Interactive Video-conferencing Over IP

Broadband Networks’ PowerPlay, an H.323 compliant digital multimedia system for transport over any IP-based network, provides videoconferencing and collaboration capabilities that help fulfill the promise of the H.323 standard for use over IP. Its high performance H.323 functionality over any IP-based network (Ethernet, ATM or SONET) allows it to connect four to six participants in multipoint videoconferences without a multi-conferencing unit (MCU). IPContact software supports H.261 and MPEG1 video codecs. All video streams are full motion (30 fps) with 16-bit stereo quality audio.

Other features of PowerPlay include a family of integrated 700MHz workstations, 900MHz Rollabouts and 1200 MHz conference room setups that can all be plugged into any CAT5 LAN connection. A far end device control for remote sources like video cameras, VCRs and DVD players can be used for remote playback of streaming multimedia. Broadband Networks Inc., State College, PA, (800) 497-3660,


This article originally appeared in the 01/01/2000 issue of THE Journal.