The Importance of Interoperability

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Imagine if your iPhone® could only communicate with other iPhones and all of your friends, family members and colleagues with Android™ phones were totally unreachable without your having to purchase an additional (expensive) product to talk to them. In today’s world, that type of scenario for mobile calling is unimaginable.

Importance of Interop

Unfortunately, the video communications world has not caught up, and some vendors still live in a proprietary software world that requires users to purchase an expensive gateway appliance to call third-party video conferencing devices.

The good news is that many other vendors design their room video conferencing systems, desktop and mobile apps to be standards-based, which means they can talk to other video solutions regardless of which manufacturer created them. Lifesize, for example, is a member of the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC), an international community of companies working together to enable real-time, rich-media communications between people in multiple locations around the globe.

Interoperability has always been a key factor in Lifesize’s product design and a feature that we feel is a necessary to broaden the adoption of unified communications. All of Lifesize’s video conferencing camera systems (Lifesize® Icon™ Series) are fully interoperable with all standards-based video conferencing solutions.

The sad truth of the video conferencing world is that other vendors have remained steadfast in their commitment to developing and selling proprietary solutions, which, in turn, makes for a very fragmented UC community. Until all vendors have adopted the values of IMTC and incorporated standards-based video support in their solutions, we cannot build one global video communications ecosystem.

Interoperability and BYOD are here to stay. Learn more about our commitment to connecting anyone on any device with standards-based communication in the Eight Challenges Solved by Cloud Video Conferencing interactive guide.