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A live video streaming application from British company Digital Barriers (AIM: DGB) is now set to benefit from the emergence of new consumer video streaming apps such as Twitter’s Periscope and Meerkat.

Digital Barriers already provides mobile video streaming to the security and defence sectors, but the company points to much more significant potential across wider commercial and consumer applications. Mobile video streaming requires significant cellular bandwidth, which is costly and results in network delays that prevent the zero latency required for video to be streamed and viewed in real time. For consumers, the result of such bandwidth constraints is significant buffering, hampering instant communication. This will become an increasing issue as these apps gain popularity, the firm says. It says its TVI software solves this problem. It claims recent trials of the company’s video compression typically uses at least 60pc less bandwidth than industry standard technologies, such as H.264, the video compression used in almost all mobile video applications, blu-ray players and commercial CCTV.

After several months of developing its new Cloud Video Platform (CVP), Digital Barriers says that it’s preparing it for launch next month. According to the firm CVP will enable existing video to be viewed anywhere, to and from mobile and fixed devices. CEO Zak Doffman said: “The growth in live video streaming from smart devices will put a real strain on mobile networks, with the result being latency, buffering, and often limited service. Our technology can solve this problem for consumers, just as we already do for the leading defence and security agencies around the world who rely on Digital Barriers to power their mobile surveillance applications.”

According to the developers TVI can stream live video in and out of a cloud-based service more efficiently than any other technology on the market.

The firm reports that TVI has already been sold into more than 30 countries, and counts defence and security organisations as its customers. Digital Barriers adds that it works with cellular network operators and satellite communication providers in the US and Europe. Visit


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