Video Mail : The Beacons are Lit and Alan Will Answer
Matt, you must have been in a Wi-Fi Bubble these last few years. People have introduced all kinds of video mail in the last two years, including some of the Mobile Operators. As a colleague Hamada-san from Japan writes in, NTT DoCoMo introduced this capability with its FOMA phones over a year ago. :-> http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/info/news_release/page/20060830a.htmlSo, let me throw down shot number 1-.The lack of available wireless broadband has been the biggest challenge for widespread adoption of mobile video applications. With the Municipal Wi-Fi avalanche picking up steam, for example, the large networks being built in Silicon Valley and Northern Singapore, as well as the continued build-out of HPSDA and 3G networks, we are going to see multiple, seamless carpets of inexpensive broadband in the airspace. Not complete, but coming.Throwing down again-As you noted, the wave of converged, dual-mode smart phones with high quality cameras (read, lots of pixels) will provide every mobile user with the change to quickly shoot off a quick vid. HAVEN’T you been on YouTube lately? If you want video mail, do not expect it all to come from PCs. When you are out and about, do you fire up your PC to leave someone a message?Throwing down the third time (money shot)-Unified Communications are just taking off and it is fair to say video is playing a large role. For the Hi-Def experience -and video, Matt, is about experience -we are rolling with Telepresence -but for the day-to-day localized video, we will see video mail starting to make its way into the mainstream over the next few years. UC platforms will have the capability to allow you to communicate in a variety of methods. If you cannot play the video, a presence server, will in the future help strip out the audio piece and listen to it, using your phone or other mobile device, the way you would use an iPod. Voice/Text is here, already, and it’s pretty safe to suggest the total media rollout will be concommitent with UC deployments.Video of all forms are moving from the realm of entertainment to business. And it’s not only bandwidth alone. Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) are now available to optimize the WAN (i.e., to improve video improvement), including technologies suchs as compression, redundancy elimination, transport optimizations, caching, and content distribution. So you will get you vidmail. To paraphrase the great songwriter Mark KnopflerWe gotta install UC systems IP phone deliveriesWe gotta move TDM boat-anchorsWe gotta move Wi-Fi to these color screens-.