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|Key people||Stanislav Soldatov, Aleksey Vlaskin, Dmtriy Odintsov|
|Products||Equipment production: videoconferencing, telecommunications and telepresence, mobile solutions|
|Revenue||US $3 million (2009)|
TrueConf is a Russian company that designs and produces video conferencing solutions. Headquartered in Moscow, Russia, the company has offices in Ukraine, Thailand and Australia.
Initially TrueConf software was designed to provide stable audio-visual communication on low and unreliable Internet connections. Since launching in 2003, TrueConf has gone on to produce multiple software suites, specialized hardware, and web-based video conferencing programs.
TrueConf provides video conferencing services for a number of non-profit social projects, and supports a number of conferences devoted to developing inclusive education in Russia and elsewhere.
The company was established by young employees of MSU Computer Graphics Department. The company was launched in 2003.
The first official software was presented in summer 2003. MSU soon took interest in the new development. The university was the first customer of the original Visicron company. In that same year, several Russian companies and state educational establishments became the first clients of TrueConf. The technology was specially designed to work on low (approximately 128 kbit/s) and unreliable channels. This limitation was conditioned by peculiarities of local Internet connections in the years 2002 to 2003. As network technology developed, the recommended internet requirements grew up to 256 Kb/s along with video and audio quality.
TrueConf developed a video codec, Cyclon, which is designed especially for video conferencing. TrueConf experts said that featuring adaptive noise reduction, Cyclon was designed to be able to detect moving objects and recognize the positioning of hands and faces as they appeared on video feed. This facial recognition algorithm (licensed by Vicinium) enabled acceptable visual quality with connection speeds of only 20–40 kbit/s.
In October 2010 the WebM video codec (VP8) became the default for all TrueConf products. Cyclon is still used, but only on computers with insufficient CPU efficiency (Pentium III or less), enabling videoconferencing on older computers and narrow connections.
In 2011, TrueConf demonstrated prototypes of its developments: TrueConf 3D (the first solution for 3D video conferencing), TrueConf Mobile for the Android devices, and TrueConf Terminal, their hardware video conferencing system
On April 4, 2012, TrueConf and Wainhouse Research held a joint press conference and a workshop in Moscow. At the workshop TrueConf demonstrated its new development, hardware VCS solution that supports gesture management. 
TrueConf cracking attempt
In 2010 the TrueConf server software was cracked by a 23 year old man from Yekaterinburg. The hacker distributed cracked versions of TrueConf software via email and subject websites, but got caught distributing the software and was prosecuted.
TrueConf has a long experience of cooperative work with Regional Society of Disabled People Perspektiva, a Russian non-governmental organization. During their collaboration, TrueConf has developed a free video application designed for people who suffer from hearing disorders. It was a disability-inclusive application for communicators and smartphones that enables visual communication on the Windows Mobile platform. This solution was also the basis for TrueConf Mobile, a client application for mobile devices using the Android and iOS platforms.
Among other projects that TrueConf company supported was the international online video conference devoted to including children with disabilities in public education. At the conference, Keith Venables, the founder of Educational Psychologists for Inclusion Organization and British scholar of educational psychology, shared his experience with Russian experts.
In October 2010, a theoretical and practical conference devoted to the problem of IT implementation into modern ophthalmology was held with TrueConf's support. Visual broadcasting of cataract phacoemulsification and microinvasive glaucoma surgery between Moscow and Madras was provided by TrueConf.
TrueConf also supports non-profit educational events. The 9th International Internet Contest "Erudite of the planet 2010", workshop "The day of Free Access to Information" and a number of events was held under TrueConf technical support.
Products and services
TrueConf leading product line
- TrueConf Server – dedicated video conferencing software server which supports integration with corporate telephone exchange system
- TrueConf Online – cloud-based video conferencing service
- TrueConf Terminal – hardware-based system for visual communication
- TrueConf Gateway – interoperability solution that enables connection between of H.323/SIP devices to TrueConf Server
- TrueConf for mobile devices – client application for mobile devices on the Android platform and iPads
TrueConf under development
- TrueConf 3D – soft- and hardware based solution that enables 3D visual communication
Awards and accolades
TrueConf solutions were acknowledged as the Project of the Year 2007 according to PC Magazine Re Russian edition of which is published under license from Ziff-Davis Inc., New York. TrueConf solutions were also acknowledged as Success of the Year 2010 in the category "Video" according to LAN Magazine. "The victory was achieved due to development of company's own decoder Cyclon – it is fully adapted to Russian conditions and provides business-quality video and sound on channels with low quality (128 kbps)".
The first Russian hardware-based solution TrueConf Terminal was also developed by TrueConf experts.
- TrueConf Increased Twice the Number of its Customers in 2010
- Video Port. New level of video conferencing (RU)
- About Cyclon (RU)
- TrueConf Company Releases an Updated Version of Its Video Conferencing Server – VCS 3.1.2
- Introducing TrueConf 3D Video Conferencing Software – The First Solution for 3D Video Communications in Russia
- TrueConf introduced the first hardware solution for video conferencing
- How 3D video chat and sound is shaping up
- TrueConf Announces Third Generation Video Conferencing Server
- TrueConf & WR held joint press-conference
- TrueConf & WR joint workshop
- TrueConf provides SVC for VP8
- The New Version of TrueConf Server 3.3 Supports SVC Technology
- TrueConf supports Opus
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