Appia Video Communicator Lowers the Cost of Video Communication

AVC's telepresence version can be implemented for less than $6,500 per conference room, a price that includes the software, server, speakerphone, camera and display.

Traverse City, MI, November 16, 2008 --( Managed services provider Appia Communications today announced a telepresence video communication solution that offers significant cost savings for companies and organizations.

Video communication enables real-time collaboration without the costs, inefficiencies, and carbon emissions of travel. Until now, these benefits have been outweighed by high costs, which typically run from $10,000 to over $200,000 per conference room.

According to Appia President Victor von Schlegell, Appia’s solution, called Appia Video Communicator (AVC), can be implemented for less than $6,500 per conference room — a price that includes the software, server, speakerphone, camera, and display.

But AVC isn’t limited to conference rooms. It can also be used by remote users via a centralized video bridge, which Appia operates and which is priced much lower than ISDN and other video transport services.

"Most other solutions require a multipoint conferencing unit (MCU), which adds to both the initial cost and monthly bandwidth cost," von Schlegell said. “Our hosted video bridge service cuts these costs and enables users to join video sessions from anywhere. We felt it was important to support those who can't be present in a physical conference room."

AVC can be used for video broadcasts as well as video conferences, and broadcast participants can attend at no cost. "We offer a free decoder that runs on almost any PC,” von Schlegell said, opening up tremendous low-cost possibilities for off-site training, distance learning, presentations, and other one-to-many applications.

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About Appia Communications

Appia Communications is a leading provider of managed IT and telecommunications services, enabling small and midsize companies and organizations to benefit from Internet Protocol technology for far less than the cost of an in-house implementation. Appia’s managed solutions help customers reduce costs, enhance employee productivity, improve customer care, and compete more effectively against much larger enterprises.

Headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, Appia has operations in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, and other markets in North America and Europe. Appia was named to Inc. magazine’s list of America’s fastest-growing private companies in both 2007 and 2008. For more information, please visit or call 877-277-4297. Appia is a Cisco Powered Network and holds advanced Cisco communications certifications.

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Matt Cowall