Live Streaming Video and Audio with New Release of Mersoft stream™

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2016 – Overland Park, KS – Today, Mersoft announces the production release of Mersoft stream™ with audio. Mersoft stream’s unique video protocol adapter technology already offered industry-leading live streaming video for converting RTSP to WebRTC with extremely low-latency. Now, it can process live streaming video and audio.

Together, live streaming video and audio add a new level of versatility for smart home, enterprise security implementations as well as connecting people in a variety of ways.  Here are just a few of the many use cases for the new Mersoft stream™ with audio:

–      Doorbell-camera integration: See and hear a visitor in real time and communicate with them without lag. If the alert comes when the homeowner is away, the live RTSP streaming to WebRTC connection will sound as if they are right inside.

–      Remotely-monitored building security: smaller businesses or ones with multiple locations can have the benefit of 2-way live streaming video and audio communication without onsite staff. People trespassing after business hours? A verbal warning from security through a 2-way audio connection can disperse the group and police can be called if necessary.

–      ANY live streaming platform: Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) providers in live streaming, video conferencing or security can benefit from this new release of Mersoftstream™.

The biggest problem accessing live video over a network connection today is the significant delay in both starting the video and in maintaining an experience that is near-real-time. Instead, many applications will require up to 60 seconds to establish a stream only to deliver a poor experience with a slow frame rate, frequent delays and poor resolution. These problems make live video feed over networks nearly useless. The only alternative being expensive hard-wired or closed-circuit (CCTV) equipment.

Mersoft stream™ is ideal for use with Wi-Fi cameras commonly used in homes and businesses. It extracts the H.264 media frames directly from a RTSP stream and repackages them in WebRTC without transcoding. It buffers both the inbound and outbound streams to ensure the most consistent experience possible. Now, audio is supported with both OPUS and PCM.

In addition, class-leading stats for both audio and video are available to ensure your application is running at its best. Get the Mersoft connect™ SDK and quickly integrate Mersoft into your web, iOS, Android and even TV set-top box applications.

Demos are available by contacting Mersoft: info@mersoft.com or +1-913-871-6210

For more information, visit: https://mersoft.com

About Mersoft:

Mersoft is a Kansas City based software engineering firm delivering technology products and solutions since 1996.  They create enterprise-grade technology for service providers needing messaging, video, presence, and real-time connectivity.

Customers describe Mersoft as the “Navy SEALs” of software technology because they take on tough challenges and consistently deliver. The company culture revolves around excelling in research and development, its engineers are focused on three factors: technology, solutions and services.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: +1-913-871-6200 or info@mersoft.com

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Mersoft Launches RTSP to WebRTC Live Streaming to TV Set Top Boxes

August 16, 2016 – Overland Park, KS,

Mersoft announces its newest launch of Mersoft move™ for live streaming security cameras directly to a TV set-top box.  Customers can view live cameras in seconds from the biggest and best screen in the house.  Seeing who is at the front door when the doorbell rings or checking on the baby at nap time has never been easier.  Mersoft move™ and Mersoft stream™ work together to provide the best live camera streaming available.  The Mersoft stream™ protocol adapter converts RTSP to WebRTC with extremely low-latency.  Clients can include web browsers,  mobile (iOS and Android), TV set-top boxes and more.  When a customer opens the app, the live stream will begin in seconds.

Jeff Weiner, VP of Product, Marketing and Sales at Mersoft said, “Many companies advertise live streaming but customers complain that it takes a long time to start a video and it’s often delayed.  Mersoft solved this problem and delivers a truly real time video experience.”

Why it’s so fast:

Within milliseconds, Mersoft move™ sets up the WebRTC signaling to connect a camera to the client app. Immediately, Mersoft stream™ begins extracting H.264 media frames from the RTSP stream and repackages them in WebRTC without transcoding.  It has buffers for both inbound and outbound streams to ensure a great user experience.  Jeff Smith, Mersoft CTO said, “Our proprietary technology can extract the frames while retaining timestamps and order incredibly fast.  We’ve also made it very efficient with CPU and memory.”

Truly live streaming has become a critical aspect of any security solution. In a recent study, 65% of respondents consider video monitoring among the most desired smart home feature and more than a third (37%) plan to buy a connected camera in the next 12 months.

Contact us today and let us help you integrate Mersoft into your smart home solution to get truly live RTSP to WebRTC streaming video.

For more information, visit: https://mersoft.com

 

About Mersoft:

Mersoft is a Kansas City based software engineering firm delivering technology products and solutions since 1996. They provide the world’s best companies in telecom, enterprise security, and smart cities with enhanced product offerings for messaging, video, presence, and real-time connectivity.  Company culture revolves around excelling in research, innovation and delivering quality in every product.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: +1-913-871-6200 or info@mersoft.com

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Mersoft stream™ Improves RTSP WebRTC Live Streaming

April 28, 2016 – Overland Park, KS – Today, Mersoft announces the latest release of its RTSP WebRTC live streaming product. Mersoft stream™ converts RTSP streaming media to WebRTC and HLS with sub-second latency to deliver the best live video streaming experience for video chat, security cameras and more.

The biggest problem accessing live video over a network connection today is the significant delay in both starting the video and in maintaining an experience that is near-real-time. Instead, many applications will require up to 60 seconds to establish a stream only to deliver a poor experience with a slow frame rate, frequent delays and poor resolution. These problems make live video feed over networks nearly useless. The only alternative being expensive hard-wired or closed-circuit (CCTV) equipment.

Mersoft stream™ is ideal for use with Wi-Fi cameras commonly used in homes and businesses. It extracts the H.264 media frames directly from a RTSP stream and repackages them in either WebRTC or HLS without transcoding. It buffers both the inbound and outbound streams to ensure the most consistent experience possible.

The April release enhancements include:

  • Even lower CPU utilization
  • Support for WebRTC engine version 49
  • Improved performance data
  • Improvements to RTSP restart and Peer connections
  • Enhanced jitter buffer including configurable and dynamic buffer sizing

“Our product engineering team works tirelessly to ensure Mersoft stream is exceeding customer expectations. The efficiency boost in this latest release puts the product ahead of any others in the marketplace. It is faster and runs in a lower CPU and memory footprint than ever before.”   Ron Sloop, CEO of Mersoft

Mersoft offers excellent professional services to integrate with providers’ systems, is carrier-grade and geo-diverse with available 24×7 support.

For more information, visit: https://mersoft.com

About Mersoft:

Mersoft is a Kansas City based software engineering firm delivering technology products and solutions since 1996. They provide carrier-grade technology solutions connecting service providers with their customers for enhanced product offerings needing messaging, video, presence, and real-time connectivity.

Customers describe Mersoft as the “Navy Seals” of software development because they take on tough challenges and consistently deliver. The company culture revolves around excelling in research and development, its engineers are focused on three factors: technology, solutions and services.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: +1-913-871-6200 or info@mersoft.com

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WebRTC for Service Providers Who Are at a Crossroads

WebRTC for Service Providers Puts them at a Crossroads

I’m at Enterprise Connect this week and attended the “Service Provider Role in WebRTC” session.  Unfortunately, I didn’t quite hear what I had hoped.

Service providers (you can call them CSP’s, carriers, cable MSOs, etc.) are at a crossroads.  They can continue to think of themselves as voice and internet companies but they are slowly becoming utilities – like the electric or water company moving bits from point “A” to point “B” while “Over The Top” applications are doing all the innovation.  The economic model for a utility is pretty thin: sufficiently reliable service at the lowest possible price.

That option may be fine for some but for me, that sounds like no fun at all.  Besides, the real money is made with innovative solutions.    

CSPs have a position of strength if they build on it.  They know how to build reliable networks, how to scale and how the regulators work.  So, there’s no reason why they have to give up market share to companies like Twillio for API connectivity of WebRTC or the many communications apps.

Strategically, there’s a huge opportunity for them to take their network smarts and put an API layer on top for software companies to build real time communications.  They are already selling their services to API providers today, but offering the services directly, they gain margin and have the chance to add innovative capabilities that only the network owner can do.  AT&T is a good example in the U.S.

CSPs can also offer value-added services even amid the OTT applications available today.  By offering new services like video chat, media sharing and live camera streaming, cable MSOs are seeing that they increase subscriber adoption of bundled services which drives retention.  Comcast is a great example of this.

The last area I wish had been discussed more is inter-carrier connectivity.  Today, the OTT apps, and to a large extent, the carriers themselves don’t see a value in integration.  Facebook and Apple as examples, are not interested in integration if they can get everyone to use their tool (and see their ads).  However, the CSPs understand that ultimately, interconnection is necessary for the industry to truly evolve.  Some are beginning to talk about standards but they are running into outmoded thinking by regulators at least in the US.  However, service Providers know the FCC – sure you can say the FCC is stuck in the voice world, but who else has the access and the mass to get the regulators to listen?  

Their position is unique.  CSPs need to continue pushing with the FCC and similar bodies around the globe to really develop the next interconnect standard.  Otherwise, Microsoft, Apple and others will continue their walled garden approaches.  Right now, RTC apps feel like the early days of email when AOL and Prodigy couldn’t share email communication, and we all know where they ended up.  One example of people not waiting around is Matrix.org.  They created an open source platform for interconnection and are seeing steady growth.

In my view, the value proposition for service providers is clear – API services for software developers, value-added communication apps and  interconnection is a winning combination and won’t leave a CSP relegated to maintaining the water pipes.

OK, so that’s a little of what I was hoping to hear.  If you were there, let me know what you think.

Mersoft products are specifically designed to help service providers grow revenue and market share by increasing customer adoption of service bundles and increased service tiers.  If you are interested in learning more about how we can help your business, let’s talk: jeff.weiner@mersoft.com.

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Mersoft stream™ Even Better RTSP WebRTC Live Streaming

October 12, 2015 – Overland Park, KS


Today, Mersoft announces the latest release of its RTSP WebRTC live streaming product.  Mersoft stream™ converts RTSP streaming media to WebRTC and HLS with sub-second latency to deliver the best live video streaming experience for video chat, security cameras and more.

The biggest problem accessing live video over a network connection today is the  delay in both starting the video and in maintaining an experience that is near-real-time. Instead, many apps  require up to 60 seconds to start a stream only to deliver a bad experience with a slow frame rate, jitter and low resolution. These problems make live video feed over networks nearly useless. The only alternative being expensive hard-wired or closed-circuit (CCTV) equipment.

Mersoft stream™ is ideal for use with Wi-Fi cameras commonly used in homes and businesses. It extracts the H.264 media frames directly from a RTSP stream and repackages them in either WebRTC or HLS without transcoding. It buffers both the inbound and outbound streams to ensure the most consistent experience possible.  The best way to deliver live video in this situation is through RTSP WebRTC live streaming.

In the October release, enhancements include:

  • Lower CPU utilization
  • Configurable values for RTSP timeout
  • Improved handling of disconnects in the RTSP WebRTC live stream
  • Stability and performance enhancements
  • Improved logging, usage logging, and outputs formatted for Splunk
  • Improved keyframe detection for quicker video feed creation
  • Improved compatibility for Firefox 39+
  • Additional versions of RedHat and Ubuntu supported
  • Automated deployment via Puppet

Mersoft offers excellent professional services to integrate with other systems, is carrier-grade and geo-diverse with available 24×7 support.

For more information, visit: https://mersoft.com

About Mersoft:

Mersoft is a Kansas City based software engineering firm delivering technology products and solutions since 1996. They provide carrier-grade technology solutions connecting service providers with their customers for enhanced product offerings needing messaging, video, presence, and real-time connectivity.

Customers describe Mersoft as the “Navy Seals” of software development because they take on tough challenges and consistently deliver. The company culture revolves around excelling in research and development, its engineers are focused on three factors: technology, solutions and services.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: +1-913-871-6200 or info@mersoft.com

Mersoft stream™ Even Better RTSP WebRTC Live Streaming2018-01-09T16:47:53-06:00

Mersoft launches it’s newest product, Mersoft stream

Mersoft stream logo

May 15, 2015 – Overland Park, KS – Today, Mersoft announces its newest product. Mersoft stream™ converts RTSP streaming media to WebRTC and HLS with sub-second latency to deliver the best live video streaming experience for video chat, security cameras and more.

The biggest problem accessing live video over a network connection today is the significant delay in both starting the video and in maintaining an experience that is near-real-time. Instead, many applications will require up to 60 seconds to establish a stream only to deliver a poor experience with a slow frame rate, frequent delays and poor resolution. These problems make live video feed over networks nearly useless. The only alternative being expensive hard-wired or closed-circuit (CCTV) equipment.

Mersoft stream™ is ideal for use with Wi-Fi cameras commonly used in homes and businesses. It extracts the H.264 media frames directly from a RTSP stream and repackages them in either WebRTC or HLS without transcoding. It buffers both the inbound and outbound streams to ensure the most consistent experience possible.

Jeff Weiner, VP of Product says, “Every smart-home and security service provider has run into this challenge. We just asked ourselves, why do they have to choose between poor video or expensive equipment? So, we found a way to deliver great RTSP video over Wi-Fi using existing cameras.”

Mersoft stream sits between the RTSP cameras and clients to deliver either WebRTC or HLS video with sub-second delay.

Mersoft offers excellent professional services to integrate with providers’ systems, is carrier-grade and geo-diverse with available 24×7 support.

For more information, visit: https://mersoft.com

About Mersoft:

Mersoft is a Kansas City based software engineering firm delivering technology products and solutions since 1996. They provide carrier-grade technology solutions connecting service providers with their customers for enhanced product offerings needing messaging, video, presence, and real-time connectivity.

Customers describe Mersoft as the “Navy Seals” of software development because they take on tough challenges and consistently deliver. The company culture revolves around excelling in research and development, its engineers are focused on three factors: technology, solutions and services.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: +1-913-871-6200 or info@mersoft.com

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Mersoft to be Awarded the 2015 Impact Award by ArtsKC Council

ArtsKC Awards Luncheon in January will honor Mersoft with the impact award for showing extraordinary leadership in the arts and creative industry.

November 25, 2014 – Kansas City Metro –  Mersoft, software engineering firm, has been awarded the ‘Impact Award of 2015’—by ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council, a Kansas City non-profit organization serving the five county region to provide funding to artists, arts organizations, and arts programs, as well as build greater connections between the arts and civic and business communities.

This is the first time that Mersoft has claimed this award. “When we foster the arts in Kansas City, we know it makes KC a better place to live and it helps us to attract and retain talent” said Jeff Weiner, VP of Engineering Services at Mersoft. Located in Overland Park, Mersoft is a software engineering firm and a technology start-up incubator.

To support and promote the arts in Kansas City, Mersoft developed a mobile app in partnership with ArtsKC called ArtSnap. The mobile app (both android and iOS) features augmented reality. When users visit Kansas City arts locations, they can take photos with virtual artists such as author Earnest Hemingway or designer Peggy Noland when targeting a special poster or simply being in the right GPS location at 15 sites around the metro.

“We consider the businesses that win the Impact Award as those companies that are leading the way for arts in the community. When a business has a unique set of skills, relationships and partnerships combined with our arts programs, strong things can happen and continue to make Kansas City a unique place to live.” said Harlan Brownlee, President of ArtsKC Regional Arts Council.

Considered one of Kansas City’s most inspiring business events of the years, the 2015 ArtsKC Awards Luncheon will be attended by more than 600 leaders in the business, civic, and arts communities on Friday, January 30, 2015.

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About Mersoft

Since 1996, Mersoft has been delivering amazing web, mobile and enterprise-scale solutions for industries as varied as media, education, telecommunications and more.  Described by some of our clients as the “Navy SEALs of software development” — we take on tough challenges and consistently deliver. To learn more visit, Mersoft.com.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES: +1-913-871-6200 or info@mersoft.com

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Kansas City Business Journal Names Mersoft to 2014 List of Best Places to Work

August 1, 2014 – Kansas City Metro– For the third straight year, Mersoft Corporation has been named a Top 10 honoree for the 2014 Best Places to Work Award by The Kansas City Business Journal. Each year the Business Journal receives input from employees rating their company based on team/manager effectiveness, retention probability, work engagement and whether they feel valued.

Mersoft holds great pride in hiring employees who are skilled, creative, and passionate about what they do. Mersoft CEO Ron Sloop says, “We have continued to focus on creating the right culture that attracts and retains talent. The innovative products created at Mersoft are only possible with this rich group of talented people.” Mersoft is honored to again be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Kansas City.

Mersoft is a software engineering firm headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES: +1-913-871-6200 or info@mersoft.com

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KC ArtSnap launches at First Friday

February 1, 2014 – Kansas City Metro – Mersoft Corporation recently released KC ArtSnap app, a mobile application developed in partnership with ArtsKC.

KC ArtSnap, available for Android and iOS, is a mobile application using augmented reality that allows users to view art landmarks with a graphic of the original artist overlaid into the image.  In this case, users of KC Art Snap are able to capture friends and family posing with Kansas City art celebrities at their corresponding landmarks.

This is the second time Mersoft has implemented augmented reality technology in connection with the arts. Mersoft developed a similar technology for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in 2012, which allowed museum visitors to experience art in a new reality. According to Jeff Weiner, V.P., Engineering Services at Mersoft, “It was tremendously successful and so we actively sought a partnership with ArtsKC this year.”

“As a software engineering company, we’re always looking for ways to energize our team members to help them think creatively, work together and push the limits of their current knowledge to try new things.  We’ve found a great way to do that is through a partnership with the arts,” says Weiner.

The Android version of KC ArtSnap was released March 6th, followed by iOS on March 28th. The app will be publicly debuted by ArtsKC at First Fridays in the Crossroads district on May 2nd.

About Mersoft

Mersoft Corporation is a leading software engineering firm headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.  The company has been in business since 1996 delivering mobile, web, and custom software engineering solutions to numerous industries.  Mersoft has earned a reputation for combining world class technology expertise with common sense business solutions.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES: +1-913-871-6200 or info@mersoft.com

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KC Business Magazine names Pamela Potts to their “2014 Class of Influential Women”

January 21, 2014 – Kansas City Metro – Pamela Potts, Director of the Interactive division at Mersoft Corporation, was just awarded the KC Business Magazine 2014 “Class of Influential Women” award.  This award recognizes women in the creative, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit communities in Kansas City, all three of which Pam has shown outstanding achievement.

Potts’ creative drive started early on as a fine-arts student with a major in music education when she became an accomplished singer and music teacher. Her artistic drive became a business when in 2008, she started “Interactive Coaching and Consulting” which focused on interactive web marketing, brand development, website design and social media.

Pam’s current career path has brought her to Mersoft Corporation as head of the Mersoft Interactive division providing Internet Marketing & Design services including Website Design and Search Engine Optimization. Pam brings a strong background of marketing and technology skills to push forward new and innovative ideas.
Entrepreneurship has always been a theme for Potts who has started two companies, first in corporate training and later in marketing. While seemingly diverse in nature, they both remained in line with two of her passions: art and education. Currently, Potts is also the Director of iCOR at Mersoft, a new education technology product that she helped drive from concept to implementation.

Another pillar of Potts’ core values that is being recognized by this award is her non-profit work, especially the area of advocacy for women. Potts founded the Live to Bloom charity to help young women discover their natural God-given strengths and develop me them into career opportunities and ultimately economic empowerment. Since 2009, the group has helped countless women improve their economic condition and self-confidence. In addition to this worthy cause, Pamela is active with the Central Exchange, sits on the advisory board of the Women’s Clinic of Kansas City.

Pamela Potts has done an outstanding job at following her core values, each of which relate to and overlap that qualities honored by this award. She embodies the message to women in KC and beyond that the way to be successful, and to make a difference in the world, is to follow your passions and stay true to your values.

Mersoft congratulates Pamela on this outstanding recognition of her achievements.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES: +1-913-871-6200 or info@mersoft.com

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