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HaiVision Telepresence Technology Enables The Church Without Walls to Enhance Shared Community Among Three Houston Campuses

MONTREAL — Oct. 30, 2008 — HaiVision Systems Inc., the world’s leading vendor of high definition (HD) H.264 telepresence codecs, today announced that its telepresence technology is helping The Church Without Walls to build a greater sense of shared community among its three campuses in Houston, Texas. The church is using hai1000™ multistream encoder/decoder systems to deliver high-quality low-latency live video between campuses and thus tie together the experiences of members attending services at three separate sites.

“I did a lot of research into different streaming technologies, looking for a company that would stand behind its product and provide a high level of service,” said Roderick Hammonds, director of IT at The Church Without Walls and owner of IT consulting firm Net FX, which integrated the HaiVision systems. “After meeting with HaiVision representatives and working with the encoder, I was confident that I’d made the correct choice. HaiVisions’ hai1000 was priced right, within the mold of our budget, and in terms of performance, the system has met and surpassed our expectations.”

The hai1000 series telepresence codec system delivers a true-to-life video communication experience at remarkably low bandwidth. Designed around HaiVision’s MPEG-4 AVC H.264 core compression engine hardware, the hai1000 delivers unsurpassed high resolution HD (up to 1080p) or SD video and super wideband audio across IP networks at bandwidths anywhere from 256 kbps to 10 Mbps. The hai1000 is designed for flawless bidirectional communications and achieves the lowest end-to-end latency (as low as 70 milliseconds).

One hai1000 encoder is installed at each of The Church Without Walls campuses, and the three are connected over a VPN. Each campus has a different Sunday worship schedule, and Hammonds and his colleagues use live video broadcasts to create a window into worship at other sites. If the pastor is speaking in one place, for example, his message now can be shared with members at other sites as they prepare for their worship service. Next summer the church plans to migrate its use of the hai1000 encoder to a simulcasting model and move from five services to three.

The Church Without Walls Media Group also takes advantage of the hai1000 systems, pulling video directly from the encoder for more efficient live recording of worship for media creation, distribution, and webcasting. The church reaches national audiences through weekly television broadcasts and Internet streaming, and its worship services are watched online by as many as 1,000 people over the course of a week.

Complete information on HaiVision products, including recent case studies and application notes is available at www.haivision.com/account/downloads/.

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About The Church Without Walls
The Church Without Walls is committed to bringing men and women who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ into fellowship with Him and into responsible church membership, and it does so through equipping believers, enriching persons, evangelizing people, and edifying missions. The Houston, Texas, church was founded in 1987 as Brookhollow Baptist Church and 10 years later, with the opening of its doors at Queenston campus, became The Church Without Walls. Today the church has three campuses and embraces 21,625 members. More information is available at www.churchwithoutwalls.org.

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, for continuous presence distance education and remote learning, and within broadcast for remote interviews, IPTV, and content distribution.


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