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IMTC Fall Forum Focuses on Effective Solutions to Overcoming Technology Issues Facing Multimedia Conferencing

San Ramon, CA - August 21, 2001 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) today announced that the IMTC Fall Forum 2001 will take place October 16-18 in Seattle, Washington. With the theme "Opportunities and Obstacles: Deploying Multimedia Communications," the IMTC Fall Forum 2001 will focus on finding solutions to new and ongoing technical issues that present barriers to large-scale deployment of multimedia conferencing. The Fall Forum serves organizations that produce and use multimedia telecommunications products and services.

The IMTC invites individuals who are interested in the growth of multimedia telecommunications to attend the Fall Forum. The comprehensive program is designed to addresses obstacles facing the industry's growth and will present strategies and solutions for overcoming them.

Blake Irving, vice president of the Services Platform Division at Microsoft, will present the keynote speech at the IMTC Fall Forum 2001.

The speakers who are leading panel discussions or presenting in-depth tutorials on development efforts and current status of the following:

  • Hemanth Dattatreya of the IPv6 Forum will discuss IPv6;
  • Adi Plaut of Emblaze Systems will discuss Mobile Packet Switched Streaming;
  • Christian Huitema of Microsoft will discuss Routing, NAT and Firewall issues;
  • Istvan Sebestyen of Siemens and an IMTC Board member will discuss JPEG2000;
  • Paul Reddy, who is a Rapporteur in Study Group 16 of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and Istvan Sebestyen will give a thorough update of current work being conducted on international standards by the ITU and IETF;
  • Alok De of Hughes Software Systems and Gary Sullivan of Microsoft will discuss Video Coding.

Additional topics include mobile 3GPP, SIP and H.323 interoperability, and Accessibility / Regulatory issues. An open discussion between speakers and audience will follow each presentation.

The program also includes real-world case studies that show how technical and interoperability challenges were met and overcome. Andrew Davis of Wainhouse Research will provide an overview of the information, issues, and solutions presented by major conferencing customers at Wainhouse's recent Videoconferencing Summit.

"The IMTC has always actively supported the development and implementation of interoperable conferencing solutions," said Matt Collier, president of the IMTC and CEO of Telverse Communications. "Rather than merely talking about problems, the IMTC is taking action to develop solutions that effectively address and resolve challenges facing worldwide conferencing today. It takes teamwork, determination and persistence to succeed, and we encourage all members of the multimedia telecommunications industry to join this effort."

Representatives of companies that are interested in participating in the IMTC Fall Forum, but are not currently members of the IMTC, are welcome at the event and invited to join the organization.

IMTC member organizations may send two representatives to the Fall Forum 2001 without incurring a fee. The fee for each additional person is US $495.00. Non-members are welcome; the non-member fee of US $995.00 per person can be applied to IMTC membership if an organization joins the IMTC within 30 days. Hotel costs are additional.

For more information or to register, visit IMTC's web site at, complete the online registration form and download the accompanying hotel reservation form. Deadline for registration is October 1, 2001.

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; teleconferencing service providers; end users; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. The consortium's Web site address is