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Avaya beefs up video conferencing portfolio with new solutions


Networking and collaborations vendor Avaya has announced new products and capabilities in its video conferencing portfolio, including two new Scopia room systems, a new Scopia feature set, and personal desktop multimedia stations.

According to the company, these solutions are meant to improve productivity by enabling video conferencing in more locations as well as improve the quality of sessions.

“Team engagement and productivity can be greatly diminished when video conferencing is encumbered by poor quality, limited access and session disruptions,” the company said in a statement.  “The new solutions help overcome these issues, adding to one of the most comprehensive end user portfolios on the market to accommodate the changing work styles, preferences and policies in business today.”

New to the Scopia platform include the new H175 Video Collaboration Station and E159/E169 Media Stations, which support “flexible video connectivity from the device of choice, allowing seamless transitions from BYOD and mobile working to personal desktop to full room conferencing,” Avaya said.

Furthermore, the new Avaya Scopia XT7100 room video conferencing system now supports H.265 video coding, which the company claims uses up to 50 per cent less bandwidth while still offering 1080p resolution at 60fps.  For smaller to mid-sized conference rooms, the company is offering the XT4300, which offers similar capabilities, minus the bandwidth savings, at a lower price.

In personal devices, Avaya’s H175 Video Collaboration Station features a high definition video camera and seven inch HD touchscreen display, wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, access to Outlook calendar, contacts, and presence status of colleagues, cordless handset and speakerphone with HD voice, while the E159/E169 Media Stations act as standalone session initiation protocol desktop devices while also featuring a smartphone charging dock.

These devices will be running on Avaya’s new SDN Fx networking architecture that the company says will avoid bottlenecks and have better stability.