CafeX Chimes in with low-cost videoconferencing product

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CafeX Communications wants to make video collaboration more intuitive and easier for teams. The company launched Chime as a low-cost videoconferencing and collaboration tool that uses WebRTC for use on any browser.

Chime was designed to simplify video collaboration and also remove the need to download additional software. Using WebRTC, it is meant to be intuitive to use, thereby increasing productivity and bolstering videoconferencing usage.

"Our vision with Chime is to make it simple and affordable for people to collaborate face-to-face, regardless of what systems, devices, browsers or applications they want to use," said Kevin Glass, chief innovation officer at CafeX Communications, in a statement. "By creating a single-click experience on every browser that works with existing systems, Chime makes video collaboration easily accessible by all business users within and beyond the enterprise. Distinguishing factors such as a simplified architecture and minimal network resource consumption help enterprises overcome obstacles typically associated with a full-scale video conferencing rollout."

CafeX is following the trend toward simpler, more user-friendly video collaboration driven by Lifesize, Blue Jeans Network, Microsoft and other vendors.

Aside from being designed to be easy to use, Chime also comes with the promise of up to 70 percent reduction in total cost of ownership. Also of interest is CafeX's claim that Chime uses up to 75 percent less network bandwidth for video traffic. If it works as well as the company stated it does, it could help to solve bandwidth issues, particularly at the branch.

Also of interest is how CafeX is using WebRTC. Irwin Lazar, vice president and service director at Nemertes Research, noted in a statement accompanying the press release that only 4.4 percent of end-user organizations are using WebRTC.

"CafeX Chime offers the ability to overcome the factors that have constrained WebRTC: lack of universal browser support, a universal video codec, network and performance issues, and slow-to-develop standards," Lazar said.

For more:
- read the press release

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