Video conferencing offers businesses a way to save time and money on travel expenses while providing that all-important face-to-face communication. Samsung, partnering with RADVISION, has developed the VC240, a new all-in-one solution that integrates all the components required for high definition desktop video conferencing into a single unit. As well as operating as a standalone desktop HD video conferencing device without the need of a PC, it can also be used as a high-resolution monitor.

The VC240 sports a 24” widescreen 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD display with 5ms response time and 1000:1 contrast ratio, 5 megapixel camera and noise canceling microphones. It also incorporates the H.264 codec for compression and takes care of the HD video internally. This frees up your PC’s processor and allows the VC240 to function as a desktop videophone without booting up your PC. Delivering full 720p, 30 fps performance with support for up to 2Mbps bandwidth it includes special video and voice functions such as adaptive jitter buffer, lip synchronization, acoustic echo cancellation and voice activation detection.

Combining Samsung’s LCD technology with RADVISION’s experience in video networking means the Video and Voice over Internet Protocols (V2oIP) enabled network monitor is fully compatible with other VoIP systems including Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) based Multipoint Control Units (MCUs) and Unified Communications (MS). It can also function as a one to multipoint video conference with its built-in VoIP module.

The VC240 supports a range of video and audio inputs, including DVI-I and VGA component connections and is fully interoperable with RADVISION’s SCOPIA line of products, which are designed to deliver scalability.

The VC240 will be available Q3 for USD$1,999.