It’s incredible to think the earliest ideas about transmitting an image at the same time as audio began as long ago as the 1870s, when Queen Victoria was still on the throne.
The technology to take things to the next level hadn’t been invented then, although the first telephone was patented in the US in 1876.
It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the first video camera was invented by John Logie Baird. Video cameras didn’t really catch on until the 1970s, quite a long time after the Bell’s Lab video phone was developed in the late 1920s.
So, it’s not surprising that the word ‘video’ didn’t evolve until 1935, and people didn’t start using the phrase ‘video phone’ until the 1950s.
Much of the technology that was being developed during the majority of the 20th century was funnelled into analogue television.
It took until the 1980s for video communications to gather momentum, when transmitting video images became possible over analogue phone lines, although at that time it was extremely costly.
How digital changed everything
The switch from analogue to digital marked a significant change in the world of video communications.
Compodium launched during that period, in 1997, when we began by helping people to connect with one another via telephone lines. Compodium were delivering pioneering services such as bringing people together from different parts of the world for remote conferences.
Back then though, the concept of secure and authenticated video communications wasn’t even on the radar. Compodium’s first Vidicue platform was launched from 2010.
The challenge of video has always been the amount of data needing to be transmitted as it’s far more than with an audio call. High definition video calls need almost 11 MB per minute, which is much easier to service today with superfast fibre network connections.
At Compodium, the quality and stability of the images we’re transmitting is very important because we know that regulated industries such as healthcare professionals rely on them to make diagnoses and treatment decisions.
Hand on heart, it makes me feel so privileged to know that some people are using our platform to save lives every day. There’s no greater honour than that.
Today we’re in a global video communications revolution, with demand booming as people are becoming more aware of what the technology can do for them and their business.
As we launched our new Vidicue platform in October 2020, we’re feeling excited as a company about the benefits this will bring to our customers. As we seamlessly migrate our existing customers onto the new platform, they’ll experience even better stability and quality, with all the military-grade security features that already provide so much value.
Over time, we’ll be introducing other innovative features to give our customers superior functionalities, surpassing their expectations.
We’ve also recently welcomed our new CEO Charlotte Berg, an accomplished leader who’s bringing her charisma, expertise, global network, thought leadership and professionalism to drive Compodium to the next level.
We’ll be taking forward our global expansion plans and moving into new markets as more and more businesses see the value that Vidicue brings.
There may be many motivations for someone planning to carry out a cyber crime… or maybe none at all. Where opportunity exists, so does risk. And with it, the need for protection. Amit Walia, Chief Revenue Officer at Compodium, explains why no suits of armour are needed with Vidicue’s high level security.
Amit, how secure is Vidicue?
Our security on the Vidicue platform is military grade, catering for all regulated industries that seek trusted communications.
We have inbuilt cyber security features including end-to-end encryption, in-house data management and unique virtual meeting rooms.
Our software is built around Compodium’s own algorithms, designed by our technical team in Sweden using our own source codes.
With all of these features in place, customers are protected against any potential cyber-attack – no suits of armour required.
How reliable is Vidicue?
All our customers across any sector can rely entirely on our Vidicue platform to keep their video communications safe, with positive user experiences.
In the last few months across the world there’s been an explosion of virtual communications. People are talking to one another more than ever, using a whole range of different platforms.
I’m not here to compare platforms, but what I can say is this: Compodium’s entirely different to anything I’ve been involved with before, even having been in the industry for over twenty years.
Is that what made you join the company?
I joined as an advisor and investor and then took to the operational business leading worldwide sales and marketing because I was drawn to the company’s unique value proposition, the team and the platform.
We’re very close, there’s no hierarchy or individual glory. I know I couldn’t be successful in what I do without the team who work alongside me.
I enjoy being part of a global team and staying in touch is easy because we use our own technology.
Whether I’m talking to prospective customers or working with the team regarding on-going projects, every day is different and I’m genuinely proud of the benefits our Vidicue platform creates.
Vidicue safeguards users against unauthorised people accessing meetings by requiring them to verify the identities of all participants. This is especially important when there are children involved – parents and teachers need to be able to trust that their children are not at risk of being exposed to inappropriate material via third parties.
Healthcare professionals in different locations are using Vidicue to make urgent life or death decisions when every moment matters. In situations like these, there isn’t time for a patient to be waiting for a specialist to visit, they need to know there and then what to do to save that person’s life.
Knowing Vidicue is helping to save lives is an amazing feeling.
Who are your customers?
Vidicue is a solution for all regulated industries, such as finance and healthcare as well as Government and Enterprise.
Our platform is customisable because it’s modular and suits a wide range of customers. From the outset, we treat everyone as an individual and work with them to create the most appropriate solution for them.
We’re motivated by providing the right solution for each customer and their particular industry. What works for a community healthcare provider, for example, may not be suitable for a firm of accountants or Government officials.
We value our customers’ loyalty too, making sure we look after them with our suite of global logistics hubs. We have a 24/7 technical helpdesk available, giving customers access to over 400 engineers globally, covering 9 different languages.
Compodium have an extensive portfolio which includes Connected Events, Web Casting and Video Conferencing Professional Services.
We want our customers to expect value for money but most importantly we deliver an optimised service from the global team at Compodium.
Our customers tell us they enjoy the peace of mind that our identity verification process gives them. It ultimately provides reassurance from a data privacy perspective, addressing key points such as GDPR and complete data protection.
Underneath, there’s a web of complexity – processes, a network and data – but to our customers it simply works.
With such a broad reach, you must value diversity?
Diversity brings different people, experiences and ways of thinking into the mix, enriching our lives and sparking creative and innovative thinking.
We’re fully committed to equality and diversity within the company, bringing in new colleagues with fresh ideas and expertise to lead us into new markets.
We’re proud of our recent appointment, Charlotte Berg as our CEO. She brings a new approach to Compodium, with thought leadership and the strategic vision for accelerating global growth.
We’re also expanding our global salesforce and we were delighted that Anette Ericsson joined us as Head of Marketing earlier this year. The marketing team has subsequently grown under Anette’s stewardship and is operational in Sweden and the United Kingdom.
What’s your strategy for the rest of 2020 and beyond?
Building our affiliations with the United Nations, addressing key topics such as sustainability, climate control and working with regulated industries.
We’re going through a significant period of growth, expanding into Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as Asia and the Pacific.
Our innovative technology is cutting edge but what really sets us apart is the way we look after our customers.
At a time of universal upheaval, we’re working harder than ever to provide our customers with reliable, secure services while surpassing their expectations.