Haivision Buys AI, Cloud Video Firm LightFlow
Haivision said the acquisition adds artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to its innovation portfolio “to form the basis for advances in content-aware video encoding, content indexing, object detection, as well as optimization of video contribution, distribution, and delivery for low-latency live feeds or video on-demand.”
LightFlow’s technology suite also gives Haivision an advanced media cloud orchestration architecture, a foundation to accelerate the company’s cloud strategy of creating an ecosystem of modular video streaming and management technologies.
The LightFlow team also led the development of the DASH.js implementation that includes low-latency CMAF support, which adds to Haivision’s products with the SRT open source initiative and the development of the Haivision SRT Hub intelligent cloud media routing platform.
“Haivision is a recognized leader and pioneer in video streaming with the Makito series of video encoders and the open-source SRT initiative. Epic Labs is a cutting-edge innovator in cloud development and AI for video streaming,” said Mirko Wicha, founder and CEO of Haivision. “By bringing our visions together, we are poised to enable the delivery of revolutionary new end-to-end media solutions that will transform low-latency streaming workflows — from contribution and distribution, all the way to delivery and monetization.”
“LightFlow brings a vast expertise and technology to improve video workflows leveraging artificial intelligence,” said Alfonso Peletier, founder and CEO of Epic Labs. “LightFlow finds in Haivision the scale and reach of the world leader in performance streaming. The joint team and technologies will accelerate our shared vision of delivering revolutionary cloud workflows to the market and the community.”
The LightFlow team, based in Madrid Spain, now augments Haivision’s global development organization, which is headquartered in Montreal, with additional R&D offices in Portland, Ore.; Chicago, Austin, Texas; and Hamburg, Germany.