Tandberg introduced this week its Expressway visual communication technology that makes face-to-face video communications possible over IP networks.
The company, which said the technology penetrates corporate network firewalls, is aimed at creating global communities of video-communications users.
Noting that existing video communication approaches over the internet have generally relied on Virtual Private Networks or have been restricted to links within enterprises, Tandberg said Expressway's tunnel technology moves H.323 video calls through firewalls without interfering with encryption or presentation capabilities.
The firm said Expressway is embedded in Tandberg MXP endpoints, Tandberg Gatekeeper, and the new Tandberg Border Controller. The service provides users with a universal dial plan and a video "phone number" like firstname.lastname@example.org.
"There are no limits with Expressway if you have an IP connection, and that is going to create a worldwide video community," said Andrew Miller, Tandberg chief executive officer, in a statement.
"You can visually reach your customers, suppliers and home office workers, making relationships stronger and more productive. It won't be long before you'll connect visually with practically anyone."