Video Collaboration on iPads and Android Tablets

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At Vidyo, we believe collaboration is king. While some vendors are playing catch-up – trying to perfect their own video collaboration solutions– Vidyo has already made available VidyoSlate™, a FREE app that allows your tablet to become the ideal second screen content share for any video conference. No more eye-strain, even if you are in the back of a conference room – VidyoSlate gives you the advantage of viewing every piece of information on your own tablet. VidyoSlate is available now on iOS and in Beta for Android.

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VidyoSlate, introduced Fall 2013, enables participants to easily share, view and annotate documents from your iOS or Android tablet. Participants can mark-up and highlight relevant content, simply by using the pen, highlighter and laser pointer tools within the app, creating a dynamic, real-time collaboration environment – right in the palm of their hands!And there’s more! Your work need never be lost – because you can save edits and retrieve documents from your tablet, Dropbox and Box or simply email attachments from the VidyoSlate app to your fellow meeting members.

The integrated calendar lets you view invitations in the app making it simple to directly join a conference. And two-way audio support for VidyoSlate makes it even easier to participate in a collaborative call.

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Vidyo Patent Portfolio: The Keys to Affordable, Scalable, HD Video Conferencing

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Today, we announced that Vidyo has crossed the 50 patents mark, having recently received its 56th patent with 65 patent families in various stages of the patent process. Yesterday, we shared that Vidyo had been named to a list of the Top 10 Innovators along with Tesla, SpaceX, NEST, Google, Amazon, Aereo, Square, Corning and IBM. Patents and innovation go hand-in-hand and Vidyo is driving industry-changing innovation.

Since it first began developing technology and products, Vidyo has actively cultivated an extensive patent portfolio covering its inventions including the VidyoRouter™ architecture, which eliminates the need for a transcoding MCU and QoS-enabled networks.  The VidyoRouter – Vidyo’s core server architecture – and several key Vidyo technologies relating to or extending the H.264, H.265 HEVC and WebRTC standards, as well as numerous other innovations in video communications are responsible for making high quality video communications more natural, scalable, affordable, accessible and robust.

According to Andrew W. Davis, Sr. Partner and co-founder of Wainhouse Research, “Vidyo has continually driven game-changing innovation in the video conferencing industry and the patented VidyoRouter architecture will continue to drive visual communications and human interactions into the next generation of workflow and Internet-connected appliances. The number of patents issued to a company is typically considered a testament to its drive for innovation and proof of its success in exploring the frontiers of what will be possible with today’s and tomorrow’s technology. The Vidyo team has continually been on the cutting edge, and proven to be an effective industry leader in this respect.”

Today’s announcement can be accessed here.

Tesla, SpaceX, Google, Amazon, Aereo, NEST, IBM, Corning, Square and Vidyo

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What a thrill for Vidyo to be included last week on this list of innovators with companies  like Tesla SpaceX, Google, Corning, Amazon, Square, Aereo, IBM and NEST- truly disruptors in their respective industries.

“Few companies have the creative genius to come up with a breakthrough technology, and even fewer have the genius to keep delivering innovative products over the long term,” according to Don Reisinger of eWeek who goes on to say:

“Vidyo is one of the smaller companies in this roundup, but it doesn’t make the firm any less innovative. The startup has invented a way to heavily compress video transmitted over wireless networks, allowing users to hold video-conferencing with just about any device they desire without quality-of-service issues. Vidyo is being used heavily across the enterprise for video conferencing and has become a real sore spot for Cisco’s telepresence initiatives.”

This is not the first time that Vidyo or the VidyoWorks platform have been recognized for innovation that transcends an industry, but we don’t take any of the accolades for granted.  Vidyo CEO Ofer Shapiro was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Tech Pioneer, the company received the WSJ Innovation Award for all of Networking, Broadband and the Internet among all public and private companies, and was cited on the MIT Technology Review’s “50 Most Disruptive Companies”.

Ongoing innovation is part of our DNA at Vidyo and we look forward to tomorrow’s next opportunity.

VidyoWorks Platform Powers Swisscom Video Conferencing Service

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Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecommunications provider has launched a cloud-based, HD video conferencing service called “Vidia” — using the customizable VidyoWorks™ platform. The new video conferencing service was developed by Swisscom’s software team and runs on the Swisscom Cloud. The massive scalability of the VidyoWorks platform enables Swisscom to extend the Vidia service to hundreds of thousands of users.

“The integration of Vidyo has enabled us to offer our business clients the ability to place HD video conferencing calls. In Switzerland, customers expect a high level of quality and reliability; those features, along with the scalability and flexibility that was needed to really differentiate this service, were made possible through the power of Vidyo APIs and VidyoWorks,” according to Swisscom’s Head of Transversal Products, Erich Gebhardt.

This is another milestone launch for Vidyo’s service provider business and demonstrates the versatility, and scalability of the platform. That a major telco such as Swisscom used our platform to build this important new service is not only a testament to VidyoWorks, but also points to the relative ease with which telcos can differentiate their offerings and achieve a competitive edge in the market.  The Swiss are renowned for creating high quality, precision-engineered products and the selection of Vidyoworks is further proof of the quality of Vidyo’s platform.

Vidia provides each customer with their own virtual video conferencing room to participate in high quality, multi-party meetings.

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(Meetings can be accessed via a computer, tablet, or smartphone, Android/iOS)

Swisscom is currently offering its customers a free 30-day trial of Vidia.

Video Conferencing for Government and Local Businesses in Vietnam

We recently announced that FPT Telecom, a leading telecommunications provider in Vietnam, is deploying Vidyo’s services and solutions to various local businesses and government agencies across the country. By utilizing Vidyo’s video conferencing, FPT Telecom customers will be able to reduce time and costs associated with business travel, while increasing overall workplace productivity through simple and affordable HD-quality video solutions.

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(Guests viewed VidyoPanorama 600, HD40, HD230, mobile and desktop solutions in action.)

To celebrate this deployment, Vidyo and FPT held two events last week in Vietnam where they demonstrated the various solutions currently available to customers. Below are some pictures from the celebration, complete with hostesses wearing traditional Vietnamese attire welcoming the 160 guests from local enterprises, government, banks and multinational companies.

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(The Vidyo and FPT Telecom teams celebrating the events.)

VidyoWorks at CES: A Visual Collaboration Platform to Power The Internet of Things

In his keynote address at CES on Tuesday evening, Cisco’s CEO John Chambers envisioned a world in the not-too-distant future in which everyone and everything will be connected via the Internet.  That’s right, “everything.”  Garbage cans, parking spots, street lights, appliances, homes, businesses, hospitals, cars and entire connected cities.  Couple this vision with the key innovations that have emerged from the halls of CES this week — such as wearable technology, interactive cars, Schwinn bicycles, and “smart” appliances (from electric toothbrushes to refrigerators) that are all-knowing and interactive – and it almost seems that in this new world of savvy washing machines and intuitive beds, there won’t be much room for human connection and interaction.  Surely (hopefully) this won’t be the case, but even so, how do we keep human-to-human connection and communication from getting lost in this proliferation of connected everything-else?  We believe that Vidyo has a jump on this.

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Vidyo technology and the VidyoWorks platform and APIs enable innovators to develop a variety of visual communication and collaboration tools and solutions that until recently could only be imagined.  Vidyo’s versatile APIs allow developers to integrate the highest quality interactive video communications into virtually any “smart” device or appliance with similar connectivity and processing power as a smart phone. We’ve already seen Vidyo-enabled cars, medical equipment, educational tools, social networking applications and consumer games, and when there’s a demand for Vidyo-enabled refrigerators or an interaction with a pharmacist via a drone that arrives at your door to deliver your latest prescription, know that it is possible to embed Vidyo communications.

As we’ve highlighted in past blog posts, the affordability, flexibility and power offered by the software-based VidyoWorks platform has sparked the interest and imagination of a wide range of companies and organizations because it can be easily customized for individual enterprise and vertical market video communication needs.

All of the chatter from this week’s CES offers much food for thought about the unstoppable flow of new technologies and the impact it will have on our lives.  With that in mind, we urge developers to keep human connection and interactivity front and center when conjuring up their next game-changing application, cloud service or device.  Perhaps the world is not yet ready for video communications via smart toothbrush, but developers are leveraging VidyoWorks and our APIs today to build amazing apps to power the Internet world.

Vidyo: Making a Difference in the World

As those of us in the U.S. take a pause to give thanks this week, we thought it would be a good time to share a series of stories that show how connecting people through Vidyo is making a difference.

It’s always gratifying to know that your work, in some way, contributes to supporting and aiding humankind. And at Vidyo, we can’t help but feel good, knowing that our products and Vidyo-based applications and services are genuinely helping people all over the world. It’s not an overstatement to say that Vidyo is making a huge difference in people’s lives. It’s a fact.

Because Vidyo communications can reach people located almost anywhere — even those in some of the most remote areas on earth — without the need for any kind of special networks or equipment … and because Vidyo’s software-based technology can be easily integrated into so many critical, even potentially life-saving applications, we’re seeing an amazing number of organizations and institutions altering outcomes by leveraging Vidyo communications. From remote locations above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, to earthquake-ravaged villages in Haiti, to disaster-torn regions of third-world countries, to a small schoolhouse in India, Vidyo is assisting medical practitioners, educators, disaster relief personnel, and so many more, the world over in locations where other video conferencing solutions are not able to reach.

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The Thinking Schools Academy at the Auxilium Nava Jyothi School in India uses Vidyo as a way of enabling its teachers to receive face-to-face support and training by educators in the United States, over 10,000 miles away.

Supporting healthcare by connecting doctors and patients in rural Alaska: Vidyo connects over 250 sites and 700,000 people spread out over 660,000 square miles of rugged terrain.

Vidyo provides virtual classrooms for medical students in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

We are so proud of the great work being done by people who are using Vidyo to heal and save lives, educate those who would not otherwise be able to access education, and ensure rapid, efficient humanitarian assistance to those in desperate need. Follow our hashtag #bestofvidyo to hear about the stories that make us feel good about Vidyo.

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Adoption of Vidyo technology in education has come a long way over the past few years, but our influence and adoption continues to grow–inspiring new ways of teaching and learning from boardrooms to classrooms across the world.  In 2011, we released VidyoReplay™, a recording and webcasting component of the Vidyo infrastructure, making it easier than ever before to connect students and teachers from disparate endpoints and capture content and educational lectures for future off-line viewing, anytime and anyplace. We have subsequently announced how Vidyo transforms mediated classrooms at Arizona State University into real time, research and learning environments with the Smithsonian—and shared how our technology links healthcare experts, physicians and instructors with medical students in Haiti via a virtual classroom. Earlier this year, Vidyo again made headlines that focused on our partnership with Internet2, and the resulting news that VidyoConferencing™ will be included in the services available to all Internet2 higher education members and thousands of K-12 public schools Topping off this exciting list of accomplishments in the realm of education, today, Vidyo announced that the number of education
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From connecting students and parents from anywhere with school counselors, specialists and faculty to the classroom with virtual fieldtrips that supplement K-12 curriculum with real world interactions, video conferencing adoption
in education is on the rise. To put things in context about video conferencing in education, we created this infographic to understand the usage of video conferencing this academic year (click on the image for a large version):

 

If you’re an educator, a CIO or IT leader from the education community and haven’t yet experienced Vidyo, we can’t wait for you to try it out and let us know what you think.

Simply Amazing: Counting Vidyo Connections at CERN

What’s really BIG at CERN – the research organization that focuses on the smallest objects in the universe?

I’m not talking about CERN’s Large Hadron Collider that has been used to identify the Higgs boson. Nope, it’s the size of their VidyoConferencing deployment and its utilization.

Throughout 2012, the client downloads rose slowly from about 2000 to just under 14,000. Then, in January, the Vidyo service fully took the load and downloads exploded by more than 10,000 downloads to almost 24,000 in just five months.

But it’s not just the number of users that’s impressive, it’s how CERN leverages visual collaboration in their research. They are peaking 600 simultaneous connections at precise points in any given day. Some of these meetings may be small, connecting individuals to other individuals, or can be even larger, connecting groups with groups — in all, these meetings are averaging 2000 total connections a day. But it is the ability to hold large meetings that is really important to CERN’s collaborations. Since CERN started using Vidyo, they’ve had over 1400 meetings where the number of participants ranged between 25–50 connections. And this is all on a self-managed system with a worldwide deployment connecting people with mobile devices, laptops and room systems including legacy H.323 systems.

Two of CERN’s largest research experiments are ATLAS and CMS which are the largest international scientific collaborations in history, involving thousands of particle physicists, engineers, technicians, students and support staff from hundreds of universities and institutes. In April 2013 alone, ATLAS had 1860 Vidyo meetings and CMS had 1183 Vidyo meetings.

Steven Goldfarb, Outreach and Education Coordinator for ATLAS describes why Vidyo is so important to their mission:

Much of our research is done outside of CERN, maybe 10 percent of us are here at CERN. We have to remain connected all of the time. That’s the only way to be able to make decisions and contribute to those decisions as a collaboration.”

In the video conferencing world, numbers like the ones discussed here are amazing numbers. CERN’s self-managed deployment involves more than 20 VidyoRouters spanning the world and 11 VidyoGateways clustered in three locations across the network. Users may connect over wired or wireless connections, and they are able to have large
multi-user meetings. Don’t you agree that this is simply incredible?

Note: you can look at this data yourself on CERN’s public dashboard: http://avc-dashboard.web.cern.ch/Vidyo.

 

 

Maximize Workplace Collaboration with Visual Communications

Don’t know about you, but I often feel like I’m drowning in a sea of digitally communicated words!  Texts, emails, IMs and the like seem to have taken the place of actual conversations. Not only do our personal lives suffer from this, our workplace has transformed into a place where we constantly need to deal with the data driven craze–  as the inundation of electronically transmitted words — information, questions, issues all needing to be responded to ASAP – never seem to end.

But the workplace still appreciates and values face-to-face communications. Don’t you agree? Even more importantly, many organizations require face-to-face meetings with fellow colleagues occasionally, if not all the time. The benefits of face-to-face meetings stretch beyond making decisions on the fly, it also helps people adjust to emotional cues and allows for a better sense of team and relationship building for ultimately better business productivity.

Video conferencing in the workplace:
•  brings people together via face-to-face communications and nurtures a collaborative effort
•  ignites a collaborative culture where people and teams can feel comfortable visually sharing plans and exchanging ideas
•  fosters team and relationship building by encouraging individuals to visually share their vibrant personalities
•  resolves problems quicker and builds strong team chemistry

There are a myriad of reasons why slowly, but surely, face-to-face communications is making a huge comeback.  And no, we’re not talking about having to be physically present in order to have these great conversations.  More and more businesses are turning to high quality visual collaboration and communications via the Internet, 4G and other easily accessed networks, without having to spend a lot of money on equipment and infrastructure – and Vidyo is leading this revolution in terms of technological excellence and affordability.

A rapidly growing number of companies and organizations are already realizing the many benefits of Vidyo’s solution. Take KaBOOM! for example, a national nonprofit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child—serving over 6.5 million children, engaging with over 1 million volunteers and have successfully built or improved over 15 thousand playgrounds in America. You can only imagine the massive scale of collaboration needed to communicate with everyone involved in each project. Vidyo has transformed the KaBOOM! conferencing dynamic. The result is reduced costs, more productive and efficient project meetings, and a quicker and more powerful human connection for the team. Or take Concern Worldwide, an international charity, fighting world poverty, that connects humanitarian aid workers in 24 countries.  Vidyo helps connect 2,200 Concern Worldwide personnel to be able to instantly, clearly and affordably communicate and collaborate visually with field managers in some of the most remote locations in the world.

Collaboration is imperative to success. Whether it’s building a playground for a community or connecting charitable people around the world – video communications in the workplace is making a world of difference.

But, don’t just take my word for it! If you register for Vidyo’s upcoming webinar, you will hear, firsthand, from Vidyo’s CEO, Ofer Shapiro, and our featured speakers, David S. Maldow, Esq. and Howard S. Lichtman, from Telepresence Options, “Why Video Collaboration Will Make Audio-Conferencing Extinct.” Whether you agree or disagree with this premise, we’re certain that this will be a spirited conversation between our presenters … one that you can’t afford to miss!