MeetingPlace Available as Standalone Web Conferencing Solution

Businesses Can Now Access the Premier Security and Infrastructure Integration of MeetingPlace Web Conferencing While Using Separate Voice Conferencing Service

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 22, 2002 -- Enterprises seeking to use cost-efficient, secure and highly functional web conferencing technology while opting for a separate voice conferencing service can now choose the new MeetingPlace standalone web conferencing solution. MeetingPlace, previously provided solely as a combined voice and web product, is offered by Latitude Communications (Nasdaq: LATD), the leading provider of secure, integrated voice and web conferencing products and services.

Businesses that choose the new standalone solution can later add voice and video conferencing for complete, integrated rich media conferencing. Like the combined product, the standalone configuration of MeetingPlace secures confidential web conferences and content, such as budgets, forecasts and product plans, and offers tight integration with enterprise directories, calendars and infrastructures. Those capabilities comprise the standard for enterprise web conferencing.

Unlike Internet-accessible web conferencing services, deploying MeetingPlace in-house allows companies to meet in real time on their own networks, thereby avoiding:

-- Security leaks, from competitors or hackers accessing private meetings and content

-- Soaring costs from high monthly fees, especially as usage rises

-- Inefficient company-wide collaboration, from using varied services among departments

-- Limited control over user access when employees change roles or leave the company

MeetingPlace's "on-net" model, anti-hacking features and encryption ensure security. Using MeetingPlace on-premises, company-wide, maximizes cost efficiency and collaboration, producing a high return on investment. Outlook and Notes integration allows people to set up and go to meetings from familiar calendars, and integration with company directories elevates security and administrative control during personnel changes. MeetingPlace is the only solution that allows users to isolate some meetings from the Internet while making others accessible externally.

Latitude also announced today that Lockheed Martin Corp. has chosen MeetingPlace web conferencing for its ability to meet stringent requirements for security, functionality and scalability. Using MeetingPlace, the company's 125,000 employees can confidentially share status updates, product designs and other information with customers, suppliers and remote workers outside the firewall. This initiative is part of Lockheed Martin's strategy for using superior technologies to effectively serve its diverse customers, including the Department of Defense, NASA and Department of Health and Human Services.

"Bringing web conferencing in-house can deliver security, integration, control and cost benefits over hosted solutions," said Matt Cain, senior vice president, Web and Collaboration Strategies, the META Group. "Enterprises with legacy voice or video conferencing tools should consider web conferencing services that complement those systems and support future migration to an integrated platform."

About Latitude Communications

Latitude Communications provides MeetingPlace, the leading secure, integrated voice and web conferencing solution. Companies such as Aetna, Agilent and Microsoft use the solution to work better and speed decisions through real-time collaboration. Available as an outsourced service or on- premises platform, MeetingPlace integrates with traditional and IP communications infrastructures enabling people to share and edit live documents from any location. The technology integrates with standard groupware such as Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes to simplify scheduling. Based in Santa Clara, Calif., Latitude has offices and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and India. Visit or call (408) 988-7200 (or 800-999-7440 in the U.S.).

NOTE: MeetingPlace is a registered trademark of Latitude Communications Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective holders.

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