NMCI adds video, security software

NMCI adds video, security software

The Navy-Marine Corps Intranet's lead contractor, EDS Corp., this week certified the VCON ViGO personal desktop videoconferencing appliance as the first visual communications device under NMCI.

The appliance passed rigorous interoperability testing with gateways, multipoint control units and other H.323-compliant conferencing equipment before being selected, said Gordon Daugherty, president of VCON of Austin, Texas.

The portable, Universal Serial Bus-connected appliance has a detachable video camera and speaker tower. It conducts audio- and videoconferences from either notebook or desktop PCs over IP networks at data rates up to 1.5 Mbps, company officials said. The device includes vClip, a video e-mail program for recording and e-mailing users' voice and video messages.

'The level of communications our armed forces require is critical,' Daugherty said in a company release.

VCON is the second subcontractor EDS added this week to NMCI. On Monday, the company awarded a network security management contract to Securify Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., for its SecurVantage suite.

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