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HaiVision and Video Furnace form strategic partnership to deliver advanced H.264 high-definition IPTV and IP video solutions

MONTREAL and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — Sept. 2, 2008 — High-definition video over signage and other networks is now a reality, thanks to a new partnership by HaiVision Systems Inc., the world leader in performance video encoding technology, and Video Furnace, a leading global provider of enterprise-class IP video solutions. Today the companies announced a partnership to deliver unparalleled video-over-IP quality and IPTV high-definition solutions for a wide range of markets, including enterprise, education and government. The agreement includes cooperative technical development, integrated systems propositions and joint marketing efforts. The partnership will enable the companies’ global network of integrators, resellers and partners to deliver video over IP solutions of the highest resolution and best performance across North America and Europe.

“Together with HaiVision, we are taking network-based video to the next level of resolution and performance,” said Howard Weinzimmer, CEO, Video Furnace. “Our customers can now have the security and ease-of-use of the Video Furnace IP video system combined with the incredible resolution that HaiVision’s encoders provide and be the first in the world to stream high-definition video over their networks.”

“As an integrator of both HaiVision and Video Furnace products, we are very excited about this collaboration, which tightly couples the world’s leading encoders with the most secure, scalable and easy-to-use IPTV video distribution solution available,” said Joe Mendonca, director of IP Technologies for HB Communications (North Haven, Conn.), a top integrator of network video solutions. “It is exactly what our clients want — high-definition H.264 for their video infrastructures.”

The Video Furnace control and distribution systems and set-top boxes immediately support HaiVision’s high-definition H.264 MAKO-HD encoding technology at full-HD 1080i resolution. The MAKO-HD supports guaranteed frame rate performance of top quality H.264 encoding at up to 1080p resolution and at the lowest latency available. Additional integration will be available in the near future, including the ability to store and manage high-definition video libraries and to deliver video via Video Furnace’s patent-pending inStream Viewer, which does not require any resident player software or browser plug-ins.

The current combined HaiVision and Video Furnace solution is ideal for live, high-definition content scheduling, management and distribution for HD signage and video over IP applications, and provides full centralized management and control of HD content presentation and availability.

“This strategic partnership provides an ideal solution for our channel partners and integrators globally and is a dream come true for many of our customers,” added Mirko Wicha, HaiVision’s president and CEO. “Together we present the future of media distribution for enterprise applications.”

The Video Furnace IP video distribution system is a complete, highly scalable solution that leverages an organizations’ existing network to enable the secure and cost-effective delivery of live, broadcast and on-demand TV-quality video to any network-connected desktops, laptops or TVs connected via Video Furnace’s digital set-top box.

The HaiVision MAKO-HD is a high-performance, high-definition H.264 encoder/decoder delivering 70-millisecond end-to-end latency for up to 1080p resolution and up to 10 Mbps. It is fully compatible with IPTV, STBs and flash-streaming environments, and is ideal for inactive broadcast applications. With the new dual-stream feature, the MAKO-HD can now support inputs for HD video and computer signals simultaneously. MAKO-HD also supports full frame rate WXGA and Hilo streaming. MAKO-HD within the Hai1000 multistream system supports up to 10 channels of encode/decode.

Complete information on the MAKO-HD and HaiVision’s acclaimed Hai1000 multistream codec platform products is available at HaiVision’s download center: www.haivision.com/account/downloads/. The MAKO-HD will be on display at the HaiVision IBC stand IP253 in the IPTV Zone.

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About Video Furnace
Video Furnace is a leading provider of end-to-end, enterprise-class IP video solutions. With more than 3 million users daily worldwide, the six-year-old company quickly has established its IP video system as the video distribution technology of choice in commercial, education and government settings. Privately held, the Chicago-area company distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors. More information is available at www.videofurnace.com.

About HaiVision Systems Inc
Based in Montreal, Canada, HaiVision Systems Inc. is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced video networking technology. HaiVision’s products are deployed worldwide within the foremost telepresence suites and boardrooms; in healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training; in educational facilities for continuous presence distance education and remote learning; and within broadcast facilities for remote interviews, IPTV and content distribution.

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