Telesphere’s VideoConnect Service: One ‘Ring’ To Rule Them All?
In the unified communications space, everyone is falling over each other trying to support as many UC endpoints as possible, in as many ways as possible with as little interoperability problems as possible and as cheap as possible. But is there one uniting system that can make ringing up an individual for a video call as simple as dialing an number? Telesphere has endeavored to do just that by working with BroadSoft, CounterPath and Polycom to launch VideoConnect. Here’s the scoop…
If you’ve been following the UC scene, you may be thinking: Wait, didn’t Polycom try and do something like this already? Sort of. Polycom promoted the OVCC (Open Visual Communication Consortium) to promote the interoperability of UC video devices across a swath of vendors. The goal: Ensure any device on any network could simply dial-up and video chat with a common communication exchange back-end. I likened it to the way web communication eventually standardized on TCP/IP.
Telesphere’s VideoConnect service strives to make video communication just as easy, vendor-agnostic, and cost-effective, but relegates it to (mostly) inside a company network. So while Polycom’s goals are bigger than Telesphere, the entire collaboration between these UC companies furthers Polycom’s agenda, most especially since the entire service is built on Polycom’s UC Intelligent Core platform.
BroadSoft’s BroadCloud Video hosting technology is layered into the UC Intelligent Core, which allows 12 simultaneous HD video streams to connect at once. Ensuring the video everywhere prophecy comes fruition is CounterPath’s Bria Softphone software, which provides Mac and PC compatibility for complex video and audio calls. And of course, all of this runs on in Telesphere’s UC cloud.
I had a chance to see the entire VideoConnect collaboration team in action with Bria’s Softphone and dialed into a video-conference call which included HD streams from all vendors involved in the announcement. The main video stream featured Telesphere CEO Clark Peterson, who provided some information about where Telesphere VideoConnect was headed for the channel. “As we talk to our channel partners, they look at this as a great avenue for a full solution with voice and video. [Since we] create all the magic behind the scenes, [partners] don’t have to worry about [infrastructure] making it simple.”
Peterson was confident that the channel would embrace VideoConnect, and Telesphere will be taking it out to the channel through e-mail campaigns and more to ensure awareness. “We’re at the beginning of what will be a huge wave with video in the future,” said Peterson, alluding to managed services integration coming soon.
We’ll keep an eye open for that announcement and the proliferation of VideoConnect in the future.