Vidyo in India: Embracing Video Conferencing

Over the past few years in India, Vidyo has seen a significant upswing in adoption of its video conferencing technology, deployment of integrated video communications applications, as well as partnerships across verticals and with service providers– a true testament to the scale, flexibility and value of the VidyoWorks™ platform!

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VidyoMobile™ being used by the Government of Andhra Pradesh on a tablet. 

Because Vidyo works on virtually any device and network, either in the cloud or on premises – it is the perfect fit for the specific market challenges in India. With bandwidth being a constant obstacle, Vidyo is the foolproof solution to connect and collaborate using public Internet and wireless networks that can affordably scale as needed.

The need for reliable, scalable technology has become particularly relevant in the Government sector. The Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Conferencing Facility is an example of a colossal Vidyo deployment at the state level where more than 1,200 Vidyo rooms have been deployed across Andhra Pradesh & Telangana’s 23 districts and 1,100 Mandals.

India Government Video Conferencing

To learn more on the Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Conferencing Facility watch this video case study.

Andhra Pradesh Technology Services (APTS) launched the massive network that provides the State Secretariat in Hyderbad with a direct video conferencing connection to all 1007 district zones across the state, facilitating visual interaction between top level officials and field level personnel.

The national and state governments’ focus on ensuring digital workflows has driven large scale adoption of Vidyo’s technology across multiple departments, from State High Courts to the Department of Financial Services and Department of Education to Premier Government Technical and Management Colleges such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Management (IIMs).

Vidyo partnerships with top service providers like SIFY and Arkadin have also contributed significantly to Vidyo’s success in India. Most recently, our partnership with Airtel, India’s number one telecom provider, has allowed Vidyo to not only grow its footprint, but has given us the opportunity to act as a key thought leader in the video communication and collaboration arena.

Airtel and Vidyo Economic Times

Every month over the course of the next year, Vidyo and Airtel, in conjunction with the Economic Times will be presenting to customers and prospects on the value of video conferencing in business work flow. Listen to our first cooperated effort on the power and potential of video collaboration and watch our TV segment on ET Now: Empowering Enterprises.

But of course Vidyo’s versatile technology is permeating several industries across India! Powerful integrations in the financial services space, such as IndusInd, provided India with the first “face-to-face” online banking experience, and Reliance Mutual, a top Capital Asset Management company in India, also uses Vidyo to power their Video Chat function that allows distributors to connect with Reliance Mutual experts. Together these companies are driving interest in Vidyo across banking services throughout India!

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VidyoWorks powers Video Branch, a mobile and desktop-based banking service deployed across India. 

And keep your ear to the ground for new Vidyo applications in Healthcare – yet another vertical that is recognizing the immense benefits of real time video communication. Multiple VidyoWorks integrations are on the horizon that will boost the quality of care and promote better patient outcomes in various healthcare platforms across the country.

With a population of more than 1.25 billion people, almost 980 million mobile connections, the impending launch of 4G services nationwide and around 300 million Internet connections* – the Indian market is ready to embrace the next generation of video communication.

Sunny Rao is general manager of India and can be reached at sarao@vidyo.com

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*http://gadgets.ndtv.com/telecom/news/telephone-connections-in-india-cross-1-billion-mark-telecom-minister-712083

#VidyoToolbox: Refresh Before the End of July and Save!

VidyoRoom Update

Vidyo is offering an exciting new promotion to provide customers with the opportunity to upgrade their aging Vidyo server infrastructure and VidyoRoom™ systems. This provides an excellent opportunity for Vidyo customers with Vidyo hardware products that are near end of maintenance to update with future-proofed virtual edition server software or with current generation Vidyo servers and VidyoRoom systems.

Eligible VidyoPortal™, VidyoRouter™, and VidyoGateway™ appliances can be refreshed with the latest equivalent Virtual Editions. With virtual edition infrastructure, you will more easily be able to keep pace with Vidyo’s innovations that are continuously improving the way people communicate and collaborate. Vidyo’s Virtual Edition line of infrastructure products afford the flexibility to leverage existing datacenter compute platforms and move easily from machine to machine as necessary. If you are not ready to go virtual, you can also refresh with the latest generation Vidyo server hardware. All this is available at up to 50% off MSRP until July 31, 2015 for replacement of eligible Vidyo appliances.

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The promotion also includes refresh options for VidyoRoom systems. Eligible second generation VidyoRoom systems can be updated to the latest generation VidyoRoom HD-230. The updated HD-230 was architected to deliver levels of security and stability that were not possible in the second generation products. The VidyoRoom HD-230 also delivers superior usability with an intuitive interface that users love and advanced features like calendar integration that make joining a VidyoConference™ call as simple as pressing a single button. Add in support for 4K resolution for participants and content, high frame rate content sharing with audio for streaming recorded video into conferences, new and improved remote control options and compatibility with all of the latest Vidyo software, and making the choice to update the eligible VidyoRoom systems at up to 40% off MSRP until July 31, 2015 is a no brainer.

Contact your authorized Vidyo reseller or Vidyo representative to find out if your systems are eligible and how to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

#VidyoToolbox posts highlight new product updates and features across the Vidyo portfolio. Stay tuned for continued updates!

Customer Engagement Best Practices: Adding Video Communication to Existing Compliance Recording and WFO Solutions

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In his 2014 book The Age of the Customer: Prepare for the Moment of Relevance, Jim Blasingame states that the Internet, mobile devices and associated applications have changed the millennia-old balance of power between sellers and customers and, for the first time in history, the customer is now in charge of the relationship. In The Age of the Customer, the customer controls the flow of information and increasingly expects sellers to connect with them on their terms.

If you are in the banking, insurance, healthcare or any other highly competitive and customer-centric market, you are no doubt experiencing this phenomenon as your customers demand mobile apps, online and personalized services available 24×7. The price for not keeping up with the trend? Lost customers, declining revenue and reduced wallet share.

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In response, unprecedented numbers of businesses are launching video enabled customer services via ATMs, kiosks, embedding video communication capabilities into websites, and on mobile apps. In highly regulated industries, and in any business where recording and work force optimization (WFO) tools have been deployed, it is essential to leverage the existing contact center recording and work force optimization systems so the same level of regulatory compliance and analytics can be applied to video-based interactions as to traditional service channels. Vidyo’s real time interactive video communication engine can now be integrated with market leading recording and WFO solutions from industry leaders like NICE Systems.

If your customers have put you on the hot seat to add video to your customer service mix, you can feel confident that your investment in a compliance recording and workforce optimization solution can be extended to include video interactions

Empowering Patients with Video-Enabled Telemedicine Technologies

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Healthcare systems globally are facing similar issues – how to ensure delivery of high quality care despite rising demand and limited resources. As a result, telemedicine, with its ability to expand access to care and increase utilization of physicians, is gaining support and adoption around the world.

In fact, a new research report found that the global market for telemedicine technologies stood at $17.8B in 2014 is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 18.4 percent by 2020, fueled by a shortage of physicians in rural and remote areas, the high prevalence of chronic diseases, growing elderly populations, increasing numbers of smartphone users and the need for improved quality services.1

Remote Patient Monitoring, one of many telemedicine applications in use today, allows care providers to monitor patients outside of clinical settings, in the home or elsewhere, using technology that can collect, store and share health data in real time. Patients with chronic diseases, patients in rural areas with conditions requiring specialists or patients with limited mobility are key candidates for Remote Patient Monitoring.

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The OpenTele platform for Remote Patient Monitoring system provides these services and more. With the integration of VidyoWorksTM, OpenTele’s platform can facilitate video interactions between clinicians and patients while simultaneously collecting patient data. This seemingly small, additional capability, however, has led to powerful results.

Vidyo’s dynamic adaptation technology, which provides stable, maximum quality video communication over Wi-Fi and cellular connected clients, allows care providers to perform immediate and comprehensive reviews of a patient’s performance, improving outcomes and peace of mind for patients. Together with Vidyo, OpenTele is able to support the weakest and most vulnerable patients, those that might be too weak or ill to manage their own monitoring system due to their medical condition.

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(Screenshot of the OpenTele Platform for Physicians and Nurses)

Extending monitoring and diagnostic abilities to patients who normally would not be able to participate in such a program is central to ensuring the health of the population and sustaining our healthcare systems. In Denmark, adoption of telemedicine applications like OpenTele’s has led to lowered hospital re-admission rates, increased patient satisfaction and provided cost savings to providers and patients due to reduced complications. Patients are empowered, working daily to improve their performance and better manage their condition. In fact, OpenTele’s ability to reduce hospital re-admission rates has been so successful that the platform has been adopted as a national Danish standard for Remote Patient Monitoring.

With the whole Danish Nation as a committed reference case, OpenTeleHealth continues to expand its platform globally, bringing the advantages of remote patient monitoring and Vidyo-enabled communication to the global market.

Resources:

  1. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-telemedicine-market-outlook-2015-2020-for-the-17-billion-industry-with-mckesson-philips-healthcare-ge-healthcare-and-cerner-dominating-504372191.html

 

Customer Engagement and Video Conferencing on Wearables at Enterprise Connect 2015

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Vidyo will attend Enterprise Connect in Orlando, Florida March 16-19 with a focus on video enabled customer engagement solutions for more personal online customer interactions that build brand loyalty and create upsell opportunities across various industries. eCommerce has become a double edged sword for enterprise. On one hand, it provides customers with the convenience they demand for any time, anywhere access to the enterprise’s offerings. On the other hand, eCommerce has turned the enterprise into a faceless web presence that breaks the personal relationship with the customer which is vital to brand loyalty.

With Vidyo enabled customer engagement, enterprises get the best of both worlds with the combination of the convenience and exposure of online service and high touch personalized customer care that is rooted in rich, personal video interactions on any network, with any device.

The VidyoWorks™ platform is a clear choice for high-touch customer service and enables companies to embed visual communications into the web portals or existing contact center infrastructure of financial services, healthcare, and retail organizations to become an integrated component of workflow or business processes. In fact, some of the world’s leading banks have selected VidyoWorks to power their mobile and desktop-based banking services for secure HD video meetings between customers and service reps, branch managers and portfolio executives.

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During Enterprise Connect, Vidyo will demonstrate its customer engagement reference design and several customer engagement applications built upon the VidyoWorks platform in addition to a host of other visual enablement use cases. Visit the Vidyo Booth, #621, to experience the following demos:

    • Field Service Smart Glasses Demo with Vuzix
    • Vidyo Enabled vGreet Kiosk
    • American Well Direct to Patient Care on Desktop and Mobile
    • Vidyo’s Contact Center Reference Design
    • 4K Conference with VidyoRoom
    • VidyoConferencing Universal Meeting Demo

Vidyo executives will also be featured in a series of panels and speaking engagements throughout the conference! Be sure to mark your calendars for the following sessions:

    • Tuesday March 17, 12:30 PM: Revolutionize work flow and brand loyalty with Vidyo-enabled customer engagement, Theater Session with Joan Vandermate, VP Marketing, Vidyo (Showfloor)
    • Wednesday March 18, 8:00 AM: Video Everywhere: What Happens to Your Workflow? Panel Session with Ofer Shapiro, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Vidyo (Room Sun C)

VidyoWorks enables dozens of applications across the enterprise with adaptability and scale, leveraging new devices and endpoints as they emerge. One recent example is VidyoWorks on smart glasses, which was selected as a finalist for the Best of Enterprise Connect award.

Smart Glasses Application Field Service

The implementation of VidyoWorks APIs on smart glasses enables amazing see-what-I-see and augmented reality applications with the promise of advancing enterprise communications across industries. Applications range from remote expert assisted field service, surgical tele-mentoring, first responders for telestroke, real-time virtual real estate tours, retail product demonstrations, law enforcement and military missions. Vuzix is the first smart glasses maker to feature this solution on its enterprise-grade Vuzix M100 smart glasses.

Smart Glasses Application Healthcare

For more information please visit the Vidyo booth during Enterprise Connect 2015 (Booth #621), March 16-19 in Orlando, Florida or contact press@vidyo.com if you’d like to schedule a briefing. See you at Enterprise Connect!

 

 

 

DISA Announces Global Video Service (GVS) FOC

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Recently, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced that their Global Video Service (GVS) – based upon technology provided by Vidyo – has reached Full Operational Capability (FOC).  This milestone is the culmination of a process that began in 2012 when Vidyo first received Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification for its video conferencing portfolio tailored to the needs of the Department of Defense (DoD).  Since that time, DISA has built a customized solution on top of the VidyoWorksTM platform.  In June of 2014, DISA announced Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for GVS, taking the first step to move DoD enterprise Video Teleconferencing Capabilities (VTC) from the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) Video Services – Global (DVS-G) ISDN services to GVS’ IP services. The GVS solution is now installed and operational in some of DISA’s Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECCs) and has the capacity to scale to support nearly half a billion conferencing minutes a year.

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The GVS foundation and backbone is Vidyo’s H.264 SVC, JTIC-certified software solution. GVS allows the end-user to reliably connect, collaborate and make decisions with secure HD video on existing devices (conference room, PC and MAC) over any general purpose IP network (LAN/WAN, 3G/4G, radio, satellite). Support for Android and iOS devices is currently being piloted and is expected to be added in 2015. GVS integrates with existing standards based H.323 and SIP based systems and is available on both NIPR and SIPR networks.

DISA’s GVS service includes:

  • Seamless interoperability between desktop, room systems, H.323 and SIP-based endpoints
  • Single-click to connect conference initiations
  • Multi-point content sharing
  • Local layout controls and active speaker
  • PIN codes for secure conferences

 

Joan Vandermate
Joan is Vice President of Marketing at Vidyo. She has more than 20 years of experience leading marketing, product management, sales and business development teams.

 

 

The products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if available basis. The product descriptions are provided for information only and are subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Vidyo reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

Vidyo Selected by GetWellNetwork for Patient Engagement and Quality of Care

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The great health care challenge of the day – The IHI Triple Aim – is to improve the patient experience and the health of populations, all while reducing cost. The new realities of care management are encouraging leading health systems, hospitals and clinics to use technology to bring care, connectivity and convenience together for patients and families.

This intersection is the focus of a new agreement between GetWellNetwork®, Inc., and Vidyo, Inc..  In any setting, GetWellNetwork’s Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) platform educates and empowers patients to participate in and manage their health. The VidyoWorks™ platform integrates directly into the care process, enabling greater productivity for clinicians and new opportunities for patients to engage. Together, the technologies will enhance the quality of, and improve satisfaction with, the patient experience.

Providing clinicians and patients with the right tools at the right time and place is key to delivering better care and a better experience. For example, with the integration of GetWellNetwork and Vidyo, just a few clicks will enable clinicians to conduct secure, real-time consults with other clinicians to coordinate care and optimize the patient’s treatment plan.  The combined technologies will also ensure patients have the ability to connect anytime through live, high-definition video with the friends, family and caregivers that they need for support on their health journey.

“We are seeing great demand for the integrated solution, which is being championed by physicians and Chief Nursing Officers not only for bedsides in the hospital, but also for bringing the same level of patient care into the home and creating a more personalized experience,” says Amnon Gavish, Vidyo’s SVP of Vertical Solutions.

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As demand from providers continues to grow, patients also recognize the benefits of engaging in their care with video conferencing. A recent Harris Poll indicated 64 percent of patients would consider a video chat with their doctor instead of a face-to-face visit, saving time and travel costs. The opportunity to spend time with faraway friends and family can have a significant impact on the care experience as well. Imagine being in a hospital for weeks, but being able to share the room with your dad, who is stationed overseas, or your daughter, who is away at college. Even when just a few walls can feel like a world away, a hospitalized mother could stay connected with her newborn admitted to the NICU.

“Combining Vidyo technology with IPC not only meets a growing market demand but, more importantly, expands the possibilities for patient care and satisfaction,” said GetWellNetwork Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David Bennett. “Now, patients and their families will truly be able to connect with their physicians and caregivers wherever they may be on their health journey.”

IPC and video conferencing help providers in their mission to deliver quality, cost-effective care and a better overall experience across the care continuum. Throughout the care process, patients and families want to stay connected to their providers and to each other. With the integration of VidyoWorks and GetWellNetwork, they will. 

GetWell Network LogoGetWellNetwork®, Inc. provides patient engagement solutions that help health care providers engage, educate and empower patients along the care continuum. Our patient-centered platform, delivered across multiple technology platforms including mobile devices, computers and televisions, enables providers to implement a revolutionary care delivery model called Interactive Patient Care™ to improve performance and patient outcomes. 

The products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if available basis. The product descriptions are provided for information only and are subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Vidyo reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

#VidyoToolbox: Better User Experience for Third Party Systems with VidyoGateway

Interoperability with third party H.323 and SIP based videoconferencing systems has always been a hallmark of the Vidyo experience. VidyoGateway™ delivers affordable interoperability that is easy to deploy, manage, and scale. Now, with the release of the latest v.3.2 of VidyoGateway software, new features improve the user experience for participants joining from third party endpoints.

Participants connecting from H.323 or SIP systems can now enjoy a new layout view for multipoint calls. The new gallery view delivers a 7+1 layout with the active speaker prominently displayed and up to 7 other participants located in a strip below.

VidyoGateway Teleconferencing

In addition to a new screen layout, third party endpoints also will receive updated notification information. If the conference is being recorded with VidyoReplay™, both audio and on screen indicators will be played when a recording is initiated. When other participants join or leave the conference, participants on third party systems will receive audio join and leave tones. Whether you’re participating from a Vidyo client or a third party system, you will always know the current status of the conference.

This release also brings added flexibility for administrators of VidyoGateway Virtual Edition (VE). The virtual edition of the VidyoGateway now detects the amount of resources that have been allocated and automatically sets the capacity. This means administrators have the flexibility to size the VidyoGateway to their exact capacity needs to use resources more efficiently. Administrators also have the ability to run multiple instances of the VidyoGateway VE on a single physical host. Combined with the existing VidyoGateway clustering support, the VidyoGateway VE enables high availability and precise sizing of the Vidyo system.

There are many other feature enhancements in this release. Please check the release notes for more details and software dependencies. Visit the Vidyo Support Portal for more details on what’s new and get upgraded today!

Telemedicine Reduces Patient Wait Times

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It was a milestone year for Vidyo and its partners across various industries with Vidyo’s reliable, integrated visual enablement solution being recognized to be an indispensable resource for key players in the financial services, service provider and healthcare sectors, among others. Looking to 2015 we are optimistic about the continued growth of video conferencing in healthcare. VidyoWorksTM has already been selected as the platform of choice and is deeply integrated into many applications by 39 of the top 100 Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs).

One of our partners, American Well, selected the VidyoWorks platform for its telehealth service offering. Their customers include Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Wellpoint and others. American Well’s app, which connects users to a live doctor anytime via a mobile or desktop device, is among the most popular healthcare apps in both the Android and iOS stores, with 3,000-4,000 downloads per day1 and American Well customer, WellPoint, shared that their free mobile app, LiveHealth Online, has saved patients two hours or more when accessing care2.

“The VidyoWorks platform is key to our ability to provide patients secure, 24/7 access to quality care across any device,” said Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH, President and Chef Executive Officer of American Well Systems. “In-home telehealth services and urgent care consultations are growing at a rapid pace and American Well is prepared to meet rising provider and patient needs for live, on-demand care.”

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In 2014 an estimated 5.7 million total video conference-enabled patient visits were conducted across the United States, which is expected to nearly triple to 16 million+ next year and skyrocket to 130 million in 20183.

Moreover, this year’s adoption of a model telemedicine policy by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)4 brought long-awaited guidance on telehealth practices to help further the delivery of convenient, clinically meaningful video-enabled encounters.  VidyoWorks enables physicians and care providers to have such live, immediate and secure interactions with patients.

The future of telemedicine looks bright, and Vidyo is proud to be a part of the healthcare revolution!

1 https://www.americanwell.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Video_Visits_With_Patients_Are_Taking_Off_Medscape_9-25.pdf

2http://links.mail4.spopessentials4.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NDc2MzQ1ODcS1&r=MTEyMzk1NTA1OTk1S0&j=NTgzMDg3MDI1S0&mt=1&rt=0

3 http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/doctor-patient-video-visits-to-triple-to-16-million-next-year

4 http://www.fsmb.org/Media/Default/PDF/Publications/FSMB Telemedicine Policy News Release_042614.pdf

Vidia – The virtual meeting room with more freedom powered by VidyoWorks

The power of the VidyoWorks™ platform is being seen in new real life examples everyday. Our customers are coming up with leading-edge, customized applications being built from the ground up with our APIs and SDK – and the innovation has just begun to touch the realm of what is possible.

Swisscom is an example of one such innovator who sees the power behind visual communications. Their service called Vidia, built on the VidyoWorks platform, is ideal for small and medium enterprises, but larger companies and consumer customers are also benefiting from its rich set of features.  Vidia enables participants to join multi-party video calls and delivers affordable, high-quality, multipoint HD video conferencing over smartphones, tablets and desktops. See the high-quality Vidia service in action.

Vidia’s user interface was designed by Swisscom and runs on the Swisscom Cloud. Vidia users can access virtual meeting rooms from any PC, Mac or mobile device (iOS or Android) and allows non-registered guests to join the conference.

The Vidia deployment by Swisscom is a stunning example of what can be achieved as consumer and business users converge on the same platform – a virtual meeting room with more freedom and a versatile tool for innovative communication.

“The integration of Vidyo has enabled us to offer our business clients the ability to place HD video conferencing calls,” said Erich Gebhardt, Head of Transversal Products, Swisscom Ltd. “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.”

Mark-SummersonMark Summerson is Vice President of Vidyo’s Service Provider Business in EMEA, where he brings 20 years of industry experience in Mobility, Video Conferencing & Unified Communications.