Tata Communications launched jamvee this week on July 9th, offering a multi-device compatible cloud-based video conferencing service that allows anyone to take part in a video meeting from any location via a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone or a dedicated Telepresence room.
Delivered through the world’s only fiber optic cable ring around the globe, jamvee is a truly global video conferencing tool for enterprises that makes video conferencing - both within and between companies - as easy as making a traditional audio conferencing call.
With today’s mobile workforce, video conferencing is becoming increasingly popular amongst organizations as a way to increase productivity. However, it hasn’t yet realized its true potential due to quality and interoperability issues, especially with multi-user global video conferencing. This can often be seen with the over-the-top (OTT) video communication solutions that use only the Internet to connect users.
Jamvee is different because every video meeting is carried across the world’s largest and furthest-reaching undersea cable network. This robust connectivity backbone from Tata Communications ensures consistent global access and reliability needed by enterprises and professionals for crisp, secure and hassle-free video collaboration – whether at the office, at home, or on the move.
John Hayduk, Tata Communications, President and CTO, says, “Lack of interoperability, consistency of experience per location, complicated price plans and the need for third-party reservations have stood in the way of truly global enterprise collaboration. Jamvee overcomes these barriers by making video conferences easy and on-demand, while seamlessly bringing together all video platforms, room systems and endpoints in a simple, as-you-need it and elastic pre-packaged service. It’s so easy to use, instant and affordable. It’s what enterprises have been asking for.”
The jamvee software application supports Windows, Mac OSX, and iOS devices - with Android support following in August 2013. Users of Microsoft Lync and other video conferencing software, as well as those with access to standard video conferencing systems such as Immersive Telepresence, can also meet using jamvee. Up to 46 participants can join each conference at the touch of a button, bringing globally dispersed teams in fast-moving businesses closer together than ever before as the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) culture continues to gather pace.
So how does it work?
Just like an audio conference you can access host and participant PINs on the jamvee portal, and send the participant PIN to people you want to meet with. Participants can then use any existing video system or Telepresence room that they have access to, or they simply download the free jamvee app from the Apple app store or the jamvee™ portal. Everyone taking part in the meeting just dials the same number (or in the case of the jamvee™ app, presses the ‘Join Conference’ button) and enters their PIN to join the meeting – ensuring secure and private meetings both within your business and across multiple organizations and parties.
“Jamvee represents an example of much-needed industry progress in merging immersive Telepresence services with the larger world of global video-conferencing,” says Brian Washburn, Research Director, Network Services, and Current Analysis. “By supporting a wide range of video formats with usage-based plans, compelling prices, easy-to-use reservationless setup and ready-to-run software clients, jamvee matches the requirements of today’s mobile global workforce.”
Jamvee also provides a self-service portal for the professional user needing a personal video service. Simply use your credit card to purchase minutes and off you go - billed on a per-minute basis.
Designed to easily integrate with Telepresence suites and other standards-based video systems, jamvee brings extended ROI to existing enterprise video assets. And, unlike current products on the market, billing is per endpoint and not per screen, which means e.g. that a three screen Telepresence room will only count as one endpoint.
“Jamvee is an excellent tool to conduct productive and collaborative video meetings with clients who are based at multiple locations across continents. The ease of using video services on the move and on any device or platform makes Jamvee highly preferred by global users” says Mandar Marulkar, Head of IT, KPIT Cummins.