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Polycom unwraps new videoconferencing platform

The QDX 6000 system includes a codec, two microphones for stereo sound, a 4CIF standard definition camera, remote control and cables. The gear does not support telepresence, the immersive audio/video technology that creates the illusion participants are sitting across the table from each other.

But the system is designed to make the most of low-speed Internet connections and tighter budgets of smaller businesses, Polycom says. Integrated lost-packet recovery technology can maintain conference quality with as much as 10% packet loss, making it suitable for connections over the Internet. With a 256Kbps connection, the system can support 20 frames per second video; at 384Kbps it supports 30 fps video.

The product is compatible with videoconferencing gear made by Lifesize, Tandberg, Sony and Aethra. It supports video standards H.261, H.263 and H.264.

AES Encryption for the audio, video and data streams is supported. Management of the QDX 6000 is done system by system so deployments should be restricted to a few units that can be handled manually without a management platform.

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