Prysm adds guest mode to visual workplace meeting service

In UC news, Prysm adds guest mode to allow outside users into its visual workplace software, while video analytics is seeing growing interest in several verticals.

Immersive collaboration provider Prysm Inc. has added a guest-mode feature in which users can add outside participants, such as business partners or customers, to a Prysm visual workplace meeting. With guest mode, each licensed Prysm user can provide meeting access to a third-party participant inside or outside the organization to collaborate in real time and share and edit content.

Visual workspace meeting hosts maintain content control and can decide when guests can access content and what they can see. Guests can log in to a Prysm meeting with an access code or an email invite and access content remotely. The Prysm visual workplace offers capabilities like web-browser access and a cloud-based portal that offers real-time collaboration across any device.

Paige O'Neill, chief marketing officer at Prysm, based in San Jose, Calif., said the addition of guest mode enables Prysm users to bring anyone into their visual workplace to enhance the collaboration experience, regardless of whether or not all users are licensed Prysm users.

Video analytics sees growing interest, revenue

Video analytics hardware, software and services are gaining traction in several verticals, with revenue expected to increase from $858 million in 2015 to $3 billion by 2022, according to a report from market research firm Tractica LLC.

The report found the retail, transportation and consumer verticals, among others, are expressing more interest in video analytics systems, which use smart cameras, with onboard vision processing or server-based software platforms. These systems are augmented by deep-learning algorithms to help organizations interpret and analyze the meaning of video content, according to the report.

"While many of the early use cases for video analytics relate to security and surveillance, the applications for the technology are rapidly diversifying to include a broader range of business intelligence and situational awareness use cases," said Anand Joshi, principal analyst at Tractica, based in Boulder, Colo.

The key drivers for the growth in video analytics include the rapidly declining prices for smart cameras, the development of more sophisticated computer vision and deep-learning algorithms, and the emergence of new use cases for video analytics to optimize marketing and resources.

VoxImplant improves CPaaS capabilities

VoxImplant, a cloud communication platform for mobile and web app development, has announced the beta release of its Web SDK 4.0, which lets developers embed voice and video into applications.

The Web SDK 4.0 offers support for incoming and outgoing voice calls in Microsoft Edge. Video calls will be supported once Microsoft implements VP9 or H.264 codec support in Edge.

The software developer's kit also includes full WebRTC support, the ability to activate video during an audio call, filters to modify local and remote audio streams in real time, and the ability to set H.264 as a priority for high-quality video.

"We've introduced quality improvements, adapted to the newest browser and codec needs, and made it simpler for developers to add audio and video communication to their web apps," said Alexey Aylarov, CEO of VoxImplant.

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