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GlueVP launch event reveals more about the homegrown video conferencing software

Yesterday we reported on GlueVP, a platform developed by Zimbabwean Richard Chinomona. Glue VP is a homegrown video conferencing software alternative to the established brands like ZOOM. There was a launch event for the platform today that revealed more about what GlueVP has to offer and why it was chosen by the Zimbabwean government as their video conferencing solution.

Features

GlueVP’s features at launch are similar to those offered by ZOOM:

  • End-to-end encryption
  • Recording and playback of meetings
  • Screen sharing
  • In meeting chat, both public and private
  • Meeting Polls
  • Emojis
  • Live Captions
  • Multiple Users
  • Presentation
  • Breakout Rooms

As we reported yesterday, GlueVP will come with a free version as well as paid tiers that unlock more features:

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GlueVP

Taking a closer look at the plans, the free version only allows up to 10 participants. That is in stark contrast when compared to ZOOM which allows for up to 100 participants on the free version. GlueVP seems to only offer the application for desktop and mobile in the paid tiers. This is disappointing because only having access to the platform via browser, in my opinion, puts up a number of barriers. One would have to open their browser, enter GlueVP’s address and then go through the process of initiating a meeting.

Another drawback, which makes the need for an app in the free tiers even more pressing, is that GlueVP users will get the best results using Firefox or Chrome. Even in the free tier, there should be, I think, a level playing field of basic service.

One good quality, going by GlueVP’s price plans, is that the free tier looks to have an hour limit, which is 20 minutes more than what ZOOM is offering.

Why has the Zimbabwean government chosen GlueVP?

It seems as though the government has chosen GlueVP because it’s a homegrown product.

“As the Government of Zimbabwe, we are excited by this development as it resonates with our thrust of harnessing ICTs in improving efficiencies and service delivery. The Government will continue to provide a conducive environment to encourage the development of homegrown solutions for national development”

Dr Jenfan Muswere, Minister for Information Communication Technology

It should always be celebrated when there is a homegrown product that meets a need. However, I have one reservation. Security is one of those ever-present concerns in the digital age. Zoom’s rise to prominence hasn’t been without security concerns. There have been a number of vulnerabilities that ZOOM has had to patch and correct.

GlueVP will have to stand up to the everchanging digital landscape. Here’s hoping that they will be up to the task in the event that their systems are put to the test.

You can try out GlueVP for yourself here

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3 thoughts on “GlueVP launch event reveals more about the homegrown video conferencing software

  1. Is this a Zimbabwean product to begin with? The contact details are South African.

    If it genuinely is, it’s great for government to support local devs. But, as is usually the case in Zim, there is normally a story behind government selection processes.

  2. “It seems as though the government has chosen GlueVP because it’s a homegrown product.”

    I’m all for local solutions and government demonstrating an appetite for them. There are bound to be dividends for the local tech space IF this is a genuinely local service. Exciting times ahead i’d say.

    But, at the same time, being “..a homegrown product” can’t be the ONE reason for acquiring a service, especially where concerns around integration, data security and privacy, scalability etc loom.

    This plays out essentially as an enterprise level vendor deal so they really needed to be thorough about it.
    Did this go to tender? (should have)
    Were other solutions, even foreign, considered – and if not, what were the reasons?
    Was this meant to just stick a finger to SPs from “imperialist nations”? (petty, but wanozviita wanhu awa)

    I’m looking forward to more info that @Techzim can share with us on this vendor, their track record at providing other solutions etc. I looked at his/their profile and its looking pretty thin. Maybe there are things they’ve done we just don’t know about. Or better yet, projects that are in the pipeline…

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