Count on Customer Engagement this Holiday Season

Holiday Customer EngagementThe holiday season is upon us and for customer-facing organizations, the holidays can drive the year’s highest volumes of customer interactions. How can organizations succeed in ensuring that customer interactions are helpful and satisfying? Customer Engagement.

Customer engagement goes beyond traditional customer service, it facilitates meaningful, productive interactions between businesses and customers to ensure satisfaction and happiness.

During this hectic time of year (for consumers and businesses) a comprehensive, high impact customer engagement strategy can be the difference between a good and a great holiday season.

Have you considered video-enabled customer engagement?

Today’s consumer is increasingly connected and mobile. Video-enabled customer engagement mimics the in-person customer experience without the hassle of the holiday crowds. Adding on-demand interactive video communications to your customer engagement channel can foster more personal customer interactions that build brand loyalty, create upsell opportunities and foster closer relationships with your customers. With the VidyoWorksTM platform, it’s easy for companies of any size to affordably integrate face-to-face video engagement into their customer engagement strategy

Take care of your customers now, and you’ll find that their loyalty will last long after the holidays are over.

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

Mitel Ups the Ante for Visual Collaboration with Vidyo

Mitel MiCollab Vidyo

Today Vidyo and Mitel shared news of a new OEM agreement that will enable Mitel to leverage Vidyo APIs to embed Vidyo’s industry-leading, software technology into various Mitel solutions including its MiCollab application. Mitel, one of the fastest growing cloud communications providers, powers more than 2 billion connections daily for 60 million end users. This new agreement means that today any of Mitel’s 3,500 channel partners world wide are able to deliver the best in scalable video conferencing and collaboration to virtually any endpoint!

MiCollab Desktop Vidyo

MiCollab Desktop Client Integrated with Vidyo

BluCurrent Credit Union in Springfield, MO is one Mitel customer who has already taken advantage of the deepened relationship between Vidyo and Mitel to better serve its clients.

BluCurrent Credit Union is Springfield’s largest credit union with nearly 20,000 members, 3 branch locations, and over $140 million in assets. BluCurrent provides access to more than 6,800 shared branches through its unique CU Service Center affiliation, and nearly 30,000 free ATMs nationwide through its CO-OP Network membership.

“We are confident that face-to-face video communication is revolutionary for banking – empowering our members to communicate with our representatives to do business more easily and efficiently,” said Jesse Jantz, VP of Information Systems, BluCurrent Credit Union.

Currently BluCurrent uses MiCollab, integrated with Vidyo, to facilitate convenient face-to-face interactions between customers and advisors that may be located elsewhere in the region.

“Our members are able to come in to any of our locations, and do a face-to-face video call with our skilled professionals in our central location. Centralizing with this technology enables us to more quickly and effectively service all of our locations without asking members to have to come to our main office. Vidyo and Mitel allow us the ability to offer our members the choice to meet with a virtual advisor, without physically coming into a branch. With just one click of a button, members will be able to connect from their desktop or mobile device in the near future,” Jantz added.

Companies across industries are adopting video-based communications to facilitate easier, more productive interactions with end customers. In financial services, the benefits of a strong digital collaboration strategy can lead to improved customer engagement and retention, according to a recent study from Fidelity Investments. According to the report better tech, like video conferencing, helps build the practices of financial advisers. The study states that advisers who use the latest tech tools had almost 40% more assets under management and more client investors from Generation X and Y.

Ready for more? Find a Mitel partner near you and ask about Vidyo-enabled MiCollab!

Vidyo Surpasses 100 Patents and 10 years of Video Conferencing Innovation

Vidyo recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It’s amazing to contrast the range of products that we offer today, and the number of people that we reach every day through our software solutions with the first meetings of the early days. What started off as mere concepts on whiteboards and presentation slides has translated to technology that has changed our industry in very significant ways.


Vidyo’s software-based approach limits the need for transcoding and associated infrastructure.

I could describe these changes in various terms – changes in product architectures, standards, industry best practices, and so on – but there is a great measurement of innovation that has the benefit of originating from objective third parties: patent offices. As it turns out, Vidyo recently celebrated the issuance of its 100th worldwide patent.

Vidyo was founded in order to build a disruptive, new architecture for large-scale, very high quality video communication, on virtually any network and device. From day one, as a new company in a space of considerable technological complexity, it sought to protect its innovations through patent applications filed in the US and elsewhere around the globe. These patent applications started producing results within a few years, with our first patent being issued in the US on September 22, 2009 (US Pat. Nr. 7,593,032) and the 100th being issued in the US on July 7, 2015 (US Pat. Nr. 9,078,004). As of today Vidyo has a total of 108 patents worldwide.


Vidyo’s First Patent issued in the United States – September 22, 2009


Vidyo’s 100th Patent issued in the United States – July 7, 2015

Vidyo’s patents span a wide range of subjects. Some relate directly to our products, some have been found essential to practice certain industry standards in video compression and communication, and some describe more strategic technology explorations. Several apply to more than one category.

Although each patent has its own history and background, I chose to highlight here two particular patent “families.” (By patent family we typically refer to an invention for which patents are being pursued at multiple jurisdictions around the world, and which may result even in multiple actual patents in the same jurisdiction.)

The first family happens to include our very first issued patent, US Pat. Nr. 7,593,032.  The title, “System and Method for a Conference Server Architecture for Low Delay and Distributed Conferencing Applications,” describes certain aspects of the operation of our VidyoRouter. The VidyoRouter is a cornerstone of Vidyo’s technical architecture, in that it takes advantage of scalable video coding to deliver an unprecedented range of features (error resilience and localization, rate adaptation, personalized layout, cascading, etc.) with extremely low delay (an order of magnitude less than a typical MCU) and at a massive scale – and all that without any signal processing at the server. The VidyoRouter’s design did not exist as a concept in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) specifications when it was first introduced in our products in 2008.  For example, the RTP Topologies RFC, RFC 5117, published at the same time, did not foresee it. We have subsequently introduced the concept of the “Selective Forwarding Unit” (SFU), now incorporated into the RTP Topologies update (which should replace RFC 5117 soon), to cover this design using a generic, non-commercial term.

The second patent family that I would like to highlight includes US Pat. Nr. 9,077,964, “Systems and Methods for Error Resilience and Random Access in Video Communication Systems.” As the title suggests this patent deals with error resilience. It covers a key concept for achieving error resilience through the use of temporal scalability. The concept is very simple: by using temporal scalability, one merely has to protect the lowest temporal layer, typically one fourth or one half of the original pictures, rather than the entire set of pictures. Since these pictures are now at two or four times the temporal distance, the system can use retransmission to recover any parts of them that may be lost.  Using a design that allows the system to detect such loss with the very first packet that it correctly receives, one can achieve error resilience that is an order of magnitude higher than techniques that use non-scalable video. At Vidyo we decided that the parameters used in this technique would be of significant value to the entire industry and so proposed their inclusion in all RTP payload formats of relevant codecs: H.264 SVC (RFC 6190), H.265VP8, and VP9. We submitted intellectual property rights (IPR) disclosures at the IETF that ensure that people who implement these standards can use them*. At the same time, certain claims of the 9,077,964 patent and other Vidyo patents have also been found essential for implementing the H.264 SVC and H.265 codecs, and we have licensed the relevant claims through the corresponding patent pools managed by MPEG-LA, thus making it easier for people to make use of these standards as well.

These two patent families highlight two important dimensions of Vidyo’s technology development efforts, which form a continuous balancing act. Some innovations we maintain exclusively to Vidyo, as they are part of what makes Vidyo unique. Some others we believe are better suited to be incorporated into standards so that anybody can have access to them, thus benefitting the entire industry – both producers and users (ourselves included, of course!). As the industry matures further, one can expect more and more technical features to become standardized, as new ones come in to define differentiation. This has been the traditional development cycle of standardization and innovation for a long time, and one in which we expect to continue to be an active participant.

It’s been a fascinating journey – and a real privilege to be part of the team that is making it happen. On to the next 100!

*Please refer to the specific IPR disclosures for the precise legal framework surrounding these disclosures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vidyo in India: Embracing Video Conferencing

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

India Government Mobile Video Conferencing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Airtel and Vidyo Economic Times

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

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

IndusInd Mobile Video Banking

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

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

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

Sunny Rao is general manager of India and can be reached at



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

VidyoRoom Update

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

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

VidyoServer Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VidyoMobile calendar supportVidyoMobile calendar support on Android tablet and iPhone

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

Vidyo Desktop Calendar Support

VidyoDesktop Calendar Button

Please check the release notes for more details and software dependencies. Visit the Vidyo Support Portal for more details on what’s new and get upgraded today!

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


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


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

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


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

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

Look Out, Drone Stampede!

Vidyo Stampede Drone Slide

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

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

Drones Landing PadThe Drones Have Landed at InfoComm 2015!

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

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

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

Drone In Flight - VidyoUncaged Drone Stops by the Vidyo Table

Drone Cage InfoCommThe Drone Cage

Vidyo Receives Partner of the Year Recognition From Intel for Workplace Transformation Solutions


Intel Award and Vidyo

Vidyo was recently selected as a winner of the Partner of the Year award in the category of Workplace Transformation Solutions at the 2015 Intel® Solutions Summit (ISS) North America.

Intel Solutions Summit is one of the most prestigious channel events in North America. This invitation-only conference enables top-tier Intel Technology Providers to connect with other Intel channel partners, Intel executives and receive updates on the latest technologies, market trends and Intel product innovations. Each year, Intel honors its Platinum partners for excellence in various categories. The Partner of the Year award in Workplace Transformation Solutions recognizes the Intel partner that adds value for the end consumer through integration of hardware, software and services to deliver increased collaboration without wires or passwords.

Vidyo’s alternative approach to expensive, network-dependent video conferencing solutions leverages the VidyoWorksTM software platform and APIs to deliver a simple, high-quality, embedded visual communications. To open new use cases that fully leverage the power of the VidyoWorks platform, Vidyo selected the Intel NUC as the hardware platform to move its multi-party software endpoint solution beyond the conference room. Today, the entire Vidyo solution runs on Intel platforms, from the software based infrastructure that provides the video conferencing, interoperability and recording services, to the clients that run on PCs, laptops and mobile devices as native apps or inside web browsers. Used to power self-service kiosks with live video assistance, light weight medical carts for mobile telemedicine in clinical settings, huddle spaces throughout enterprises to facilitate seamless collaboration regardless of location, and many other diverse applications, Vidyo and Intel are enhancing productivity and transforming work place solutions through effective visual communication.

“Intel is proud to honor our outstanding partners within the computing industry,” said Todd Garrigues, Director of North America Partner Marketing. “We feel privileged to showcase partners who demonstrate and deliver innovative customer solutions based on Intel technologies.”

Vidyo has worked closely with Intel over the years and is proud to receive this recognition for Workplace Transformation Solutions. From delivering the first mobile multipoint video conference on an Intel mobile platform in 2010 to enabling video collaboration on virtually any device today, Intel is an important part of Vidyo’s past and future.

Intel Award - Bala

Bala Pitchandi, Director of Engineering, Vidyo, receives the Workplace Transformation Partner of the Year award at ISS 2015