Panasonic’s HD Visual Communications System Goes Beyond Skype

The HD Visual Communications System 1080i telepresence application was demonstrated in style at CEDIA Expo in Atlanta -- and Secaucus, N.J.

Jason Knott · October 7, 2010

Panasonic’s Atlanta-to-Secaucus, N.J. KX-VC500 HD Visual Communications System demo; look closely and you can even see CE Pro editor Jason Knott snapping the photo.

In what might be a sign to come for home office and commercial office applications, Panasonic showed off its new HD Visual Communications System 1080i telepresence application during CEDIA Expo 2010.

This is way more than a mini-cam on Skype! In the booth, Panasonic conducted a live conversation with “Jamie” in Secaucus, N.J. The system consists of a main system unit (the codec), a Panasonic 50-inch Full HD Viera plasma TV, two HD Video Cameras, a 360-degree HD Audio microphone, a VPN Router and an intuitive remote control, along with standard cables. For the demo, Jamie was on a 50-inch plasma.

The Panasonic KX-VC500 HD Visual Communications System allows for full HD images to be displayed on a wide range of monitors, from desktop LCDs to giant flat panels to film screens via projectors. The system also allows for multiple HD cameras, so a second camera can zoom in and share detailed images. Jamie zoomed in on a printed circuit board.

The system employs H.264 video compression technology and requires roughly half the bandwidth of competitive systems, according to the company. But the audio just might have been the most impressive part. Even on the noisy exhibit floor, Jamie could hear me clearly and I could hear her. The system costs $25,000.

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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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