PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - November 4, 2010) -  XVD Corporation, makers of world renowned and patented video technology, today announced a low cost, easy-to-use, high quality HD telepresence solution called EspressoHD that works in a wide range of environments, including those that require minimal power and that have low bandwidth.

"Our vision is that telepresence solutions should meet the same expectations we have for telephones -- high quality service with transparent interoperability between systems," said Joe Lam, co-founder and COO of XVD, maker of EspressoHD. "Due to our technological breakthroughs that require less bandwidth, reduce power consumption and increase interoperability, EspressoHD will broaden how telepresence can be used in verticals including telemedicine, industrial, education and small business."

Each EspressoHD unit is a small hardware appliance that easily connects to your display monitor and T1 network. EspressoHD turns on in seconds and one unit can connect up to 5 locations locally or globally without an expensive and complicated multipoint control unit (MCU).

Key benefits of EspressoHD:

  • Low bandwidth: You get full 1080 HD video over a normal broadband connection. EspressoHD delivers 1080 high definition over a T1.
  • Lowest TCO: You don't need an IT department to set up and run EspressoHD. It's as easy as setting up your home TV. Initial cost of EspressoHD is much less than competitive commercial telepresence solutions.
  • Lowest power consumption: Many organizations appreciate EspressoHD because it draws only 25W, running on significantly less power than other telepresence solutions today. This makes it more applicable in portable situations. For example, health care organizations can use EspressoHD as a portable telepresence solution that can move into a patient's room on a portable cart, running on a battery.
  • Interoperability: XVD is committed to making EspressoHD interoperable with other telepresence systems. It soon will be the first solution to work with existing enterprise and consumer telepresence solutions.
  • Always on: Once purchased, EspressoHD can be run 24x7 with no additional costs over existing network connections.

EspressoHD launched earlier this year in other global markets where it has seen rapid growth. Customers include Mitsubishi, Telemarketing Japan (TMJ) and the Zambian government.

Mitsubishi:
"I work in Santa Barbara and use EspressoHD to communicate with my colleagues in Japan," said Glenn Fredrickson, director, Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials (MC-CAM); professor of chemical engineering at UC Santa Barbara and executive director of KAITEKI Institute, a think tank with Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation. "EspressoHD sits on a cart in my office and can go where I need it. It draws very little power, is easy to use, is very reliable and allows me to communicate better with my Japanese colleagues. I don't have time to troubleshoot my telepresence solution -- EspressoHD just works and works well."

TMJ:
Telemarketing Japan (TMJ), a pioneer of the Japanese telemarketing companies, utilizes EspressoHD technology to connect their headquarters with 3 branch offices and 7 call centers throughout Japan. EspressoHD is used by the headquarters sales department to relay the results of client meetings to the call center staff. Not only is EspressoHD useful for everyday business communication, but it has also proved helpful to accurately relay new demands from clients. Although information can be sent via email or phone calls, it is difficult to convey subtle nuances. However, by using the high definition TV conference system, it is possible to "communicate with real feelings" with these remote locations in a way that captures that of a face-to-face meeting.

Zambia:
The Zambian government has installed EspressoHD at a number of Universities across the country. Professors, especially those in fields that have visual components such as geology, can now expand their classrooms to include students at other universities.

Other resources:

  • MIT study on impact telepresence has on remote workers: This white paper, unaffiliated with EspressoHD, concludes, "Social signals are important factors in group collaboration which are easily lost on distributed collaboration."
  • The science and benefits of face time: As reported in Forbes Magazine, this MIT study of 80 employees at a Bank of America call center found that "individuals who talked to more co-workers were getting through calls faster, felt less stressed and had the same approval ratings as their peers. Informally talking out problems and solutions, it seemed, produced better results than following the employee handbook or obeying managers' e-mailed instructions."

About EspressoHD by XVD
EspressoHD brings a new low-cost approach to industrial strength telepresence. The patented technology behind EspressoHD (16 patents related to audio/video compression) is created by XVD Corporation and used the world over by leading media and broadcast news organizations to compress live video without compromising the quality of the image or broadcast. XVD Corporation has offices in Europe, North America and Japan.

Visit www.EspressoHD.com for more information.

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