News: Jisc awards Ajenta contract

Scottish Video conferencing specialist Ajenta, have been awarded by Jisc as the preferred partner to deliver the upgrade of the national Vscene videoconferencing cloud service.

After a rigorous tender process Jisc, the UK’s higher education, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions, which provides the Janet Network in the UK have signed a 5 year contract with Ajenta a video conferencing and software development company, to deliver the upgrade of the national Vscene videoconferencing cloud service (previously known as Janet Video Conferencing service).

The project will see the replacement of the legacy hardware infrastructure with Vidyo technology throughout, following an earlier programme in 2014. Ajenta will also continue to work on increasing the capacity for the service as it is grows over the next five years.

John Wilson CEO of Ajenta said:  “This recent win for Ajenta is an important milestone for the business and continues to establish the company’s strength in the education and learning delivery industry. The planned enhancements on the Vscene service will promise some exciting new features such as Mobile Classrooms, Lecture Mode, Integration with Moodle as well as the much anticipated ‘Vscene on a Stick’ which provides a full video conference system on an HDMI stick that plugs directly into your existing TV or projector, opening up much greater opportunity for classrooms and smaller schools to benefit from video communication without the barriers of high costs as so often experienced elsewhere in the video conferencing industry.”

New features – Increased scalability and interoperability

Plans are being laid to design and launch a mobile application, to make the platform used by the higher and further education sectors available on a multitude of mobile devices. The Vscene mobile app will allow users on iOS or Android devices to join lectures or meetings directly on their phone or tablets on a 3G or 4G connection. This fully featured app will provide the same great features as the existing desktop application

To further improve the user experience, Vscene will start to allow WebRTC connections from Chrome, Firefox and Edge allowing for an install-free connection. Vscene will also provide enhanced interoperability with many other video conferencing services such as Skype for Business, increasing collaboration across the education sector.

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Mark Summerson, VP of Vidyo UK, comments:  “Vidyo is currently used by many other education and research institutions such as CERN, HEAnet, and GÉANT. Having been heralded by Gartner as a ‘Visionary’ and ‘Technology Leader’; Vidyo continues to break boundaries in video communication through its innovative software architecture.”

About Jisc

Jisc are the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions, which provides the Janet Network in the UK.  Jisc champion the importance and potential of digital technologies for UK education and research; and do three main things: Operate shared digital infrastructure and services. Negotiate sector wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.

About Ajenta

Based in Edinburgh and operating globally Ajenta design, create and host video enabled applications and services for global clients from nearly every industry. Ajenta’s API platform powered by VidyoWorks, lets you embed HD video communication features inside your web and mobile applications. From learning to healthcare, from training to customer service, Ajenta help transform ideas into user-friendly applications.

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Note to Editors

Interviews with John Wilson CEO available on request.

Media Contact: Lyndsay McInnes, Head of Engagement

Email: Lyndsay@ajenta.net Office: 0131 510 1151

Author: John Wilson

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