Mlabs Conference Technology

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Desktop Conferencing System has become immensely popular in substituting real meetings and conferences, as time cannot be compromised in today world. Inevitably it is not easy to simply replace these vital meetings. Thus a commendable, reliable and an efficient system is required to replace these meetings and conferences. This is where MLABS Multimedia Conferencing System version 6.0 or popularly known as MCSv6 comes in.
Our Ability, Your Advantages
MCS is a full-fledged versatile multipoint video conferencing system that can seamlessly integrate into the current network architecture of an organization. The best part of MCS is that it was designed to fit into any existing LAN and WAN environment. The key point that has always been stressed throughout the development is flexibility. Realizing the amount of money invested in setting up a networked environment, changing the whole or part of the architecture for a product is not acceptable, let alone economical. MCS was developed with this in mind. Another major advantage of MCS is that it is software based and uses non-proprietary hardware. This means your existing multimedia PC can probably be an MCS client, as long as it meets the basic requirements needed to run MCS.
Client Server Based
MCS is the only Desktop Video Conferencing system that uses the RSW Control Criteria. MCS is also a client-server based system which supports distributed network entities. MCS allows up to 1000 users per server and the number of servers are scalable. This means a conference can have an UNLIMITED number of participants per conference by simply increasing the number of servers.
Full Motion :-
MCS can transmit and receive audio and video in real-time and in FULL MOTION. It provides smooth audio and video transmission and playback. It also allows video streaming of VCR/DVD movies, mixed commentaries (audio inputs), record meetings and act as a high tech public address system. These are all the standard built-in features in MCS.
MCS Client Entity

MCS is not just a client-server based application, but one that supports distributed network entities. The client entity is the user based GUI application that works on the end user’s PC.

The main modules of this entity are the MCS Main Control and MCS Conference Control, which do all the coordination and synchronization job for this entity. Basically, their main functions are:-

Functions of MCS Main Control :-
• Provides control for login/logout and chat
• Provides control to create and join conference for MCS mode
• Provides control to call and hang-up for H323 mode
• Provides control to switch status (Available, Busy, Away)
• Provides control to switch between H323 mode or normal MCS mode, prior to login
• Provides communication interface with servers for MCS
• Provides user list for chat and Document Conferencing modules
• Provides feedback of client and server messages to users.
• Loads and handles synchronization of chat, MCS conference monitor or H323 module.
Functions of MCS Conference Monitor :-
• Loads and handles synchronization of audio, video and Document Conferencing modules
• Provides control to access audio/video/ Document Conferencing features
• Start/Stop transmission for chairman/active users
• Align video window relative to screen
• Mute speaker/microphone
• Set Video Resolution/Frame Rate/Property
• Provides control for conference control
• User: Request, Release, Unqueue, Leave
• Chairman: Change Status, Invite, Remove, Drop, End

THEIR VISION

Our vision is to make multipoint multimedia video conferencing system a common means of multi-party communication at a fraction of the cost of many other systems currently in use. With our enabling technology, video conferencing will eventually become a widely available and affordable option for official, commercial and personal conferencing needs, in pace with bandwidth development.
The Mlabs flagship software product is the Multimedia Conferencing System (MCS), which is substantially less expensive and more flexible than any other similar system currently available in the market. Since its commercial debut in 1996, MCS has reached milestones such as winning PIKOM’s IT Product of the Year 1999 and receiving “patent pending” status from the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2000. MLabs has also won a Merit Award presented at the APMITTA Awards of 2000 in March 2001. At this time MCS is already being used in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, USA, Japan, UAE and Libya.
Unlike conventional videoconferencing systems which enable only point-to- point or point-to-multipoint link-ups, MCS is the first of its kind to offer virtually unlimited multipoint-to-multipoint interactivity for notebook, desktop, boardroom and wireless environments. MCS has also established itself in the global marketplace with its other attractive features such as low additional infrastructure needs, open-system hardware requirements and wireless capabilities.
MCS varied applications include intra-corporate meetings, distance learning, telemedicine and long-distance/international desktop conferencing. At the same time, its relatively low system procurement and usage costs make MCS an excellent value investment for a far wider range of clients.
In addition to this flagship multipoint-to-multipoint application, MCS has the capabilities and enhancements covering special needs like multimedia collaboration (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint file-sharing), multiple-party file transfer, global roaming, document conferencing, background accounting and usage tracking. These applications are easily integrated with our flagship application as the needs of its users change.
Today Mlabs is a multi-million dollar entity at the forefront of Malaysia’s drive to become a global technology player with its ground-breaking multimedia conferencing system. We are also another step closer to its aspiration to become a global company with the incorporation of its holding company, Mlabs Global Inc., in the British Virgin Islands in June 2000 and its USA operations in August 2000.
The widespread vote of confidence for Mlabs as a technology organization is also evident in its other   achievements. Examples include its qualification for MSC status in December 1998, receiving an IGS (Industrial Grant Scheme) award for its timely delivery of R&D outcomes, and securing the equity participation of MSC Venture Corporation in September 2000.
Both research & development and customer service continue to be part of Mlabs’ life. With its market orientation, customers and partners can expect more system enhancements and new products in the pipeline as well as excellent customer service.
Malaysia Customers
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Penang State Government Selayang Hospital
Multimedia Development Corporation Telekom Applied Business
COINS (Telekom Malaysia Berhad) Institute of Health Management
University Sains Malaysia Malacca State Government
University Putra Malaysia Malaysia Airports Technologies Sdn Bhd
University Teknologi Malaysia National Library
Unimas EOM Systems Sdn Bhd
Multimedia University Intelliweb Sdn Bhd
Measat (Malaysia Satellite Services) Hospital University Kebangsaan Malaysia
Kulim Hi-Tech Park Malaysia (KHTP) Telekom TM Net Sdn Bhd
Horwath Teoh Yap AddAudio
Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia PLUS Highway
SIRIM Berhad Islamic Banking and Finance Institute of Malaysia
Malaysian Highway Authority Malaysian Meteorological Department
SCICOM (MSC) Sdn. Bhd Yayasan Perak
Penang Medical College Pepper Marketing Board Malaysia
KUSTEM Ministry of Plantation Industries & Commodities  
Malaysian Tobacco Board Malaysian Centre for Remote Sensing
Advanced Medical and Dental Institute            Spartan Peripherals

Malaysian Cocoa Board

Ranhill Engineering

SAINS Sarawak

BOSTON Scientific
Frontech Solution NAZA Automotive

Kellington Engineering

Suria Business Solution

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International Customers
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City Council of Los Angeles (USA) VCOM (Canada)
Cybercom Resources Inc (USA) Federal Robotics Institude (Canada)
City Council of Rancho Cucamonga (USA) Temasek Polytechnic (Singapore)
California State Polytechnic University (USA) Suntec City Development Pte Ltd (Singapore)
University of Redlands (USA) Keio University, Tokyo (Japan)
University of La Verne (USA) Asia Institute of Technology (Thailand)
San Bernardino Community College (USA) Open Technologies India Pvt Ltd (India)
Zurich Capital in New York (USA) Getit Infomediary Ltd
American Red Cross (USA) SDK, Japan
San Bernadino City Unified School District NetOne Thailand

Devworks DV, Netherland

IIT Roorkee

IDC Indonesia Myanmar Post & Telecommunication Ministry
About Mlabs
Q
Mlabs Vision?
A
Our vision is to make video conferencing a common means of multi-party telecommunication at a fraction of the cost of many systems currently in use. With our enabling technology, videoconferencing will eventually become a widely available and afforable option for offical, commercial and personal conferencing needs, in pace with bandwidth development.
Q
More About Mlabs?
A
Multimedia Research Lab Sdn. Bhd (MLabs) was born following the success of a software development project that began in 1992.On 28 July 1997 MLabs was incorporated as a Private Limited Company in Malaysia to carry out ongoing research, development and marketing activities surrounding this “Made In Malaysia” software.
About Video Conferencing System
Q
What is multimedia video conferencing system?
A
Videoconferencing provide a means for efficient communication, collaboration and decision-making even when people cannot be physically present in the same location. It has many of the same advantages as a face-to-face meeting including being able to see each other’s facial expressions and body language. It also allows people to share files and data, so that it is easy to hold presentations, review documents and make fast decisions.

Q
What is the future of video conferencing system?
A
As more and more organizations adopts to videoconferencing technology and experiencing the benefits it bring, systems are being deployed at unprecedented rates. Combined with the advancements in technology, the integration of voice, video and data, and the developments in network infrastructure, videoconferencing is becoming a mission critical tool for enterprises, educational institutions, and healthcare providers.

General
Q
What is multipoint-to-multipoint video conferencing system?
A
This is where three or more parties located at different sites participate in a conference where each party has an equal chance to be heard and seen by everybody else. These different sites can either be within the same local network, or spread over a wide geographical area across different private networks.

Hardware
Q
What kind of network do I need for a videoconference?
A
You can have a videoconference on almost any type of digital network. ISDN is currently the most common network however IP is quickly becoming wide-spread.
Q
What is the system requirement for MCS?
A
The recommended minimum CPU specification is Pentium III 1GHz with 256MB RAM on Windows 2000 or XP.
Q
How do we start a conference?
A
Login to the MCS server and then click create conference. You will get a dialog box to enter a conference name and then invite the participants for the conference.

Q
What is the most suitable sound card for MCS?
A
Generally MCS works well with all sound cards.
Q
What type of PC camera is required?
A

MCS supports 16 to 24bit cameras. The following list of cameras have been tested to be optimally MCS-compatible. However this is not an exhaustive list and we expect many more names in due time.

– Ezonics EZCam I (VVL chipset) (USB) (***)
– Prolink PCC300 (USB) (***)
– 3Com HomeConnect (USB) (***)
– Logitech QuickCam Pro (16bit) (***)
Q
Does your system have a problem with some built-in sound cards?
A
We have a sound “stuttering” problem with built in AC97 sound chip. The stuttering does not start immediately, but happens after a short while of usage (about 3-5 minutes). Solution : Disable the AC97 from the BIOS and install MCS compliant sound card.

Software
Q
What should I do if the picture quality is unsatisfactory?
A
Picture quality is highly dependent on bandwidth availability, so the best way to address this is to try reducing the frame rate per second at your end.
Q
What if I am unable to get pictures at my end?
A
There are few possibilities to check for this problem.

[1] Your video source.
[2] Is your camera switched on or properly connected?
[3] Check your MCS Option configuration . Have you selected by default “Audio only” for conferencing?
Q
What do I need to do if I could not connect to the MCS server?
A
[1] Check your server IP if it is correctly entered.
[2] Check your network connection.
Q
How do I change the frame rate at my conference window?
A
Select the video icon on your conference monitor and then choose change frame rate.
Q
What is the required bandwidth for MCS?
A
The recommended minimum bandwidth for MCS is 256Kbps for each remote participant.
Q
What is the MCS connection error number means?
A
– 10049: Server IP Address Not Valid
– 10051: Server’s Network Unreachable
– 10054: Connection Refused. Possibe Firewall Problem
– 10060: Connection Failed. Connection Timed Out
– 10061: Login Fail. MCS Server Not Running
– 10065: Server is Down. Please try later
Q
How to solve Osprey problem?
A
[1] Run camera tester program
[2] Click on “VFW”, choose “o100 – Ospery Capture Card 1”.
[3] When preview is available, it might look like the one below.
[4] Click on “VFW” again, choose “Video Source”.Then in “Video Standard” section , choose “PAL-BDGHI”.
Q
My update servers not running?
A
– Open the httpd.conf file. (default in /etc/httpd/conf)
– If you are not sure where the file is located, please type “httpd.conf?
– Then, search for the word “ServerName”.
– Next, change the “new.host.name” to replace your server IP
– Close editor
– Type “service httpd restart?
Q
Still, it is not downloading updates?
A
Goto /var/www/html/MCSUpdate/Old/Desktop
Type “ll?
Permission should be
rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 45056 May 31 01:59 AxInterop.SHDocVw.dll
Else type “chmod 755 * ?
Q
I use dual NIC setup. Now my client in my local LAN cannot see client in Internet ?
A
Check the following criteria:
[1] Client in local LAN has to login as “Local” Client
[2] Client in Internet has to login as “remote” client
[3] eth0 has to be always the global address. eth1 should have local address
[4] If the problem still occur, next steps:
Login to MCS server as root
– Type “route add -net 224.0.0.0 netmask 240.0.0.0 dev eth0 ?(you can make this command on startup by adding it to /etc/rc.d/rc.local)
– If you are running a managed switch, make sure you enable IGMP Query
Mode and disable IGMP Snoop Mode.
Q
I use dual NIC MCS server setup, I can connect to MCS server by using a local client but my DC and chat doesn’t connect to server?
A
[1] Open the /etc/mcs/mcs.conf file
[2] Change this
#Server behind NAT
#NATed=n
to
#Server behind NAT
NATed=Y
[3] Close the file and restart MCS server again.
Q
What does this error means?
A
This means your sound card does not support mixer control.
Q
How does it effect MCS?
A
The mixer is used by mcs to control individual playback volume and microphone volume. User can still be able to talk to other user and listen to them. The only thing the user will not be able to do is to set or modify the volumes through mcs volume slider in MCS Conference Monitor.
Q
How do I change the volume if my soundcard does not support mixer control?
A
To change the playback and microphone volume, use the system control panel.
Q
How do I get a single monitor fix mode with 320×240 video?
A
To get 320×240 video fixed mode on a single monitor, you need to have a screen resolution of at least 1280×1024. Smaller screen resolution than that will cause some of the video to be offscreen.
Q
What needs to be done if a prospect wishes to connect their legacy H.323 equipment and software?
A
It is quite easy. Logout of the server. At this point, you only have 2 active buttons on your desktop. The login and the last button. This last button or right most button on your client toolbar is a blue square MCS button. If you click on this, it will give you the MCS or H.323 option. Choose H.323 and then click login to login to the server. Once you have logged in, you are now an MCS H.323 client. Have fun using it.
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