Other companies in the industry are all interested in this technology, so many companies have tried to benchmark it. Since it is illegal to just copy the audio circuitry, reverse engineering is the only legal way to do it.
Sony spent massive amount of time and money to benchmark this technology. About two years after the ViewStation Ex came out, Sony finally introduced its version of the ViewStation FX, the Sony Trinicom 5100. However, the Sony Trinicom 5100 is no way near as functional as the ViewStation FX. For example, the Sony Trinicom 5100 does not pick up the voices as clear as the ViewStation FX. The Sony Trinicom 5100 only communicates with another Sony Trinicom 5100. In addition, the Sony Trinicom 5100 is twice as big as the ViewStation FX and twice the price of the ViewSation FX.
Another company, VBrick, also had tried to use reverse engineering to benchmark the ViewStation FX.
VBrick evaluated their performance compared to Polycom, and when they reached step 5 of the process, they began to compare their specific product to that of Polycom. By making an "apple-to-apple" comparison, they were better about to assess that they could not make the product without a greater loss of time and finances. So, instead of keep trying and failing, they introduced the VBrick MPEG-1 encoders and decoders' series. The MPEG-1 video encoders and decoders' series can only work in the same network. The city of Denver, Colorado has successfully installed and utilized the MPEG-1 video encoders in most of its traffic lights. Somewhere in the city such as the Mayor's office can look at the whole city at the same time by using the MPEG-1 video decoders.
Benchmarking is to improve the business by learning and applying the best practice from another...