Haivision Makes Video Easier for Enterprises
Haivision Systems was founded in 2004 and in less than a decade has become a leader in media delivery systems, with more than 20,000 systems in use worldwide. The company’s products are used in streaming, recording, management and delivery of high-quality content via video networks and the internet. Its customers span a broad range of industries including medical, education and enterprise installations. Other users include houses of worship, sports and entertainment organizations, government operations and the military.
Haivision has enabled video streaming of such diverse occasions as the London 2012 Olympic Games and the MTV Movie Awards, and the company is recognized for its pioneering work in developing advanced, high-performance, low-latency H.264 codec technology, which supports streams up to 1080p/60.
It All Started with Real-Time Surgical Video
Haivision began as an offshoot of some research and development work being carried out by Miranda Technologies. This was a first-class engineering team that had been assembled to develop high-quality networked video technologies, with a primary emphasis on videoconferencing applications. Mirko Wicha, now the chief executive officer of Haivision, realized the importance of this work and decided to form a company of his own to enable businesses to take full advantage of networked video. Wicha’s company initially employed 11 engineers, all of whom are still with Haivision today.
One of Haivision’s first customers used the company’s codecs for transmission of standard-definition video for a Da Vinci Telerobotic Surgical System, with initial demonstrations taking place in 2005 at the American Telemedicine Association conference.
Since that time, Haivision has greatly expanded its range of products and services through a series of strategic technology acquisitions. The company now offers a comprehensive, end-to-end portfolio of technologies that enable ingest, management and distribution of enterprise video. One of these acquisitions—Video Furnace, a Chicago-based IP video distribution firm—has allowed Haivision to address video security and distribution, and another, CoolSign, a digital signage product, has allowed Haivision to became the only vendor that provides fully integrated IP video with digital signage. Recognizing the upsurge in video consumption via mobile devices, Haivision acquired KulaByte Corp., a recognized developer of live software-based encoding and transcoding technologies for over-the-top (OTT) media distribution.
Harnessing the Cloud
Most recently, Haivision created a specialized Internet Media Division that’s focused on developing technologies to assist enterprises in creation, distribution and management of their media assets via internet and the cloud.
In April of this year, Haivision announced a new solution: the Haivision Video Cloud. It’s an online video platform that provides a complete, end-to-end solution for live encoding of events, cloud transcoding, automated video content management and publishing across CDNs to any connected device.
In reflecting on these interlocking acquisitions and products, Haivision CEO Mirko Wicha notes, “By simplifying the complexity of IP video and giving companies an easy way to get their video from the source to multiple viewing devices, we’re creating a hassle-free process so companies aren’t having to stitch together multiple vendors and solutions.”
Haivision is headquartered in Montreal and Chicago and has research and development offices in Atlanta, Ga., Austin, Texas, Beaverton, Ore., and Hamburg, Germany. It employs more than 200 people worldwide.
The company has achieved consistent growth and profitably during the past five years and is included in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a list of leading technology companies in North America.