LifeSize Passport now plugs into Skype

  • TECH
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011

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KUALA LUMPUR: LifeSize Passport, the portable business-class videoconferencing solution, now supports Skype video communications that enables individual offices, teleworkers and small- to-medium-size business users to stay connected in 720p HD resolution with anyone using Skype.

Previously, Passport users could only communicate via the company’s ­proprietary videoconferencing application.

The portable H.323 and SIP-based videoconferencing system is billed by LifeSize (a division of Logitech International) as an entry-level and cost-effective HD system for point to point videoconferencing.

The system comes with either a static camera with a built-in directional microphone or a pan-tilt-zoom camera with a separate omni-directional microphone pod. In either package, users will also find a remote control.

Users can hook up the Passport to a LCD TV via the HDMI port during face-to-face communications.

When connected to a minimum 1Mbps Internet network, the Passport is able to stream videos at up to 1,280 x 720-pixel resolution at 30fps video frame rate for natural, realistic interactions, the company said.

The Passport offers an up to 2Mbps speed in a point-to-point connection with auto bandwidth detection and adjustment, built-in firewall traversal client, AES encryption as well as support for IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity.

Additionally, the system can be used together with the company’s LifeSize Video Centre, which is a standalone appliance, to add features like live streaming or recording.

The LifeSize Passport unit with a static camera costs RM8,250. No price was available for the other version at press time.


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