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WebRTC Video Conferencing Test via Vidtel

Me meeting with me

Video conferencing with myself. ūüôā

Got an email from Vidtel a few weeks ago announcing the ability to connect to Vidtel video conferencing using WebRTC on my Chrome browser.

I did a really quick test since I think this technology is awesome and will move video conferencing one step closer to ubiquity.

What I Did

Since my first review of Vidtel, they have left a room on their system for me to test with (thank you Vidtel!!).  So using that room (2819) and entering the correct pin, I did the following.

1. Dialed my Vidtel virtual room using Chrome.

Figure 1: Connected to room need to enter PIN

Figure 1: Connected to room need to enter PIN

2. Entered the correct pin to connect to my room.

Figure 2: Connected to the meeting room, waiting for participants.

Figure 2: Connected to the meeting room, waiting for participants.

3. Dialed my Vidtel “MeetMe” room using Google Chat on my Smartphone.

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Figure 3: Android smartphone video conferencing participant entered the meeting

Once connected, I changed the layout (figure 4) and then added the keyboard (figure 5).

Figure 4:  Changed the layout.

Figure 4: Changed the layout and moved me.

Figure 5:  Popped up the keypad

Figure 5: Popped up the keypad

There is so much more you can do…give it a try!

Conclusion

Using WebRTC to connect to a video conference is one more, albeit it major, step to bringing video conferencing to the masses.

Using your browser makes connecting to a video conference super easy. Once connected, the audio and video quality are excellent.

I love to see companies move the technology forward. ¬†Bravo Vidtel! ¬†ūüôā

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Blue Jeans Network Grows By 50% in One Quarter

OK, listen up.

I have said this before (like starting in 1999, for those who don’t know that ESnet Collaboration developed one of, if not the, first IP-based cloud video¬†conferencing¬†services in the world)…..BUT….

Cloud based video conferencing is going to kick the worlds ass in a BIG way….this press release is proof, and this is just the tip of a VERY LARGE iceberg. ¬†For example, say bye-bye to your favorite MCU, and say Hi to browser-based video conferencing. ¬†VERY exciting!

Read this upcoming (Monday) press release from our friends at Blue Jeans Network. ¬†Yes…I posted this WITH PERMISSION!

But, I think this is a scoop!  :-)))

Wainhouse?  Who are they?  haha

Blue Jeans Network Grows By 50 Percent in One Quarter to Claim 10 Percent of Estimated Worldwide Video Conferencing Services Market

Cloud-based MCU Takes $15 Million From Cisco and Polycom;  WebRTC-based Browser Access Option Surges to 25 Percent Mark

October 8, 2012‚ÄĒ MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA¬†‚ÄstBlue Jeans Network (www.bluejeans.com), the leader in interoperable¬†video¬†conferencing services, today announced a 50 percent increase in customer¬†adoption in the past three¬†months alone.¬†¬†Based on third-party market research, Blue Jeans now commands about 10¬†percent of the¬†video conferencing services market.¬†¬†In addition, Blue Jeans also announced the initial¬†results of the “MCU¬†killer” pricing package as well as adoption rates¬†of their Web browser-based interoperable video¬†conferencing solution.

Earlier this year, Blue Jeans rolled out new pricing plans that gave customers the opportunity to experience business grade multi-way videoconferencing in the cloud, without the high cost of entry and interoperability constraints of traditional on-premise bridging hardware (commonly known as multipoint control units, or MCUs).

Additionally, Blue Jeans expanded the addressable market to more than 2.3 billion people who have access to a Web browser.  In Q2 of this year, Blue Jeans became the first and only service allowing anyone with a browser and camera to join video meetings with other participants who could be using any combination of room-based videoconferencing systems (i.e. Polycom, Cisco, LifeSize, Sony, etc.), as well as Skype, Google, Microsoft Lync or audio connections.

Since¬†rolling out these offerings, Blue Jeans’ business has exploded to the point the¬†company has grown by¬†50 percent in just over one quarter.¬†¬†Furthermore, Blue Jeans customers have saved an¬†estimated $15¬†million by avoiding the MCU infrastructure market altogether by¬†taking advantage of the new subscription-based “virtual ports”¬†pricing plans in the cloud.

According to Wainhouse Research, the video conferencing infrastructure market currently represents a yearly market of approximately $700M and is dominated by Cisco and Polycom.

The browser access option has allowed participants to connect to a Blue Jeans meeting with nothing more than their Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari browser and a camera.  The adoption has been phenomenal.  In just a few months, Web browser-based video conferencing has surged to comprise 25 percent of all endpoints in Blue Jeans video calls.

“Video conferencing has traditionally been expensive to¬†purchase, difficult to deploy and complicated to use.¬†¬†By being first with an interoperable MCU in¬†the cloud offering and a WebRTC based browser option, we¬†have clearly hit a¬†nerve in the industry and tapped in to an unmet need,”¬†said Krish Ramakrishnan, CEO of¬†Blue Jeans¬†Network.¬†¬†“Our surge in demand is a testament¬†to the growing business appetite for both¬†videoconferencing and an infinitely¬†scalable, cloud-based alternative to the traditional MCU.”

For more information about Blue Jeans cloud-based MCU bridge alternative visit http://bluejeans.com/mcu

More information on Web Browser access is available at http://bluejeans.com/works-with/browser

About Blue Jeans Network
At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road.  Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly any time, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends.  Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California.  For more information go to: http://bluejeans.com or follow the company @BlueJeansNet

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