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 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’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.

VidyoWay – The Way for B2B communication

In case you haven’t seen this morning’s headlines, Vidyo is continuing to disrupt the video conferencing market and just announced a new free cloud-based service:  VidyoWay. Now anyone using Cisco, Polycom, Lifesize, other H.323 and SIP-based room systems, Microsoft Lync clients, mobile devices and telephones can easily connect with each other and/or with Vidyo endpoints.

Interoperability doesn’t mean interconnectivity:

At the risk of sounding old, I’ll admit I was part of the H.323 standardization effort in the previous century. Interoperability did exist in 1997, but widespread adoption of video conferencing has long been inhibited by low quality, high cost and complexity associated with attempting to provide B2B collaboration within multi-vendor environments. Businesses came to expect the ease of use provided by legacy phone service, yet we never think of that as a missing piece of the puzzle in business video communications today.  Everybody knows that when you dial +1 201 you will get to New Jersey and if you continue to dial seven additional digits you reach your intended target. The global agreement that is needed to make this happen is simply not in place for video conferencing. These problems, alongside inhibiting costs and quality issues have slowed down the legacy video conferencing market.

Vidyo’s architecture solves a large part of the structural challenges seen in the market today by offering very high-quality meet-me solutions that bring price and performance in line with user expectation. Vidyo delivers a business video conferencing solution that promises natural quality, reaching a wide set of devices, on best effort networks, at price points that deliver significant savings and works for B2B and B2C solutions and even high scale C2C applications.  The compelling advantage of this architecture fuels Vidyo’s fast growth (four times faster than the rest of the industry)

Recently we have seen a number of players aiming to address the space between new high-quality solutions, and the legacy connectivity issues by offering a ‘transcoding room in the cloud’ that allow different technologies to interconnect in a much simpler way than was previously  available to users. People who use legacy systems spend a lot of money on their equipment and find that it is not easily usable for communication outside of their company. These “cloud based” services, although not cheap, are welcomed by such people that want to improve the return on investment of their equipment.

That’s where VidyoWay comes in. VidyoWay addresses ALL three factors of cost, complexity, and limited connectivity for legacy devices to remove the barriers to enterprise visual collaboration more effectively than any other solution in the market. Being completely free and super easy to use we hope that it will become the standard way for people to connect their legacy devices. VidyoWay will eliminate the need for IT assistance and the age-old question: “I am using one interconnectivity service and you are using another, now what?”

So what’s in it for Vidyo?

VidyoWay gives video conferencing users something that they have wanted for a long time. With this service, they only need to configure their legacy architecture room system ONCE to connect with VidyoWay. The same way several callers may dial a single 800 number to join an audio conference bridge, video conferencing participants can now use a single dialing scheme to leverage video communications with other business users regardless of their device. The extra bonus – everyone is already ‘VidyoReady’ because VidyoWay federates for free to any hosted or on-prem videoconferencing system. This allows Vidyo to have a dialog with all the end users that are not ready to switch to a new architecture yet and help them to do so in a gradual way. Think about it, we are closing the gap with free interconnectivity.

 

Some of you may be wondering whether this will decrease Vidyo sales because it is available for free. To the contrary: it will increase sales as it connects the Vidyo user-base to all organizations that use legacy systems. As these organizations switch to us, mobile devices, desktop conferencing and telepresence rooms will already be ready for Vidyo’s product line.  The legacy world is measured in about a million endpoints and is still a very small fraction of the potential market of hundreds of millions of personal endpoints and affordable telepresence users that our paid products are addressing. VidyoWay’s fair use policy requires the use of the service for the purpose of legacy device interconnectivity and conferencing. Consequently the use of VidyoWay for legacy endpoints doesn’t even put a dent in our target market for our full product portfolio. Moreover, native use of Vidyo (not via transcoded legacy endpoint) provides tremendous quality and cost benefit which drove our business to grow four times faster than the industry average.

So far, the reaction to this news has been overwhelmingly positive. Here is what some of the industry’s key analysts and media have said about VidyoWay:

“Vidyo’s new VidyoWay offering was very impressive. This compelling new service solves the ease-of-use problem that has plagued the industry for years. The VidyoWay demo was very comprehensive – it’s easy to use, borderless and most importantly free! We believe the VidyoWay offering will be a hit with channels and customers.” - Troy Jenson – Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst, Piper Jaffray

“Vidyo continues to prove themselves as a leader in market innovation, technical excellence, scalability and adaptability to varied video conferencing environments. The new, free VidyoWay service is sure to positively disrupt the market as Vidyo has been able to do in recent years. VideoWay has the true potential to expand the video conferencing and collaboration market to mass deployment levels.” – Roopam Jain, Industry Director, Unified Communications and Collaboration, Frost & Sullivan


“Multivendor interoperability is a real pain point in the video conferencing industry. Interconnecting video conferencing systems that businesses have deployed is certainly possible, but is often both complicated and expensive,” said Brian Riggs, research director at Current Analysis. “A service like VidyoWay should have considerable appeal among companies seeking a straightforward way to make video communication as commonplace as telephone calls, at no cost to the end user. Vidyo continues to dramatically change the economics of B2B video conferencing.” - Brian Riggs, Research Director, Current Analysis

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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.

Sify and Vidyo Partner: “Sify videomeet” Brings New-Generation Video Conferencing to Indian Enterprises

Sify Technologies Limited announced today the launch of Sify videomeet: This new service is powered by Vidyo and thus benefits from its unique architecture, enabling ubiquitous HD video conferencing from anywhere, any time, on any device and any network.

“We are proud to partner with Sify in India,” added Vidyo CMO & SVP of Corporate Development Ashish Gupta. “With the growing penetration of smartphones, laptops and tablets in the region, Vidyo’s software-based approach to videoconferencing on multiple devices over non-dedicated networks is the ideal solution for the market in India. Vidyo’s Adaptive Video Layering collaboration platform is perfectly suited for emerging markets like India, offering low latency, natural, affordable, high-quality video that works over an Internet connection, whether wired or wireless including WiFi and 4G. We look forward to empowering Sify with the technology backbone required to extend this service to other customer segments.”

 

Sify videomeet will enable emerging businesses & enterprises to have video conferencing at less than Rs. 3 per minute. Customers could pay a fixed rental for getting unlimited video conferencing access or avail the ‘pay-per-use’ option. This service also eliminates the need for a Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) or any other video conferencing device at the premises of the customer, thereby reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

 

“Sify videomeet, the Video Conferencing-as-a-service is a rich addition to our converged ICT services portfolio bringing competitive advantage to our customer’s business,” said Daniel Alex senior VP network services of Sify technologies. Built on the strength of our industry-leading Network Services, with Vidyo’s innovative technology, this new-generation service will empower enterprises of all sizes to collaborate cost-effectively and in a secure manner. Our strategic partnership with Vidyo will help us innovate for our customers to keep them ahead in their businesses.”

For more on the Sify-Vidyo partnership: Read the full press release, or this Hindu Business Line article.

Philips and Vidyo Join Forces to Deliver Amazing HD Telehealth Platform

Today Vidyo announced our collaboration with Philips  - one that we believe has huge potential to uniquely satisfy a variety of needs in within Healthcare in general and telehealth in particular.

Philips is integrating Vidyo’s market-shifting video conferencing solution into its telehealth solutions for hospitals by using Vidyo’s Application Programming Interface (APIs) to embed video communication into its healthcare platform.  The resulting solution is designed to improve quality of patient care while optimizing clinician workflows and reducing costs.

By adding Vidyo to its clinical IT framework, Philips will augment a variety of processes and services with natural visual communication capabilities, to facilitate hospitals initiatives focused on improving outcomes and achieving meaningful use. The collaboration leverages the many advantages of the Vidyo solution – natural and low latency video interaction, reliable,secure, private and consistent operation over public networks, an intuitive user interface, scalability and accessibility from any device that is connected to the Internet.

What impact can these Vidyo advantages have for healthcare providers?

  1. Reduce re-admissions via frequent and cost-effective follow-up virtual visits
  2. Improved efficiency and accuracy of clinical workflows and related processes.
  3. Improved productivity with existing staff and reduced number of mistakes
  4. Ability to use a single unified platform for all processes, from remote consults, patient monitoring and follow up, to peer consultation and training.
  5. Reducing the cost of point of care, both in terms of equipment and network as well as in terms of IT support.

Initial plans are to integrate the Vidyo platform  with the Philips eICU Program . This Program enables health systems to transform critical care with an integrated, system-wide approach that leverages scarce critical care resources, integrates clinical decision support, and standardizes evidence-based care across the enterprise. The Philips eICU Program drives clinical transformation that is proven, predictable, and sustainable.

Considering Philips’ comprehensive portfolio of healthcare products – from home patient monitoring, to remote consultation – we look forward to the potential opportunity to  integrate with other Philips products.

This is a major step for both Vidyo and Philips – merging telepresence and medicine into one discipline that seamlessly combines both remote and face-to-face interaction between healthcare professionals, caregivers and patients.

 

Vidyo’s Virtual Field Trip Connects California Middle Schoolers With Arizona State University Scientist and Researcher

Last November, we shared with you the story of the San Carlos Charter Learning Center (SCCLC) and showed how Vidyo’s platform for education provided 22 California middle schoolers the opportunity to participate in a virtual field trip and spend an afternoon at a museum in Denver, 1,289 miles from their Bay Area classroom.

Monday, the San Carlos Charter Learning Center held another Vidyo-powered virtual field trip! This time the school took them to a laboratory at Arizona State University’s School of Life and Sciences (ASU-SOLS).

As some of you may recall, ASU has been using Vidyo’s technology to connect biology students to experts and leading research scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s facilities on Barro Colorado Island, in the middle of the Panama Canal. This program allows students to explore the jungles of Panama from their classrooms miles away in Tempe, Arizona. (If you’ve missed the video, you can always check it out here.)

The ASU-SOLS-Smithsonian virtual classroom project was so successful that the faculty at ASU decided to participate in a new Vidyo-powered field trip. Professor Quentin D. Wheeler, Director of the International Institute for Species Exploration and Senior Sustainability Scientist at ASU and Chuck Kazilek, Assistant Dean of Technology, Media and Communications, worked closely with Ben Sibrack, science and language teacher at SCCLC, to develop a suitable and pertinent class lesson which coincided with content closely aligned to material being studied in the fifth and sixth grade class and ASU’s “Ask a Biologist” program.

The lesson connected many fields of study including Biology, Entomology and Taxonomy. Leveraging Vidyo’s technology, the students could naturally interact and ask questions to Quentin and Chuck over the course of the class. They were also able to take a peek into ASU’s  laboratory, and witness for themselves some of the hundreds of species of bugs being studied. Using a MacBook and a simple, off-the-shelf, USB camera, the ASU team was able to show the San Carlos students some of the lab’s most interesting insect specimens, both dead and alive!

Courtesy The San Mateo Daily Journal

The classroom at the San Carlos Charter Learning Center was simply equipped with a regular MacBook plugged into an HD monitor and an off-the-shelf webcam. An iPad 2 was also connected to the videoconference so that the students could pass it around and personally see content shared from ASU. The students were even able to use the iPad 2’s back camera as a means to show Quentin and Chuck their own collection of insects, including a live Madagascar hissing cockroach. Both endpoints were connected over a standard Internet Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections.

 

The SCCLC staff and students weren’t the only ones impressed by this Vidyo-powered virtual field trip! US Congresswoman Jackie Speier also stopped by and was able to witness for herself the benefits of virtual learning.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA., visits Vidyo-powered Virtual Field trip with SCCLC Director, Chris Mahoney and Vidyo CMO & SVP of Corporate Development, Ashish Gupta.

In a conversation with Vidyo, Professor Wheeler explained that he has been working on developing tools designed to manipulate and examine insect specimens remotely: Anyone from anywhere in the world, will soon be able to control the tools and cameras at the lab in Arizona. Chuck was thrilled by the potential of combining these remote controlled tools with Vidyo’s platform. “This is the closest thing to teleportation!”, he said with a smile.

ASU Emeritus Professor Shapard Wolf, also involved in the virtual field trip planning, explained how the Vidyo/ASU collaboration was born, “We first used Vidyo…to bring the research being done in the Panamanian rain forest into the classrooms in the ASU campus in the Tempe desert, allowing the students here to interact with the researchers on site. Since then, I’ve seen Vidyo used in many situations, from researchers collaborating across three continents, to second graders in a Texas classroom talking with one of our expert entomologists and wondering at his specimens of beetles as held them to the camera.”

Seeing the excited expressions on the school children’s faces and knowing that they’ve seen something that previously would have required an enormous amount of logistical effort was a very rewarding experience for us at Vidyo!

Vidyo’s education products are eligible for discounts through E-Rate, a federally funded program that provides assistance for schools and libraries to purchase telecommunications and Internet access. To learn more about how to equip your school with Vidyo’s technology, stop by our site.

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Related Links:

- Article about the San Carlos Charter Learning Center’s last Vidyo Virtual Field Trip: “Federal E-Rate Program Helping K-12 Classrooms Travel the Globe
- Aricle about the ASU-SOLS-Smithsonian virtual classroom project: ”Vidyo’s Education in Biological Diversity

- More about Vidyo’s platform for Education: Click here.