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GENBAND Kandy Real Time Communications Platform Formally Launched

September 16, 2014

GENBAND is going live with Kandy today, its real time communications software development platform.  A formal launch party is taking place this evening in San Francisco to demonstrate the platform-as-a-service's power applied to dozens of scenarios including consumer applications and business applications in healthcare, financial services, hospitality and more.

“Kandy capitalizes on our market-leading solutions that are already supporting many of the world’s largest communications service providers and enterprises,” said David Walsh, CEO of GENBAND. “Kandy strategically combines our recent acquisitions of fring and uReach with our WebRTC and cloud offerings to deliver the most comprehensive real time communications offering for mobile and Web.”

Previewed earlier this year at GENBAND's annual customer event, Kandy combines the simplicity of the web and mobile applications with enterprise-grade real time communications capabilities, making it faster and more cost effective to create communications applications.  Developers leverage a set of easily usable Kandy APIs and SDKs along with quick start pre-built applications, like video shopping assistance, with functions including real time video, voice, presence, and text delivered via GENBAND's telecom-grade cloud services.

“The Kandy Platform is designed to allow anyone from IT to business owners to embed real time video, voice, presence and text into their Web and mobile applications,” said Paul Pluschkell, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Cloud Services for GENBAND and Kandy Founder. “With just a few clicks developers can connect customers, employees and even products (IoT) into their existing or new applications. Kandy gets them to market faster and more cost effectively. ”

Demonstrations will show a number of brand names working with Kandy, including IBM, Samsung, SAP and Tech Mahindra.  GENBAND will demonstrate Kandy with IBM Connections, IBM's social networking solution.  At GENBAND's Perspectives 14 event earlier this year, SAP demonstrated how it used Kandy to integrate real time calling and video into its customer relations management (CRM) and field service applications. Samsung devices will also be a part of demonstrations, most likely tied into Samsung's healthcare vision. Other companies demonstrating Kandy applications include Atlas Communications, Bloomfire, InfoStreet and VIZICOM.

“GENBAND's Kandy Platform-as-a-Service signals a shift in the market and in the way people communicate,” said Jim Lundy, Founder and CEO of Aragon Research. “Service providers and enterprises needing scalable and reliable next-generation communications capabilities will now be able to develop mobile and Web applications that leverage Kandy. Kandy represents a catalyst in the move towards cloud-based embedded communications - conversations will happen without dialing a phone number. Contextual, embedded communications will change how we get things done.”

Kandy demonstrations at Perspectives 14 included the ability to integrate live voice and video into an existing app in less than five minutes by leveraging its APIs and on line services. GENBAND officials say access to Kandy services would be scalable on a "pay-as-you-grow" basis, with free low-volume access for developers.  Support is available for both Apple iOS and Android environments.

GENBAND formally launches the Kandy portal at 6 p.m. PST, with free developer access at  The portal includes a developer area, applications showcase and a community, plus access to developer API, SDK and quick start tools.   

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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