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Pavilion to Showcase Multi-vendor, Multi-protocol Interoperability of the Latest Multimedia Communications Products and Services

TeleCon West ‘99, Booth #1831 ANAHEIM, Calif.            November 2, 1999

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) today unveiled the IMTC Interoperability Pavilion at TeleCon West ’99 (November 2 through 5) in Anaheim, California.

Only the fourth event of its kind, the IMTC Multimedia Interoperability Pavilion is an extensive demonstration highlighting the interoperability of IMTC member companies’ diverse multimedia communications products and services. Throughout the three-day event, visitors to the IMTC Interoperability Pavilion will again have the opportunity to see how various products (desktop and room-based systems, MCUs, gateways, gatekeepers, etc.) based on international standards work with each other to deliver seamless multimedia communications solutions.

By bringing interoperability to the public eye, the IMTC Interoperability Pavilion and the participating IMTC member companies are helping propel the development, utilization and adoption of standards-based multimedia conferencing solutions, said Matt Collier, president of the IMTC and vice president of business development and OEM alliances for Polycom, Inc.

At the demonstration, visitors will be able to witness first-hand, interoperability between and across:

  • H.323 for video (audiovisual) communications on Local Area and Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
  • H.323 to H.321 to H.320 cross-standard videoconferencing using translation gateways
  • H.320 for videoconferencing over ISDN
  • H.323 systems interconnected with H.320
  • Cascading systems, which offers maximum capacity and protocol support
The demonstrations simulate real business applications to show the classic ways in which businesses employ implement multimedia communications and conferencing.

Nine companies showcasing more than 15 products will be participating in the IMTC Pavilion, including: Accord Array Micro C-Phone Compunetix DICA Lucent PictureTel Polycom Sony TANDBERG Zydacron

Attendees of TeleCon West ’99 - the world’s largest event for interactive multimedia and collaborative communications - can also learn about hundreds of products tested at IMTC Interoperability events held throughout the world from the more than 35 IMTC member companies exhibiting at the show.

Additional IMTC Activities at TeleCon West ‘99 On Tuesday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the IMTC will host IMTC University - Fundamentals of Multimedia Conferencing, a tutorial that highlights all aspects of multimedia conferencing and presents the fundamental technology issues and challenges behind multimedia communications and videoconferencing. In addition, on Wednesday, November 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., the IMTC will host sessions on Standards and Interoperability, as well Voice over IP. Please visit the TeleCon West ’99 Web site at for a complete list of speakers and topics for each session.

About the IMTC The IMTC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging and facilitating the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia teleconferencing solutions based on open, international standards. The San Ramon, California-based consortium includes more than 150 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video teleconferencing hardware and software, communications companies, teleconferencing service providers, end users, academic institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Since 1996, the IMTC has hosted more than 40 interoperability events around the globe to test T.120, H.320, H.323 and H.324 products and services for compatibility with each other.

On November 9-11, the IMTC will host its Fall Forum event in Keystone, Colorado. This year’s Fall Forum is titled Building Blocks: New Technologies for the Millennium, and will cover the latest developments of new access technologies, including cable, IP, xDSL, fixed wireless, ATM, Web conferencing, streaming, instant messaging, and others. Leading industry experts will also update attendees on the growing fields of mobility and wireless technologies, standards developments from the IMTC, ETSI, IETF and ITU, as well as prominent industry analysts’ forecasts. In addition, updates on T.120/130,H.320, H.323, H.324, and other relevant standards will be provided. For more information or to register to attend the IMTC Fall Forum or other IMTC activities, please visit the IMTC Web site at: