London-based designer Yoni Alter came up with a simple yet effective solution to an age old problem. We’ve all experienced it. You’re in a hurry to get down the escalator and some knucklehead is clogging up the left side with their nose stuck in their smartphone, Instagramming their bagel.

Alter’s solution is simple: a small reminder printed on both sides of the escalator stairs illustrating that the right side is for standing feet and the left side is for moving feet.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could do this for video data on your network? Videos are some of the largest files that get routinely used on an internal network, and that can cause problems. Without proper management, large video files can drag down network speed and functionality to a frustrating crawl.

So where is the simple yet reliable solution to clearing up video congestion of network traffic?

Intelligent routing.

A good intelligent routing solution begins with transcoding – making copies of a video in different formats, bitrates and file sizes. Then, working off of a set of user defined parameters, the intelligent routing solution analyzes the device that is accessing the video, the strength of the connection and the player being used to watch the video. Taking all of these into account, it immediately delivers the correct file to the end user’s device, providing a stellar viewing experience for every user without placing undue strain on the network.

In effect, intelligent routing works like the footstep prints on the escalator. It helps each instance of a video know where to go and how to get there with maximum efficiency and none of the jam ups that make you late for your 9-o-clock meeting.

Learn more about Qumu intelligent routing solutions here.