All-In-One Model for Executives and Small Meetings
The new Sony PCS-TL30 is an all-in-one video conferencing system that combines a built-in camera,
17.1 inch (viewable area, measured diagonally) wide XGA LCD, speakers, and a microphone in one
compact and sleek body. With a built-in Ethernet interface, the PCS-TL30 can be configured by
simply plugging it into a compatible LAN (minimum 56Kpbs, up to maximum 2Mbps) and making a few
quick settings on its intuitive setup menu.
The Sony PCS-TL30 system complies with the H.264 standard to deliver high-quality video at up to
2Mbps. Support for MPEG4 AAC audio (14 kHz) also provides excellent sound quality while reducing bandwidth
Compliance with a range of industry standards enables operation of these products as an endpoint with other
standards-based systems. The initial version of the Sony PCS-TL30 supports UPnP. Options for the PCS-TL30 include
the Data Solution Module (PCSA-DSM1), a plug-in for Sony group conferencing systems to enable the sharing of
PC files while a conference is in progress. Support for the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) will also be
available as an option for the PCS-TL30.
PCS-TL30 Main Features
The Sony PCS-TL30 is an all-in-one videoconferencing system that combines a built-in camera, 17.1-inch
(viewable area, measured diagonally) Wide-XGA LCD, speakers, and a microphone in one compact and
sleek body. What's more, it even doubles as a PC display. And the unit has a privacy cover that can be
closed at times when the user prefers not to receive video conference calls. The PCS-TL30 also has a
height-adjustment and swivel mechanism so that it can be adjusted for optimal viewing. And because
the unit meets VESA standards for mounting on a bracket, it can be installed in a way that maximizes
Easy Setup and Built-in Network Interface
With a built-in Ethernet interface, the Sony PCS-TL30 can be configured by simply plugging it into a
compatible LAN (minimum 56Kpbs, up to maximum 2Mbps) and making a few quick settings on its
intuitive setup menu. The PCS-TL30 supports data-transfer rates of up to 2 Mb/s over IP networks
(H.323), making high-quality videoconferencing possible.
Simple Menu Structure/Easy Operation With a Mouse
The Sony PCS-TL30 was thoughtfully designed with an intuitive GUI, utilizing translucent cascading menus
and displaying all menu items on one layer. The PCS-TL30 can be controlled by the supplied mouse,
which can be connected to it directly. The mouse can also be used to control a PC by connecting a
separate cable between the PCS-TL30 and the PC. For ease of use, text messages are displayed at the
bottom of the screen as a guide. And the intuitive icons make it quick and easy to change display
layouts, capture images, and place calls.
User-friendly One-click Dialing
A unique feature of the Sony PCS-TL30 is one-click dialing, which allows you to easily connect to any of
your listed contacts with just a single click on the screen. By preprogramming contact information,
picture icons and contact names will appear at the left side of the main menu. Up to 30 contacts for
one-touch dialing can be flagged from a maximum of 300 registered contacts.
Multitasking (Simultaneous Video Conferencing/PC)
With the Sony PCS-TL30, the user can continue to work on their PC even while they are on a
video conference call. This unique feature is ideal for businesspeople who want to increase their
When using the optional PCSA-DSM1 Data Solution Module, which is neatly integrated into the rear of
the unit, the Sony PCS-TL30 is capable of sending or receiving any image that can be displayed on a PC
(presentation data) in native XGA resolution during a video conference. And because the PCSA-DSM1
is equipped with an RGB Out connector, presentation data from the PCS-TL30 can be enlarged by
connecting the unit to equipment such as a projector or a large display.
Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO Media Support
If multiple users choose to use a single Sony PCS-TL30, each user can store their personal contact
information on Memory Stick media cards. After inserting the Memory Stick media into the PCS-TL30,
the unit automatically recognizes and activates the private phonebook, thereby eliminating the need to
re-enter contact information to place a call. In addition to the private phonebook function, the
PCS-TL30 accepts Memory Stick media for storing still image data received from the user's video
conferencing counterpart, capturing video conference images, and for installing optional software.
Still Image Capturing Function
A still image of the user's video conferencing counterpart can be captured and stored in the Sony PCS-TL30
memory or on Memory Stick media. This image can then be easily registered in the address book as a
picture icon for one-click dialing.
Multiple Display Modes
The Sony PCS-TL30 has multiple display modes such as Full Screen, Picture-in-Picture, or Picture-and-
Picture (including a side-by-side split screen). What's more, a unique 3-window layout mode is
available, which displays presentation data on the left side of the screen while displaying
videoconferencing images in two small windows on the right side of the screen. Any of these flexible
display modes can be selected so that both videoconferencing images and presentation data can be
displayed in a manner that is effective and pleasing to the eye.
Excellent Video Quality
The Sony PCS-TL30 complies with the ITU H.264 video codec in addition to previous versions of the ITU
videoconferencing codec to maintain compatibility with legacy systems. ITU H.264 is the latest video
standard that offers high-picture quality at a much lower bit rate than the H.263 standard.
Clear and natural-sounding audio is produced with the Sony PCS-TL30 as it supports MPEG-4 AAC
(Advanced Audio Coding) at 14 kHz. Boasting dual-integrated speakers and a built-in echo-canceling
microphone, audio quality is much higher than conventional speakerphone systems. Also, a microphone
jack and a headphone jack are available for external microphone or headset use.
Secure Video Conferencing
Secure video conferencing over a network is possible because the Sony PCS-TL30 supports 128-bit
encryption. The PCS-TL30 offers two encryption modes, one that complies with the ITU-T H.235
standard, which allows encrypted communication with other H.235-compliant systems, and another that
is Sony proprietary, which is ideal when connecting to other PCS Series systems. When either of these
encryption modes is active, video, audio, and graphics are encrypted for the duration of the
QoS (Quality of Service)
When holding a video conference over a network, a common concern is how to maintain video and audio
quality when the performance of the network is changing. The Sony PCS-TL30 provides two advanced
functions to enhance QoS over a network:
Adaptive Rate Control (ARC):
The adaptive rate control function automatically varies the audio and video bit transfer rate to meet
changing network conditions. It also selects the most appropriate frame rates, which helps to prevent
audio and video breakup.
Real-time Auto Repeat Request (ARQ):
The real-time ARQ function recovers lost IP packets. This is performed by buffering the packets at
the encoder and resending any that are lost. This feature helps maintain the audio and video quality,
and helps prevent picture collapse even under high network traffic conditions.
The all-in-one Sony PCS-TL30 is equipped with a handle and has a relatively light weight of 8 kg (17 lb 10
oz), making it very portable and easy to transport.
Participation in Multi-point Video Conferencing
The Sony PCS-TL30, as a dependent unit, can be used to participate in multi-point video conferences. When
the host system, such as the PCS-TL50 or PCS-G50 is equipped with MCU (Multipoint Control Unit)
software, the PCS-TL30 can receive multi-screen video images and audio directl y from that host
system. Also, by using the Broadcast Mode on the unit, the user can override the multi-screen video
image and send the user's image to all of the video conference participants as required.
Wireless LAN Capability
By connecting an external wireless LAN device to the network interface of the Sony PCS-TL30, the unit can
be used on a compatible wireless network (minimum 56Kpbs, up to maximum 2Mbps).
Our factory-trained sales and technical staff install and support Sony PCS-TL30 projects across the country and around the world. As with the other video conferencing products we represent, IVCi provides clients with one point of contact for sales, service, management and support of the entire Sony video conferencing product line.