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Dr. Irmer and PictureTel receive industry awards

IMTC leadership awards go to former ITU Director for his lifetime contribution to the industry and to pioneering company in multimedia communications

Geneva, May 16, 2002 - Dr. Theodor Irmer, long-standing former Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and PictureTel, pioneering company in multimedia telecommunications have been elected by the members of the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) to receive this years IMTC Leadership Awards. The awards, which are given for outstanding achievements in multimedia communications, were handed over at a ceremony during the IMTC/Wainhouse Research Spring Forum 2002 that took place in Geneva over the last three days.

Dr. Theodor Irmer was instrumental in introducing digital telecom networks in Germany before moving to ITU, where for 14 years he was the driving force in telecom standardization. As the President of IMTC, Dr. Istvan Sebestyen said in his laudation, it is due to the efforts of Dr. Irmer that the telecom industry has arrived at a point, where communication has become one of the driving engines of modern economy. Picture Tel, who received this year's second IMTC leadership award, has been a pioneer in multimedia teleconferencing during the 1990s. As Dr. Sebestyen pointed out, their work is just now starting to bear fruit - as could be witnessed by the participants in the ceremony, which was using teleconferencing to bring the representatives of the company (Rich Baker, former CTO, and Dave Lindbergh, former Standardization Manager) into the conference room into Geneva from their office in Boston, in the United States. PictureTel is now a part of Polycom, one of the industry leaders in teleconferencing.

The award-ceremony was one of the highlights of the three-day IMTC/Wainhouse Research Spring Forum, which has concluded its sessions today. The meeting of some 100 experts from industry and academia was "a great success in many ways", said IMTC President Dr. Sebestyen. "We found growing impact of multimedia on the economy, leading to increasing support and growth for these high-end technologies. Without doubt we are moving towards even better and faster communication where IP-networks will dominate communication networks, both wire-line and wire-less. IP Multimedia communications is advancing and it will profoundly change our life," he added.

"The advancing world of IP Rich Media communications is a testimony to the important foundation work performed by the ITU and by technology innovators like PictureTel. Today's users owe a great deal to the pioneering efforts of both organizations - efforts that have lead directly to interoperability and high quality audio and video transmissions," noted Andrew W. Davis, managing partner of Wainhouse Research.

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 60 interoperability testing events to test, PSS, 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 Avaya, Cisco Systems, Forgent Network, France Telecom, Intel, KPN Telecom, Nokia, Polycom, RADVISION, Ridgeway, Siemens AG, Sony, TANDBERG, Telverse, and WorldCom. The San Ramon, California -based consortium comprises more close to 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; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. The consortium's Web site address is http://www.imtc.org.

About Wainhouse Research
Wainhouse Research is a leading independent market research firm focusing on critical issues in the multimedia communications, videoconferencing, teleconferencing and streaming media field. The company conducts multi-client as well as customs research for industry vendors, consults with end users on key implementation issues, publishes a news bulletin, white papers, and market statistics, and delivers public and private seminars as well as speaker presentations at industry group meetings.

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