FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
InnoMedia And Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited
Provide Video Phone Solution For SARS Patients To “See” Loved Ones
Singapore- April 28, 2003 – InnoMedia™ Pte Ltd, a leading supplier of Internet and broadband access IP telephony solutions, has partnered with Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited in providing a free “Video Visit Service” to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Disease) patients at Princess Margaret Hospital (“PMH”) in Hong Kong.
SARS, a highly contagious disease, places patients in the isolated wards of PMH where visitors are not allowed. As part of the “Video Visit Service”, some InnoMedia™ IP videophones have been set up in the hospital to enable the patients to establish face-to-face communication with their loved ones. The videophones come equipped with a TFT colour LCD, enabling users to view and communicate with the remote party over a broadband access network. This allows quarantined patients to be regularly updated on developments outside the hospital while loved ones are also kept in-the-know of the patient’s recovery progress.
“We are pleased to provide a valuable communications tool to bridge loved ones, especially in the wake of stringent restrictions imposed by SARS’ quarantine measures. In a bid to alleviate the sense of isolation felt by SARS patients, we strongly believe that videophones lend richness and an added dimension to a two-way communication process. The advantage of high-quality, face-to-face video communication will surely benefit SARS patients and their loved ones,” said Mr. Ng Kai Wa, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of InnoMedia.
“By the same token, InnoMedia is currently in discussion with the relevant hospitals and authorities for a similar concept to be implemented in Singapore,” added Mr. Ng.
Speaking of the initiative, Mr. Gerald Ma, Director of CK Communications Limited said, “Cheung Kong is eager to support and help the patients at PMH, their family members, and the public amid the many problems raised by the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong by working with our partner InnoMedia”.
Each videophone is assigned with a telephone number, much like a regular telephone. User calls the remote party by picking up the handset and dialing the remote party’s telephone number. The user is able to make and receive video calls from other videophones and regular voice calls from regular telephone such as mobile or regular home phone. For calls to and from such regular voice phones, only voice is transmitted.
The video telephony service is powered by a sophisticated NGN architecture, consisting of call agents, backend servers, gateways and various network components. InnoMedia also contributed expertise in designing, integrating and commissioning the network for this initiative.
Founded in 1995, InnoMedia is a privately held multinational organization with operations in the United States, Singapore, Taiwan and China. InnoMedia provides end-to-end IP telephony solutions for consumers, enterprises, service providers and OEM customers. The company’s integrated family of products and its quality-managed network services enable enhanced telecommunications services by employing the power of the Internet. For more information on InnoMedia, visit the company’s web site at www.https://www.innomedia.com.
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