New line of video conferencing technology

Polycom Inc. has announced the latest edition to its RealPresence video conferencing line up – the Polycom RealPresence Group 700.

The Group 700 allows users to stream content alongside a video conferencing session. reports that the Group can connect up to eight parties on a single call and at the same time run 1080p at 60 frames per second, allowing users to share additional content, without degradation in quality.

Chris Thorson, director of product and solutions marketing for Polycom, said this was possible thanks to a better allocation of network resources. Thorson explained that in the past, all users wanted to share was documents, so very little bandwidth was allocated to streaming.

The Group 300, 500 and 700 are all based on the H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology compression standard, which will allow businesses to conserve network resources.

“High-definition video and content will use more bandwidth, but the standard really allows users to get the most out of their bandwidth, while still providing high quality video,” he said.

Thorson said that there were multiple uses for such technology and gave an example of a movie studio playing high-definition video to a remote office.

Ira Weinstein, senior analyst at Wainhouse Research, told that he could think of multiple sectors where the technology would be useful, including health, education and medicine.