|Type of Business Entity||Private Company|
|Industry||Videoconferencing, Web Conferencing|
|Headquarters||San Diego, CA, USA|
|Key people||Allen Drennan, Founder, CTO
Steven Peltier, CEO
Nefsis Corporation is a communications technology company. It was an early developer of real-time communications software and the first to use cloud computing in the videoconferencing industry.
In 1998 through 2000 the company developed and sold a VPN-like, full-duplex, multipoint communications software product called e/pop that supported several applications including presence management, instant messaging, multiparty VoIP, and remote control. The company was among the first to use the phrase ‘real-time communications’ to describe its products. Today, this descriptive phrase is used industry wide to encompass instant messaging, web conferencing, and other real-time communications applications to distinguish them from store-and-forward applications such as email.
In 2001 the company introduced version 3 of its e/pop software, including server-to-server pipes, providing a unique method of relaying presence status and secure instant messaging across firewalls and proxies in multi-office, distributed networks. e/pop v3.0 received Network Computing Editor’s Choice award in September, 2004, for enterprise instant messaging due in part to its secure multi-office capabilities.
The company’s real-time software technology was distributed under OEM license by Sony Online Entertainment in 2003 as the multipoint VoIP software engine in the Planetside™ multiplayer online game. Commencing 2004, NewHeights Software Corporation licensed the company’s technology to power presence, IM, and web conferencing features in several softphone products sold under the NewHeights and Mitel brands. These OEM integrations were noteworthy at the time as they added multipoint VoIP and web conferencing to these online gaming and softphone applications, respectively.
In May, 2004, the company appeared in the market research report ‘Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing,’ citing a “forward-looking hybrid of presence based IM and Web conferencing.” During the same timeframe the company added multipoint video as another feature of its on-premise, web conferencing software products.
In 2005 the company started offering its software under hosted service agreements (software-as-a-service). After several years in development, the company introduced cloud computing and parallel processing technology to its customers commencing in 2008. The new video conferencing online service was introduced under the Nefsis brand, which later became the company name.
Present Day Applications
Nefsis is used for general purpose, corporate video conferencing and online meetings. Nefsis is also used as a business continuity tool during inclement weather, and in specialty applications such as training, telemedicine, video arraignment, and video remote interpreting among others.
In 2011 the company was sold to Brother corporation for integration within their network printers and sewing machines
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