|[March 20, 2012]
ITU and ISO/IEC Adopt UCI Forum H.264/MPEG-4 SVC Profile Recommendations
SAN RAMON, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
The Unified Communications (News - Alert) Interoperability Forum (UCI Forum) today
announced that the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) has reviewed and approved a set of
video coding profiles developed by the UCI Forum. The UCI Forum
submitted these profiles to the ITU for inclusion in the Scalable Video
Coding (SVC) design for its H.264 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standard.
A corresponding adoption of the same profiles into the MPEG-4 Part 10
AVC standard has also entered into the approval process of the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
H.264/MPEG-4 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) interoperability is a key area
of focus for the UCI Forum. These profiles and the resulting ITU/ISO/IEC (News - Alert)
standard will play an integral role in the UCI Forum's interoperability
certification for SVC-based video systems.
SVC is already implemented in enterprise-class videoconferencing
solutions from a number of leading vendors including RADVISION, Teliris (News - Alert)
and Vidyo, with the intent to implement SVC on the roadmap for companies
like LifeSize, Microsoft and Polycom. However, current SVC
implementations are not fully interoperable, and therefore a standard
needs to be defined in order to certify interoperability scenarios.
"The UCI Forum is gaining momentum and making great strides toward
defining interoperability, and this is another positive step in that
direction," said Bernard Aboba, president of UCI Forum. "ITU and ISO/IEC
acceptance of our SVC profile proposal will accelerate interoperability
verification and give end users the confidence that their UC
technologies are fully interoperable, even in heterogeneous
"H.264/MPEG-4 AVC was the product of considerable collaboration and I am
pleased to see that this cooperative spirit remains in good health,"
said Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU's Telecommunication
Standardization Sector (ITU-T). "Scalable video is one of the important
features of this award-winning codec, and UCI Forum's contribution to
the expansion of its interoperability and applicability will no doubt
help to maintain H.264's position as the dominant global standard in
The UCI Forum is an open industry alliance that works with its members
to fully leverage customers' investments in communications systems and
unite their global organizations. The UCI Forum will be at Enterprise
Connect, March 26 -29 in Orlando, Fla. An open networking reception is
taking place Tuesday, March 27 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Gaylord Palms
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