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MeetingPoint 4.0 includes add-on components for specialized functions including continuous presence, the ability to view multiple video windows simultaneously, and streaming media integration. Version 4.0 also includes full integration of the Labtam T.120 technology that White Pine purchased last year. This integration is said to improve the performance and scalability for data collaboration across networks. White Pine has released MeetingPoint server version 4.0 for enhanced IP-based videoconferencing and group collaboration.
The continuous presence option for MeetingPoint enables the server to combine four streams of video into one split-screen image that is delivered to participating client endpoints. Standard H.323 endpoints such as Microsoft NetMeeting and Intel Proshare, which have previously been limited to showing a single incoming video window, can now show multiple video windows. MeetingPoint with continuous presence allows the end user to see the last four participants who have spoken.
With the option for integration of streaming media, MeetingPoint is able to broadcast a live interactive conference using a streaming media server and player such as the Microsoft NetShow Server and a Windows Media Player. Conferences can be broadcast live, or recorded and played back on demand.
MeetingPoint 4.0 also includes integration of the T.120 server technology that White Pine acquired from Labtam Communications last year. The new T.120 integration is said to provid better performance, particularly in environments where multiple MeetingPoint servers are linked or cascaded within the network.
MeetingPoint version 4.0 is available for the Windows NT and Sun Solaris operating systems. A Linux version of MeetingPoint will be available later in the year. The MeetingPoint server is priced ranging from $8,995 for a 10-user server to $15,995 for a 25-user server. The continuous presence and streaming options are $4,995 each.
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