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Product Release: Can popular VoIP videoconferencing services like Skype work with your high-end boardroom AV setup?

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As the quality and reliability of internet-based conferencing services (like Skype) continue to improve, it is interesting to consider them as a platform for video collaboration in your organisation. One key limitation however, is that the software is tied to the laptop and therefore loses out on clarity when multiple people at different distances from the microphone need to speak and be heard.

We’ve recently used a new solution from Biamp that brings the audio performance of Soft-VC solutions nearer to enterprise-grade audio clarity. It addresses this by performing digital audio networking via Audio Video Bridging (AVB) for VoIP applications. This is described briefly in the diagram below.

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Biamp’s new TesiraFORTÉ VI undertakes the audio processing for VoIP Conferencing so audio inputs (microphones) from upto 8 participants can be configured and then transferred over USB to a laptop running a soft-codec based videoconferencing software.

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Key features of the Biamp TesiraFORTÉ VI include:

Upto 8 channels of configurable USB audio
12 mic/line level inputs with AEC, 8 mic/line level outputs
RS-232 serial port for control
SIP VoIP interface via a RJ-45 connector

For more about Biamp’s TesiraFORTÉ range of products, you can visit their webpage.

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