OVCC Designs Multiprovider Video Collaboration Network
Converged communications vendor Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM) is having a busy year so far: In addition to rolling out a mobile video content management solution for Android and iPhone, the company announced its Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC), launched in October 2011, has designed the first interconnect network to run video calls over multiple networks.
Four major network carriers — Bharti Airtel, Masergy, Orange Business Services and AT&T (NYSE: ATT) — have developed the first OVCC-compliant interconnect network that provides the backbone to support video connections between carrier platforms. Overall, the OVCC boasts 23 member companies.
The aim is to allow all OVCC partners, which include Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Verizon (NASDAQ: VZ), Glowpoint (NYSE: GLOW), BT and others, to offer network-agnostic video services. The interoperability requirements do not require any extra effort on the part of the user, who simply contacts the service provider to set up a videoconference as one would a phone conference.
The first wave of multinetwork OVCC-compliant video service offerings will include scheduled meetings with content sharing, including the ability to share presentations, documents and PDFs during the videoconference.
Standards-based encryption technology also will be included so users are assured their conversations are confidential. In total, the OVCC services are supported by eight different network and managed service providers. The first services are scheduled to hit the market later this year.