Video conferencing accessible from any devices including TVs is a trendy feature nowadays. We have published about Polycom, one of the leading providers of enterprise video conferencing services, when it launched it mobile solution, RealPresence Mobile, last October.
Today, RealPresence Mobile 1.3 launched and it gets a very interesting new feature for iOS: the ability for users on the other end to control the camera during a video conferencing session. This is particularly useful for medical applications: a doctor can zoom in the video to better see a patient (see photo). Orlando Health, a provider of healthcare services in central Florida, is providing RealPresence Mobile to its neurology clinicians to help them remotely connect with patients – watch the video related to the use of RealPresence Mobile by Orlando Health, in the complete article.
The Polycom RealPresence Platform that powers RealPresence Mobile got other enhancements including the ability for each customer to support 10,000 devices simultaneously, a 100% increase compared to the previous version.
RealPresence Mobile 1.3 will be available as a free download this month from the Apple AppStore for the new iPad, iPad 2, and iPhone 4S; and from Google Play for the HTC One S, HTC One X, HTC Jetstream, the Motorola XOOM, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1. The far-end camera control feature is only available for iOS, it will roll out for Android later.
Additionally, Polycom released its new suite of open APIs and its SDK for the RealPresence Platform. This will enable software vendors, channel partners, customers, and service providers to develop new applications on top of the RealPresence video conferencing solution. For example, ProtonMedia, a 3D virtual collaboration provider for the enterprise, is integrating Polycom video into its ProtoSphere platform, which allows users to participate in virtual collaboration rooms using an avatar and live video streams.