Customer Engagement Best Practices: Are Your Customers Camera Shy?


A wide range of businesses from brokerage firms and banks, to hospitals and HMOs, to online retailers and big box stores are launching video-enabled customer services embedded in portals and websites via ATMs, kiosks and mobile apps. Today Verint® Systems Inc, a leader in work force optimization, announced it was using the VidyoWorksplatform to enable video interactions between customers and service employees as part of its Verint Engagement Managementsolution. SEE THE PRESS RELEASE

The more video is used, the more these newly launched customer services face a challenge that is far from technical. Put simply, their customers are camera shy. Will camera-phobic consumers scuttle your plans to add video enabled customer engagement to your business? Not if you do your homework before rolling out the service.

Here are a few tips to ensure your video enabled service is well received by your customers:

  1. Know your customer demographics. Studies show that millennials are significantly more comfortable using text chat, video chat and learning via on-demand video. If the customer base you are targeting has a high percentage of millennials, you can launch new communication channels with confidence. If you serve a mix of demographics, make sure you continue to offer more traditional channels in addition to text and video. 
  1. Is a high degree of intimacy and trust critical to your customers? Deployments of video enabled customer care in highly personalized industries such as healthcare and wealth management have demonstrated that when intimacy and trust are an essential part of the customer relationship, customers of all ages are more open to using video. If trust and intimacy are key, your customers are much more likely to embrace a video experience. 
  1. Do your customers interact with the same account rep or relationship manager each time they interact with your company? Consumers may not be comfortable conversing with a complete stranger over video, but are much more at ease when conversing with someone with whom they are familiar. To this end, if your customers interact with the same person or group of people on a regular basis, they will be more open to adopting video as a tool.
  1. Let them opt out. Your best strategy to alleviate camera shyness may be to open every call with one way video. The customer can see the agent’s video and have a conversation, but the customer’s camera is not activated.  If the customer is comfortable using video, they can opt to turn their video on by clicking a button on the screen. If not, they can still benefit from seeing the agent demonstrate a product or technique, share documents or educational videos, and provide non-verbal communication through facial expression and gestures.

For more on customer engagement for the modern enterprise, check out these related blog posts, this customer engagement infographic and more from the Vidyo website. Ready for more? Access a 21 Day FREE Trial of Vidyo today!


Talking Telemedicine: Mayo Clinic, HealthSpot and Vidyo Increase Access to High-Quality Care for Rural Patients

Telemedicine is taking root – patients and doctors are embracing new technology to increase accessibility, save time and cut costs all while reimbursement for telemedicine appointments is becoming increasingly important providers and state legislatures. As telemedicine progresses, we’re seeing the face-to-face interactions between doctors and patients, move beyond the traditional definition of video conferencing.



In telemedicine, doctors and patients can have even more efficient, valuable consultations with the addition of easy-to-use medical devices that gather, send and analyze data in real time to the physician. Leveraging the VidyoWorksTM platform, HealthSpot virtual healthcare kiosks do just this by connecting patients to providers in retail clinics and pharmacies. HealthSpot kiosks come outfitted with integrated tools such as blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, stethoscopes and otoscopes to give the physician on the other side of the screen a better understanding of what is ailing a patient. Once a diagnosis is given, the physician can send the prescription to the pharmacy (where the kiosk is located, convenient for patients). See Video: HealthSpot Experience at Rite Aid

Recently HealthSpot, Mayo Clinic and Austin Public Schools in Southeast Minnesota entered a pilot program, bringing a HealthSpot kiosk to the area. Prior to the pilot, residents in the Austin area could spend hours travelling to see a doctor. See a video of the kiosk in use in Minnesota here.

“This allows technology and innovation in medicine where the medicine can come to us in rural Minnesota, so people don’t have to take a whole day off of work to travel to Rochester or the Twin Cities or just go to their doctor. They can do it right here, and right where they are,” said Representative Peggy Bennett.*


Representative Peggy Bennett gets her blood pressure tested at a HealthSpot kiosk in Austin

Minnesota passed legislation requiring private insurance companies to reimburse providers for telemedicine services, but a gap for Medicare patients remains. Learn more about the Minnesota program here.

Vidyo is also used by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, to provide Alaska’s most remote residents access to on-demand, high quality and affordable care over any Internet connection, dramatically changing the delivery of care in rural Alaska.

More than 40 of the top 100 Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs), such as Partners Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente®, United Health and Anthem Blue Cross, use the VidyoWorks platform to power integrated telemedicine solutions. Vidyo technology is also integrated with top global EHR management systems including Epic, Cerner and EMIS to embed video communication into existing EHR workflows.

*Source: KTTC “Telemedicine: Healthcare of the Future?” 

#VidyoToolbox: Jumpstart Small Team Collaboration with VidyoOne+™!

vidyoone+What do you get when you combine the simplicity and affordability of VidyoOneTM with the flexibility of virtual edition infrastructure, interoperability and encryption with firewall traversal capability? We call it VidyoOne+™! The VidyoOne+ bundle comes with everything needed to start collaborating via Vidyo. It includes virtualized infrastructure software and endpoint software to connect users on mobile, desktop, and group systems including third party H.323 and SIP systems.

VidyoOne+ delivers up to 4k quality video and content sharing. Perfect for small team collaboration, participants experience rich face-to-face communication that is just a click away with calendar integration and guest link functionality. Plus, all of the standard Vidyo endpoints, such as VidyoRoom™, VidyoDesktop™, VidyoMobile™ and VidyoWeb™ are all supported!

So, what do you get with the VidyoOne+ bundle? VidyoOne+ includes:

    • VidyoPortal™ VE
    • VidyoRouter™ VE
    • VidyoGateway™ VE
    • Vidyo software client licenses for 100 users
    • VidyoLine licenses to support up to 10 concurrently connected users

Not enough? You can expand the VidyoLine capacity to 20 with optional VidyoLine expansion pack. At a cost equivalent to the included VidyoLines, VidyoOne+ is a 53% savings over buying the components individually! VidyoOne+ represents a tremendous value for small team collaboration.

If you’ve been wanting to connect your small team via Vidyo, VidyoOne+ is a great way to get started. Contact your authorized Vidyo reseller for more information. Check out the VidyoOne+ data sheet for details.

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

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!

India Government Mobile Video Conferencing

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.

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!

IndusInd Mobile Video Banking

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



#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.

VidyoServer Update

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!

#VidyoToolbox: It’s Easier Than Ever To Meet On Time with Vidyo

At Vidyo we believe the user experience is paramount. This belief is what first led us to develop the VidyoWorks™ platform that delivers reliable and high quality video that works over real-world networks. But a great in-call experience doesn’t matter if it is difficult to join the meeting in the first place, so we’ve made scheduling and joining meetings even easier.

We originally started by adding calendar integration to VidyoRoom™ and VidyoPanorama™. With a single push of a button you can instantly collaborate using Microsoft® Exchange® or Google™ Calendar.

Next we moved to our VidyoMobile™ client, by making it easy to schedule meetings using the built-in calendar on your mobile device. Scheduling meetings only takes a single tap inside the VidyoMobile app. Joining from your mobile device is easier too with your current Vidyo meetings displayed inside the VidyoMobile app; just tap to collaborate on the go.

VidyoMobile calendar supportVidyoMobile calendar support on Android tablet and iPhone

Today, we’ve made it even easier for desktop users to collaborate by developing Vidyo Extension for Microsoft® Outlook® and Vidyo Extension for Google Chrome™.  Scheduling Vidyo meetings is as easy as clicking a button on your calendar. But, what if you don’t have these extensions installed or are not an Outlook or Google Calendar user? No problem! With VidyoDesktop™ v.3.5.2 you can now simply click on the calendar button in VidyoDesktop to schedule a meeting. VidyoDesktop launches the default calendar application installed on your Mac or Windows PC.

Vidyo Desktop Calendar Support

VidyoDesktop Calendar Button

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!

#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


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.


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

Look Out, Drone Stampede!

Vidyo Stampede Drone Slide

Well ok, not really, but this week Vidyo partner Stampede did announce that it is bringing drone-based video conferencing to life with Vidyo. How does it work? Drones connected to Vidyo endpoint software are able to bring live video feeds into a video conference, providing up-to-the minute bird’s eye-view content for those who need real-time visual information. Stampede’s new solution is a one-stop-shop for ProAV dealers – providing the hardware, software, training and consulting services needed for a complete drone deployment solution. See a video of the drone in action.

There is a lot of conversation around drones – but the novelty often overshadows their real-life applications for the enterprise and public sector. Drones can be used to bring eyes to situations more efficiently and easily. For example, helicopters are currently used to monitor and inspect oil pipelines and oil fields, which can rack up a cost of $1,500/ hour to operate, not including pilot or other personnel fees. A drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) could bring closer observation than a traditional helicopter at a fraction of the price. An especially relevant use case emerging this week is the use of drones to spot and better understand the behavior of sharks offshore in Southern California.

Drones Landing PadThe Drones Have Landed at InfoComm 2015!

Vidyo is already working closely with police, EMTs, emergency responders and internal communications agencies to help them enhance their current communications and video conferencing capabilities with live images from drones. The VidyoWorksTM software platform affords the flexibility to integrate with off-the-shelf video-enabled devices like drones, medical telemetry equipment, and smart glasses, and connect quality video streams over wireless Internet connections with a diverse set of endpoints.

This announcement coincides with InfoComm 2015, where Stampede and Vidyo are showcasing the solution at the Stampede Unmanned Vehicle University Drone Pavilion (#7042). Vidyo is committed to supporting its many partners at InfoComm2015 including Stampede, Ricoh (#4043) and Barco (#2529).

See a video of the drone in action and additional photos below!

Drone In Flight - VidyoUncaged Drone Stops by the Vidyo Table

Drone Cage InfoCommThe Drone Cage

Empowering Patients with Video-Enabled Telemedicine Technologies


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.


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.


(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.




Vidyo Powers the Telemedicine Ecosystem


This month’s 20th annual Telemedicine Meeting & Trade Show (ATA) in Los Angeles brought together innovative companies spanning the entire telemedicine ecosystem. Healthcare has long been a key priority for Vidyo and our growing footprint in the industry has never been more apparent. During ATA Vidyo’s technology was on display not only at the heavily trafficked Vidyo booth, but also across the showfloor as the video conferencing engine behind more than 30 exhibitors’ telemedicine solutions covering the entire continuum of care.

Additionally, Vidyo’s own Amnon Gavish, Senior Vice President of Vertical Solutions, who has been an active member of the ATA for six years was recently named Industry Council Chair for the ATA. In this role Amnon will become a member of the ATA Board of Directors representing the Industry Council, and interact with high-level decision makers, participate in proactive messaging and promotion of telemedicine and influence change on issues important to the industry.

What’s more, Gartner has recognized Vidyo in its Cool Vendors in Healthcare Providers report for 2015 based on tremendous market momentum and leadership. This momentum includes the decision by 40 of the top 100 Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs), such as Partners Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente and WellPoint, to use the VidyoWorksTM platform to power integrated telemedicine solutions and the use of Vidyo technology by top global EHR management systems including Epic, Cerner and EMIS to embed video communication into existing EHR workflows.

The VidyoWorks platform is present at all levels in healthcare, from clinicians to payors to patients, and Vidyo is at the forefront of the telemedicine industry. Vidyo believes that telemedicine is coming of age, as evidenced in the infographic below. Now is the time for telemedicine and Vidyo is proud to play an integral part in making healthcare to the home a reality for organizations working across the healthcare ecosystem.