Canadian video conferencing platform gets expanded

A Canadian videoconferencing company has enhanced its platform for service providers and system integrators with a new Windows desktop client and more cloud-based on-demand services.

Magor Corp. of Ottawa said Tuesday that the improvements to its Aerus Service Delivery Platform mean that the collaboration experience offered from a dedicated appliance for meeting rooms now can be had on PCs, while the new on demand services give users more optional services.

“Our ongoing strategy with Aerus is to elevate the use of video interactions to support new collaborative teamwork that goes far beyond the current video conferencing approach.”  Ken Davison, Magor’s chief marketing officer said in a statement.

The new capabilities are “extending our visual collaboration experience to the desktop, delivering a new standard for video interactions on multi-purpose PCs for Windows. In addition, the new suite of OnDemand services offers flexibility to end users with access to fully integrated capabilities that would otherwise be offered as entirely separate solutions.”

The software-based Aerus SDP combines cloud computing, peer-to-peer networking and media stream switching to enable concurrent sharing of desktop screens, iPad screens, static and interactive whiteboards, wearable camera views, live and recorded video and photos.

The new Aerus desktop client enables the visual collaboration experience that has been delivered in dedicated appliances for meeting rooms can now be extended to the Windows desktop, Davison said, and to other operating systems and devices in the future.”

There are also three new Aerus OnDemand services:

●     Aerus Invite – A personalized virtual meeting room service based around users  rather than capacity of ports. VMRs can be assigned to individual users or public rooms for both private and public cloud deployments

●     Aerus OnScene – A set of services for public safety agencies using Aerus in operations centres. It can give access to real-time, geo-tagged video streams from IP surveillance systems, smartphones and officer-based cameras in multiple locations.

●     Aerus WebCollab – A WebRTC-based webinar-style collaboration service that enables up to 25 participants to securely attend an Aerus session via audio and/or video with complete views of other participants and shared information.

Magor said it could be used for holding training sessions for clients, partners or customers, or for distance education.

“This evolution of the Aerus SDP solves several long-standing limitations of traditional video conferencing regarding flexibility of deployment, media-stream quality, sharing collaborative material, scalability to reach large numbers of users and interoperability,” said Davison.

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