By Amit Walia, Chief Revenue Officer at
The early days of video communications
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.