AdriaComm, LLC, has launched online meeting software, ICUNOW, free for end-users who want to utilize the Internet for videoconferencing and web conferencing, but find Skype (News - Alert) limited in its offering and taxing of computer resources.
“Professional users demand a higher level of functionality than Skype can offer,” said Connor Vlakancic, senior vice president of sales and marketing, AdriaComm, in a statement.
Vlakancic said that the company’s decision to make ICUNOW available free to end-users is to demonstrate its greater value.
He said that corporate users will still be able to purchase and operate ICUNOW and take advantage of its scalability, strong encryption, and adherence to military and healthcare security standards.
Officials with AdriaComm said that ICUNOW can be used to conduct meetings with a limitless number of users, and it delivers unique functionality that includes multipolling voice and application sharing. Users of proprietary systems such as Polycom (News - Alert), Tandberg, Lifesize, and Sony are also accommodated.
Company officials said that participation in the AdriaComm program requires a one-step registration that consists of submitting the user’s name and email address.
Upon receipt of the information the user is supplied with all the needed information to set up an account.
According to company officials, unlike Skype, the ICUNOW solution does not depend upon the user’s computer resources to conduct online meetings.
ICUNOW, company officials said, straddles the consumer and professional application market for videoconferencing and web meetings.
Existing videoconferencing and online meeting solutions tend to come up against corporate firewalls as an obstacle to connectivity.
Company officials pointed out that AdriaComm was formed to develop online collaborative software, including versions that have been tested with individual online users.
The company has been awarded two patents for addressing the vital aspects of online conferencing that deal with Firewall and NAT traversal.
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Edited by Ed Silverstein