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List of video telecommunication services and product brands

This list of video telecommunication services and product brands is for groupings of video telecommunication services and for manufacturers' brands of videophones, webcams and video conferencing hardware and systems, all related to videotelephony for two-way communications with live video and audio.

A typical low-cost webcam for use with personal computers and many popular videotelecommunication programs

The products below are listed by their normal and intended purpose, even though their names or descriptions may differ from the categories shown here (refer to terminology within general article pages).

Section 1: Hardware and related product brands

Worldgate Ojo PVP-900 broadband videophone from 2005, notable for its vertical styling and the cordless handset resting on the support arm for its 'portrait' type display.

Videophone hardware brands for person-to-person (point-to-point) use

Stand-alone videophones are point-to-point units not employing Multipoint Control Units (centralized distribution and call management systems). Earlier models make video calls utilizing older analogue POTS telephone lines, while later models use newer, higher quality, ADSL, ISDN or cable broadband technologies. Some videophones also employ Internet calling (IP) capabilities which can dispense with the need for telephone service.

  • ACN: IRIS (United States)
  • AddPac: VP-300, VP-500, Video Phones (South Korea)
  • Avaya: Scopia videoconferencing systems
  • AVer Information: HVC130 (Taiwan)
  • ClearMeet: ClearMeet InPerson
  • Pixavi: Pixavi Xcaster EX5000 (Norway)
  • ClearOne: Collaborate Room Pro - Software & hardware based Video conferencing
  • D-Link: DVC series (Taiwan)
  • Huawei: TEx0 series, VP9000 series
  • Leadtek: IP broadband videophone (Taiwan)
  • LifeSize: LifeSize Passport Connect, LifeSize Passport & LifeSize Express (United States)
  • LG-Nortel: LVP series PSTN, ISDN and IP videophones (South Korea)
  • Polycom: VVX1500 and VVX500 Business media phones (United States)
  • Red Embedded Systems: TVPhone (United Kingdom)
  • StarLeaf: GT Mini 3330 range of meeting room systems; GT 3351 integrator codec; PT Mini 3020 and Personal Telepresence 3050 for desktop use.
  • Telio: Telio videotelefon IP3870 (Norway)
  • Vir-sec, Inc: Telemedicine Secure Video conferences (United States)
  • Worldgate: Ojo PVP series (United States)

Videoconferencing and telepresence hardware systems meant for multiple participants

A Teliris VirtualLife high resolution telepresence system in use (Courtesy of: Teliris)
Applying telepresence to education: a professional development expert in Colorado, U.S. uses telepresence to coach a teacher in Utah during research for Project thereNow

Video conferencing systems allow multiple participants by use of a Multipoint Control Unit (a centralized distribution and call management system) or via a similar non-centralized multipoint capability technology embedded in each unit. Some multiple party systems utilize Web-based bridging service providers, which can incur slight time delays.

  • Acano
  • AddPac: VC series, HVC series systems (South Korea)
  • Aethra: X-Line series (Italy)
  • astTECS
  • Raal systems
  • HTML5 videoconferencing
  • Audisoft Technologies : Frontline HD, Fronline Communicator FC03 (Canada)
  • Avaya: (Radvision) Scopia systems (United States)
  • AVer Information: HVC330, H300 (Taiwan)
  • BrightCom: Lumina Telepresence (United States)
  • Cisco Systems: Cisco TelePresence (United States)
  • ClearOne Inc: VCB (United States)
  • Huawei: TP Telepresence series
  • IOCOM: Visimeet (United States)
  • (Estonia)
  • LG-Nortel: LVP series PSTN, ISDN and IP videophones (South Korea)
  • Librestream: Onsight (Canada)
  • LifeSize: LifeSize Team, LifeSize Room & LifeSize Conference (United States)
  • Magor: HD-Duo, HD-Trio (Canada)
  • Panasonic: VC500 (Japan)
  • Polycom: RPX, OTX, ATX, HDX, VSX series (United States)
  • Polycom: VVX (United States)
  • Sony: PCS systems (Japan)
  • StarLeaf: Ad-hoc and scheduled conferencing on the StarLeaf Cloud platform (UK)
  • swyMe
  • TrueConf: TrueConf Terminal (Russia)
  • VeaMea: VeaMea Streaming Server & VeaMeaUC (United States)
  • Vidyo: VidyoRoom & VidyoDesktop (United States)
  • Zoom Video Communications: ZoomPresence (United States)

Videoconferencing hardware systems meant for the deaf, hard-of-hearing, telemedical and other institutional services

  • Audisoft Technologies : Frontline HD, Fronline Communicator FC03, AudiSee, Audisoft Medical Cart (Canada)
  • IOCOM: Visimeet (United States)
  • IVèS: Total conversation solution (video, voice and real-time text) for Video Relay Services (VRS), Video Remote Interpreting (VRI), Text Relay and telemedecine.
  • Librestream: Onsight (Canada)
  • Mirial s.u.r.l.: PSE Video Contact Center, comprehensive solution for remote audio and video contact services
  • Polycom: Practitioner Cart, HDX Immersive Telemedicine Education systems

Videoconference bridging service providers

  • ACT Conferencing: (APAC, EMEA, NA)
  • BT Conferencing: (NA, APAC, EMEA)
  • CBCI Telecom (Canada)
  • Chorus Call Inc.
  • CoroWare Inc.: CoroCall HD Video Conferencing Service (United States)
  • FaceMe (NA, APAC, EMEA)
  • IVCI
  • StarLeaf Cloud (Americas, EMEA, APAC)
  • Videxio
  • Video Guidance

Webcam hardware brands for use on personal computers

A pre-2006 Apple iSight webcam, with software drivers written specifically for Apple's operating systems
A 2009 LifeCam Cinema USB video device for use with standard drivers

Software clients – general brands

Software clients – free instant messaging video programs

Software clients for deaf and hard-of-hearing VRS/VRI facilities

Software clients for telemedicine

  • CloudVisit Telemedicine: CloudVisit Psychiatry
  • Neolinks: Neolinks Videoconferencing solution and telemedecine System
  • swyMe

Server Software

Section 2: Video telecommunication services listing

Video telecommunication services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

See also: Video Relay Service –Worldwide deployment for tables of VRS service providers in Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and other countries.

Medical organizations employing video telecommunications

Public videoconferencing facilities

  • ACT Proximity Conferencing: Conference rooms with videoconferencing.
  • Eye Network Global Videoconference Services: Video Conferencing facilities.
  • FedEx Office: formerly FedEx Kinko's. Conference rooms with video conferencing.
  • Marriott Hotels: conference rooms with video conferencing.
  • Regus Offices: conference rooms with video conferencing.
  • Varista Video: Video conferencing facilities and services in South Africa and abroad.
  • WHYGO Video Conferencing: Video Conferencing Facilities.

Section 3: Defunct brands & services

Brands, manufacturers and other services listed here are no longer in production or no longer exist, and are listed for historical or research purposes.

Defunct videophone hardware brands

Defunct videoconferencing system hardware brands

  • HP: Halo Telepresence Solutions (United States), acquired by Polycom in 2011
  • IBM Person to Person, a software-only collaborative conferencing system interoperable between OS/2, Windows and AIX developed and marketed between 1991 and 1995.[1]
  • Tandberg: T3 Telepresence of Norway, acquired by Cisco in 2009

Defunct software brands

Videotelephony descriptive names & terminology

The name videophone is not as standardized as its earlier counterpart, the telephone, resulting in a variety of names and terms being used worldwide, and even within the same region or country. Videophones are also known as videotelephones (or video telephones) and often by an early trademarked name "Picturephone", which was the world's first commercial videophone produced in volume. The compound name "videophone" slowly entered into general use after 1950,[2] although "video telephone" likely entered the lexicon earlier after "video" was coined in 1935.[3]

Videophone calls (also: videocalls and video chat),[4] differ from videoconferencing in that they expect to serve individuals, not groups.[5] However that distinction has become increasingly blurred with technology improvements such as increased bandwidth and sophisticated software clients that can allow for multiple parties on a call. In general everyday usage the term videoconferencing is now frequently used instead of videocall for point-to-point calls between two units. Both videophone calls and videoconferencing are also now commonly referred to as a video link.

Webcams are popular, relatively low cost devices which can provide live video and audio streams via personal computers, and can be used with many software clients for both video calls and videoconferencing.[6]

A videoconference system is generally higher cost than a videophone and deploys greater capabilities. A videoconference (also known as a videoteleconference) allows two or more locations to communicate via live, simultaneous two-way video and audio transmissions. This is often accomplished by the use of a multipoint control unit (a centralized distribution and call management system) or by a similar non-centralized multipoint capability embedded in each videoconferencing unit. Again, technology improvements have circumvented traditional definitions by allowing multiple party videoconferencing via web-based applications.[7][8] A separate webpage article is devoted to videoconferencing.

A telepresence system is a high-end videoconferencing system and service usually employed by enterprise-level corporate offices. Telepresence conference rooms use state-of-the art room designs, video cameras, displays, sound-systems and processors, coupled with high-to-very-high capacity bandwidth transmissions.

Typical use of the various technologies described above include calling or conferencing on a one-on-one, one-to-many or many-to-many basis for personal, business, educational, deaf Video Relay Service and tele-medical, diagnostic and rehabilitative use or services. New services utilizing videocalling and videoconferencing, such as teachers and psychologists conducting online sessions,[9] personal videocalls to inmates incarcerated in penitentiaries, and videoconferencing to resolve airline engineering issues at maintenance facilities, are being created or evolving on an on-going basis.

See also


  1. ^ Straits Times newspaper clip about P2P from 1993
  2. ^ Videophone definition, Merriam-Webster Online, retrieved April 13, 2009.
  3. ^ Video definition, Online Etymology Dictionary
  4. ^ PC Magazine. Definition: Video Calling, PC Magazine website. Retrieved 19 August 2010,
  5. ^ Mulbach, 1995. Pg. 291.
  6. ^ Solomon Negash, Michael E. Whitman. Editors: Solomon Negash, Michael E. Whitman, Amy B. Woszczynski, Ken Hoganson, Herbert Mattord. Handbook of Distance Learning for Real-Time and Asynchronous Information Technology Education, Idea Group Inc (IGI), 2008, pg. 17, ISBN 1-59904-964-3, ISBN 978-1-59904-964-9. Note costing: "....students had the option to install a webcam on their end (a basic webcam costs about $40.00) to view the class in session."
  7. ^ Lawson, Stephen. Vidyo Packages Conferencing For Campuses, IDG News Service, February 16, 2010. Retrieved via's website, February 18, 2010
  8. ^ Jackman, Elizabeth. New Video Conferencing System Streamlines Firefighter Training, Peoria Times, Peoria, AZ, February 19, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2010;
  9. ^ USA Today. "Video Chat Growing by Light-Year Leaps", USA Today, March 31, 2010, p. L01d.

Further reading

  • Bajaj, Vikas. Transparent Government, Via Webcams in India, The New York Times, July 18, 2011, pg.B3. Published online: July 17, 2011.
  • Davis, Andrew W.; Weinstein, Ira M. The Business Case for Videoconferencing, Wainhouse Research, March 2005.
  • Hoffman, Jan. When Your Therapist Is Only a Click Away, The New York Times, September 25, 2011, pg. ST1. Also published September 23, 2011 online at
  • ProAV Magazine. Being There ProAV Magazine. 7 November 2008.
  • Saint Louis, Catherine. With Enough Bandwidth, Many Join The Band, The New York Times, January 10, 2012 (online), January 11, 2012 (in print, New York Edition, pg. A1). Retrieved online January 11, 2012. Synopsis: a look at the pros and cons of videotelephony used for private, individual, music lessons.
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