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UCI Forum Signs Development Agreement with HCL Americas

The Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCI Forum) today announced that it has signed an agreement with HCL Americas (HCL) to develop an H.265 test suite for its members to verify compliance with the upcoming UCI Forum interoperability profile for H.265 HEVC and SHVC. Under the terms of the agreement, HCL will develop the test plan, verification software tool and supporting documentation.

Members of both UCI Forum and International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium, which will merge and operate under the IMTC banner, will all benefit from the test suite for H.265 HEVC and SHVC interoperability.

As part of the agreement, HCL engineers will participate in the UCI Forum Video Task Group work on the H.265 interoperability profile. The group will address bitstream-level codec configuration and certification, as well as transport-level (media only) configuration and certification. Early participation by the HCL development team will allow them to gain familiarity with the requirements of the test plan and test tool and thereby shorten the development cycle of the project deliverables. The contracted development work will be formally initiated when the Video Task Group freezes the H.265 specification.

The H.265 Test Suite will enable UCI Forum members to use the test plan and tool to aid in development and testing of H.265 codec implementations. The test tool will be installed and operated within members’ own test environments within their laboratory network to verify compliance with the UCI Forum H.265 profile and will speed time to market and reduce development costs.

"We are delighted to team with HCL to deliver this valuable interoperability testing service to our members. We selected HCL after an extensive search for labs because of their strong reputation for independent, vendor-neutral testing and years of experience," said Matt Collier, president of UCI Forum. "The participation of the HCL development team in the creation of the interoperability profile before the development work is scheduled to start is a testament to the partnership that has been forged between UCI Forum and HCL Americas."

"We at HCL see the UCIF partnership as a strategic step towards extending our commitment to ensure interoperability of products in Unified Communications and feel proud to be part of UCI Forum Video Task Group to contribute in H.265 Test Tool Development," said Rajeev Agrawal, Vice President for Global Strategic Business Segment at HCL. "We look forward to mutually growing this partnership with active participation in defining specifications and providing engineering services to UCIF member partners.”

About HCL Americas

HCL Technologies is a leading global IT services company working with clients in the areas that impact and redefine the core of their businesses. Since its emergence on global landscape after its IPO in 1999, HCL has focused on 'transformational outsourcing', underlined by innovation and value creation, offering an integrated portfolio of services including software-led IT solutions, remote infrastructure management, engineering and R&D services and Business services. HCL leverages its extensive global offshore infrastructure and network of offices in 31 countries to provide holistic, multi-service delivery in key industry verticals including Engineering and R&D Services, Manufacturing, Consumer Services, Public Services and Healthcare & Life sciences. HCL takes pride in its philosophy of Relationship Beyond the Contract (RBtC) which empowers its employees to exceed expectations and deliver value for the customers. HCL Technologies, along with its subsidiaries, had consolidated revenues of US$ 5.2 billion, as on 31st March 2014 (on LTM basis). For more information, please visit www.hcltech.com

About the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum

The Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCI Forum) is a non-profit alliance of worldwide communications technology leaders working together to realize the potential of unified communications (UC) by increasing efficiency, decreasing implementation costs and improving the interoperability experience for UC customers. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook or visit www.uciforum.org and the UCI Forum blog to learn more.

The Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCI Forum) and the International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC) will merge into a single consortium in 2014. The new organization will operate under the IMTC banner and brings together the industry's two leading technology consortia focused on promoting and facilitating the use of interoperable video collaboration and unified communications solutions worldwide, based on open international standards.

About the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC)

The IMTC is an industry-leading, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and facilitate the development and use of interoperable, real-time, multimedia telecommunication products and services based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. IMTC membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. Further information can be found at http://www.imtc.org .

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