Japanese Web Conferencing Provider ANET Employs GIPS Video ConferenceEngine
Cutting travel expenses by video conferencing is becoming a universal practice. It's particularly useful when the travel being avoided is, say, trans-Pacific. But developing the underlying technology necessary to make it work can be challenging. Video processing software has to deal with a lot of challenges. The most vexing of these may be the different bandwidth levels connecting conference participants. A newly announced deal in Japan by Global IP Solutions (GIPS) shows that the solutions can be universal as well.
The deal has GIPS's Video ConferenceEngine software powering the Fresh Voice desktop video conferencing system offered by ANET, the top Web conferencing system provider in Japan. The Video ConferenceEngine incorporates GIPS's implementation of the advanced H.264 SVC codec. SVC stands for scalable video coding, and the Video ConferenceEngine adapts to each user's bandwidth individually. That's especially important when linking individuals in widely varying physical circumstances, as opposed to connecting corporate conference rooms with guaranteed bandwidth. The Fresh Voice system can in fact connect up to 50 locations at a time.
Also important is that the Fresh Voice system is SIP-based. That allows it to communicate with equipment from companies like Polycom, Sony and Tandberg. The standards-based approach differs from Japanese vendors' historical tendency to prefer proprietary systems. Such systems lock customers into the vendor, but prevent them from doing the kind of broader global communication necessary to cut international travel.