Vsee's video conferencing solutions arrive in Europe

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Silicon Valley-based Vsee has just announced the launch of it’s low bandwidth video conferencing solutions in Europe. The company founded in 2003 and backed by the CIA’s In-Q-Tel now has an engineering team in the Netherlands and a sales team in France.

Obviously the product runs neck-to-neck with competitors like WebEx, SkypePolycom or Citrix’s GoToMeeting – but Vsee likes to think that it offers even more collaboration tools than the rest;  the video conferencing platform currenltly displays up to 12 people at a time, including features like chat, document sharing and the ability to write, highlight, etc. on another user’s screen. You do the math. The platform is only in English for now, but a majority of the functions are really very intuitive. And, like everything nowadays, installation can be done in pretty much a single click from the website.

While the solution is free for individual and personal use, the company has some A-list clients like NASA and the US Congress. The platform can be customized, crypted and even stored on a private server for maximum security. But that’s not too surprising – let’s not forget who the investors are.

But VSee really takes the cake when it comes to bandwidth – which is also one of the main reasons In-Q-tel decided to invest in VSee back in January 2008, in case you’re wondering. Bandwidth requirements are somewhere between 80 to 120 kilobits per second while more conventional technologies tend to run between 350 and 400 kbps. According to In-Q-tel’s website, it’s “roughly equivalent to what Skype requires only for voice communications”.

Plus, in order to convince its clients of the solutions potential, Vsee’s 20-person team uses it as practically the only means of communication within the company. Just about every team member is in a different city so it’s definitely a lifesaver for the team of telecommuters. Ah, there are still 8 people that don’t get any camera love for each video conferencing session that includes the whole company. Guess it’s not all that bad.

  • http://www.nefsis.co.uk tom sloan

    I’m sure that Citrix would be surprised to hear that Polycom owns GoToMeeting!

    Must be frustrating for the 8 poor team members who feel isolated. Suggest that they can use Nefsis instead (Free 14 day trial ) and Nefsis is also available in 9 different languages. Nefsis is available in glorious HD (1080P too) so that they could really eye-ball each other using the floating videos.

  • Roxanne Varza

    Ha! Corrected, thank you.

  • anon

    Tinychat.com ?

  • Reza

    Great to see the CIA fund video conferencing solutions ;)

    • http://flatratehelpdesk.com/?tc Leonid S. Knyshov

      This is a CIA front!

      Oh… wait…

      Still, would you trust your business meetings to a company with this parent who is not at all interested in intercepting any and all foreign communications? :)

  • http://timelesswealth.net TimelessWealth.net

    I’ll have to give Vsee a try with my next conference to really understand what all this excitement is about.

    On another note, I had this thought the other day – what if there was a medium (technology) that would allow two individuals to communicate in different languages and understand one another, at least enough to carry on a conversation? Now that would be revolutionary…

  • http://www.nefsis.co.uk tom sloan

    Re TimelessWealth’s thought – you are not alone the BBC tried it this year


  • gamma

    I’ve been a early adopter of VSee for some time – they do have an HD version that’s not part of the free offering.

    But VSee’s sweet spot is very much to be an ambient video collaboration tool running on your regular desktop/laptop where you do all your work. In this context, doing a 4-8 or more person vconf at HD is pointless imho – most people neither have the screen space to display it, nor the bandwidth to support that kind of traffic.

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  • eric wichman-ngau

    Kia orana & Kia Ora

    From new Zealand down under…I happen to see VSee website by chance on our New Zealand television programme called Triangle….like to learn more and use it for my connection globally, business and community projects to our NZ & Australian members 2 the world…like to attend any futre VSee workshop to learn more….Kia ora
    Kiwi down under…like to try it customer soon…keep up feedback to learn more from others…
    New Zealnd Auckland

  • Sbenetcafe

    I heard about Vsee on the Voice of America news in Ghana and I’ve since been using it. I can confidently say that it’s fantastic. It’s easy to install and doesn’t need much bandwidth.

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