When South African internet giant Naspers acquired Red Bus, the team used Watchy.in’s live streaming technology to air its all-hands meeting across its 26 offices. Watchy, a Bangalore-based technology startup, offers live streaming as a service to corporates including Redbus, Unilever, Toshiba and LG to live-cast their internal events to employees across multiple locations.
Watchy’s streaming service is encrypted and secure with phone and chat support for viewers. Sriramkumar V H founded Watchy.in in 2011 to offer live streaming as a service, but soon realized that live streaming outdoor events to a huge crowd had its own set of challenges.
Video distortions, crackles and constant humming spoilt the fun on the ground. “I wanted to create a seamless experience sans any audio, video glitches,” he said.
Watchy.in, incubated at the Morpheus accelerator, counts news channels and broadcasters also among its clients. Currently, it’s a bootstrapped venture with 10 employees and has an engineering team based in Chennai.
Sriramkumar, an engineering graduate from BS Abdul Rahman Crescent Engineering College in Chennai, worked with Sify and Motorola before founding Watchy.in. “We initially wanted to launch a hardware device that connects the TV to the internet. By then, Google launched Google TV. We had to pivot the idea. In one instance, my friend’s sister couldn’t fly down for his wedding and she missed all the action. That’s when I decided to toy with the idea of live-streaming technology,” he said.
Sriramkumar decided to develop hardware that could live-stream events effectively . He came up with a network device -Bond 007 -a link aggregation network device that can bond bandwidth of up to 7 USB dongles for high speed internet upload and download streaming service.
“This is more a B2B offering to cover outdoor events or political rallies. Bond can handle 2G, 3G and 4G wireless broadband from multiple vendors using a simple dashboard interface to monitor connections. With Watchy you can live-stream video from anywhere, upload video and files faster, and get better experience with Google hangout & Skype,” he said.
Bond can be monitored and controlled through tablets, smartphones and laptops over Wi-Fi or local area network. The Bond network box costs Rs 1.5 lakh.
Currently, the product solves the pain point for media companies, video broadcasters and event managers who are looking for a reliable alternative to expensive satellite based systems.
Technology firms looking for a high speed portable internet solution for demonstrating SaaS products or for point-of-sale solutions can also rely on Watchy. “It took us more than two years to complete the R&D and productize it. We recently launched it and have received orders for more than hundred units,” Sriramkumar said.
Source : Times Of India