Smith Micro Receives Fifth Patent for Adaptive Mobile Video Streaming
Company's Video Delivery Platform Adapts to Network Bandwidth
Capacity in Real-Time, Providing Best Possible User Experience for
Watching Video Over Wireless Networks
ALISO VIEJO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/21/13 -- Smith Micro
Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI), a leading provider of wireless and
mobility solutions, today announced a fifth patent application for
adaptive mobile video streaming has been approved by the United
States Patent and Trademark Office. The patented technology used in
the company's VIDIO(TM) platform solves problems of slow, expensive
methods of traditional streaming over wireless networks that can
degrade video quality or limit the reach of video content. By
dynamically adjusting the bit rate of streaming video based on
current network capacity, wireless network operators and others
providing mobile video content can ensure the best possible user
experience to the broadest possible audience.
According to Cisco's Visual Networking Index Forecast, video is
estimated to comprise 71 percent of all mobile data traffic by 2016.
In addition to consumer demand for mobile video from sites like
YouTube and services like Netflix, there is a growing trend to push
video content to consumers in the form of advertising or "freemium"
content that leads to new, revenue-generating mobile services. For
example, some wireless network providers are utilizing video to
engage consumers in large, public venues such as sports stadiums
where they have deployed Wi-Fi. In these highly-trafficked locations,
the types of mobile devices used by consumers can vary widely, and
the availability of bandwidth can change on a minute-by-minute basis.
Without adaptive video streaming capability, a clogged network
combined with inconsistent device support can result in a poor user
ce where videos are slow to load, freeze up or can't be
viewed at all.
"Our VIDIO platform can address countless mobile video use cases,
from hospitality to public safety to field services, but it is
especially useful in large venues like sporting events, where sudden
peaks in demand for bandwidth can cause network bottlenecks," said
Doug Jones, director of product management at Smith Micro. "Imagine
the impact of hundreds of thousands of people attending the FIFA
World Cup events in Brazil, or the upcoming Olympics in Russia, all
trying to access an instant replay or video profile of their favorite
athlete simultaneously. Without adaptive video streaming, the
consumer experience will be spotty at best."
"As long time leaders in mobile connectivity, we have a broad
portfolio of solutions that help wireless service providers deliver
the best possible user experience over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks,"
said David Sperling, CTO at Smith Micro. "The VIDIO platform is a
great complement to our NetWise solution, allowing service providers
to control data traffic based on network availability and performance
metrics so they can capitalize on the growing demand for mobile
"Demand for mobile video is exploding, however delivering a good user
experience via traditional video streaming methods is becoming
increasingly challenging. Smith Micro's VIDIO platform solves this
challenge, which is one key reason we named them in our 'Hot Vendor
in Mobile 2013 report,'" said Jim Lundy, CEO, Aragon Research.
"Adaptive video streaming not only allows network operators to
provide the best user experience, but it also opens up new revenue
generating opportunities, and Smith Micro is showing strong technical
leadership in this area."
VIDIO (US Patent Numbers: 8,565,302; 8,345,746;
8,295,345; 8,279,925 and 8,271,676) is the most comprehensive video
delivery platform for broadcasting both live and on-demand content to
the Web or any Web-enabled device, as well as set-top boxes. With
VIDIO, rights-free content can be streamed to more than 15,000 device
models with no client software required. For rights-managed content,
VIDIO offers integrated Digital Rights Management capabilities.
Featured as a "cutting-edge product" by Aragon Research, VIDIO
provides value across a range of industries including hospitality,
education, public safety and entertainment.
About Smith Micro Software, Inc.:
Smith Micro Software provides solutions that simplify, secure and
enhance the mobile experience. Our portfolio includes a wide range of
applications that manage broadband connectivity, data traffic,
devices, voice and video communications over wireless networks. With
30 years of experience developing world-class client and server
software, Smith Micro helps the leading mobile network operators,
device manufacturers and enterprises increase efficiency and
capitalize on the growth of mobile-connected consumers and
workforces. For more information, visit smithmicro.com. (NASDAQ:
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