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WorldGate softens up, embarks on integration path

Thu, 02/22/2007 - 6:22am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

WorldGate Communications, maker of the "Ojo" line of broadband videophones, has moved ahead on a strategy to interoperate with various other videophones and software-based videophone apps that use the H.263 and G729 video and audio codecs.

WorldGate said it has also outfitted the Ojo line to leverage the H.323 communications protocol, enabling the company's devices to communicate with PC-based Webcams.

WorldGate, which already uses the H.264 video codec and iLBC audio codec, noted that previous generation videophones tend to use the H.323 protocol, H.263 video codec, and G729 audio codec. The integration of the latter set of technologies will allow WorldGate videophones to communicate with videophone models that use older technologies.

"We are confident that this interoperability will not only further the advancement of the videophone market, but also, Ojo's market penetration and leadership position within that market," said WorldGate Chairman & CEO Hal Krisbergh, in a statement.

For the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2006, WorldGate reported revenues of $962,000, down from $1.3 million in the year-ago period.

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