VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts is a WebRTC Product

In August of 2013, Vidyo announced that we were developing a Scalable Video Coding (SVC) extension for VP9 and WebRTC. Today we are announcing a software-based interoperability solution called VidyoH2O™ for Google+ Hangouts that connects existing business voice and video solutions to Google+ Hangout sessions. This is the first of an expected series of innovative solutions resulting from the collaboration with Google.

VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts will extend usability for Google+ Hangouts users by allowing connectivity with H.323/SIP video conferencing and IP PBX systems from Avaya, Cisco, Lifesize, Polycom and Vidyo, and will be offered on a subscription basis both on-prem and as a cloud-hosted offering. “H2O” is short for “Hangouts 2 Others” and enables Hangouts interoperability with installed enterprise solutions.

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Let me explain how VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts fits into our strategy:

Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouterleverages Scalable Video Coding (SVC), which is recognized by most industry players as the way to deliver a great video conferencing experience over the Internet. The VidyoRouter enables better error resilience and allows an optimized experience for multi-user video calls. WebRTC provides the ability to participate in video calls without a separate client or plug-in installation. With a scalable extension WebRTC will give Web developers who are using the VidyoRouter access to even better video quality coupled with the no-install advantage.

As Alex, our chief scientist, wrote in an earlier blog post, an inherent benefit of the WebRTC architecture and our collaboration with Google, is that developers will be able to use the scalable coding extensions of VP9 without significant changes to their client code and, additionally, benefit from the power of the VidyoRouter to drive high quality novel applications at large enterprise and service provider scale.  Chrome is expected to be the first browser to support the scalable version of WebRTC.

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For many years the quality of video communications was not in line with user expectations and the high cost to deploy and manage these solutions resulted in limited deployments and form factors, low usage and highly structured interactions. The VidyoRouter architecture changed this paradigm with its ability to deliver easy to use, reservation-less, HD multiparty video calls over the Internet with the collaboration features of Web conferencing, all for the price of a phone call.

The VidyoWorks platform has become the platform of choice for organizations that want to achieve scale, quality, and custom/integrated solutions.  WebRTC adds a lot of great connectivity options in these environments.  VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts is the first in a line of products that will enable the inclusion of WebRTC in the Vidyo environment.

Imagine the applications that can be developed to offer an affordable, high-quality human interaction in a world in which the “Internet of Things” is central to all of our lives.

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Many of 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 plans, pricing, specifications, and 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.

 

 

Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband. 

 

 

 

MPEG LA Shares License Terms for HEVC (H.265)

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Vidyo is proud to have played a role in establishing the license terms for the High Efficiency Video Coding Standard (HEVC, also known as H.265), as announced by MPEG LA last week.  According to MPEG LA’s January 16 press release, the cooperation of patent owners to reach common ground was key in making a joint patent license available for the convenience of HEVC adopters.  As work continues on evaluating patents for essentiality and concluding terms in final agreements, the license is currently supported by 25 prospective HEVC essential patent holders including top companies such as Apple, Cisco, LG Electronics, Siemens and others.

As our inclusion in this notable group of “prospective essential patent holders” reflects, Vidyo has contributed to the HEVC standard from the very beginning. Vidyo made multiple contributions to the standard, with a lead role in the development of the HEVC scalable extension, called SHVC, scheduled for technical completion July 2014. To date, Vidyo has made 58 contributions towards the development of HEVC and its SHVC extension.

The SHVC extension is the HEVC parallel of H.264’s Annex G (SVC), and with it, our VidyoRouter™ technology will be able to achieve the same kind of high performance with HEVC that our customers previously experienced with H.264.   Vidyo has been actively involved in MPEG standards for a number of years.  Our involvement with MPEG LA was first announced when we licensed our H.264 Annex G (SVC) Essential Patent to the MPEG-LA patent pool in November of 2012.

We are proud to have a team of innovators who are world-class technologists driving disruption to benefit customers. Vidyo currently holds 47 patents with 68 patent families pending with 10 patents and 15 patent families that may read on the HEVC specification and its forthcoming scalable extension.  With such technological talent, we have enabled the industry’s best video communication applications on the Internet and on mobile.

Since we launched the company in 2008, our unique architecture has eliminated the need for transcoding and enabled ‘technology transparency,’ providing an experience uninterrupted by performance flaws arising from issues like network reliability, MCU driven latency, or end-point capabilities. Most importantly, our VidyoRouter technology implementation will not require a hardware upgrade when the time comes to roll out new standards such as HEVC or the upcoming WebRTC with scalable VP9, which we announced with Google last year. We enthusiastically welcome new standards that create opportunities for interoperability and wide adoption, and that support industry innovation.

This is an affirmation of our proven technological expertise and our commitment to open standards and we are excited at the prospects.

 

Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband. 

 

 

 

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.

Deploying WebRTC: Straight Ahead, with Two Sharp Turns

It seems everybody will be showing up at the WebRTC III Conference and Expo this week. The event has quickly become the premier venue for all things related to WebRTC, and attracts hundreds of people to standing-room-only presentations. It is rare that a technology generates so much interest so early in its development phase.

A lot of the industry excitement is perfectly justified. Until now, video and audio communication was only possible using dedicated applications and devices. WebRTC will provide a standardized API to the functions of a real-time communication device, built into a web browser. This will decouple application development from video engine development and unleash web-based application development creativity into the real-time communications arena. Video and audio communication will now be integrated into applications in ways that were previously not possible. Although companies like Vidyo have already been creating APIs for their video engines, WebRTC is the first instance of an industry-standard API. The fact that it originates from W3C and IETF further solidifies its credentials. The elimination of the “download” step is also very important in several application deployment scenarios.

In the midst of the excitement, however, there are two things that need to be considered. First, putting an API around a video and audio engine does not mean that one has solved the problems of packet-based video and audio transport over the Internet. This includes congestion control, rate control, error resilience, error concealment, among many others. An API is, and should be, transparent with respect to all these issues, since it does not affect application design and implementation. The quality of experience that a user will get, however, depends on what’s under the hood.

Vidyo has demonstrated that scalable video coding is the way forward for high quality, real-time video over the Internet, and nearly all companies in the field have followed our lead. Our recent announcement with Google concerning the development of a scalable video extension for VP9 is further testament to the need for scalability on the video codec, regardless of its origin. An inherent benefit of the WebRTC architecture is that one will be able to use a better codec without changing any part of the application’s code.

The second consideration that WebRTC enthusiasts should take into account is that in order for WebRTC to fulfill its promise of ubiquitous use of video and audio communication in web applications, it must be possible to design servers that can support the scale of these video and audio applications. This is essential for multi-point applications. A WebRTC server application must be able to support hundreds of users to be economically sensible. Traditional transcoding servers (MCUs) that have been used in videoconferencing are very complex, expensive, introduce unacceptable delay, and have very poor scalability (number of simultaneous users). This is a well-known problem in the video conferencing industry, and one that Vidyo has successfully solved with its patented VidyoRouter architecture. The VidyoRouter performs no transcoding, and can support hundreds of users from a single 1 RU box. Introduced in 2008, together with the first-ever Scalable Video Coding (SVC) endpoint design, it brought video conferencing in line with any other network application. Today the VidyoWorks platform represents the best solution for supporting large-scale WebRTC deployments.

There is no doubt in my mind that WebRTC represents a great leap forward for video and audio communication. In fact, I am sure we will all be surprised by the range and reach of the applications that will be developed. All the elements are getting in place and the road ahead is clear for its deployment and widespread use. Application developers should realize, however, that WebRTC is an endpoint API. Architects must take into consideration all the additional elements that are required to create successful applications that can scale to large numbers of users, and provide the high quality that users expect. A scalable codec and a non-transcoding server are the two most important elements.

The excitement today about WebRTC is centered on the application development community. If we are to transfer it to the user community we must make sure that we deliver the best possible quality and experience to them. In the past, legacy videoconferencing systems failed to meet consumer expectations so users shied away from using it. Today we finally have the technical know-how to deliver superb video and audio quality everywhere. We must make sure that we use it; users will reject any application, or technology, that falls short regardless of how promising the architecture may be.

Alex drives the technical vision and direction for Vidyo and also represents the company on standardization committees and technical advisory boards. He is an award-winning researcher, bringing over 23 years of research experience in video compression and communications to his role at Vidyo. Prior to Vidyo he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. Alex has more than 100 publications, holds 64 patents (several of which are used in Blu-ray Disc, H.264/AVC, and ATSC digital television systems), and has served as the Editor of the MPEG-4 Systems specification, Co-Editor of the H.264 SVC Conformance specification, and Co-Editor of IETF’s RTP Payload Format for SVC.  He is a Member of the Boards of IMTC and of the UCI Forum, and co-chairs the IMTC SVC Activity Group as well as the UCI Forum’s SVC Technical Working Group.

 

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!

 

VidyoWorks™ – It’s All About the Platform

The last two weeks were very busy with product news and strategic win announcements for Vidyo:  Important partnerships with the likes of Mitel, Arkadin and CTN, a gigantic win with CERN, and of course exciting news about VidyoConferencing 3.0, featuring major usability enhancements and innovations throughout the Vidyo portfolio including a new Microsoft Lync Integration.  Now, today, we have jointly announced with Ricoh, the U.S. availability of a sleek, portable, light-weight Vidyo-based videoconferencing system that’s the size of a notebook!

So why are all of these announcements significant and what do they have to do with each other? It’s all about a platform that scales! The affordability and innovation enabled by the VidyoWorks APIs has sparked the interest and imagination of a wide range of companies and organizations looking for a solution that satisfies all of their visual collaboration modalities – not just some of them – and does it at a cost that is comparable to voice services.  As the growing number of important Vidyo partners indicates, Vidyo has demonstrated its strength and leadership, not only in terms of technological innovation, but also in its ability to forge new roads in the marketplace that allow our customers and partners access to a level of scalability and geographical distribution that has never before been achieved affordably and with such high quality. By doing so, Vidyo has upped the ante for every video conferencing vendor in the world. Now every significant player is trying to develop a scalable video coding (SVC) strategy. SVC is much more than a compression standard, it allows for a new architecture, which Vidyo has perfected for years from both product and intellectual property perspectives. We welcome these new offerings into the SVC-enabled world as we continue to lead with our field-proven products.

Everywhere you look, it seems, there are new and exciting examples of Vidyo products and services.  Since last week, alone, we have made several impressive announcements: a Vidyo/Arkadin-powered web-based service deployed by the California Telehealth Network that will improve healthcare to patients in rural California, a partnership with Mitel that will result in the integration of Vidyo’s HD video and telepresence solutions across their entire line of unified communications and collaborations (UCC) products, and yet another example of a global cloud-based video conferencing solution, with the unveiling of the P3000 from Ricoh, an important Vidyo partner in the US.

After a very long wait, the visual communication revolution is finally here and we are so proud to be at the heart of it. We would like to thank all of our great customers, partners, investors and, of course, our dedicated and talented employees who have made all of this possible.

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Disclaimer: Many of 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 plans, specifications, and 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.

Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband. 

 

 

 

VidyoConferencing: Perfect Fit for Career Training

It’s an exciting time for graduates and the education community, not only do they face an improved job market, advancements in technology provide new avenues to expand and improve career training programs. During the next few weeks, community colleges will be applying for TAACCCT grants.  As they think about creating and expanding partnerships between community colleges and businesses to educate and train the new workforce with skills employers need, they will consider new technologies to enhance industry engagements between students and employers. And Vidyo, will be prepared to help them with our FIS team (fis@vidyodev.atre.net).

VidyoConferencing is the perfect fit for career training needs. Vidyo brings a seamless visual communications solution to any program. It provides a platform that connects:

  • students to instructors
  • students to industry
  • students to students
  • students to workforce development
  • instructor to expert
  • instructor to industry
  • instructor to instructor
  • instructor to researcher

The result is that VidyoConferencing provides the industry with the ability to connect their workforce with degree and certification programs that allow for career growth and development.

VidyoConferencing is a software-based visual communications solution that makes the most of the investment that people have already made in endpoints and devices. It brings an affordable, easy-to-use videoconferencing platform to the distance learning room, PC, tablet and smartphone. And existing infrastructure investments in network and security can be harnessed without disruption. Vidyo easily connects to legacy equipment while using less bandwidth and provides dynamic adaptation across the network.

VidyoConferencing is used by higher education facilities for the delivery of course work and training, mentoring and leadership networks, career counseling and interviews, virtual job fairs, workforce and research collaboration, and student recruitment.

And recently, Vidyo announced its partnership with Internet2 to offer Net+ Vidyo services for access by member universities and thousands of
K-12 schools.

Vidyo meets and exceeds the needs of a learning networks while helping community colleges meet the requirements of TAACCCT. With VidyoConferencing, a community college can:

  • deliver distance learning within an industry and across a county, region, state or national network, providing greater access for students who can participate from work or home while eliminating commute cost and time
  • bring experts into the classroom, and connect what is happening in the classroom to what is needed in the targeted industry
  • connect to industry partners and collaborate with research universities to develop curriculum
  • connect community colleges and technical colleges with past TAACCCT awardees – this is essential to building out successful programs and developing leadership networks in the area of career readiness
  • build a platform that provides for student recruitment, job interviewing and placement, and virtual job and career
    fairs
  • provide greater access for creating mentoring networks connecting students, instructors and industry experts who
    can connect from their offices or homes

As community colleges build their TAACCCT program proposal, they may contact fis@vidyodev.atre.net for more information.

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Marty Hollander is Vidyo’s SVP of Market Development. With more than 20 years of high-tech marketing experience, Marty specializes in developing lasting strategic assets through creative market development. Previously, Marty served as Vice President of Marketing at Cemaphore Systems, Latitude Communications (later acquired by Cisco) and ProactiveNet (later acquired by BMC). He also founded CollectiveSpace and IntelliCorp, where he played a variety of executive roles. Marty has also held senior level positions at Silicon Graphics and Storm Technology. Marty earned an MBA from Stanford University as well as an MS from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Vidyo Announces General Availability of VidyoGateway Virtual Edition (VE) and New Software Version 2.2.2

It’s an exciting time for Vidyo and all of its new and existing customers from around the world. We are pleased to announce the general availability of VidyoGateway Virtual Edition and access to download the new Vidyo Software Version 2.2.2, which includes new Vidyo enhancements at no-charge upgrades to Vidyo customers.

The recent announcement of the VidyoGateway and VidyoPortal Virtual Editions (VE) in March completes the virtualization of Vidyo’s core infrastructure and opens the door to mass adoption by offering enterprise customers and service providers high quality, scalable video conferencing at audio conferencing price points. Vidyo’s customers and service provider partners can now realize the significant cost savings, ease of administration and efficiency improvements of virtualization without the performance constraints that have previously plagued hardware-based, MCU solutions.

Available in both physical and virtual form factors, VidyoGateway integrates H.323 and SIP-based video conferencing equipment with the Vidyo infrastructure to extend the life of legacy systems as you deploy new Vidyo endpoints. Because calls through the VidyoGateway do not consume VidyoLine licenses, integration with legacy endpoints is both easy and affordable. VidyoGateway also enables voice integration for enterprise IP PBX systems with Vidyo deployment.

Additionally, Vidyo is releasing new features in its Vidyo Software Version 2.2.2. Features include: VMware Ready Certification for VidyoRouter, 6X HD decoding for its VidyoDesktop and VidyoReplay’s new support for Apple devices.

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The new Google+ Hangouts

In recent days after the announcement of a new Google+ Hangouts platform, we’ve received many inquiries about just how Vidyo fits into the new solution. First, let me just say how excited we are about Google’s new communication platform. This cross device messaging approach, that connects Android, Chrome, Gmail and iOS alike, is a huge step in making the user experience as simple as can be, and that means wider adoption. It’s also further testament to the success the product has had and how visual communication is becoming an increasingly important part of the way people interact.

Some diligent bloggers have taken a look at the legal notices of the new Hangouts product and noticed that Vidyo’s patent notice is not there, which triggered a lot of rumors about Vidyo being ‘out’ of the Google+ Hangouts platform. Some people speculated that Google had replaced our technology for WebRTC. The truth is this was just an editorial oversight and the media technology in Google+ Hangouts did not change. Our partnership remains as strong as ever, and frankly, we couldn’t be happier. Hangouts is turning into a mainstream and useful form of communication which is in line with the trends we see across our business, from consumers to business applications.

 

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Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband.