Stalking Videoconferencing Interoperability
TYPE: ARTICLE, REPORT OR WHITEPAPER
DATE: MARCH 2013
By Tim Kridel, Special to InfoComm International®
“I have not had many pro-to-pro problems per se,” says J. Scott Christianson, owner of Kaleidoscope Videoconferencing. “Probably the biggest has been with Polycom infrastructure products that are trying to maintain backwards compatibility with their pre-H.239 standard content video.
“[They] will send out non-standard data that Cisco/Tandberg and LifeSize codecs can’t understand. Generally this only happens when one of the older Polycom codecs (pre-HDX series) is in the call and the MCU defaults to some type of backward compatibility mode.”
“Compare the reluctance to integrate with consumer products [such as Skype] with the rush to integrate with a business class product like Lync,” Christianson says. “Lync is not a free service, so one can assume that if a customer has desktop video via Lync, they are not about to purchase your RealPresence or ClearSea solution for the desktop, so that part of the sale is already off the table.”