Announcing VSee’s Do-It-Yourself Telepresence Over 4G Wireless

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VSee HD Telepresence Conference Room

If you’ve ever drooled over Cisco’s Telepresence experience, it’s time for everyone to be able enjoy the same high-definition multicamera telepresence experience at an affordable cost.  Why pay $250,000 per videoconference room, not to mention the time and money needed to overhaul equipment and IT infrastructure when VSee allows anyone to enjoy telepresence-quality HD videoconferencing with a regular PC and some good off-the-shelf webcams.

The niftiest part is that VSee is the first to make this possible to do over a wireless network.  You can send up to 4 HD videos and receive 8 HD videos all over a single 4G wireless device!  Also, don’t forget that VSee is about more than just seeing everyone’s beautiful faces up close and personal, it’s about providing easy-to-use teamworking tools so people can see and talk to each and get work done.

Check out the full press release here.

 

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Comments ( 2 )
  • anne
    Rich Griffin says:

    This is one of the many reasons why I love using VSee. A single application meets both mobile and static-room telepresence conferencing needs. As you’ve illustrated in this post and the press relase, it is absolutely possible to provide the telepresence experience to VSee users at a fraction of the cost. In fact I can prove it…

    I was recently consulting with a client who needed video conferencing setup for their sales team and their two conference rooms – one large and the other a bit smallish.

    Why I bid for this job was their willingness to step outside of the traditional H.323 arena as none of the folks they’d be connecting to used H.323.

    As I didn’t get the job, I thought I’d share what I scoped for their particular use cases.

    The main office was a large rectangle conference room with a long oval conference table. I selected the following equipment:

    Video & Audio peripherals – (large conference room) total cost = $7,727
    ————————-
    Sony EVI HD3V = $2,440
    (three) Vizio XVT553SV 55″ LCD screens = $4,200
    Phoenix Audio, Quattro2 (MT304 daisy chaing) = $580
    Phoenix Audio, Quattro2 (MT301) = $507

    custom VC CODEC/Presentation PC (total cost) = $1,996
    —————————————-
    motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 = $190
    cpu: i7-2600K = $295
    cpu heat sink: Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 = $30
    gpu: (2) MSI R6970-2PM2d2GD5 (AMD, Radeon HD 6970 2GB in CrossFire) = $680
    16GB RAM: (2) G.Skill F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM = $150
    sys drive: ADATA Sandforce 128GB 2.5-Inch SATA II 3.0Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive = $205
    stor drive: Samsung, F4 HD204UI (2TB) HD = $80
    optical: LG, WH12LS30 = $74
    power: Seasonic SS-850HT = $122
    case: Cooler Master HAF X RC-942-KKN1 = $170
    keyboard & mouse (spare)

    total hardware cost for large conference room = $9,723 (prices from between July 28 – Aug 3)

    The second room was converted from a closed off back hallway. Its dimensions were a bit like the photo you’ve included in this post, in that it was not very deep from table to back wall but fairly wide.

    Video & Audio peripherals – (small conference room) total cost = $1,003
    ———————————————————
    monitors: Hanns-G HZ281HPB = $270 x 3 = $810
    cam: Logitech, HD Pro Webcam C910 = $69
    speakerphone: Chat 50 USB Plus = $124

    custom VC CODEC/Presentation PC (total cost) = $1,996
    —————————————-
    motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 = $190
    cpu: i7-2600K = $295
    cpu heat sink: Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 = $30
    gpu: (2) MSI R6970-2PM2d2GD5 (AMD, Radeon HD 6970 2GB in CrossFire) = $680
    16GB RAM: (2) G.Skill F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM = $150
    sys drive: ADATA Sandforce 128GB 2.5-Inch SATA II 3.0Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive = $205
    stor drive: Samsung, F4 HD204UI (2TB) HD = $80
    optical: LG, WH12LS30 = $74
    power: Seasonic SS-850HT = $122
    case: Cooler Master HAF X RC-942-KKN1 = $170
    keyboard & mouse (spare)

    total hardware cost for small conference room = $2,999 (prices from between July 28 – Aug 3)

    The sales folk (who travel quite a lot) all have laptops already. For these folk I felt the Logitech, C910 webcamera = $69 and the Chat 50 speaker phone = $124 would suffice.

    total hardware cost for sales folk = $193/each (prices from between July 28 – Aug 3)

    Besides just saving money on equipment the company would have saved a ton of additional cost as they didn’t have to consider buying or leasing a stack of codecs, gatekeepers, gateways, MCU and border controllers; paying the licensing and maintenance contracts along with hiring another employee specifically versed in H.323 infrastructure and networking.

    Really, the only thing one needs to maintain is the internal network. However, as you point out in the post and in the press release, one can easily run this entire system without any premise networking infrastructre at all by using Verizon’s LTE WiFi tethering. Here’s the connectivity I recently recorded http://www.speedtest.net/android/71198128.png – almost 9.5Mbs inbound and 9.2Mbs outbound bit rate at a respectable 123ms latency all for $30/month unlimited (I signed up before they went to tiered pricing) However, the currently pricing of $80/month for 10Gbs/month would easily allow for the number of video conferences most businesses hold each month.

    Although I wouldn’t want to hold H.323 conferences over 4G. For one reason it would exceed the monthly allotment as H.323 consumes way more bandwidth than does VSee. Secondly, the jitter experienced over LTE would be murder on H.323. VSee’s ability to adapt to network conditions make 4G usage a flawless experience.

    So with the freedom of not being burdened with legacy H.323 equipment and maintenance contracts, one can very affordably buy off-the-shelf equipment of comparable quality at a fraction of the cost. Add to that the cost of using VSee (https://vsee.com/pricing/) and you have the highest ROI as measured in telepresence quality for the dollar.

  • anne
    anne says:

    Thanks for the detailed breakdowns, Rich!

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