LifeSize Extends Video Calling to Skype Users Worldwide
Becomes First Company to Deliver Room-based Video Conferencing Solution
with Skype to Business Conference Rooms
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
LifeSize, a division of Logitech (Nasdaq:LOGI) (SIX:LOGN), has qualified
its LifeSize® Passport™ HD
video conferencing product to be the first room-based,
business-class video conferencing solution to be plugged into Skype™,
adding the ability for LifeSize Passport users to now conduct video
calls with Skype users around the world.
"This initiative enables Skype to be part of the room-based enterprise
video conferencing market. LifeSize is known for its HD
telepresence-quality solutions in the enterprise. Now, LifeSize Passport
users can easily connect using face-to-face video conferencing with
other Skype users worldwide," said David Gurle, vice president and
general manager of Skype Enterprise. "With the ‘consumerization of IT'
whereby people are bringing Skype into the workplace, more enterprises
are looking for synergistic solutions like this that include Skype.
We're delighted that LifeSize is helping them address customer demand by
delivering enterprise-class video conferencing with Skype."
Passport began breaking down the boundaries of video collaboration
when first introduced in 2009 and continues to lead the industry in
price performance. At an extraordinary value compared to other systems
in its class, LifeSize Passport is a telepresence-quality solution that
enables any organization to deploy HD video conferencing as a mainstream
business tool. At under $2,500, LifeSize Passport is the ideal solution
for small meeting rooms, individual offices, teleworkers and small to
medium-sized businesses to easily and cost-effectively implement video
wherever they need to stay connected.
"The qualification of LifeSize Passport to enable Skype video calling is
an incredibly significant milestone in the video communications
industry," said Craig Malloy, chief executive officer of LifeSize and
Logitech senior vice president. "We've been working closely with Skype
over the last two years, helping us deliver on our shared vision to make
video communication truly accessible to anyone, anywhere."
To enable Skype video calling from LifeSize Passport, a customer must
first be a registered Skype user. Upon logging into LifeSize Passport
using their Skype log in credentials, their Skype contacts are
automatically populated into the LifeSize directory. To make a call,
users simply click on a contact name in the directory.
In addition to Skype video calling, the LifeSize Passport user is able
to make calls to landlines and mobile phones through Skype.
In addition to LifeSize Passport, Logitech also features the Skype
B910 HD Webcam, which offers up to 720p HD video conferencing and
lifelike stereo audio for business users on their PC. As with LifeSize's
offering, Skype Certification ensures this camera is optimized for use
with Skype. The Logitech® B910 HD Webcam is available in the U.S. and
Europe for $99.99 (U.S.)
Pricing and Availability
The software to enable LifeSize Passport and Skype video calling -
software version 4.8 - will be globally available for download in
About LifeSize Communications
LifeSize is a pioneer and world leader in high-definition video
collaboration. Designed to make video conferencing truly universal, our
full range of open standards-based systems offer enterprise-class,
IT-friendly technologies that enable genuine human interaction over any
distance. Founded in 2003 and acquired by Logitech in 2009, LifeSize,
with its commitment to relentless innovation, continues to extend the
highest-quality video conferencing capabilities to anyone, anywhere. For
more information, visit www.lifesize.com.
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Skype is not a replacement for traditional telephone services and cannot
be used for emergency calling. Skype, associated trademarks and logos
and the "S" symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.
(LOGI — IR)
Jacey Overton, 512-623-4215
Source: LifeSize Communications
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