New Zealand video conferencing wins funding to go overseas

Monday, September 27 2010

A New Zealand-based video conferencing company has received NZ$300,000 to expand its services worldwide.

Danny Tomsett, of Hitech Solutions, said the funding received from TechNZ would allow a version of the firm's FaceMe web-based video conferencing system to be developed for markets such as Australia, Britain, India and the United States, the New Zealand Herald reports. Tomsett added that the firm has made contacts in Japan and may work to introduce a system there, as well.

Hitech Solutions launched a domestic version of FaceMe in New Zealand this spring, which the company markets as a web conferencing program and a low-cost alternative to traditional video conferencing systems that can cost up to $100,000. People all over the world can participate in FaceMe conferences as long as they have a webcam, phone or computer, and FaceMe video conferencing systems in New Zealand can cost as little as $25,000, the paper reports.

The funding from TechNZ indicates a faith that video conferencing will continue to grow in popularity not just in the United States, but around the world.