Tandberg’s Video Conferencing Goes Mobile: Meet vControl


Cisco could be gaining even more in their acquisition of Tandberg than expected: yesterday Vyopta, a software developer of video and unified collaboration systems, released a software application enabling those using Tandberg MXP and C-series systems to control video and voice calls. The new application manages these videoconferences via an iPhone or an iPod Touch.

Vyopta’s offering, called vControl, will allow users of the aforementioned Tandberg products to initiate video and voice calls, and join those video and audio conferences. There’s an interactive UI to control the Tandberg endpoints, eliminating the need for audio conferencing tabletop endpoints. Features include “click-tocall” dialing from phonebook and call history; control of camera, speaker volume, and viewing layouts; real-time messaging. Furthermore, vControl users can join conferences on any audio or video bridge.

vControl simplifies the user experience, and is certainly a good way to encourage widespread adoption of video conferencing systems. Earlier this year, Fuze Meeting launched a mobile conferencing application, but theirs was perhaps more complex, as it offered file sharing and social network integration, and supported both the iPhone and BlackBerry. Certainly there’ll be more mobile video and audio conferencing solutions to come—given the press Tandberg has received lately, they’re bound to set trends in this sector.

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