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Kerala startup takes on Zoom and develops homegrown video conferencing platform

Vconsol, a video conferencing platform, wins the Digital India grand challenge and is approved by the centre as its official VC app.

Despite pandemic giving a stressful time to well-known companies, the startups have stood firm against it like the frontline warriors and created opportunities during this period. They have been successful in turning the global threat into an advantage for themselves and people alike. Kerala based startup showcased its potential in the Digital India challenge to create a platform similar to Zoom. The result is Vconsol, a video conferencing platform designed by Techgentsia that promises to take on massive players such as Zoom, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, and JioMeet with support from the government and financial backing of 1 crore.

While announcing the winners of Digital India challenge, IT Minister RS Prasad said:

“We are committed to developing India’s software product and mobile app economy in a big way, and efforts like this will go a long way in that direction.”

The startups are developing new applications to suit market needs. With everything shifting online, like education, medicine, and office, the requirement for internet and web-based applications have skyrocketed. About 2000 companies participated in the Digital India challenge, and Vconsol presented its best video conferencing software distinguished by its excellent communication features and technology. It is now all set to rival Zoom app, which has its second-highest user base in India despite the growing security concerns.

Techgentsia is a decade old company that has been working on research and development of video conferencing solutions. It is currently providing services in the US and Europe, and with the financial support of 1 crore, Vconsol will be adopted by the government. 

As a competitor to Zoom, Vconsol comes with additional security features. 

“Each participant will have a different password. And, to ensure that only those expected or invited are able to join the video conference, an OTP verification code will be sent to mobile phones of participants,” said Joy Sebastian, CEO and Co-founder of Techgentsia who developed the app with his team.

Sebastian dreamt of developing a product for the country and the Digital India challenge became a perfect opportunity to showcase his potential to the world. 

The platform supports eight Indian languages apart from English, but they plan to provide additional language options and launch it to the B2B market first. With opportunities in every industry, they are also looking to customize the solution for edtech and telemedicine.

The application has three categories- business, family, and education to cater to different sectors. Each category allows the user to connect with existing tools such as Cisco, Android, Polycom, and provide screen-sharing options through HDMI and wireless connections.

The pandemic has proved to be a good opportunity for startups. After banning several Chinese apps such as TikTok, the Indian applications are encouraged to fill in the gaps. Zoom has been a vulnerable application owing to security issues. The requirement of new video calling applications grew stronger and stronger. It has resulted in the development of a new application by Techgentsia, which can potentially eliminate Zoom from the Indian market.

Varun Aithal
Varun Aithal
A keen observer of polity, football and cricket, Varun is a Mechanical Engineer by profession and a content developer by passion. Being an Engineer, he loves to teach and learn Mathematics. He is a firm believer of learning new things every day. He also enjoys reading books related to self-help, philosophical and fantasy thrillers.
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