TI TALKS TO... Epiphan Systems: CEO Mike Sandler of Epiphan Systems
Technology Integrator: Epiphan isn't a familiar name to integrators. Tell us about yourselves.
Mike Sandler: We founded the company in Ottawa in 2003 to develop the most efficient and high quality devices for video capture, and later, streaming and recording. In video capture, quality is a quantifiable concept: It means high frame rates, full HD or higher resolution, true color, and proper scale and proportion. We have been a leader in this arena from the get-go. In our first year we launched the world's first external USB-based video grabbers, the VGA2USB and the VGA2WEB. Fast-forward a decade, and we're producing a full line of video grabbers, broadcasters and recorders, selling in global markets, and providing OEM capture technology products to NASA and others.
TI: What are the markets in which your products are currently being used? What are the applications within these areas?
Sandler: Education, business, healthcare, transportation, security and industry.
In education, our products are used for lecture capture and streaming and for distance learning. In healthcare, we are the "go-to" company for telemedicine imaging, which we originally developed for remote diagnostics of sonograms. In transportation, security and industrial settings, there are often control rooms or workstations of multiple monitors displaying a real-time flow of video and data. Our products are used to capture and save the content—just as it appeared on all screens in real time. In business, our products are used most often in video conferencing, video broadcasting and presentation applications.
TI: What are the fastest growing areas for Epiphan? What are important trends?
Sandler: Education is very strong for lecture capture and distance learning, and we think this will continue for some time. We have a lot of activity globally in healthcare for telemedicine systems. We are also seeing organizations of all types steadily increase their use of capture and streaming for communications and training.