Zoom alternative: Hyderabad firms in final stage

Two city-based companies will be supported with Rs 20 lakh and Rs 15 lakh

By Author  |  Published: 5th Jul 2020  9:20 pmUpdated: 4th Jul 2020  11:21 pm
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Soulpage founders Pushya Mitra, Murali Krishna and Ramesh Damma; (Right) PeopleLink CEO Amit Chowdry.

Hyderabad: Beating large enterprises like Zoho Corporation and HCL Technologies, two Hyderabad-based companies have reached the final stage of the Innovation Challenge for Development of Video Conferencing Solution by the government of India.

The two companies PeopleLink Unified Communications Private Limited and Soulpage IT Solutions Private Limited have been shortlisted for the final stage i.e., product stage and will be supported with Rs 20 lakh and Rs 15 lakh respectively.

While PeopleLink’s platform is called InstaVC, Soulpage’s video conferencing platform is Libero. The government had shortlisted 10 companies to develop Zoom alternatives which included Zoho Corporation, (Chennai), HCL Technologies (Noida), Aria Telecom (Ghaziabad), Instrive Softlabs (Chennai), Data Ingenious Global Limited (Jaipur), Sarv Webs (Jaipur) and Techgentsia Software Technologies (Alappuzha).

Out of these, Sarv Webs, Techgentsia Software are part of the top three companies along with PeopleLink to receive Rs 20 lakh each. And along with Soulpage, Instrive Softlabs has also been selected and will receive Rs 15 lakh to develop the product further.

“We received confirmation from the government about our platform being among the top 5 to develop India-made video conferencing tools. We are excited to be among the top 5 companies and we will be developing the product further to suit the requirements charted out by the government,” said Ramesh Damma, co-founder, Soulpage IT Solutions.

Both the companies have tweaked their product to suit the requirements of the government and will act as an alternative to Zoom — which is facing criticism for the safety features.

PeopleLink, which has been in the business of video conferencing for 12 years, is enhancing its existing features in the platform. “We are enhancing a lot of our features offered in our platform including security and privacy issues,” said Amit Chowdry, founder and CEO, PeopleLink.

The final selected product will be announced by the government by the end of July after analysing all the five companies’ products.


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