Live web streaming made simpler

August 30, 2012
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The new product allows for four main pillars which is generally a shift in how content is generated, shared, stored and reviewed.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 30 – A Kenyan ICT Company, Technology Partners has teamed up with Dutch firm, Learning Valley, to offer web-cast and live-stream services to East African learning institutions and corporates that could bring the cost of e-learning and live broadcasting by an estimated 75 percent .

The new product dubbed Presentations 2Go allows for four main pillars which is generally a shift in how content is generated, shared, stored and reviewed.

Technology Partners Managing Director Leonard Mware said Presentations 2Go features a web-streaming server that aggregates the content and pushes it out onto a storage location that can either be on cloud or premised at a specific facility, a client-side encoder that can be used on a personal computer, a fully mobile streaming road kit and storage disc space.

“Sharing is enabled by putting the finished content up on a portal where viewers can then converge and view content specific to their needs at any given time or as the administrator determines” explained Mware.

Chief Executive Officer, Learning Valley Netherlands Michael Hegeman demonstrated that the video is stored onto a readily accessible server in different formats that can be taken up on most consumer devices including mobile phones.

“All the video up-loader has to do is predetermine what format the video can be viewed in and he leaves the rest to the software engine to work its magic,” he explained.

The service allows businesses and companies to save up to 75 percent of costs they normally incur during offsite training and conferences by allowing them online collaboration.

The infrastructure for the live-streaming will cost about Sh1.6 million (USD20,000) for a full kit.

Media houses can also invest in this kit as an outside broadcasting unit with a focus on the upcoming elections.

It will greatly assist in send-receiving real-time updates and news items including audio and video enabling dissemination to various publics from even the remotest corner of the nation as it happens.

Schools on the other hand get to save up to 90 percent of costs involved in administration and materials used during lectures.

“This system would be hugely beneficial to students that are pressed for time and cannot attend full time lectures as it enables pin-point time-lapse accuracy when the video is viewed along the class note presentation stored online,” said Mware.

The streaming device also comes in a mobile package that is back-mountable allowing a user to move around with a camera attached to the device allowing it to transmit live video feed to a third party seated far from it.

Technology Partners is looking to work with infrastructure service providers like Safaricom and Software manufacturers like Microsoft to roll out the Presentations 2Go product.

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