NexTech AR Solutions (NexTech), a leading provider of virtual and augmented reality (AR) experience technologies and services for eCommerce, education, conferences, and events announced the launch of a new collaborative streaming solution with AI and AR enhancements, that integrates with its existing Virtual Experience Platform (VEP) and its ARitize SaaS offerings. NexTech will also offer the streaming platform ‘ARoom’, as a stand-alone service externally similar to Zoom, increasing the company’s revenue potential for 2021.
Augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) functionality will be available throughout the streaming interface, allowing for virtual and hybrid event experiences that break the confines of attendee computers and mobile devices. Without the need for a third-party streaming provider, NexTech AR will now be able to incorporate AR into the streaming experience via presenter holograms, AR objects, AR filters similar to Snapchat, and more.
With the launch of this new product, NexTech’s multiple platforms can now offer immersive streaming collaboration services directly within the platform, without having to use Zoom or another third-party streaming service. By using secure reliable transport (SRT) streaming protocol, it is capable of streaming video content into the platform from other venues, as well as sending in-platform streams and content out to other settings.
Like NexTech’s VEP, this new streaming function will be fully scalable and designed to make a virtual expo, conference or meeting more robust for all attendees, regardless of size and scope. This includes networking opportunities ranging from one-on-one chats to large digital breakout rooms and virtual green rooms for live speakers prior to presentations. It is also compliant with the latest data and privacy regulations including General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
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“Today’s remote events require a lot of moving pieces — event managers often need to bring off-site speakers into the event’s live stream using an external video conferencing product like Zoom or Teams to allow for collaboration between presenters and attendees. With our new ‘ARoom’ we’re changing the game by including video conferencing directly on our platform, enabling deep integration and natural use,” said Mark Pace, CTO, Virtual Experience Platform at NexTech AR, “The introduction of ‘ARoom’ will allow us to provide clients and event managers with industry-leading streaming capabilities, presenter and attendee collaboration without the need for an external provider. Direct access to video packets also opens up countless opportunities to seamlessly customize events with innovative, immersive features such as AR objects, AI enhanced video, live chats and more.”
“We’re thrilled to be adding the ‘ARoom’ streaming platform to our growing portfolio of event and experience management products. Having these technologies in house and built into our platforms will allow us to realize the power of AR features today and into the future as products like AR glasses become widespread. With this new streaming capability NexTech AR is well-positioned to become a leader in the growing virtual events space and is poised to grow rapidly as we move into 2021,” said Evan Gappelberg, CEO of NexTech AR, “The future of events and experiences will be a hybrid model, incorporating both in-person and virtual elements and we’re constantly challenging ourselves to offer our clients products and solutions that aren’t just seamless and easy to use, but really provide a wow factor for event managers and attendees. We believe ‘ARoom’ will be that “wow” and a major game-changer for this industry both on our platform and as a stand-alone product.”
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