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1 Audio/Video/Data Conferencing Jason Tisdall Data Connection

2 "Video conferencing is inevitable, but so is the day when the sun flames out and consumes the earth. Which will come first?", Stan Gibson, 1999

3 Audio/Video/Data Conferencing Data Connection background What is conferencing? History Current status Whats next?

4 Data Connection Background What we do Software developers Supplier of core communications technology to major vendors and service providers Still growing in a difficult market Products Conferencing (audio/video/data) Directory and messaging Network protocol stacks (used in routers) Telephony softswitches My role Professional services + sales support Products - DC-MeetingServer, DC-MailServer

5 What Is Conferencing? What is conferencing? Video Audio Data What should be in a conferencing toolset? An experiment…

6 What Is Conferencing? What is conferencing? Video Audio Data What should be in a conferencing toolset? An experiment… Data Share apps Whiteboard/annotate File transfer Ability to record Chat (personal and general) Peer Vs presented

7 Conferencing Defined Conferencing is a means of offering any or all of image, voice and data communication between remote sites in real time., Jason Tisdall, 2002

8 DC-MeetingServer Web Interface

9 Historical Development (1) First Seen Isaac Asimov The Naked Sun – 1956 AT&T PicturePhone demo at the World Fair 1964 Commercial offering 1970, $160/month Compression Labs commercial offering 1982, $250,000 system, $1000/hour The conference room (early-90s onward) Small market Tens of thousands of pounds per unit Single purpose hardware and software PictureTel, VTEL, BT, TANDBERG

10 Traditional Videoconferencing

11 Historical Development (2) Desktop (Personal) Systems (mid-90s onward) Huge potential market Cheap(ish) Proprietary islands of interoperability Data Connection, Polycom, Microsoft Key Developments (late-90s) Standards: T.120, H.323 H.32x Audio/video T.12x Data sharing Multiple endpoints Internet / Web conferencing

12 Desktop Conferencing

13 Conferencing Networks (1) Telephone Videoconferencing Room System Public Switched Telephone Network

14 ISDN (H.320) Videoconferencing Room System Conferencing Networks (2) Telephone IP Network NetMeeting H H.320 Gateway ISDN (H.320) Videoconferencing Room System Public ISDN Network Public Switched Telephone Network DC-Share for UNIX

15 ISDN (H.320) Videoconferencing Room System Conferencing Networks (3) Telephone IP Network NetMeeting H PSTN Gateway H H.320 Gateway ISDN (H.320) Videoconferencing Room System Public ISDN Network DC-Share for UNIX Firewall HTTP Public Switched Telephone Network Java-enabled Web browser

16 Conferencing – Market Status How big? $14 billion by 2005 = 38% compound growth from 2000 to 2005 (IDC: July 2001) Home Market Low bandwidth (traditionally – but changing) Video phone + chat + adult Vertical limited deployment Helpdesks, call centres Corporate Security / firewalls Measurable benefits – cost/fear of travel Other benefits - improved work practices, productivity, morale Strong bias to data

17 Conferencing – Who Uses It?

18 Cambridge Technology - management consultants and systems integration Purpose: training and sales Users: 4000 employees and worldwide customers Solution: integrate voice and web conferencing BNFS – Huge american railroad operator Purpose: mission critical communications, training Users: planners, engineers Solution: 28 state deployment, with over 750,000 minutes per month of usage Merrill Lynch – Financial Management Purpose: real time collaboration for employees and clients Users: 63,000 employees in 44 countries + clients Solution: world-wide deployment, with over 500,000 minutes per month of usage Money: saves over $1 million per year See

19 Conferencing – Who Uses It? We do Between sites High levels of interest/deployment across sectors Engineering – Ford, Boeing, BMW, … Military Service providers Example Ford have mandated all their suppliers must deploy standards based conferencing

20 Whats Next? Conferencing Limits Access local and wide area Equipment/security Bandwidth Audio requires 5-64 kbits/sec, video requires kbits/sec Latency Infrastructure

21 Whats Next? Web Fast growing use anywhere no install (saves a lot of money) Lack of standards opportunity for bridging between web and traditional clients like NetMeeting Conference Servers In-house or via ISP (hosted) Security, management Bridging communications – IP and PSTN Services – web proxy, recording Development of infrastructure More bandwidth QoS in VPNs predictable bandwidth predictable latency charging

22 Whats Next? was the major corporate growth technology of the 90s... Conferencing is a major corporate growth technology in the new millennium

23 Final Quote Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm, Winston Churchill


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