October 8, 2008

Beyondis to Distribute Avistar C3 Desktop Solutions in the U.K.

SAN MATEO, Calif. and READING, U.K., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Avistar Communications Corporation , a video collaboration platform provider, today announced that Beyondis, a Reading, U.K.-based distributor of Voice over IP and videoconferencing products, will offer Avistar's patent protected C3 desktop technology to its resellers throughout the U.K. This move enables Beyondis resellers to offer a deeper product line to their customers, who have been requesting desktop videoconferencing as a way to enhance their communications abilities among their employees.

Darren Innes, General Manager, Worldwide Sales, Avistar, said, "Avistar desktop videoconferencing increases the 'stickiness' that resellers want in their relationship with customers. It expands their ability to meet their customers' needs, and it offers a whole new product area that is proven, cost-effective and easy to use. They'll quickly find that it will help them in existing customer installations as well as open new doors for them.

"Beyondis is known for its quality reseller support programs that are a notch above the rest," he continued. "Having Avistar in its product portfolio sweetens Beyondis' pot a bit more, and enables Avistar to have more feet on the street representing our product line."

Andy Aikman, Technical Director, Beyondis, said, "Working with Avistar is a logical extension of what we do and complements our product line. More and more, customers want the convenience of videoconferencing without having to schedule a room. With Avistar, they can have videoconferencing from their home, desktop or hotel room -- essentially anywhere they have their laptop. We expect that Avistar desktop videoconferencing will be a product initially ordered by management, and then as they use it, they'll want to see it accepted as a company-wide communications tool. We are thrilled to have Avistar help us move our customers in that direction."

About Beyondis

Beyondis is an established, innovative high definition video solutions distributor based in Reading, U.K. Recognized as a company committed to working hard on behalf of its reseller partners, Beyondis offers a level of service and support to its partners not commonly found among distributors. Its partner program delivers sales leads, pre/post sales support, telesales and web events, technical expertise, training and more. Beyondis is a distributor for such companies as Avistar, Sony, LifeSize and Lightspeed. Partners include resellers in the education, audio visual, networking, communications and Voice over IP arenas, as well as traditional videoconferencing resellers. They praise Beyondis for going the extra mile to help them be successful. For more information, please visit http://www.beyondis.co.uk/.

About Avistar Communications Corporation

Avistar creates technology that provides the missing critical element in unified communications: bringing people in organizations face-to-face, through enhanced communications, for true collaboration anytime, anyplace. Its latest product, Avistar C3, draws on more than a decade of market experience to deliver a single-click desktop videoconferencing and collaboration experience that moves business communications into a new era. Available as a stand-alone solution, or integrated with existing unified communications software from other vendors, Avistar C3 provides users instant messaging-style ability to initiate video communications across and outside the enterprise. Patent protected dynamic bandwidth management enables thousands of users to access desktop videoconferencing, VoIP and streaming media, without requiring substantial new network investment or impairing network performance.

Avistar's desktop videoconferencing and collaboration installations are among the world's largest, including more than 18,000 seats sold in more than 40 countries. Clients report as much as a 20 percent reduction in travel expense and carbon emissions, increases in productivity and immeasurably improved relationship building within their organizations, as well as with suppliers and customers. Avistar holds a portfolio of 83 patents for inventions in video and network technology and licenses IP to videoconferencing, rich-media services, public networking and related industries. Current licensees include IBM Corporation, Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI), Polycom, Inc., Tandberg ASA, Radvision Ltd., LifeSize Communications, Inc. and Emblaze-VCON. For more information, visit http://www.avistar.com/.

Avistar Communications Corporation

CONTACT: Margaret Bonilla of Birnbach Communications, +1-603-548-0693,[email protected], for Avistar Communications Corporation

Web site: http://www.avistar.com/http://www.beyondis.co.uk/