MAWAH, NJ, Oct. 08, 2001 -- RADVISION (NASDAQ: RVSN),the source of award winning, industry-standard products and technology for real-time voice and video communication over IP (V2oIP™), today announced that its networking solutions will be utilized by the Adirondack Area Network (AAN) to provide videoconferencing to rural New York health education centers and hospitals. Using RADVISION’s multipoint conferencing units (MCU), gateways and gatekeeper applications, AAN’s networking services will be used by Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center, Rural Health Training Center (RHTC), Hoosick Falls Health Center, Bennington Hospital, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and Clifton-Fine Hospital to provide telemedicine and distance learning services.
Funding to provide networking services to these organizations comes from a $15 million grant the USDA announced this past summer, which will furnish assistance to 42 distance learning and telemedicine projects in 20 states and American Samoa. The AAN, which provides advanced telecommunications services to remote areas of Upstate New York, will supply videoconferencing to these new customers. In turn, the hospitals will use videoconferencing to provide rural patients with access to special care that they would otherwise have to wait months or years to receive. The rural health training and education centers will also use videoconferencing to provide distance learning and training to hospitals and health care centers located in remote areas. This will allow rural doctors and nurses to stay with their patients and save hours of travel time for trainers.
“Advanced videoconferencing is becoming increasingly important because it allows us to expand the number of programs we can offer by giving us access to experts at universities and hospitals all over the country,” said Linda Moerschell, director of the RHTC. “More importantly, with videoconferencing we can offer training to small, remote hospitals that we were unable to reach before because of cost or travel issues.”
“Multipoint videoconferencing is a component of our service offering that health care customers are finding more and more valuable because of the benefits of telemedicine and distance learning,” said Jackie Ford, vice president of technology initiatives for AAN, “However, many of our customers are located in rural locations where traditional broadband connections are uncommon. RADVISION’s MCUs and gateways allow them to have seamless connectivity to voice and video communications no matter where they are located or who they’re connected to over standard telephone lines.”
“Telemedicine and distance learning are two excellent examples of how our networking products enable the medical field to benefit from videoconferencing,” said Gadi Tamari, chief executive officer of RADVISION. “More and more enterprises are turning to videoconferencing as a cost-effective alternative to improve their communication infrastructure and reduce costs. RADVISION enables them to do this, with the medical field being one of many target markets for us. We are proud to assist the AAN as they continue to provide valuable service to organizations in need of access.”
RADVISION is a leading provider of products and technology for real-time voice, video, and data communications over packet networks; this includes the Internet and other Internet Protocol (IP) based networks. Recognized universally as the experts in real-time voice and video over IP (V2oIP), RADVISION offers the broadest and most complete set of enabling technology and networking systems needed to enable enterprises and service providers to migrate their voice and video communications from traditional telephone networks to new converged networks. Today, hundreds of thousands of end-users around the world communicate over next-generation networks, using IP-centric products and solutions built around RADVISION products and technology. RADVISION’s multi-protocol software toolkits for developers of IP communications include: SIP, MEGACO, MGCP, and H.323; RADVISION’s V2oIP networking products include: gateways, conferencing bridges, and gatekeeper applications. For more information, please visit our website at www.radvision.com.
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