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. 

 

And the Winner of the 5K race is…VidyoRouter
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And we didn’t even break a sweat doing it! Apple announced the availability of the 27” iMac with Retina 5K Display on October 16, 2014.  Many of the bloggers wondered if there would be applications for 5K screen resolution beyond having room for tool-bars while editing 4K videos. We, at Vidyo, saw an opportunity to innovate and had one of these devices in our possession about 10 days after launch.  Within hours, we experienced the world’s first 5K videoconference.

Vidyo 5K Video Conferencing Experience

 Click here for the full Vidyo 5K experience.

So what’s the big deal? Why would anyone need 5K videoconferencing?

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For starters, it’s an amazing experience for anyone who participates in group collaborations – think Apple Retina display vs. an older screen.  You can have up to 16 720p participants rendered in 1:1 pixel mapping on the screen at the same time. That’s 6x (611%) more pixels in your desktop conferencing than an expensive telepresence system.

Vidyo 5K Video Quality Comparison

Oh, and if you’re into research, industrial design, financial modeling with dense spread sheets, or any other application that depends on detailed imagery, content sharing is important to your video collaboration. Imagine seeing shared content from a device with an Apple Retina or 4K display in full native 4K resolution while having seven participants at 720P around it. Your eyes will breathe a sigh of relief, not having to squint or interpolate data in scaled down images of lower resolution endpoints.

10 Years of Innovation and Leadership at Vidyo

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.

Vidyo Pushes Full Steam Ahead in the World of WebRTC

WebRTC is a great engine for building video collaboration clients and fits perfectly with our existing VidyoWorks™ platform for developers, and complements our existing VidyoConferencing™ product portfolio. That’s why announcing WebRTC support for both, is the natural progression as we take our next step in our WebRTC strategy.

VidyoWorks™ & WebRTC for Scalable video conferencing and collaboration

The announcement includes a new VidyoWorks Java Script (JS) API that allows developers to connect WebRTC clients to Vidyo’s conferencing and communications infrastructure without requiring user installation. The company is also announcing the Vidyo Server for WebRTC that will give users with browsers supporting WebRTC full participant access to Vidyo calls with no download required.

Vidyo has the most advanced, best-performing platform for ultra-low delay, ultra high-quality multi-point video conferences, ranging from mobile screens to 5K.  By choosing Vidyo, application developers can combine the benefits of WebRTC’s open, free, browser-based endpoint architecture with those of a professional, rock-solid back-end that can easily scale to carrier-sized deployments.

At the WebRTC Conference and Expo V, we’ll demonstrate native interoperability of today’s VP8 based WebRTC clients with the VidyoWorks platform as well as our Vidyo Server for WebRTC. We’ll also share an update on our on-going Scalable VP9 work in partnership with Google. Schedule a meeting with us at the show!

Vidyo will be participating in many panels at the WebRTC Conference and will discuss the benefits of WebRTC during our keynote, by Vidyo’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Alex Eleftheriadis, on Wednesday, November 19th at 12:10pm – please join us! See a full list of our speaking engagements below:

Tuesday, November 18th – 3:40-4:20pm
Plenary PanelWhat’s Next in WebRTC – Alex Eleftheriadis/Co-Founder & Chief Scientist

Wednesday, November 19th – 9:10-9:50am – Room 211B
WebRTC in HealthcareMark Noble/VP Strategic Marketing

Wednesday, November 19th 9:10-9:50am – Room 212C
Standards Update & DirectionAlex Eleftheriadis/Co-Founder & Chief Scientist

Wednesday, November 19th 9:50-10:20am – Room 212C
The Video ConundrumAlex Eleftheriadis/Co-Founder & Chief Scientist

Wednesday, November 19th 12:10pm
Keynote LuncheonAlex Eleftheriadis/ Co-Founder & Chief Scientist

Wednesday, November 19th 2:00-2:40pm – Room 211B
WebRTC in eCommerceSam Waicberg/SVP, Large Accounts

Wednesday, November 19th 2:40-3:20pm – Room 211B
WebRTC in FinanceMichal Raz/SVP Business Development

Thursday, November 20thth 1:00-1:50pm
Plenary PanelWhat is the WebRTC Killer App – Alex Eleftheriadis/ Co-Founder & Chief Scientist

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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, 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.

Vidyo Raises Additional Growth Capital from Silver Lake Waterman

Rounding out our recent fundraising activities, we are pleased to announce that we have closed additional growth financing from Silver Lake Waterman and view this capital as an important part of our expansion strategy.

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This round of growth capital will enable us to address the unprecedented demand we are seeing for visual communications to integrate face-to-face video into workflows and new applications, as part of the Internet of People. Vidyo is addressing emerging applications in healthcare, financial services, government and customer engagement that integrate video interaction via smart phones, tablets, “wearables” and millions of new IoT devices that connect businesses and individuals online, at work, home or in their car.

“Vidyo is uniquely positioned in the growing market for integrated video applications. We are excited to partner with the company and see a tremendous opportunity for Vidyo to continue to expand its footprint worldwide, leveraging its innovative software platform and suite of APIs that enable high-quality embedded video communication.” said Shawn O’Neill, Managing Director and Co-Head of Silver Lake Waterman.

The VidyoWorks TM platform and APIs allow developers and solution providers across a variety of markets and applications to integrate video communications into existing workflows like Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) or into new devices including “glasses” and other “wearables,” that are emerging every day. The VidyoRouter™ enables Vidyo to deliver the four key requirements critical to adding video into the new connected world: scalability, affordability, workflow integration and HD-quality over Internet and wireless networks.

Silver Lake Waterman focuses on providing flexible expansion capital to later-stage growth companies in the technology and technology-enabled industries. Silver Lake Waterman is part of Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing with over $23 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital and a team of approximately 110 investment and value creation professionals located around the world

JaveedSiddiqui David is a veteran finance and administration executive with more than 25 years of diverse experience that includes significant positions overseeing all aspects of global financial, IT and business operations. Prior to joining Vidyo, David was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NTT Data Inc.(a combination of Keane, Inc., Intelligroup, Inc., MISI Inc., Revere Inc. and Vertex Inc.), where he oversaw global finance, IT management and Administrative Operations. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Bridgeport.

How to Best Utilize Telemedicine to Manage Chronic Care

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A couple of weeks ago at the ATA Fall Forum conference, I participated on an industry panel titled, “Telemedicine & Chronic Care – What Does the Evidence Show? A Review of Findings from Scientific Studies.” The distinguished panel commented on the findings of Dr. Rashid Bashshur’s thorough studies on telemedicine and chronic care.

This is an extremely hot topic for healthcare systems as the number of chronic patients is on the rise. Due to many demographic and lifestyle reasons, chronic care is topping 70 percent of the healthcare expenditure and is expected to increase.

As the vendor representative on the panel, I provided commentary specific to the operational aspects of setting up a telemedicine program designed to help manage chronic care. To do this successfully, here are my two main recommendations:

1.     Think BIG!

Many of the healthcare programs established for chronic care management only covered a few hundreds or thousands of patients, and many of them were experimental and short-lived. It’s hard to examine the real impact on the quality of care and associated costs without such programs being mass deployed. Moving forward, in order for such programs to succeed, they should be designed accordingly, with the ability to scale and cover thousands or even tens of thousands of patients. Here are some of the considerations:

  • Commercial sustainabilityAnalyze what the cost of adding a new patient to the program would be, and the expected return on investment. Be sure to confirm the commitment of the investment source.  I have seen quite a few programs die when the grant that was used to start it dried up.
  • Measure criteria of success It’s important to define the criteria of success and related measurements to assure that the program stays on track.
  • Training and adoptionPrepare a training program for your staff as well as for patients. Don’t rely solely on a few enthusiastic champions to provide ad hoc guidance to all users and patients. Last I checked, they generally don’t teach how to properly sit and engage in front of a webcam during medical school.
  • Network designScalability is one of the most crucial factors to a telemedicine deployment. Design a scalable network topology with multiple datacenters, and one that is easily upgradable. My recommendation? Bet big on software.
  • Technical support The user experience is ultimately the key to adoption. Go with an intuitive user interface that minimizes the support required to onboard new clinicians and patients. Think about how many people you would need to staff at your helpdesk if your solution is difficult to learn and use.

 2.     Think FLEXIBLE!

We have witnessed that telehealth leads to behavioral change. You should design your service to be flexible and accommodate such change, while having the capability to adapt to different workflows.

One example that I like to use is from a Vidyo customer in the Netherlands that provides online telepsychiatry services. When visiting them a couple of months ago, they told me that when they introduced their telemedicine solution, the whole pattern of interaction between their therapists and patients changed. Instead of having one hour, pre-scheduled sessions with the therapist, patients are now moving to much shorter, more frequent ad-hoc sessions of about ten minutes each. They contact their therapists when they are actually in need of immediate consultation, not when the sessions are scheduled. This makes the service much more effective while also saving time for the providers, who can see patients at a moment when care is critical resulting in significantly improved patient outcomes.

Lastly, when designing a patient-facing telemedicine service, the healthcare system needs to prepare to adopt workflows that will undoubtedly change over time. When choosing a platform to enable the telemedicine service, it should provide the flexibility to address a number of different scenarios, such as adjusting scheduled meetings to ad-hoc, changing capacities and patterns of usage, and adopting new medical and consumer devices that integrate with other essential peripheral medical processes like Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Have you successfully deployed a telemedicine solution to manage chronic care? What other considerations would you recommend?

Amnon Gavish - Senior Vice President, Vertical Solutions, Vidyo Amnon brings more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications market. Before joining Vidyo in October 2009, Amnon was the Chief Technology Officer at Keisense Inc., an innovator in the field of textual user interface for Computer Electronics devices. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development at RADVISION, where he was responsible for the company’s strategic partnerships and for the definition of the company’s product offering to the service providers market. Amnon holds a Sc.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

#VidyoToolbox: 4K is Now Just a Click Away with VidyoRoom v3.2.4

We just released updated VidyoRoom™ v3.2.4 software, providing users with high quality video conferencing and new scheduling capabilities. Now, VidyoRoom HD230 and VidyoPanorama™ customers have access to an enhanced feature set, including Ultra HD (4K) capabilities unlike any other video conferencing solutions on the market today. Additionally, joining a scheduled meeting from your room system has never been easier with an enhanced calendar integration feature.

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Here are more details on some of new features available with VidyoRoom v3.2.4, available via a free software upgrade included with a customer’s annual maintenance subscription:

  • Phenomenal 4K Performance: Richer collaboration is possible with the ability to display highly detailed content that is greater than HD resolution on a 4K display in full native resolution. No information is lost in down scaling, allowing all participants to see content in full detail. Ultra HD quality is especially helpful when showing dense spreadsheets, fine detail CAD drawings, hi-res artwork for marketing campaigns, or any content where detail matters. Some additional benefits include:
    • In multipoint calls, each participant tile is higher resolution for better clarity. With a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution display there are enough pixels to view 4 x 1080p participants in native resolution. At that size and quality, you’ll feel like the remote participant is standing on the other side of a glass panel instead of miles away in front of a camera.
    • Customers can save time and money on installations of new rooms by hanging a single larger 4K display rather than multiple 1080p displays.  The result is also aesthetically more pleasing.
  • Exchange Calendar Integration: When scheduling meetings in physical rooms, most organizations reserve the space by adding a Microsoft® Exchange entry for that room to their calendar invite. Now you can associate that active directory entry with the VidyoRoom system so that any meetings booked will appear on the VidyoRoom user interface. Even better, if the meeting is scheduled to have remote participants and includes a Vidyo click-to-connect link, that meeting becomes a single click card on screen so that participants can simply tap to join.  Additionally, the VidyoRoom control API has been extended to enable third party control systems, such as Crestron® and AMX®, to take advantage of the new calendaring functionality. It’s never been easier to join a Vidyo meeting.

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There are many other features 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!

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

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Vidyo Wins Software Video Conferencing Award in India

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Ruchir Godura, VP of India & South Asia, accepts the Frost & Sullivan Software Video Conferencing Provider of the Year award on Vidyo’s behalf.

Vidyo was named Software Video Conferencing Provider of the Year at the 2014 Frost & Sullivan India ICT Awards banquet held at Le Meridien in New Delhi. Vidyo was chosen for this prestigious award because of its proven leadership and innovation.

The Award recipients were judged on a variety of parameters that included revenue growth, market share growth, product portfolio diversity, key achievements, and go-to-market strategy, and involved in-depth primary interviews of various industry participants and secondary research conducted by Frost & Sullivan analysts. An elite panel of jury members comprising prominent CIOs/CTOs from the collaboration industry evaluated the compiled data and incorporated the end-user perspective. Frost & Sullivan then presented the Awards to companies that received the highest number industry rank in each category.

“Vidyo has been a force to reckon with in superior understanding of customer requirements, adaptation of the best of technology, enabling interoperability of the highest standards and all at affordable price, ” said Mr. Benoy CS, Director, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan.

Vidyo has seen an overwhelming response in India and as the economy and workforce continue to grow, software-based video conferencing offerings will continue to address the country’s evolving business requirements. With the VidyoWorks™ platform, businesses can deploy large scale, low bandwidth solutions at a fraction of the price of other market vendors, allowing for day-to-day business communications to take place anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

The VidyoWorks software-based platform provides an unmatched high definition (HD) video, voice and collaboration experience that dynamically adapts to the capabilities of desktops, laptops, and mobile devices while optimizing low bandwidth networks which is very important to the Indian market. Vidyo’s unique infrastructure allows customers to affordably achieve their highly scalable visual communications goals with exceptional quality, which in turn has led to great success in enterprise, healthcare, government, financial services, education and service providers, requiring large room system or desktop deployments. Vidyo powers some of the largest video projects in India, with one single customer deploying a single network with over 1000 VidyoRoom™ systems and another customer with a deployed system with capacity to support over 16,000 desktop users on a hosted Vidyo platform.

Vidyo on the Road: InfoComm and WebRTC Wrap-Ups

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CEO Ofer Shapiro shows off Vidyo’s 4K Ultra HD video experience on the VidyoRoom™ HD-230

The Vidyo team hit the road last week attending InfoComm in Las Vegas and the WebRTC Conference and Expo in Atlanta. At both events, we participated in a number of industry panels and presentations, as well as demonstrated our latest advancements in visual communications and WebRTC technology to show attendees. Check out the recap of our activities and photos from each show below. Did you attend InfoComm or the WebRTC Conference? If so, share your show experiences or photos in the comment section!

InfoComm, June 18-20

The largest annual gathering of AV professionals in the world, this year’s show drew a record attendance of more than 37,000 visitors spanning 110 countries to sizzling Las Vegas. Our CEO, Ofer Shapiro, and VP of Strategic Marketing, Mark Noble, participated in a number of panels during the show, discussing hot topics including the future of desktop and mobile, smarter working and collaboration tools, and WebRTC. Additionally, Vidyo co-sponsored an IMCCA breakfast that demonstrated the latest UC technologies in the market.

On the show floor, Vidyo’s booth buzzed with customers and attendees coming to check out our most recent product demonstrations. From our VidyoRoom™ Software Edition (SE) and 4K capabilities to our VidyoWorks™ enabled contact center reference design, visitors saw first-hand why Vidyo’s solutions were deemed as a must-see at this year’s show.

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Vidyo’s Mark Noble speaks on an industry panel discussing WebRTC and its impact on the visual communications market

WebRTC Conference and Expo, June 17-19

Atlanta played host to the 4th annual WebRTC Conference and Expo. Vidyo’s Chief Scientist and Co-founder, Alex Eleftheriadis, and Solutions Architect, Ami Barzelay, spoke in a number of WebRTC conference sessions ranging from contact center integration, how to manage and scale WebRTC, and its role within customer service applications. Additionally, Alex delivered a keynote on Vidyo’s platform architecture highlighting why it is a perfect match for WebRTC, and introduced our new VidyoWorks™ JavaScript library for WebRTC that will be available to developers in September 2014. Vidyo showed a demo of the work we are doing on Scalable VP9, and demonstrated the advantages and flexibility of Vidyo’s software clients as you progress from desktop video conferencing, plug-in based web browser conferencing, and our native WebRTC client.

Vidyo was awarded “Best Conferencing” at the show as a result of our successful live demonstrations over the course of two days!  Alex was also recognized with a “WebRTC Pioneer Award” during a special awards dinner.

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Alex Eleftheriadis demonstrates current Vidyo development of the VP9 codec with scalability during Vidyo’s keynote address at the WebRTC Conference and Expo

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Vidyo’s WebRTC client is demonstrated at the show booth

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Ami Barzelay demonstrating the endpoint software that netted Vidyo the show’s “Best Conferencing” award

Vidyo Introduces Industry’s First Ultra HD Soft Room System

 

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 First Ultra HD Soft Room System perfect for customers that require remote participants to see fine details of shared content, like spreadsheets, CAD drawings or medical images.

If yours is like most companies, there are a significant number of collaboration spaces in your organization that are not yet videoconferencing enabled. Given the global nature of our economy today and the well documented productivity benefits of visual collaboration, it begs the question “why haven’t group video conferencing solutions become more pervasive?” The answer boils down to cost and user experience.

Vidyo’s uniquely adaptive software-based architecture has always leveraged the performance benefits of the ever-evolving PC market. It’s no exception that we are able to take advantage of new device enhancements, like 4K displays, to deliver an ever-improving user experience through software only upgrades. Ultra HD as a software only upgrade to our infrastructure, the VidyoRoom™ HD-230 and VidyoPanorama™ 600 are the latest examples of how software solutions protect customer investments where competitive hardware approaches end up obsolete within months of purchase. To make video more pervasive throughout collaboration spaces, the enterprise needs to think differently about the makeup of a group solution for huddle rooms or conference spaces…and now they can.

Today, Vidyo introduced the VidyoRoom SE (Software Edition), the world’s first Ultra HD capable software room system that supports the equivalent screen real estate of 4 x 1080p displays on a single seamless 4K elastic canvas that can be used to render greater than HD shared content in full native resolution. As an installable soft-client, VidyoRoom SE turns off-the-shelf computing platforms into fully functioning group systems with important features like:

  • Far End Camera Control (FECC)
  • Simple single button press calendar integration
  • Shared content automatically rendered on second screen when present
  • Remote controllability from room automation systems, tablets using the free VidyoRemote application or the hand-held remote control

Pair, for example, the VidyoRoom SE with the newest, most cutting edge USB PTZ camera, audio device and display – like off-the-shelf 4K or 1080p monitors, and you have a solution that sets a higher bar for room system performance while making it economically desirable to Vidyo-enable every collaboration space, in the enterprise, including huddle rooms.

 

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VidyoRoom SE turns a convenient meeting place into a Vidyo-enabled workspace or “huddle room”.

With game-shifting innovations from Vidyo, the economics and logistics of video collaboration are radically changing for the better. Businesses are free to choose “best-of-breed” solutions and build integrated, multivendor systems using off-the-shelf, commodity hardware that make prices much more affordable, and configured to their particular need.

To get more information on today’s announcement, click here!

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.

 

MarkNoble4aMark Noble is the VP of Strategic Marketing at Vidyo where he brings over 19 years of experience in the telecommunications and visual collaboration spaces. Mark works closely with customers and partners to develop new opportunities to lower their business and operations costs, while improving productivity and results, via Vidyo solutions. In addition, Mark works closely with the Sales and Marketing teams on positioning, messaging and product marketing programs. Mark’s experience ranges from engineering to business management. Before joining Vidyo, Mark worked at Bell Labs and on the AT&T Wireless account for Lucent. He also managed the development programs at UTStarcom for all wireless and IP softswitch products. Mark is adept at understanding new technologies and identifying new market opportunities that translate into profitable businesses.

 

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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