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December 02, 2011

RADVISION addresses the increasing demand for mobile video, extending its SCOPIA Mobile enterprise conferencing application to support HD video conferencing for Apple mobile device users (up to 720p on the iPad). RADVISION leverages the Apple audio system including the Apple codec, which enhances the battery life and power consumption for these calls.

RADVISION Ltd., a visual communications solution provider headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel with a U.S. headquarters in Fair Lawn, NJ, introduces the third iteration of its SCOPIA Mobile enterprise conferencing application. The latest SCOPIA Mobile V3 extends the capabilities for Apple device users (iPhone smartphones and iPad tablets) and enables users to participate in a standards-based HD video conference (up to 720p on the iPad) with full two-way video and a view of up to 28 participants. 

RADVISION leverages the Apple audio system including the Apple codec, which enhances the battery life and power consumption for these calls. In addition to Apple iPhone and iPad mobile devices, RADVISION plans to support Android-based devices in first half of 2012.

To recap, RADVISION first introduced SCOPIA Mobile in March 2010 as a free application for control and management of video conferences (hosted on the company’s SCOPIA Elite MCU) using an Apple iPhone, iPod touch or BlackBerry smartphone (SCOPIA Mobile V1 is the only version offered for BlackBerry devices). A mobile device user could be an audio-only participant by getting a call back on their phone and also use the device to manage the meeting participants (mute, start/stop video, disconnect participants) and control the meeting (start or pause recording, extend the time, etc.).

A second release (V2) of SCOPIA Mobile in November 2010 introduced two optimized versions, SCOPIA Mobile for the iPhone and SCOPIA Mobile for the iPad tablet, that allowed these Apple device users to participate via standards-based audio and to use H.239 data collaboration to receive and view presentations, spreadsheets, documents and images over the mobile device (no editing or sharing from the mobile device).

The latest version, SCOPIA Mobile V3, gives Apple iPhone and iPad users full participation as an audio and video participant along with the data collaboration and review capability. The addition of video to the mobile device does not come too soon, as users continue to grow accustomed to and demand this functionality. Studies show that mobile video will represent more than half of all mobile data traffic by the end of 2011, and mobile video adoption over the next five years will continue to climb, despite our sluggish economy (Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, February 2011).

What differentiates SCOPIA Mobile from competing offers? RADVISION explains that SCOPIA Mobile is specifically designed for a mobile device so there are no compromises or feature limitations like other vendor’s UC clients which are modeled to emulate non-mobile applications rather than leverage specific mobile device features (e.g. drag and drop, two-finger taps, swipe to delete, etc.). Furthermore, SCOPIA Mobile V3 is interoperable with standards-based video, and the H.239 presentation capability includes a unique “slider” capability that lets mobile users review slides that have already been presented. SCOPIA Mobile also enables full meeting moderation capabilities (invite, control, record, etc.) and flexible layouts.

Notable SCOPIA Mobile features include:

  • Full 2-way video (new with V3) - Users can click to participate in a standards-based video conference with full two-way video. The Apple iOS and screen size allows for a maximum of 28 video participants (there can be more audio participants since these are limited only by the RADVISION SCOPIA Desktop Server capacity). SCOPIA Mobile V3 can connect to other telepresence systems or any standards-based HD video conferencing system (including SIP-based systems), as well as unified communications (UC) applications such as Microsoft Lync if the SCOPIA Video Gateway for Microsoft Lync is deployed.
  • Data collaboration with review – Users can view presentations, spreadsheets, documents and images, but also review previously shared materials using RADVISION’s unique data collaboration/slider function (available as of V2).
  • Meeting control, moderation and administration – Users can start and stop recording or streaming, lock or end a conference, view the participant list, mute, stop cameras, disconnect participants and view statistics. Users can also change video layouts and rearrange participants using a Multi-Touch interface (available as of V1).
  • Mobile broadband (3G) and WiFi capable – Users can participate in a video conference over a 3G network or a WiFi network (seamless handoff between Wi-Fi and 3G is not supported at this time).

RADVISION SCOPIA Mobile V3 is generally available now as a free download from the Apple App Store for the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad. SCOPIA Mobile works in conjunction with RADVISION’s SCOPIA Desktop Server. A SCOPIA Mobile or SCOPIA Desktop Pro license on the SCOPIA Desktop Server 7.6.1 or later is required. 

Sandra M. Gustavsen, business VoIP analyst, contributes her Business VoIP column to TMCnet. To read more of Sandra's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell