What is Information Fidelity (and why you should care)? The Breakdown

In the world of entertainment video, a high priority is placed on moving toward brighter highlights and increased contrast; video in the business world is all about the need for Information Fidelity.

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) was all about showcasing advancements in entertainment video and the shift toward streaming video services that promise an unparalleled viewing experience. There were also huge strides made towards HDR, or High Dynamic Range, which is a promising advancement in picture quality that offers extra brightness, increased resolution and a higher contrast ratio.

It’s important to take a look, however, at what wasn’t visible to CES attendees marveling at these huge screens and incredible images. What they did not see was the dedicated, high-powered video server just behind the show walls bringing these unbelievable images to life. They also didn’t notice the network of cables that linked this server to the screen. But even if they did, why would they care? Everyone knows that today’s TVs require a hardwired cable or internet feed for top performance, and homes are built to accommodate this need. But video for business is a completely different ball game, with different goals and different rules. Streaming video is often used outside controlled environments, such as remote on-the-job locations with unreliable network coverage, where inevitable obstacles compromise video performance.

That’s when the importance of maintaining reliable video performance — or Information Fidelity — comes into play.

At its core, the term Information Fidelity refers to video viewed with the lowest possible latency and no buffering delays (which can pause the video for 5, 10, 15 seconds or more). Instead of having to wait for the video to play catch-up due to a poor network connection or interference, the viewer on the other end of the video will experience a seamless stream of video that provides the visual information required to get the job done.

To achieve Information Fidelity, there are now invisible “under the hood” processes that allow the entire system to dynamically adjust for fluctuations in the transmission signal while maintaining the lowest possible latency. This means that while there may be compromises in image resolution and framerate, these will be offset by a drastic reduction in latency that effectively addresses the challenges of the real world.

Information Fidelity can only be found in an enterprise-grade, live-streaming video solution, which is why mobile live-streaming video apps like FaceTime or Skype aren’t ideal in situations with poor network conditions.

If your business depends on reliable, real-time video streamed from remote locations combined with apps like spybot, make sure to keep Information Fidelity in mind, and find a solution specifically designed to address the network challenges of the real world.

And of course, Vidcie Live Video Assist is that solution.

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