In My Opinion: Telehealth Solutions Enhance Patient Care Engagement

Telehealth adoption is increasing rapidly. Health systems across the country are looking to this technology to help reduce costs, improve quality and access to care across the Emergency Department, ICU and even to the home. Although hospital leaders typically focus on the details of a significant capital appropriation, they often overlook the need for relationship building among their care teams to help sustain the success of the program.

So, we have technology, but do we have trust?

Thanks to interoperability advancements, virtualized teams suffer not from a drought of information access, but instead from the false assurance that having all the information can replace the need for frequent and meaningful bi-directional engagement with the care provider teams physically on site at the patient bedside1. This partnership creates a finely orchestrated collaboration, centered around delivering exceptional patient care and evidence-based software tools that seek to create an environment where: interventions are proactive versus reactive, audio-visual solutions that can bring people closer by producing real-time, low-latency interactions, and a bond between clinicians, whether at the bed-side or remote.

Patient care doesn’t stand still; care enabled through telehealth solutions that can support access and patient care engagement will change the way care is delivered.  Thanks to the Philips IntelliSpace eCareManager Platform powered by Vidyo technology, tomorrow’s telehealth solutions can be recognized today. The platform features significant tools for enabling coordination of patient care and monitors patients in the ICU and other areas of the hospital. Whether through mobility strategies focused on getting the right message to the right person, on time, or connecting families across geographies to provide comfort when it means the most, care delivery going forward is reliant on advancements in telehealth – and the collaborative teams and companies working together to provide them.

1. Darek M. Haftor, Anita Mirijamdotter, Gunilla Bradley, Information and Communication Technologies, Society and Human Beings: Theory and Framework, 2011, IGI Global, PA (Chapter 18; p 225-240)

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Karsten Russell-Wood is a healthcare marketing professional with over 12 years of global product development and strategy experience. He currently serves as the Senior Global Marketing Manager for the Philips Enterprise Telehealth Solutions business. Prior to joining Philips, Karsten held global product management roles within GE’s healthcare businesses with an orientation to targeted patient populations. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in International Relations and Asian Studies. He graduated in 2010 from The Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins with an MBA and is presently pursuing on-going graduate work through the University of Massachusetts centered on public health.

At VMware Partner Exchange Vidyo Demonstrates what’s Possible with Virtual Visual Communication

The Vidyo Booth at the VMware Partner Exchange Conference (#707 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas) will be a great place to explore just what is possible when you combine the technology of two cutting-edge companies: Vidyo and VMware!

Vidyo will be providing a technology showcase that demonstrates an integration between Vidyo’s industry leading HD video conferencing with VMware Zimbra’s open source email and calendar platform. Just how cool is VMware Zimbra?  A recent posting in the “The VAR Guy” points to Zimbra as a popular alternative platform for building public and private cloud services. The VAR Guy states that according to a recent article in the New York Times, Zimbra was awarded the third highest number of federal government contracts for which industry Goliaths, Google and Microsoft, competed in 2012. It sounds like Zimbra is disrupting the enterprise email, calendar and collaboration industry in the same way that Vidyo is a game-changer in the video conferencing market.  There’s definitely some great synergy and potential here!

“In the mobile era, businesses are demanding simpler and richer ways of communication and collaboration,” said John Robb, GM of VMware’s Zimbra. “IT departments and employees expect cloud-based collaboration that can be accessed on any device with a mix of real time and asynchronous communication. VMware Zimbra and Vidyo address those needs by providing a mix of video, email, calendar and more
in a single user experience.”

The Partner Exchange demo will be of special interest to IT departments and channel parntners looking to virtualize all of their apps.  In addition to the VMware Zimbra demo, visitors to the Vidyo booth will also see a technology demonstration of VidyoDesktop™ running on VMware View®, enabling high quality video communication and an enhanced user experience in VMware’s managed, secure environment. Via Vidyo’s flexible API capabilities, adding visual collaboration into the Zimbra workflow is an easy process that enables this powerful integration, allowing users to escalate to visual collaboration when they need it within their email and calendar workflow.  As the Partner Exchange demo will show, a user will be able to “right click” on a name or user group within Zimbra email and immediately initiate a Vidyo conference with that person or people.  Just as easily, a user will be able to open up a new appointment within the Zimbra calendar application and simply click into a Vidyo meeting.

Although the demo is still only at the prototype stage, at the Vidyo Partner Exchange booth, we are already imagining the possibilities!  Stop by and see for yourself! Vidyo Booth #707 at the VMware Partner Exchange Conference, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; February 25-27, 2013.

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Michal Raz is Vice President of Business Development at Vidyo and is responsible for strategic partnerships that align with the Vidyo strategy for video collaboration and virtualization. Michal brings over 17 years of background in business development, strategic planning, marketing and engineering. Michal joined Vidyo from RADVISION where she served in a series of roles in engineering, business development, marketing and strategy. Michal is a visual communications veteran with a passion for innovation. Michal graduated with honors with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Michal also received a Software Engineering scholarship from the Israeli electronics industry consortium and the Technion.

A Brighter Future in Video Conferencing: UCI Forum Approves H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC and Scalable Video Coding (SVC) Modes Specification

Video conferencing technology has vastly improved over the last several years creating new market opportunities and opening a significantly larger addressable market compared with 2-3 years ago. As mentioned in Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 “Best Practices Research Report,” Vidyo has developed a platform that enabled this growth, and has benefited from the innovations it has brought to the market. Among them is H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC).

The recent approval of H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC and SVC Modes Version 1.0 specification from the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCI Forum) is an important milestone for the entire industry.  It is the first step towards offering better video communication to customers by enabling them to deploy mixed-vendor solutions with confidence. The approved specification is also great news for Vidyo, as our customers have repeatedly asked for interoperability. The approval of this specification widens the doorway to seamless interoperability at the media level, as SVC is adopted by more and more vendors.

Vidyo has always been an advocate for SVC and, in fact, helped lay the initial groundwork for the original H.264 SVC specification. Vidyo engineers worked closely within standard development groups such as the ITU-T, MPEG, and the IETF, and even co-wrote parts of the SVC specifications. H.264 SVC technology folds seamlessly into today’s videoconferencing architectures and addresses several issues surrounding visual communications on unreliable networks.

H.264 SVC is an international standard. The large number of options and configuration choices, however, hinders interoperation between products from different vendors. The goal of the UCI Forum H.264 AVC & SVC Modes specification is to provide detailed guidance as to what operating modes and capabilities are required of both decoders and encoders, in order to enable interoperability. The specification that was just completed is the first step: it concerns the video bitstream format only and was developed as a joint effort of the membership of the H.264/SVC Task Group of UCI Forum. As a result, the H.264/SVC specification is not the product of a single vendor, but rather represents the consensus of several different H.264 SVC implementors.

As more companies realize H.264 SVC’s value in addressing market needs, you are sure to see the SVC adoption rise. In fact many companies have begun to adopt SVC in one form or another just this past year. Vidyo has been steadfast in its commitment to facilitating interoperability of the H.264 SVC standard for over six years.  Our VidyoRouter architecture, which features H.264 SVC and Adaptive Video Layering, is being embraced by more and more customers from a variety of markets due to the many unique benefits it offers: exceptional quality, highly scalable, affordable video conferencing, accessible via any network using any device, just for starters. We now have thousands of customers using Vidyo’s technology and our 3rd generation video communications products, who enjoy the benefits of this groundbreaking architecture every single day.

We are dedicated to continuing this pursuit into the future and to making this vital technology available to all. So keep an eye on H.264 SVC as more work is underway to enable interoperability at the transport and signaling levels.

For more information about the new H.264/SVC specification, click here.
For more information about SVC and Video Communications, click here.
For more information about UCI Forum, click here.

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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.

 

 

Vidyo Tops Polycom and Cisco, Wins Frost & Sullivan’s Global Video Conferencing Technology Leadership Award

If you’re hearing some delighted hoots and hollers coming from the direction of Vidyo this week, it’s because we’ve got something really great to “crow” about!  According to Frost & Sullivan (F&S), one of the premier global research organizations in the world, Vidyo has shown measurable leadership in the video conferencing arena, based on its innovation and value to customers.  After reviewing and evaluating Vidyo along with two other recognized video conferencing vendors (Cisco and Polycom), it was determined that Vidyo was indeed the technology leader of the group, based on a variety of criteria.  For that accomplishment, we have received the F&S 2013 Global Video Conferencing Technology Leadership Award, and we couldn’t be prouder!

Frost & Sullivan has been around for 50 years with 1,800 analysts and consultants who monitor over 300 industries and 250,000 companies.   So, when this group does an evaluation, they do a thorough investigation! Their decision matrix shows that Vidyo ranked higher than the other two vendors even with a lower Brand Perception. While Vidyo’s technology clearly dominated, it is also important to note F&S ranked Vidyo’s Customer Value ahead of the other two vendors.

To download the full report, click here.

As we’ve been consistently saying for over 5 years now, Vidyo believes that it is essential that video conferencing is simple, natural and universal.  It needs to work with any device, be available on any available network, and be accessible to everyone at an affordable price.  We have been steadfast in our commitment to making that kind of video conferencing a reality and this award is a testament that Vidyo has succeeded.

The F&S report cited that recent product updates, such as VidyoWay and the first $750 Executive Desktop System, were also a compelling factor in the evaluation.  According to the report:  “Vidyo’s solutions have a good fit with the emerging trends and offer customers a new and more scalable approach to video conferencing, eliminating the traditional hurdles toadoption. The VidyoRouter is an apt fit for global enterprises, since it saves on hardware costs that are normally incurred over geographically dispersed
deployments and has a significantly slimmer footprint adding to the operating savings afforded by the lower cost commodity networks. These factors make Vidyo an affordable and scalable solution for virtually any sized enterprise.”

2013 has only just begun … and we’ve still got some mountains to move … but this is a great way to start this year!  F&S’s research reveals the market for video conferencing systems and services stands at a whopping $3.2 billion. The 21st Century technological emphasis on sharing, on openness, and on instantaneous communication indicates this momentum shows no signs of abating.  Well…bring it on!! Vidyo is ready!  We remain committed to transforming the way the world communicates and collaborates … and we’re certain that Vidyo will be front and center in that new world!

To read the full Frost and Sullivan press release, click here!

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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’s Top 25 Partners Grow Over 400% on Aggregate — From Q1 2011 through Q3 2012

January, 2013 … the beginning of what promises to be a pivotal and exciting year for all of us in the video communications world.  And to start the year off with a bang – how about a BOLD statement from industry pundit, Elliot Gold – founder and publisher of Telespan — in his industry “Predictions for 2013.”  (Elliot isn’t shy about boasting his 75% accuracy rate in 18 years of making these predictions.  Out of 170 predictions, 127 have been correct.)  Elliot predicts that in 2013, Polycom will fall behind Vidyo as sales of software-based video communications will surpass sales of hardware-based solutions. Wow, Elliot!  We’re hoping that this prophecy falls into your 75 percentile!

To explore why Elliot, as well as others in the industry, are foreseeing such increased growth from Vidyo, we turned to Jim Fairweather, Vidyo’s Vice President of Worldwide Channels, for some answers.

 

What are the most exciting proof points of success that Vidyo has had in the channel this year?

Vidyo’s top 25 channels have grown over 400% since Q1/2011…which by anyone’s measure, is phenomenal. Our channels continue to experience favorable growth and profit due to many compelling factors.  We are now being recognized as having a growing leadership position within the industry.  We have been first to market with technology that subsequently others have been trying to follow.  We are meeting the demands of a large cross section of users in a variety of different markets: healthcare, education, enterprise, SMB. In addition, channels can leverage Vidyo technology to sell their own value-added services.  We are satisfying the needs of many, not just a select few.

What do you view as the top reasons for Vidyo’s success in the channel?

We are providing the right product/technology at the right time.  Vidyo was established to support the changing and growing needs of this industry and we have repeatedly fulfilled that challenge.  We have addressed the trends and growth in desktop and mobile with extreme ease-of-use on those devices.  We offer reduced cost of ownership.  We give the channels the ability to choose between selling the product as a service or as a product, and at the same time sell at very favorable margins. Plus, Vidyo technology allows channel partners to leverage their value proposition and consultative relationships with their clients.

With the overall industry down, why is Vidyo such a compelling option?

Customers are looking for affordable, scalable, software-based video clients and infrastructure versus expensive room systems and hardware MCUs. Channels can generate new customers with Vidyo-based products because they can ride the growth of mobile, desktop and cloud and not cannibalize their original customer base.  There’s no other option on the market today that is able to offer such a wide cross-section of capabilities at such an affordable price point, and that is being recognized in the industry.  For example, in his latest report, Piper Jaffrey’s Troy Jenson says this about Polycom: “…We believe (Polycom) is playing catch up with other service and software competitors…like Vidyo.”

Where has Vidyo seen its strongest growth and why?

Because of a high level of partner dedication and loyalty, we have seen strong growth across the globe, in all regions.  In 2012 we significantly expanded the number of our distributors worldwide and our named user CSP model has expanded greatly.

What products are resonating with all channels?

In general, the channel is demonstrating high interest in our flagship products such as : Vidyo Mobile and Desktop and the Vidyo Infrastructure.  Newer products such as VidyoWay and VidyoRouter Virtual Edition are gaining momentum since they significantly expand the scalability and deployment capabilities of Vidyo technology.

How is Vidyo positioned in terms of future growth?

Legacy video conferencing companies and “market insiders” alike have finally acknowledged what we at Vidyo have been saying all along – sustainable, future-proof business models must be based on software-based solutions. Vidyo has the competitive edge as many companies, like Polycom, are just beginning their software move. Vidyo introduced its first software-based product 5 years ago!

From your point of view, why are competitors losing ground in their channels?

Our products alone cost less than what our competitors customers’ are paying simply for maintenance on legacy technology.  Many channels have said they view us as an up and coming threat to Polycom and Cisco. We feel confident that more and more customers will choose software based solutions instead of room systems … and the most logical choice is Vidyo.

To what do you attribute Vidyo’s fast paced partner growth in the past 12 months?

Focus and support on OEMs, Premier Partners (direct resellers), Distributors and CSPs that believe in the growth and profitability of Vidyo Products, Services and Programs.

Have you seen demand change over the past 12 months in the channel?

Yes. We continue to recruit new channels in the traditional video conferencing space as well as channels in the UC and IT markets. For instance, IT Data VARs from companies like VMware and IBM are very interested in our Virtual Edition product oiffering.

Anything else of note to share about Vidyo’s phenomenal growth?

In summary, this is a really exciting time for Vidyo and our channel partners.  Vidyo is growing faster than the industry average growth, which among other factors, demonstrates the remarkable commitment between Vidyo and its Top 25 partners which includes resellers and service providers.  By the way, this 400% growth is in addition to (not including) the various strategic partnerships Vidyo has with companies such as Google, Nintendo, etc. Vidyo has come of age and we are looking forward to a great 2013!

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Jim Fairweather is Vice President, Worldwide Channels and Sales. Jim drives the recruitment, growth and profitability of Vidyo’s Global Channels, OEMs and Service Providers. Jim has held several Executive Management positions in the VC and UC market for over 13 years. His long standing commitment to client relationships and customer satisfaction has been a key contributor to his success. Prior to joining Vidyo, Jim was VP of Worldwide Sales for HP’s Visual Collaboration Business Unit. He was responsible for global sales, channel strategy, and HPVC field engagement with over 25,000 Sales Professionals at Hewlett Packard. Jim grew HPVC revenue, established sales plans and recruited strategic distributors and channels. Prior to his tenure at HP, Jim was Vice President, Americas & US Sales at Polycom, PictureTel and MCI WorldCom. He was responsible for the revenue attainment of over $1B, and led several large sales organizations. Jim is very well known and highly respected in the industry. His strategic relationships and influence have significantly contributed to the growth of the UC industry over the years. Jim completed the Executive Management Program at the University of Michigan and holds a BS in Accounting from Bentley University.

Vidyo on Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors Leverage Multi-Screen Hardware for the Entertainment and Gaming Worlds at CES

Vidyo is certainly making its presence known at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show via several key “guest appearances” around the exhibit hall. At CES this week, the Vidyo platform is enabling many companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, HealthSpot and Qualcomm to demonstrate never-before-seen video communications and collaboration capabilities and achievements.

For instance, over at Qualcomm’s CES Booth #30313 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the first demonstration of SVC high-quality Video Collaboration on Mobile Platforms is based on Vidyo’s Adaptive Layering Technology, driven by Qualcomm’s new, incredibly powerful Snapdragon™ S4 Pro Mobile Development Platform for tablets, smart TVs and professional displays. The Snapdragon S4 Pro brings number-crunching, quad-core power to computational intensive tasks, and the demo at CES spotlights just what happens when Vidyo is able to harness the processing power of Qualcomm’s groundbreaking new chipset. The demo features multi-screen video collaboration capability across smart TVs and mobile devices featuring Snapdragon S4 processors, allowing users to enjoy video collaboration on a mobile device, seamlessly transfer the video exchange to a smart TV, then transfer back again on the fly.  You can imagine the power this gives developers as they realize the potential of leveraging HD multi-screen hardware for their universal multimedia and gaming services!

Vidyo’s exceptional video communications and collaboration solution – the technology that powers video conferencing in Google+ Hangouts and Nintendo’s Wii U Chat — is the ideal platform to illustrate the dynamic results Qualcomm can achieve with their latest quad-core processor chipset. Leveraging Vidyo’s flexible APIs and easily integrated technology, the company is able to demonstrate the breadth of applications that can be developed by combining Qualcomm and Vidyo technologies. This demonstration proves the unmatchable power of the Snapdragon S4 quad core chipset that can bring to life devices featuring Snapdragon S4 processors with high-quality conferencing capability without any extra processing power or purpose-built hardware acceleration.

This powerful combination of Qualcomm processors and Vidyo technology unlocks a whole new set of applications that enable users to play a game, watch a movie or surf the Internet, while simultaneously engaging in high-quality video conferencing.

According to Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s co-founder and CEO, “Using Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 chipset, Vidyo is able to support Scalable Video Coding (SVC), high-quality video on mobile devices, which further enhances the reach of an SVC based system. Since Vidyo’s software- based solution enables high-quality telepresence on any device, we are able to work with vendors such as Qualcomm that are developing next generation processors to allow amazing real-time video quality across the mobile and smart TV display space enabling numerous entertainment and gaming applications.”

Even if you’re not at CES this week, you can still see this amazing Vidyo and Qualcomm demo! To request a free Vidyo trial click here.

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Michal Raz is Vice President of Business Development at Vidyo and is responsible for strategic partnerships that align with the Vidyo strategy for video collaboration and virtualization. Michal brings over 17 years of background in business development, strategic planning, marketing and engineering. Michal joined Vidyo from RADVISION where she served in a series of roles in engineering, business development, marketing and strategy. Michal is a visual communications veteran with a passion for innovation. Michal graduated with honors with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Michal also received a Software Engineering scholarship from the Israeli electronics industry consortium and the Technion.

Vidyo Rises to the Top of the Video Conferencing Industry

In the last couple of months, both Gartner and IDC have released their assessments of the major video conferencing vendors. While the two largest vendors have maintained their overall ranking, the real news is that when you look at both of these reports, they triangulate on Vidyo as the number three company in the video conferencing market. And if these analyst firms were to consider Vidyo’s footprint gained through our technology licensing to companies like Google, Nintendo – check out the new Wii U!! –, Philips and Ricoh — it just may be that Vidyo has the largest video endpoint footprint of the entire market.

Gartner – Marketscope for Telepresence and Group Video Systems

This report examines the leading video vendors for both single and multi-codec systems for midsize and large enterprises. Gartner found “a significant shift in customer preference during the past 12 months, with the emphasis on dedicated multiscreen rooms transforming to more flexible and modular alternatives for group video.”

And their assessment of how we’re doing:

“Vidyo has continued to execute effectively on marketing in 2012, driving outsized brand awareness relative to its larger competitors, notably in midsize enterprises. Vidyo’s software-centric model for video does not rely on MCUs to accelerate match and transcode calls. As a result, enterprises can trial and deploy Vidyo’s solution quickly, an important attribute for midsize opportunities. While now being adopted in different iterations by other vendors, SVC, in the context of their patented Adaptive Video Layering technology, remains a differentiator for Vidyo, enabling it to extend video calls effectively over a broad range of networks. While this capability is not essential to mature, internally focused video environments found in large enterprise, it offers important flexibility for midsize enterprises that are more likely to run video over the public Internet.

Vidyo was one of the first movers to support video calling on iPads and Android devices, and offers individual users the ability to dynamically manage video layouts to suit their preferences. Vidyo has addressed the room-centric conferencing environment in several ways. In addition to providing a gateway to standards-based room appliances, Vidyo introduced VidyoPanorama, a fully modular approach that allows displays of varying form factors to be collected into a multipoint experience, engaging Vidyo endpoints from the far end of a room. While VidyoPanorama has not been a primary deployment model for customers, Vidyo continues to innovate against an emerging set of new display technologies and does not tie their value to a specific form factor.”

The overall takeaway is that Vidyo shares the “Positive” category with one other company just behind the two largest vendors in the video conferencing market:

To download the full report, click here

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Video Conferencing Equipment 2012–2013 Vendor Analysis

This study covers nine vendors and looks at the characteristics that IDC believes lead to success in the enterprise video market while providing an overview of the competitive fitness of their global solution.

IDC notes that “the customer experience will rule.” This plays perfectly to the key strength of Vidyo’s Adaptive Video Layering architecture which delivers the best experience for every participant based upon their bandwidth, CPU and resolution. The customer experience will be crucial to driving video conferencing to where it belongs—into “applications with seamless immersion into a company’s crucial business processes.”

For video conferencing buyers, the IDC report gives the following advice (which we feel plays directly into Vidyo’s most recent service provider initiative): “As an alternative to deploying a video network infrastructure on-premise, video-as-a-service offerings today can provide much-needed flexibility and a less capital-intensive option for customers to consider for cloud-based video network infrastructure.” Vidyo’s service provider initiative, called a White Label Service, enables a named user at $30/month with unlimited video conferencing. Vidyo expects this model to be very appealing to a large portion of the SMB market.

Overall Vidyo was ranked third, based upon the Strategies axis and fourth, on the Capabilities axis. See the MarketScape map below, and click here to download the paper.

Gartner and IDC are two of the most respected IT analyst firms, and their assessments have tremendous influence on IT buyers. Vidyo is not just in their sights, but has become the primary option for those who have invested in the two largest installed bases. As Vidyo continues winning strong customer advocates and growing its market share at a much faster rate than the two larger and older players, I predict that Vidyo’s ranking will go even higher in the years to come.  (Everyone’s making 2013 projections, so this is mine!)

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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’s CEO and Co-Founder, Ofer Shapiro, Keynotes at VGI Group Conference in Monterey CA

I just got back from the VCI Group Conference, held this year at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey CA.  As a colleague said to me upon learning I was planning on attending the event, “I can only imagine your dismay. Monterey is such an unpleasant place.” True to its reputation, Monterey was wonderful, as was the conference facility at the Hyatt.  I can’t say the same for the hotel’s internet connection however — I wasn’t the only attendee struggling to get network access.

Vidyo was a Gold Sponsor of the conference and was able to participate in and contribute to multiple sessions, culminating in Ofer Shapiro’s keynote on the final morning of the event.  Ofer’s keynote was titled “…And the Pursuit of Seamless Collaboration…”, and focused on the challenges facing our industry as we cross the chasm from 10s of thousands of room based endpoints to 10s of millions of room and personal endpoints.  Ofer emphasized that traditional hardware oriented approaches cannot reach the economies of scale and meet the price to performance ratios necessary for mass adoption, and that new architectures and business models are needed to achieve that result.  Many excellent questions were posed in the Q&A session directly after the keynote and, in fact, the topic was continued in the industry experts’ panel later in the day.

Vidyo’s CEO Ofer Shapiro Delivering Wednesday’s Keynote

During the sessions and hallway conversations throughout the day it was clear that many in our industry: customers, vendors, integrators, service providers, analysts and press, are embracing the shift from hardware to software and from room systems to desktop and mobile devices.  All seemed in agreement that the challenges presented during this transition will be more than outweighed by the opportunity presented in taking video to scale.

A full room and lively discussion during Vidyo’s showcase theater session, hosted by Vidyo’s Robb Cason, VP of Adoption Services

 

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Joan Vandermate is Vice President of Product Marketing at Vidyo and brings experience in sales, business development, product management and marketing leadership roles to her position at Vidyo. Most recently Joan lead product management for Avaya’s contact center solutions focused on delivering Avaya’s contact center portfolio to new and expanding markets including the software as a service (SaaS) and mid market segments. Previously Joan served as global Vice President of Marketing for Polycom, where she was responsible for marketing Polycom’s portfolio of video communications solutions. At Polycom Joan’s responsibilities included product marketing, competitive and go-to-market strategies for their video solutions to enterprises and service providers. She was previously the Vice President of Product Management at Siemens Communications, where she held P&L responsibility for a $300+ million telecommunications product portfolio.

Vidyo Excellence Honors Developer Community

Vidyo started as a company licensing the SDK for its next generation video conferencing technology even before it brought its VidyoConferencing product line to market. For years, Vidyo has been supporting development teams to build our video conferencing architecture into their own unique solutions. So it should come as no surprise that Vidyo has evolved the tools it offers developers into a rich set of Web Services APIs and Client APIs to make VidyoConferencing a natural part of the business workflow.

The number of developers who have integrated video communications within their applications has grown dramatically. Vidyo now has a team solely dedicated to making these partners successful, as well as growing the set of support tools to make this integration effort even easier. The range of Vidyo APIs is expanding to enable broader integration of the larger product portfolio. In fact, just added with the recent release of V2.2 are APIs for VidyoReplay.

With so many developers creating interesting and useful integrations the time has come to recognize these excellent innovations by our community. Vidyo opened the competition to our developers and selected winners in three application areas: healthcare, customer service and resource scheduling. Here are the Vidyo Excellence winners!

Healthcare
HealthSpot earned the Vidyo Excellence Award for Healthcare for its Care4 Station, a walk-in kiosk with integrated medical devices that connect patients to healthcare providers over real-time, high-definition videoconference appointments.

“HealthSpot selected Vidyo as its exclusive video conferencing platform based upon Vidyo’s media-aware, intelligent routing architecture that enables access to high quality video communications via a wide range of devices and networks,” said Dave Sebenoler, HealthSpot’s Chief Information Officer. “This visual communications technology, in concert with Vidyo’s enterprise-ready APIs, has allowed HealthSpot to create an industry leading self-service kiosk solution. The APIs allow HealthSpot to run advanced technology ‘under the hood’ while providing an intuitive user experience that distills many complex processes into a seamless patient experience.”

Customer Service
The Vidyo Excellence Award for Customer Service was earned by UST Global for iDispatch. The iDispatch application gives field technicians complete visual communications with a team of experts who can assist in solving problems while the technician is on-site.

“Using Vidyo’s rich set of web services APIs we were able to create a conference solution that is tightly integrates with an enterprise mobility platform for customer service,” said Tony Velleca, UST Global’s CIO and VP of Services and Solutions.  “This direct integration plus our hosted VidyoConferencing service provides our clients with a turnkey solution without the need to install additional hardware or software.”

Resource Scheduling
The Vidyo Excellence Award for Resource Scheduling was earned by Soltrite for See-Speak. Soltrite created an on-demand language interpretation solution customized for each client organization that may choose the languages they want to offer, as well as a variety of routing choices to select the interpreter that best meets their needs.

“We have essentially created a ‘Vidyo ACD’ product and an integration that can be molded to different client requirement situations,” said Scott Colesworthy, Soltrite’s CEO. “Vidyo allows quality over uncontrolled networks to a variety of devices enabling client locations to use non-QoS enhanced networks to lower bandwidth cost and allow the interpreters to be located in their homes.”

Congratulations again to these developers for creating stand-out videoconferencing integrations!

 

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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 Recognized by World Economic Forum as 2013 Technology Pioneer

It is with great esteem that Vidyo, a provider of multi-platform videoconferencing solutions, can say we have been selected as a 2013 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

It is an immense honor given the rigorous nature of the selection process and the exceptional caliber of entrants. The World Economic Forum recognizes the most important work done by companies that aim to transform the way businesses and society work. Videoconferencing is impacting a wildly diverse group of people, from varying industries and specialties all over the world, and while it may not be intuitively glamorous, videoconferencing is significantly impacting the way we communicate. It is changing peoples’ lives every day. While geographic and global boundaries remain unchanged, economic, political, and technological boundaries have become tremendously blurred. People work for companies and organizations with outposts and offices all over the world. Communication expectations are commiserate with this new reality, which demands global collaboration to stay abreast of competitors. A multitude of technologies helps make this a possibility. VidyoConferencing™ is one of them.

Vidyo gives people greater access to real-time visual communication by allowing individuals to meet via their regular desktops, tablets, or mobile devices- as well as in telepresence rooms. Accessibility, high-quality, and affordability are three key reasons Vidyo enables a wider group of people to communicate through videoconferencing. Through patented technology innovation, Vidyo brings price performance in line with user expectations. It brings the quality reserved for board rooms to where it needs to be: the everyday communication between small and large businesses, educational institutions, medical facilities in rural areas, and much more.

Let’s say a doctor in North America wants to train medical students in earthquake-devastated Haiti, or medical professionals want to share the latest groundbreaking information and documents with their colleagues in another part of the world. Vidyo’s high-quality, affordable videoconferencing platform has made all of these scenarios a reality. We provide access to people anywhere and over any device. This face-to-face communication allows for recognition of the cultural, social, and emotional nuances that so often get lost over the phone and email. In short, we have democratized communication by reducing the barrier of entry for ALL people all over the world — not just the most elite enterprises. This, we believe, will shape the future of global communication.

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Ofer Shapiro co-founded Vidyo in 2005 and pioneered Personal Telepresence, enabling a new generation of software-based natural, multi-point HD video conferences on desktop computers, room systems, and mobile devices. Prior to Vidyo, Ofer spent eight years at RADVISION where he was responsible for the development of the first IP video conferencing bridge and gatekeeper technology and the first commercially successful video conferencing architecture. He also served as senior vice president of business development responsible for strategic sales and relationships. Ofer was a contributor and one of the editors of the H.323 standard. Ofer has over fifteen years of experience in bringing disruptive technologies to market. He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Physics.