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April 27, 2006

Pandora Networks and ESPRE Solutions Team up to Deliver Video Conferencing Solution

By Mae Kowalke
TMCnet Associate Editor

Media technology company ESPRE Solutions, Inc. announced yesterday a licensing and integration agreement with IP communications service provider Pandora Networks for the delivery of a video conferencing solution.
The agreement integrates video products from both companies: ESPRE’s eViewChat and Pandora’s Worksmart On-Demand IP Communications solution.
eViewChat is an 8-way video conferencing solution. Worksmart is a software suite that gives small and medium-sized businesses control over communications services including voice, video, messaging, and collaboration.
Integrating the two products means that Worksmart users will be able to “take advantage of ESPRE’s proprietary video compression to deliver business-quality video communications at far less bandwidth than that of competing video solutions,” the companies said in a press release.
The integration includes ESPRE’s virtual private network solution, eViewNet, allowing users “to operate through corporate firewalls in order to make seamless video conferencing connections without the need to involve IT or other technical resources,” the release stated.

“The integration of these two technologies provides a ‘best in class’ solution for today’s small to mid-sized businesses,” ESPRE’s CEO, Pete Ianace, said in a statement to the press. “We believe that this combination will offer SMB users the first true, high quality video solution seamlessly integrated into a professional IP communications service.”
Pandora Networks CEO Walter Snell commented: “With ESPRE’s 8-way multipoint video conferencing solution, eViewChat, Pandora Networks can offer the highest quality video conferencing service available in the On Demand IP communications market.”
Snell added that Pandora expects to include ESPRE’s video solution in the next major release of Worksmart, scheduled to hit the market during the third quarter of 2006.
Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page.