Librestream, Livecast top ABI enterprise video collaboration list
Librestream and Livecast topped the list of vendors supplying enterprise mobile video collaboration for business operations support examined by ABI Research.
The two firms were selected by ABI because of their high ratings in market implementation and product innovation capabilities. Other firms assessed by ABI included Streambox, AT&T (NYSE: T) and Polycom.
ABI evaluated the companies' mobile video collaboration products and services when applied to business operations support. The research firm said that operations-focused use of mobile video collaboration represents a much larger market than the traditional person-to-person use of mobile video collaboration, perhaps as high as 500 million users.
Examples of mobile video collaboration for business operations support include a technician showing a remote expert a live video feed of a defective part or machine, a reporter capturing an event on a mobile device rather using a camera operator, and a real estate agent showing a new property to a potential buyer.
"Librestream has done a great job making video collaboration interactive; such as the ability to telestrate on both the camera and desktop applications; and remote control of camera from the desktop application including zoom, freeze frame, image capture, and lighting," commented Dan Shey, enterprise practice director at ABI. The firm scored well in vertical market expertise and partnerships, and recently introduced an iOS application, he added.
Last month, Winnipeg, Canada-based Librestream released version 6.1 of its Onsight Connect operations-driven video collaboration platform. New features include tighter enterprise controls over Onsight guest user licenses, simplified PC software development, and better integration with enterprise video infrastructures.
Livecast's smartphone mobile video collaboration product dates back to 2005, ABI noted. The firm supports a range of smartphone operating systems, including apps for Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms.