The Video News Keeps Coming
The relationship between unified communications and video is growing deeper as the ability to move the demanding application across networks improves. Three companies -- Streamcore, Polycom and Broadcore -- this week made announcements that, collectively, demonstrate just how potent the unified communications/video connection is.
Quality is vital. This week, Streamcore announced that it has filed for patents on technology that minimizes latency and jitter and lowers the impact of packet loss on end users.
The heart of the technology, called "User Competition Prioritization for Audio/Video," is described by Streamcore as a “quality of service engine” that works in conjunction with deep packet inspection technology. In essence, the idea is to look deeply into packets carrying data for unified communications and collaboration sessions and provide participants with bandwidth in a way that is fairest to all. The press release has a comprehensive description of the technology.
The second announcement is from Polycom. The company has unveiled three enhancements to its product line: EagleEye Director, HDX 4500 executive desktop telepresence and the m100 mobile telepresence platform. The most interesting is the EagleEye Director, which offers “voice triangulation, face-finding technology, and a dual-camera tracking system."
[T]he speaking party is always highlighted (zoomed in and centered) for a personalized one-to-many experience. Unlike simple camera tracking technology of the past, the EagleEye Director gracefully transitions between highlighting individual speakers to capturing the entire room, allowing users to replicate a life-like conversation and drive more productive meetings.