Aviwest, bcom Team Up on New Video Codec for Cellular

French-based Aviwest, a developer of video compression technology, is teaming up with b<>com to develop new low-bitrate, low-latency video compression systems for current cellular systems as well as the emerging 5G cellular standard. Founded in late 2012, the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology (IRT) is a public-private organization backed by the French government.

An employee of Aviwest will join b<>com's New Media Formats lab in Rennes this summer to work on new low-bitrate, low-latency video compression systems with plans to incorporate the new technology bricks into Aviwest's current product lines and explore the possibility of developing new video transmission systems for b<>com's 5G experiment platform.

"We are proud and delighted to count the company Aviwest among our members," said Bertrand Guilbaud, CEO of b<>com. "It's a world leader in contributing and broadcasting high-quality video content. Besides these areas of excellence, we will work together on the opportunities offered by 5G networks. This is a new example of how our skills have broad applications and how b<>com's efforts to offer its members the latest experimental platforms are coming together."

"We've always been working on developing high added-value solutions adapted to our clients' practices," said Erwan Gasc, CEO of Aviwest. "We must keep innovating and incorporating the latest technologies into our products. Collaborating with b<>com enables us to anticipate our clients' future needs and preserve our technological and competitive advantage."