Mobile video collaboration system

Librestream has developed Onsight, a mobile, video-based collaboration system that allows companies to connect internal experts to remote locations in real time with multiple layers of security to keep the content safe.

Librestream (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) has developed Onsight, a mobile, video-based collaboration system that allows companies to connect internal experts to remote locations in real time with multiple layers of security to keep the content safe. Using Onsight, an internal expert can receive live video and audio, and share feedback with field staff, external suppliers or customers to assess operations and resolve issues. The Onsight system is comprised of three main components:

  • Librestream’s wireless devices including Onsight 1000, Onsight 2000 and Onsight 2000EX models
  • Onsight Expert, the desktop collaboration software that runs on the computer of a subject matter expert
  • Onsight Management Suite software that provides system administrators with centralized management tools for their Onsight system.

Plant workers use the mobile device to share video, voice, telestration (i.e., onscreen drawing) and images with the experts who interact live via the collaboration PC software. Remote experts can also share images or prerecorded videos to play on the touch screen panel of the device. By sharing this visual content, experts can provide plant floor personnel or field technicians with visual instructions. The system can be used virtually anywhere as it connects with wireless, satellite and cellular networks. The handheld Onsight mobile device comes in three models, including the Onsight 2000EX that has Zone 2 hazardous location approval. This approval means the device can be used in potentially hazardous locations such as oil and gas, chemical processing plants, aircraft hangars and gas pipelines. The wireless handheld video cameras are completely portable and hardened for durability. All communication and data is encrypted to provide tight security. For clarity, the camera provides close-up images with 1 cm macro zoom and a 10X optical zoom. Onsight can even attach external devices like a microscope or borescope to send additional visuals to the far end expert.

To enable communications, the real time, high-quality video streaming and two-way VOIP audio is enhanced through the use of a built-in speakerphone and microphone in addition to headsets. All participants in the discussion can also perform two-way onscreen drawing. For record keeping, the system provides bi-directional video recording and still image capture.

The Onsight Expert software allows experts to communicate with field staff from their desktop. Experts can remotely control all the camera functions, including illumination, zoom and focus controls to ensure clear visuals. Experts can also quickly bring in additional participants for a one-to-many live collaboration session.

For more information, visit www.librestream.com.