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First Enterprise-Class Video Conferencing That Is Easy-to-Use and a Fraction of the Cost of Conventional Telepresence Systems: Multi-Party Video Calling and Collaboration Tools Ideal for Small and Medium Businesses
MENLO PARK, CA, Oct 23, 2012 (Menafn - MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Tely Labs, maker of the award-winning telyHD video calling systemfor consumers, today announced it is broadening its business strategyand extending its innovative technology with an all-new businessvideo conferencing solution. Backed by strategic investments totaling15 million from Comcast Ventures and Rogers Venture Partners, TelyLabs received its first institutional funding to jumpstart its newbusiness focus addressing the significant market demand forfeature-rich but affordable video conferencing for small and mediumbusinesses (SMBs).
Innovative and Affordable Solution The new telyHD Business Edition(BE) is the first video conferencing solution to bring high- quality,multi-party video calling, desktop sharing and document collaborationinto a price range accessible by businesses of any size. Built on theflexible Android platform and utilizing Tely Labs' newly-developedVirtual MCU Mesh (VMM) technology, telyHD BE was designed with theadvanced capabilities and video quality of an enterprise solution,while improving ease-of-use, simplifying set-up and minimizingoperating costs. For about 500 per location, businesses can connectup to six offices simultaneously in a multi-party video call withreal-time, high quality video and audio while simultaneously sharingdesktops and collaborating on documents. With telyHD BE, it's easyand affordable to connect employees, clients and vendors in distantoffices without the high costs and hassles of travel.
telyHD BE features an innovative Windows app that enables wirelessdesktop sharing and document collaboration, making it easy to shareMicrosoft Office documents, Adobe PDFs and web pages while on amulti-party video call. telyHD is also Skype Certified, so any Skypeuser on any Skype-enabled device can be a participant in a point topoint or multi-party call.
Strong Market Opportunity "Our goal is to bring full featured, highquality video conferencing to small and medium business users thathave been priced out of the market and not able to benefit from itsmany business advantages," said Sreekanth Ravi, CEO of Tely Labs."Offering more than an amazing price, telyHD BE maximizes the powerand expandability of the Android platform and utilizes ourproprietary VMM technology to deliver a high quality video and audioexperience."
"The disruptive technologies in Tely Labs' innovative videoconferencing system finally put enterprise-class video quality andfeatures in the hands of small and medium businesses at a fraction ofthe current cost," said Louis Toth, Managing Director of ComcastVentures. "telyHD BE is exceptionally well positioned to capitalizeon the sizable market opportunity for affordable video conferencingsolutions bringing advanced capabilities and simplicity to SMBs. Welook forward to helping Tely Labs drive innovation in this fastgrowing segment of video conferencing."
Flagship Product Makes Inroads Into Business telyHD BE is a newextension to the highly-acclaimed flagship product, telyHD, thatbegan shipping to consumers in January 2012. An affordable,high-definition Skype video calling system for the living room,telyHD was not only popular with consumers, but also purchased bymany small and medium businesses.
"We have been recommending and installing telyHD-based video callingsolutions to numerous small and medium businesses in the high-techand finance arena primarily due to its quality, simplicity andaffordability," said Martin Dunsby, CEO of Hybridge IT, a SanFrancisco based technology consultancy. "With the introduction oftelyHD BE, we can address a much larger segment of the SMB market andstart serving businesses spread out over multiple locations. telyHDBE builds on the success of telyHD with important new businesscapabilities such as multi-party video calling, collaboration andmore."
Bits & Bytes telyHD BE is a fully integrated platform that workswith any HD TV and requires no computer for set-up or use. Built onthe NVIDIA Tegra-2 Dual Core ARM A9 processor with hardware H.264video acceleration, telyHD BE has the power to drive high qualityvideo and audio performance, and the Android OS foundation allows forboth proprietary and third party app development today and in thefuture.
Tely Labs' proprietary VMM technology, which decentralizes thefunctionality of a traditional MCU (Multipoint Control Unit), greatlyreduces cost and complexity, and enables superior video quality. Thisinnovation ensures a direct peer-to-peer connection and alsoguarantees the lowest latency. Other highlights of telyHD BE include:
--Up to 720p HD video, high-quality audio
--Connect up to six telyHD BE equipped office locations in a multi-party
--Connect with anyone who uses Skype on any Skype-enabled device
--No computer required
--Works on wired or Wi-Fi Ethernet networks
--Works with any TV or projector with an HDMI port
--Easy, plug-and-play setup
--Four noise-cancelling microphones for high quality audio in conference
--Includes a MS Windows app for desktop sharing and document
--Includes a full web browser and SmartRemote apps for iOS and Android
Pricing and Availability Priced at 499, telyHD BE includes the firstyear's subscription of multi-party video calling. Annualsubscriptions for the second year onwards are 199 per year. telyHDBE is available now in the US through authorized resellers and willbe available in select international markets in November. CurrenttelyHD users can upgrade to the new BE version by purchasing aBusiness Suite software subscription. Please visit Tely Labs(www.tely.com) for more details.
About Tely Labs
Founded in 2010 by the successful entrepreneurialteam of Sreekanth Ravi (President and CEO) and Sudhakar Ravi (CTO),Tely Labs is a pioneer in developing simple, affordablenext-generation consumer and business video communications systemsthat fundamentally change the way people around the globe keep intouch. The company's flagship product, telyHD, is built on theAndroid operating system and delivers full HD Skype video calling tothe living room or the conference room on a high-definition TV, alongwith a growing number of other applications. Tely Labs is based inMenlo Park, California.
Visit us on the web at Tely Labs (www.tely.com).
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