HaiVision Systems Inc., vendor of high-performance H.264 encoders and codec systems, and Video Furnace Inc., provider of IP video delivery software solutions, are merging. The new company will be called HaiVision Network Video.
The companies figure they have the potential to serve a variety of new and innovative missions with their combined strengths.
HaiVision’s encoders provide high-quality, low-latency “intelligent” video with plenty of metadata for applications such as UAV-mounted surveillance and tele-surgery. Video Furnace supplies robust and versatile HD H.264 IP video distribution systems appropriate for campuses and military bases, with recording and VOD functionality, on both the InStream player and channel guide system and the VF-STB, a high-performance HD set-top box.
“Marrying that with Haivision’s high-performance coding is absolutely natural,” said Peter Maag, HaiVision vice president.
The companies’ combined technologies, using H.264 encoding, have plenty of other potential applications, such as control room redundancy, with the ability to record and distribute the video streams. “It opens the door to an industry-standard approach” to all media needs, Maag said. Bringing the video to the user or distribution system with rich metadata, he said, enables the advanced functionality.
HaiVision’s H.264 encoder hardware incorporates the company’s MAKO-HD codec to deliver 1080p HD over IP networks with an imperceptible 70 milliseconds of end-to-end latency. Both HaiVision and Video Furnace are committed to advancing the IP video industry while promoting the universal adoption of H.264 as the HD standard.
HaiVision’s Piranha encoder, introduced at the GV Expo last December, is already onboard Predator and other unmanned aircraft in war zones, backhauling the video and metadata.
The combined companies will be at the NAB Show in the HaiVision Network Video booth, SL4126.