BT Conferencing, one of the world’s leading providers of audio and video conferencing solutions, is joining forces with Dolby Laboratories Inc. (NYSE:DLB), pioneers in the science of sight and sound, on a technology trial designed to make audio conference calls more effective by making them sound and feel like in-person meetings.
The trial promises to improve business communication by combining Dolby expertise in core signal processing and human psychoacoustic perception with BT’s world-class capabilities in the field of unified communications.
BT’s conferencing services with Dolby® Voice™ technology will leapfrog several existing conferencing solutions by creating a spatial audio scene that allows participants to engage in dynamic, flowing conversations. This approach creates the impression that sounds are coming from unique points in space (as they would in real life), so call participants can easily identify who is speaking and what they are saying.
The core BT MeetMe conferencing service was initially supported by traditional time-division multiplexing (TDM) based audio conferencing bridge equipment. This has been upgraded to a platform based on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and is a key part of BT’s audio and video conferencing solutions. It is also fully integrated into the BT One portfolio of unified communications solutions, which BT Global Services delivers to global corporations and government organizations.Dave Hobday, Managing Director, BT Enterprises, said: “BT has been a long-time innovator in offering productive conferencing services to our global business customers. We are looking forward to this trial. Our objective is for all conference-call attendees to become productive participants, engaging more naturally in conversation and generating better outcomes from meetings. We hope the trial of Dolby Voice can provide a unique and improved experience for conference-call users, which will lead to us deploying it as part of the BT MeetMe service for conferencing customers in due course.”