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December 18, 2010

Astute's CEO Speaks at Mobile Technology Conference

RESTON, VA, December 18, 2010 – Astute's CEO, Jon Merril, MD, recently spoke at the "Mobile Computing: Delivering Content to the Research Community" conference which was sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services). Dr. Merril discussed the current practice of archiving lectures; specifically – 'presentation processing' which enables the recording, editing and distribution of presentations.

If you look at the traditional flow of information – it originally was a publication model. The process of writing and publishing an article might take six months to a year. When information is presented in a live meeting, it is immediately available to those who are in the audience. Astute works with a number of organizations to make the spoken word more readily available to those who can not physically be present at a given meeting. Given the growing use of mobile devices, here are some factors to consider:

  • Consumers are using different applications that are going and getting information from the Internet, they're not necessarily viewing the information through a traditional browser. The apps provide the same information as you would see on a web site, but in a more convenient form.
  • More than half of the Internet bandwidth is for video. We can view in a much easier way video on different mobile devices.
  • The possibilities around location based apps are becoming very interesting. For example, if you were attending a conference and walked into a session with your smart phone, it might know where you are, which room you are in, what resources might be relevant to this talk. The system could then automatically download PDFs or the slide set to your mobile devices.
  • Mobile technologies see very rapid adaptation and change in operating systems. In addition, screens are changing in resolution. It's not just the technology, it's also being able to support the different form factors of what is being put in front of everybody.
  • Consumers are replacing their handsets on a much more frequent basis.
  • Media consumption is occurring at all hours and locations rather than just evenings and weekends. You need to consider those consumption patterns and make sure that you are offering sufficient availability of bandwidth, technical resources and end-user support.
  • There is an increased ability to correspond with authors and build communities around content. With increasing and rapid rise in the sophistication of the mobile products, a growing list of features need to be built into these systems to meet the customer expectation (e.g. search).

Read a complete transcript or listen to an MP3 recording of Dr. Merril's talk.

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