updated 09:25 pm EDT, Tue September 22, 2009
Technology works within corporate networks
HP has introduced its latest product for businesses, the SkyRoom videoconferencing system. At the basic level, users can view webcam streams from other attendees present at virtual meetings or chat sessions. If the workers are collaborating on a 3D model or other document, the relevant application and project can be made visible to all viewers.
The system is designed to allow instant feedback while a project is being created. Users can click on a contact to initiate a SkyRoom session, while others can be added as needed. Video integration allows projects to be viewed in real-time during manipulation, or content such as movie clips can be sent to other teams.
HP claims that its video compression algorithms enable videoconferencing in HD resolutions without the poor quality or slow frame rates of older technology, while the data is encrypted for additional security. The system is also optimized for multiprocessor and multicore computers. Users can integrate dual monitor configurations to view applications on one screen and webcam feeds on the other display.
SkyRoom requires a Windows-based PC with a 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU or better, along with a webcam and a broadband network with a minimum transfer rate of 400kb/s. A corporate VPN must be used to connect users located outside the local firewall. Pricing starts at $720 for a five-seat license package, with quantity discounts are available for up to 500 seats. The software will also be included for free with HP Z workstations purchased after October 1st.