From the Back Cover
Voice and Video Conferencing Fundamentals
Design, develop, select, deploy, and support advanced IP-based audio and video conferencing systems
Scott Firestone, Thiya Ramalingam, Steve Fry
As audio and video conferencing move rapidly into the mainstream, customers and end users are demanding unprecedented performance, reliability, scalability, and security. In Voice and Video Conferencing Fundamentals, three leading experts systematically introduce the principles, technologies, and protocols underlying today’s state-of-the-art conferencing systems. Discover how to use these concepts and techniques to deliver unified, presence-enabled services that integrate voice, video, telephony, networks, and the Internet―and enable breakthrough business collaboration.
The authors begin with a clear, concise overview of current voice and video conferencing, including system components, operational modes, endpoints, features, and user interactivity. Next, they illuminate conferencing architectures, offering practical insights for designing today’s complex IP-based conferencing and collaboration systems.
Topics covered in this book include video codecs, media control, SIP and H.323 protocols and applications, lip synchronization in video conferencing, security, and much more. Throughout the book, the authors draw on their extensive experience as Cisco® technical leaders, showing how to avoid the most common pitfalls that arise in planning, deployment, and administration.
Voice and Video Conferencing Fundamentals is for every professional involved with audio or video conferencing: network and system administrators, engineers, technology managers, and Cisco solution partners alike. Whether you’re involved with design, development, selection, implementation, management, or support, you’ll find the in-depth knowledge you need to succeed.
Scott Firestone holds a master’s degree in computer science from MIT and has designed video conferencing and voice products since 1992, resulting in five patents. Thiya Ramalingam is an engineering manager for the Cisco Unified Communications organization. Thiya holds a master’s degree in computer engineering and an MBA degree from San Jose State University. Steve Fry, a technical leader in the Cisco Unified Communication organization, has spent the last several years designing and developing telephony and conferencing products.
- Thoroughly understand the fundamentals of audio and video conferencing over IP networks
- Architect networks for optimal performance and reliability in conferencing applications
- Leverage new advances in video architecture, from emerging codecs to distributed implementations
- Understand how SIP and H.323 compare, and when to use each
- Optimize synchronization between audio and video
- Secure conferencing traffic without compromising performance or connectivity
- Learn how to evaluate vendors and make better buying decisions
Chapter 1 Overview of Conferencing Services
Chapter 2 Conferencing System Design and Architecture
Chapter 3 Fundamentals of Video Compression
Chapter 4 Media Control and Transport
Chapter 5 Signaling Protocols: Conferencing Using SIP
Chapter 6 Signaling Protocols: Conferencing Using H.
Chapter 7 Lip Synchronization in Video Conferencing
Chapter 8 Security Design in Conferencing
Appendix A Video Codec Standards
This book is part of the Cisco Press® Fundamentals Series. Books in this series introduce networking professionals to new networking technologies, covering network topologies, sample deployment concepts, protocols, and management techniques.
Category: Cisco Press/Networking
Covers: Voice and video conferencing
About the Author
About the Authors
holds a master’s degree in computer science from MIT and has designed
video conferencing and voice products since 1992, resulting in five patents. During his
10 years as a technical leader at Cisco, Scott developed architectures and solutions related to
video conferencing, voice and video streaming, and voice-over-IP security.
Thiya Ramalingam is an engineering manager for the Unified Communications organization at
Cisco. Thiya holds a master’s degree in computer engineering and an MBA from San Jose State
University. He holds several patents issued and pending, related to voice and video over IP. Thiya
is currently leading the development of multimedia conferencing products at Cisco.
Steve Fry is a technical leader in the Unified Communications organization at Cisco. For the past
several years, Steve has been involved in the design and development of telephony and
conferencing products. Prior to his conferencing projects, he was a principal engineer on the
CallManager MGCP gateway products. He is currently leading product development in video