FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.