Youview Limited, the infoimaging company, announced the launch of their image-enabling
technology that solves the problems encountered by organisations large and small
in using images online. Youview enables simple and fast access to images through
PCs via the internet and will move into the mobile space in the next few months.
Youview has also appointed technology entrepreneur Barry McWilliams as chairman.
The combination of Youview's software and hosting service creates a powerful
and flexible business tool which allows businesses to manage electronic images,
and customers to access them, in a world where digital camera sales are mushrooming,
yet managing and manipulating images is still a very time-consuming and clumsy
Youviews technology is based on an open-technology platform designed
so businesses require no in-house technical support. No special knowledge is
needed, for example, to group images of an item into a coherent sequence with
descriptive text to display in an own-branded player. This can then be stored
in a central distribution system ready to be accessed by end users quickly and
According to Dan Carp the CEO of Kodak, the infoimaging market is a $385 billion
opportunity which is growing at 8-10% annually. Youview is currently in advanced
stages of discussion with a number of technology partners and potential clients
in the media and telecoms sectors.
Creation of image-based material using Youview is better than current solutions
· it provides a more reliable process to publish content
· allows flexible distribution via e-mail or website links and printed
· makes easier viewing because the material can be shown on a range of
machines via the internet.
The image-enabling technology is capable of supporting a suite of products
in response to business needs for example:
· Seemoreimage Risk-free online marketing for SMEs:
easy development of complex online slide shows from digital cameras to showcase
a product or provide a virtual viewing of a property, for example, with all
the hard work being done by the Youview technology platform
· Progressimage Fast construction project communication:
cost effective project communication with up to 30 photographs of the actual
scene, it takes just 10 minutes to create a powerful visual update for offsite
stakeholders instead of using lengthy and tedious verbal reports.
Barry McWilliams brings over 20 years of telco industry experience with him
including hands-on experience of fundraising and spearheading deals worth over
£100 million. This experience makes him an invaluable addition to Youview
as it prepares to take advantage of emerging demand for infoimaging products
Barry McWilliams said: Many people use camera phones and digital cameras,
the market potential is huge; especially when you consider that people also
need many high-quality images to make buying decisions for example when they
are looking for property. Yet the availability of devices to take pictures far
outstrips the ability for organisations to actually show them to their customers.
I was delighted to come on board at Youview because I expect great things from
the management team and technology platform in solving this issue.
It seemed crazy to us that so many devices are around that can support
images, but the means to distribute them is so inflexible that there is relatively
little use of such a powerful tool. The business models behind Youviews
products are unique and will provide the flexibility that will enable the use
of images on a much wider scale than currently possible.
Fiona Brownsell, CEO of Youview said: The infoimaging marketplace
is set to be worth billions of dollars a year and Youview has designed its business
and technology to surmount the challenges and create new opportunities within
this emerging high value sector.
Barrys telecoms experience coupled with our technology will
make us a formidable player across a number of sectors, with almost unlimited
business processes that will benefit from the use of images from selling through
project management to personal security.