Suite Rentals as of 2009 has video conference rooms of their own in four cities and shows 4,500+ public video conferencing sites owned by others on their website.
  • StandByVideo (DBA VideoconferenceRooms.com)] is a booking portal of video conferencing facilities owned by others and as of 2009 shows 1,000+ registered videoconferencing locations on their website.
  • Whygo Videoconferencing is a booking portal of video conferencing facilities owned by others.

Section 3: Defunct brands & services

Brands, manufacturers and other services listed here are no longer in production, or no longer exist, and are listed for historical or research purposes.

Defunct videophone brands

Defunct videoconferencing system brands

  • IBM Person to Person, a software-only collaborative conferencing system interoperable between OS/2, Windows and AIX developed and marketed between 1991 and 1995[2].

Defunct webcam brands

  • Veo

Defunct videophone and videoconferencing services

See also

  • eMedicine
  • Telepresence
  • Unified communications, the integration of non real-time communication services such as unified messaging (integrated voicemail, e-mail, SMS and fax) with real-time communication services such as instant messaging, etc....
  • Web conferencing, used to conduct live meetings or presentations via the Internet
  • Webcast, “broadcasting” over the Internet

References

Further reading

  1. Biztech2. "Actis Launches Mobile Videoconferencing Solution" http://biztech2.in.com/india/news/communication/actis-launches-mobile-videoconferencing-solution/63662/0, August 25, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
  2. Davis, Andrew W. & Weinstein, Ira M. The Business Case for Videoconferencing, Wainhouse Research, March 2005.







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