IMTC Announces 18th Annual SuperOp!

 IMTC Announces 18th Annual SuperOp! Interoperability Testing Event  for Multimedia, Products and Services! [Read more...]

November 16, 2004

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2005 IMTC Forum to Focus on Role of Multimedia Communications in Next Generation Networks

Global Experts to Converge in Germany on May 10-12, 2005

San Ramon , CA – November 16, 2004- The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) today announced that the 2005 IMTC Forum will take place in Eibsee , Germany , from May 10-12 . At the annual event t echnology executives from the world’s leading communications companies, spanning Europe , Asia and the Americas , meet to explore the latest developments, trends, and upcoming technologies for rich media communications. This will mark the 11 th year for the IMTC Forum. The theme of this year’s event is “The Future of Next Generation Networks: Convergence of VoIP, Videoconferencing and Mobile “.

“Next Generations Networks, or NGN for short, is the next big thing in communications – with multimedia communication as its key application. In the Next Generations Network we see the emergence of multimedia applications and services that seamlessly span fixed and mobile networks- bringing together voice, video, and data communication and services in one seamless experience,” said Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, President of IMTC and Chief Engineer, Director Multimedia and Applications Standards, Siemens AG, Germany . “The IMTC Forum in Germany will be an unique opportunity to network with other vendors, learn of emerging trends and technologies, and develop opportunities for your company to take advantage of new prospects offered by NGN in the multimedia and mobile markets.”

Logistics and Registration
The Eibsee Hotel is the host hotel for both Forum sessions and interoperability demonstrations.   The three-day IMTC Forum will start on the morning of Tuesday, May 10, and adjourn midday on May 12.   Discussions will focus on mobile technologies, Next Generation Networks (NGN), i nnovative multimedia applications and services, security and emerging standards.   Individuals interested in participating are requested to contact Jennifer Fletcher at jfletcher@inventures.com.   Online registration for the 2005 IMTC Forum will be available November 15 at www.imtc.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities and Call for Papers
Companies interested in sponsorships and presentation opportunities are requested to inquire with Jennifer Fletcher at jfletcher@inventures.com.   The IMTC is currently accepting presentation proposals through January 21, 2005 .   The Forum is intended to be a highly interactive event, with ample opportunity for Q&A.   Presentation slots are typically 30 minutes, with 20 minutes allocated for presentation and 10 minutes for Q&A. Contributions as a presenter not only reach those in attendance at the Forum, but also are made available following the event to organizations around the world.

About the IMTC

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading non- profit organization whose mission is t o promote and facilitate the development and use of interoperable, real-time, multimedia telecommunication products and services based on open international standards.   The IMTC hosts interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years the IMTC has hosted more than 20 interoperability-testing events to test H.323, 3G-324M, 3G-PSS , SIP, Nat/Firewall Traversal, T.120, H .320, and Voice over IP products and services with each other.   The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Cisco Systems, Dilithium Networks, Emblaze Mobile, France Telecom, Nextreaming Corp., Nokia, Nortel Networks, Polycom, RADVISION, Siemens AG, Sony, and TANDBERG.   The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 70 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. “The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime.” Further information on IMTC can be found at http://www.imtc.org .

October 6, 2004

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Testing future UMTS and Internet Multimedia Communications Products a Success

IMTC SuperOp! 2004 validates interoperability between advanced multimedia communications systems – Broad industry participation for main technical event for multimedia telecommunications

 

San Ramon, Calif., October 6, 2004 – SuperOp! 2004, the main testing event of the telecommunications industry for multimedia standards and products, was hosted by TANDBERG and organized by the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC)  in Lillestrom, Norway, September 10 to 14.  SuperOp! allows companies that manufacture multimedia telecommunications equipment to make their products work seamlessly with equipment from other companies.  Because of the diversity of equipment, protocols and vendors, it is not practical or economical for a single organization to duplicate such large-scale connectivity in its own test lab. SuperOp! provides a unique opportunity to any company that produces multimedia telecommunications equipment to test their equipment and services at an unprecedented level.
According to Albert Wong of Dilithium Networks, Co-Chairman of the IMTC 3G-324M Activity Group (AG), this event allowed the 14 member companies of his group to follow on the successful results achieved during the first-ever international 3G video telephony interoperability testing in Sweden earlier this year. “The diverse setting of equipment being tested at the SuperOp! event and the industry-wide participation allowed us to significantly expand our testing,” he said.

 

This view was supported by Amir Wolf of Emblaze Mobile, Chairman of the IMTC Packet Switched Streaming (PSS) AG, who had 14 companies participate at SuperOp!  We had 6 servers, 10 terminals and one RTSP NAT gateway, testing content created by 16 vendors.  “For us, SuperOp! gives the opportunity to perform validation of streaming media from PSS servers to PSS clients and to summarize a year of offline tests and streaming over the internet: This is the first time we are testing over a live 3G network,” Mr. Wolf explained. At the same time, the 3G-324M AG looked at testing implementations of different products, including handset prototypes, terminals and gateways testing over live UMTS network and ISDN. Service reliability on successful voice and video start-up was also one of the testing focuses of this AG.  It is one of the most crucial factors for the 3G video telephony service launch.

 

All testing at the IMTC SuperOp! 2004, was conducted by the Consortium’s Activity Groups. Apart from 3G-324 M and 3G-Packet Switched Streaming, the SuperOp! program in Lillestrom included:

-         H.323 interwork testing (testing between any of the listed protocol) throughout SuperOp!, a focus during the SuperConnection

-         SIP

-         Videoconferencing over –ISDN (H.320)

-         Quality of Service and Performance Testing

-         Nat/Firewall traversal testing

 

“The past year has seen a substantial increase in the use of and interest in multimedia conferencing.  The annual IMTC SuperOp! event provides an opportunity for vendors to assure interoperability between their technologies”, said Anatoli Levine, IMTC Conferencing over IP Activity Group Chairman, RADVISION.  During the last day of SuperOp!, all equipment presented was connected in the traditional “SuperConnection”.  There were (27) H.323/SIP/H.320 devices participating plus (9) 3G-324M devices which makes it total of 36 different devices from 16 companies.  The testing connected all available test stations into a single large conference consisting of a mixture of audio/video, and voice only equipment.

SuperOp! 2004 was sponsored by Nortel Networks, TANDBERG and Telenor as a “Platinum Equipment Sponsors”, Polycom and RADVISION as “Platinum Sponsors”, and Sony as a “Gold Sponsor”.

 

About the IMTC

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading

non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia conferencing solutions based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years the IMTC has hosted more than 20 interoperability-testing events to test H.323, 3G-324M, 3G-PSS, SIP, Nat/Firewall Traversal, T.120, H .320, and Voice over IP products and services with each other.  The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Cisco Systems, Dilithium Networks, Emblaze Mobile, France Telecom, Nextreaming Corp., Nokia, Nortel Networks, Polycom, RADVISION, Siemens AG, Sony, and TANDBERG.  The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 70 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. “The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime.” Further information on IMTC can be found at http://www.imtc.org/.

August 4, 2004

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Checking the Multimedia State-of-the-Art at SuperOp! 2004
IMTC interoperability event 2004 in Lillestrom, Norway is open for registration – Wide range of developer tests for vendors, operators and users – Dedicated to Mark Ludwig, late IMTC Director and SuperOp! Co-Chair – Event sponsored by Nortel Networks, Polycom, RADVISION, Sony and TANDBERG

San Ramon, Calif., 4 August, 2004 – IMTC, the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium, has opened registration for this year’s SuperOp!, the organizations annual premier interoperability event where producers of equipment and network providers engaged in multimedia telecommunications have the unique opportunity to test their latest developments in a live environment. The SuperOp! 2004 will take place from September 10 to 14 in the Norwegian town of Lillestrom, close to the home of TANDBERG. TANDBERG is hosting the event and is a “Platinum Equipment Sponsor”. TANDBERG will be joined by Nortel Networks, also a “Platinum Equipment Sponsor” as well as by “Platinum Sponsors”, Polycom, and RADVISION and by “Gold sponsor”, Sony. Special acknowledgement is extended to Telenor for providing network services.

“TANDBERG enthusiastically welcomes the IMTC SuperOp! 2004 to Norway. As a company dedicated to open standards, TANDBERG is proud to sponsor this premier telecommunications interoperability event in our home country”, stated Snorre Kjesbu, Vice President of Technology Innovation at TANDBERG. “The interoperability testing that takes place at SuperOp! enables vendors to test products in a unique neutral environment and ensures that standards have been implemented properly, allowing telecommunication equipment to work together seamlessly. Products that go through a SuperOp! testing cycle will provide customers with the most streamlined experience possible, increasing the adoption of multimedia telecommunications and advancing the industry.”

“Nortel Networks is pleased to continue our sponsorship of the IMTC SuperOp! 2004 by providing the converged network infrastructure for the event, as we did with great success last year. Nortel Networks is a world class leader in converged networking solutions – data, voice, and multimedia. There is no better forum to showcase our converged solutions and demonstrate our commitment to interoperability based on adherence to industry standards than at the IMTC SuperOp! 2004 and other IMTC interop! events,” said Tim Mendonca, Sr. Consulting Engineer, Nortel Networks, IMTC Director, and Chairman of the IMTC Quality of Service committee. “At SuperOp! 2004 we are offering participants the ability to do performance, Quality of Service and security testing in addition to the normal interoperability testing.” Nortel Networks is a trademark of Nortel Networks.

“Polycom is proud to again be a sponsor of the IMTC SuperOp! Event, where engineers from vendors around the world come together to ensure reliable interoperability for products across our industry”, said Tim Root, the Chief Technology Officer of the Video Division at Polycom, Inc. “Our sponsorship demonstrates Polycom’s ongoing commitment to our customers to support true standards-based interoperability for real-time, rich-media communications.”

“The annual SuperOp! event is the place where we have the chance to both showcase our newest multimedia technologies and ensure that they are compatible with the rest of the communications world”, said Anatoli Levine, Director of Software Support from RADVISION and IMTC Director and SuperOp! Co-Chair, one of the key organizers of the SuperOp! 2004, adding: “This very important forum is crucial in allowing us to not only evaluate the current state-of-the-art, but to push the envelope and bring to market new multimedia communication and entertainment technologies. For equipment developers, the IMTC event constitutes the moment of truth – where we find out if our R&D over the past year was successful, where improvements are needed, what we need to change, and in which direction things may move in the coming year.”

All testing at the Lillestrom SuperOp! will be conducted by IMTC Activity Groups and will include interoperability and interworking tests between IP networks, a 3G network and switched-circuit networks. As in previous years, the last day of the IMTC SuperOp! will be dedicated to building a SuperConnection of the components present, all being joined in one single conference. All testing results are being carefully monitored and documented and will be presented to SuperOp! participants for further investigation.

The IMTC SuperOp! 2004 is dedicated to the late Mark Ludwig who served on the IMTC- Board of Directors and was Co-Chair of SuperOp! Mark Ludwig died on June 27 this year at the age of 39. As representative of Polycom at IMTC, Mark had been instrumental in advancing the cause of the Consortium; he will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues.

The IMTC SuperOp! 2004 in Lillestrom, Norway is now open for registration. Companies and vendors interested in participating in this premier industry event are requested to contact Jennifer Fletcher at Global Inventures: jfletcher@inventures.com. Due to limited capacity, registrations will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. More details on SuperOp! 2004 can be found at http://www.imtc.org.

About the IMTC
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia conferencing solutions based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years the IMTC has hosted more than 20 interoperability-testing events to test H.323, 3G-324M, 3G-PSS, SIP, Nat/Firewall Traversal, T.120, H .320, and Voice over IP products and services with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Cisco Systems, Dilithium Networks, Emblaze Systems, France Telecom, Nextreaming Corp., Nokia, Nortel Networks, Polycom, RADVISION, Siemens AG, Sony, and TANDBERG. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 70 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. “The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime.” Further information on IMTC can be found at http://www.imtc.org.

July 27, 2004

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Industry joins forces for mobile videoconferencing
IMTC organizes first ever international 3G video telephony interoperability testing event – Face-to-Face event looks at 3G-324M services – Major industrial players meet at Ericsson facility in southern Sweden.

San Ramon, Calif., July 27, 2004 – Eleven major companies engaged in mobile multimedia telecommunications met earlier this month in southern Sweden, for what was to be the international 3G video telephony interoperability testing event held for the first time. The event was hosted by Ericsson at their facility in Lund, and was organized by the 3G-324M Activity Group working under the auspices of the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC). It consisted of four days of tightly scheduled sessions validating handsets, prototype systems and protocol stacks in 50 test cases plus all scenarios for establishing voice and video communication. This interoperability activity is expected to provide a basis for the development of future advanced communication services on mobile networks, including mobile videoconferencing.

“This was the first international 3G video telephony face-to-face interoperability testing event held in history, ” said Albert Wong of Dilithium Networks, Co-Chairman of the IMTC Activity Group, adding: “Companies around the globe were very enthusiastic about the event and testing was very productive. This forms an important milestone to the successful launch of 3G-324M-based video telephony services worldwide.”

3G-324M is the standard for 3G video telephony service. The development of 3G-324M standard based equipment and services appeared to be slow over the past two years when most vendors and network providers concentrated on H.323/H.320, which from a working principle point of view are quite similar at point-to-point operation. The fact that so many leading vendors committed resources for joining the testing in Lund is an indicator for the growing confidence of the industry in the future of 3G-324M based services. The event in Lund was attended by Dilithium Networks, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, PacketVideo, Qualcomm, RADVISION, Samsung, Sasken Communication Technologies, Sharp and Siemens.

“This face-to-face event has given a boost to the group since for first time all participants were able to test their equipment in a real 3G environment” said Sebastian Purreiter of Siemens, co-chair of IMTC 3G-324M activity group. “Nevertheless, ongoing activities will also continue with virtual interoperability test events using digitally switched ISDN lines for its ease of setup”.

The group expects to continue this successful activity with another face-to face event in September in Lillestrom, Norway, organized under the leadership of the IMTC. Currently the group is composed of 13 actively participating members, which are Dilithium Networks, Emuzed, Ericsson, Motorola, NMS Communications, Nokia, PacketVideo, Qualcomm, RADVISION, Samsung, Sasken Communication Technologies, Sharp and Siemens.

About the IMTC
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia conferencing solutions based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years the IMTC has hosted more than 20 interoperability-testing events to test H.323, H.324, SIP, T.120, H .320, and Voice over IP products and services with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Cisco Systems, Dilithium Networks, Emblaze Systems, France Telecom, Nextreaming Corp., Nokia, Nortel Networks, Polycom, RADVISION, Siemens AG, Sony, and TANDBERG. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 70 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. “The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime.” Further information on IMTC can be found at http://www.imtc.org.

June 30, 2004

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IMTC SuperOp! Goes Up North
Multimedia Telecommunications vendors meet in Lillestrom/Oslo, Norway this September – TANDBERG hosts this year’s major testing event – SuperOp! 2004 will include 3G technologies such as 324M and PSS testing

San Ramon, Calif., June 30, 2004 – IMTC, the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium, has announced that this year’s SuperOp! will take place in Lillestrom near the Norwegian capital Oslo, where it will be hosted by TANDBERG from September 10-14, 2004. As every year, SuperOp! will be the major multivendor, multiprotocol, and multitransport interoperability testing event where the multimedia telecommunications community has the opportunity to check the compatibility of new products in an almost “real world” environment with systems from different vendors. Participants in the IMTC SuperOp! represent leading organizations, including not only producers of equipment but also protocol stack vendors, network infrastructure, and multimedia and voice endpoint producers.

The IMTC SuperOp! is the most important testing event of the year for organizations active in multimedia telecommunications, providing a unique testing environment for new equipment and ideas, an environment no single vendor would be able to set up economically on its own due to the huge diversity of equipment, protocols and vendors. SuperOp! 2004 will allow producers of multimedia conferencing and telephony products to test the interoperability of current and future equipment in a mixed environment offering Internet, intranet, digital and analog networks.

In addition to the protocols and technologies tested every year, this year the IMTC SuperOp! plans to utilize 3G networks to test its 3G-324M and Packet Switched Streaming (PSS) products. All testing at the IMTC SuperOp! 2004 will be organized by the IMTC Activity Groups and will contain interoperability and interworking tests between IP networks and switched-circuit networks. As in previous years, the last day of the IMTC SuperOp! will be dedicated to building a superconnection of the components present, all being joined in one single conference. All testing results are being carefully monitored and documented and will be presented to SuperOp! participants for further investigation.

People interested in participating in this major industry event are kindly requested to contact Jennifer Fletcher at Global Inventures: jfletcher@inventures.com. Due to limited capacity, registrations will be handled on a first come, first serve basis.

About the IMTC
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia conferencing solutions based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years the IMTC has hosted more than 20 interoperability-testing events to test H.323, H.324, SIP, T.120, H .320, and Voice over IP products and services with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Cisco Systems, Dilithium Networks, Emblaze Systems, France Telecom, Nextreaming Corp., Nokia, Nortel Networks, Polycom, RADVISION, Siemens AG, Sony, and TANDBERG. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 70 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. “The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime.” Further information on IMTC can be found at http://www.imtc.org.

March 2, 2004

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Workshop on H.350 Contact:
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IMTC Sponsors the ViDe Workshop on ITU-T H.350
Providing information on important new standard for
Voice- and Video over IP

SAN RAMON, CA, March 2, 2004 – The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) today announced that it will sponsor the upcoming ViDe Workshop on ITU-T H.350, which will commence immediately following the 6th Annual ViDe/SURA Digital Video Workshop. The Video Development Initiative (ViDe) is offering a one-day workshop on the new ITU-T H.350 “Directory Services Architecture for Multimedia Conferencing” standard ratified in August 2003 by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T).

“Until now, evolving a video- and voice service meant hopping from one proprietary management solution to another, and retooling the business process each time. We finally have a tool that addresses how enterprises and service providers can safely manage large numbers of video- and voice over IP users and endpoints,” said Tyler Miller Johnson, network engineer for ViDeNet, the world’s largest video over IP network – connecting hundreds of universities globally. “Our experiences building ViDeNet demonstrated the centrality of the directory and the need for a formal international standard in this area.”

ViDe played a key role in the development of this new standard. This standard describes a lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) schema that stores information about the IETF SIP, ITU-T H.323 and H.320-compliant and even proprietary voice and video endpoints. The architecture makes it easy to look up users’ video and voice addresses, and allows the enterprise to provide white pages, configuration, user-management and authorization services all out of the same directory. This integration of business process reduces the overall cost of operating services.

The ITU-T H.350 standard is relatively simple to implement. The March workshop is designed to provide engineers and network administrators the know-how to plan for, implement and deploy ITU-T H.350-compliant products. It is a unique opportunity for developers of real-time IP communications to get first-hand information from world authorities on this promising new tool.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, March 25th, 2004, at University Place Conference Center and Hotel at IUPUI, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The reception will take place on the preceding evening at the same venue. Indiana University Purdue University Indiana in Indianapolis is the home of the Network Operations Center (NOC) for the Abilene Network, an Internet2 high-performance backbone network that supports the development of real-time and rich media communications applications, as well as advanced networking capabilities such as IPv6.

The registration fee for corporate and commercial attendees is $350 and $250 for academic and research network attendees. To learn more about the Workshop, visit www.vide.net/conferences/h350 or send e-mail to workshoponh350@perey.com.

About the IMTC
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia conferencing solutions based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years the IMTC has hosted more than 20 interoperability-testing events to test H.323, 3G-324M, SIP, T.120, H.320, and Voice over IP products and services with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Cisco Systems, Dilithium Networks, Emblaze Systems, France Telecom, Level 3 Communications, MediaDigm Technology, Nextreaming Corp., Nokia, Nortel Networks, Polycom, RADVISION, Siemens AG, Sony, and Tandberg. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 70 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. “The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime.” Further information on IMTC can be found at http://www.imtc.org

About ViDe
ViDe promotes the deployment of digital video in research and higher education. Leveraging collective resources and expertise, ViDe advances digital video deployment through promotion and development of interoperable, standardized, and cost-effective technologies. ViDe was founded by representatives from universities and education networks; ViDe members today include those interested in improving and deploying scalable, standards-based digital video architecture and services for use in research and higher education. ViDe workshops bring the latest developments in digital video services for higher education. http://www.vide.net

October 7, 2003

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7th Annual IMTC SuperOp! Event in Austin, Texas
SuperConnection Accomplished in Record Time, H.323 Forum Certification and 3G-324M Gain Momentum

SAN RAMON, Calif., October 07, 2003 – The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) today reported the successful completion of its annual SuperOp!, an industry-wide testing event designed to foster greater interoperability between multimedia communications systems. SuperOp! brought together developers and engineers from most of the leading companies in multimedia communications for open discussion and testing of new ideas and equipment. This year’s SuperOp! was sponsored by Nortel Networks, Polycom, Inc., RADVISION, and Sony Electronics, and took place from Sept. 23 to 27 at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas. Additional support for the event was provided by Siemens AG and TANDBERG.

“SuperOp! is an important event to help drive better interoperability between systems from different vendors, which is critical for the success of multi-vendor deployments and ultimately overall customer satisfaction,” said Mark Ludwig, Polycom, Inc. after the close of SuperOp!. “Even with standards-based equipment, interoperability testing is important to creating true compatibility. This year’s results are promising as we continue to move the technology forward and eliminate many of the interoperability barriers that can inhibit wider adoption of conferencing and collaboration tools.”

The highlight of this year’s event was a SuperConnection on the last day, which took only 40 minutes to set up a large-scale, complex network including more than 30 endpoints, 5 gatekeepers, 5 gateways and 7 cascaded MCUs using different protocols. The testing connected all available test stations into a single large conference consisting of a mixture of audio/video, and voice only equipment. The session consisted of internetworking among IP and switched-circuit networks including SIP, 3G-324M, H.323, and H.320 protocols. The SuperConnection is designed to prove that large-scale interoperability and interworking continue to make great strides.

Also during the week, a number of participating companies engaged in H.323 Forum Certification Testing. This testing procedure is aimed at ensuring the basic level of interoperability required for quick and effortless deployment within service provider and enterprise environments. A majority of the vendors participating in the testing successfully completed Level 1A testing, affirming overall maturity of today’s H.323-based multimedia communications systems.

Finally, an intense testing of 3G-324M implementations, including both endpoints and gateways, were performed during the week. In total, 7 companies participated in this testing, the main focus of which was to ensure interoperability between the various implementations of the mandatory protocols and codecs of the 3G-324M standard.

About the IMTC
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia communications solutions based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years the IMTC has hosted more than 60 interoperability-testing events to test H .320, H.323, H.324, SIP, T.120, , and Voice over IP products and services with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Cisco Systems, Dilithium Networks, France Telecom, Nokia, Polycom, RADVISION, Ridgeway, Siemens AG, Sony Electronics, TANDBERG, and Telverse a Level 3 company. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 70 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. “The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime.” Further information on IMTC can be found at http://www.imtc.org.

August 1, 2001

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IMTC Invites Conferencing Industry to Attend and Participate in SuperOp! 2001 in Honolulu, September 10-14

San Ramon, CA – August 1, 2001 – The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) has invited members of such conferencing industry organizations as ETSI, SIP Forum, TIA, TTC, ISC, and 3GPP SA4 to attend the IMTC’s SuperOp! 2001and participate in the interoperability testing during the event in Hawaii, September 11 -14.

SuperOp! enables manufacturers of multimedia conferencing and telephony products to test the interoperability of current and future offerings across a mixture of Internet, intranet, LAN/WAN, digital (ISDN), and analog (POTS) telephone networks. The IMTC’s SuperOp! event provides a venue for testing the interoperability of multimedia communication products based on open standards including, but not limited to, those adopted by IETF, ETSI, and ITU. More than 100 organizations and over 300 engineers from all over the world have attended previous IMTC SuperOp events and a similar group of participants is expected this year.

The last day of SuperOp! testing focuses on building the SuperConnection! of more than 100 components that are joined in a single conference. The components include endpoints, gateways, proxies, gatekeepers, and MCUs that are linked together using a variety of protocols — SIP, H.323, H.320, and H.248/Megaco.

Approximately 150 test teams will test both pre-release and commercial products based on specific test plans and procedures. The testing will include interoperability and internetworking between IP networks and switched-circuit networks: H.323, SIP, iNOW! Profile, T.120, H.320, H.324 M, H.248/Megaco, H.450, QoS performance testing, 3G-324M, packet-switched streaming, and 3DPP protocols.

At this SuperOp!, IMTC adds Packed Switch Streaming (PSS) to broaden its interoperability testing arena. PSS will check interoperability of audio and video Codecs (GSM/AMR, AAC, H.263, and MPEG-4 Visual) and the content negotiation and transport protocols (RTSP, RTP/RTCP, and SDP).

“Actively participating in SuperOp! helps to substantially reduce the time-to-market for new products and provides significant savings in product development and testing costs,” said Greg W. Meyer, Chair of IMTC’s Network Infrastructure Work Group and a Program Manager at Intel. “SuperOp! sets the worldwide standard in interoperability testing for multimedia conferencing and telephony products. We encourage new or existing IMTC members to join the process by offering input, sending engineering teams, and by providing equipment for testing.”

Organizations that are interested in participating in SuperOp! and are not currently members of the IMTC are invited to join the consortium. For more details about the IMTC’s ongoing Interop and SuperOp interoperability testing please visit the www.imtc.org.

Primary sponsors of IMTC SuperOp! 2001 are Polycom and Intel, which are providing LAN infrastructure and support services. Microsoft is providing Exchange services to help participants schedule and coordinate testing prior to and during SuperOp!.

About the IMTC

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia conferencing solutions based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts multimedia interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years, the IMTC has hosted more than 60 interoperability events to test T.120, H.320, H.323, H.324, SIP and Voice over IP products and services for compatibility with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Avaya, BT, Cisco Systems, Forgent, France Telecom, Intel, IBM, KPN Telecom, Microsoft, Siemens AG, Nokia, PictureTel, Polycom, Telverse, and Worldcom. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises more than 100 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; communications companies; Telecommunications service providers; end users; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. The consortium’s Web site address is http://www.imtc.org.

IMTC Structure

IMTC is an open organization, controlled by its Voting Members. A Voting Member is defined as a company that has paid dues and is qualified for IMTC Full Voting Membership in good standing. Voting members elect the Board of Directors, approve the annual budget and any changes in the Corporate By-Laws.
The IMTC follows a defined consensus decision-making process. Specifications and recommendations that require product development work, and issues which commit the IMTC to a specific course of action are balloted within the membership to majority approval.

Technical work is carried out by the Working Groups (WGs). The WGs drive their work primarily through Activity Groups (AGs). Each of these AGs address a particular area or subject. All members are encouraged to participate in Activity Groups, initiate discussion, voice opinions and help resolve issues. This reflects IMTC’s strong commitment to an inclusive, open structure and a make things happen environment.

IMTC Activity Groups
The Activity Groups are open to unlimited participation by employees of member companies. Activity groups meet regularly. Their specific activities are determined by the participants. Activity Groups allow competing companies to conduct regular dialog regarding interoperability of their products and to develop a common stance enabling them to help shape and evolve industry-wide standards.

IMTC Working Groups
Working Groups are made up of Activity Groups that carry out work specific to an area or a subject. The Working Groups are overseen by the IMTC Board of Directors who provides both business and technical direction.

Activity Group Membership Requirements
To join any of these IMTC activity groups, your company must be an IMTC member in good standing.

The 3G-324M activity group, also requires the member to be a developer of H.324/3G-324M terminals. The PSS activity group, also requires the member to be a developer of one of the following; streaming servers, content distribution servers, content creation tools or multimedia terminals.

Technical Steering Committee
The Technical Steering Committee (TSC) is responsible for defining IMTC’s overall technical direction and looking for new areas of interest for IMTC and its members. The TSC is also responsible for defining methodology and managing policy, processes and procedures of working groups and activity groups while providing functional oversight. The TSC ensures that activity groups’ plans support the overall strategy of the IMTC and regularly reports on its activities to the Board and Officers.

Technical Steering Committee

Chair: Wu-chi Feng 

Standards and Technologies, Intel Corporation. 

Dept. of Comp. Sci., Portland State University. 

E-mail: wu-chi.feng@intel.comwuchi@cs.pdx.edu

 

Working Groups and Activity Groups

Carrier Technologies Working Group

Chair: Frédéric Gabin

Standardization Manager, Ericsson AB, France

Phone/Mobile: +33-6-78-44-85-75

Email: frederic.gabin@ericsson.com 

Activity Groups:

Packet Switched Streaming Services (PSS) Activity Group 

IMS Activity Group


Unified Communications Working Group

Chair: Shantanu Sarkar

Plantronics

Phone: +1.831.426.5858

Email: shantanu.sarkar@plantronics.com

Activity Groups:

3G-324M Activity Group

Conferencing Interoperability Activity Group

SIP Parity Activity Group

SVC Activity Group

Telepresence Activity Group

Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP) Activity Group

WebRTC Interoperability Activity Group 


Education and Promotion Working Group

Chair: Kfir Pravda

Pravda Media Group

Phone/Mobile: +972.54.495.8066

Email: Kfir@pravdam.com

Website: http://www.pravdam.com/

Blog: http://www.pravdam.com/blog

Activity Groups:

Marketing Activity Group


Requirements Working Group

Chair: Patrick Luthi

Cisco Systems

Phone: +47.67.125.125

Email: patrick.luthi@cisco.com

Activity Groups:

Conferencing and Telepresence Interoperability (CTI) Activity Group

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Activity Group

Media Processing Activity Group