DISA Announces Global Video Service (GVS) FOC

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Recently, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced that their Global Video Service (GVS) – based upon technology provided by Vidyo – has reached Full Operational Capability (FOC).  This milestone is the culmination of a process that began in 2012 when Vidyo first received Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification for its video conferencing portfolio tailored to the needs of the Department of Defense (DoD).  Since that time, DISA has built a customized solution on top of the VidyoWorksTM platform.  In June of 2014, DISA announced Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for GVS, taking the first step to move DoD enterprise Video Teleconferencing Capabilities (VTC) from the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) Video Services – Global (DVS-G) ISDN services to GVS’ IP services. The GVS solution is now installed and operational in some of DISA’s Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECCs) and has the capacity to scale to support nearly half a billion conferencing minutes a year.

US Pentagon at sunset

The GVS foundation and backbone is Vidyo’s H.264 SVC, JTIC-certified software solution. GVS allows the end-user to reliably connect, collaborate and make decisions with secure HD video on existing devices (conference room, PC and MAC) over any general purpose IP network (LAN/WAN, 3G/4G, radio, satellite). Support for Android and iOS devices is currently being piloted and is expected to be added in 2015. GVS integrates with existing standards based H.323 and SIP based systems and is available on both NIPR and SIPR networks.

DISA’s GVS service includes:

  • Seamless interoperability between desktop, room systems, H.323 and SIP-based endpoints
  • Single-click to connect conference initiations
  • Multi-point content sharing
  • Local layout controls and active speaker
  • PIN codes for secure conferences

 

Joan Vandermate
Joan is Vice President of Marketing at Vidyo. She has more than 20 years of experience leading marketing, product management, sales and business development teams.

 

 

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Vidyo’s Next Phase of Growth, Led by Eran Westman

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2014 was a milestone year for Vidyo and our industry. The video conferencing market is in the process of reinventing itself, spurred by cloud strategies and new applications driving innovation across many industries.

Reflecting on the past ten years since I founded Vidyo, I could not be more proud of what our team has accomplished. We had some skeptics in the beginning – but Vidyo’s vision of delivering a high-quality, affordable, scalable video conferencing experience over the Internet was soon realized and some of the world’s largest and most respected companies adopted our novel approach and deployed our products. Creating the first generation IP based video communication tools and innovating a completely new architecture based on scalable video coding, Vidyo has delivered the world’s most advanced visual communications platform in the industry. It was a true blessing to see how we helped improved the way people receive healthcare, collaborate or spend their leisure hours.

Vidyo has achieved a lot since we began our journey in 2005. In 2010 we were recognized by Intel for our unmatched multi-point video conferencing capabilities on mobile devices and later that year the Wall Street Journal took notice when Vidyo was awarded the WSJ Technology Innovation Award for disrupting Internet video conferencing. And in 2013, we were selected by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer for our platform’s potential to transform the way businesses and society work.

This transformation is well under way. Today we’re enabling a new wave of game changing visual communications applications in the healthcare, financial services, government and enterprise industries. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, for example, has integrated our platform to provide Alaska’s most remote residents access to on-demand, high quality and affordable care over any Internet connection, dramatically changing the delivery of care in rural Alaska. To see our platform deployed by Google, Nintendo, Philips, Ricoh, Hitachi, Swisscom and so many others was very gratifying and underscores the value these industry leaders recognize in visual enablement overall and our solution specifically.

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As Vidyo starts on the next phase of its growth journey, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Eran Westman into the role of CEO and to be nominated as Vidyo’s Vice Chairman of the Board.

Vidyo’s growth will continue, as visual enablement becomes an indispensible asset to businesses across a variety of markets. With more than 20 years of business leadership experience and demonstrated success in guiding organizations to the next level of growth, Eran is the right person to shepherd the Vidyo team through this exciting next chapter. Since joining Vidyo a year ago he has led sales and support efforts worldwide and brought a strong focus and leadership to that organization. It is with complete confidence that I pass the CEO torch on to him.

I am thrilled to have Eran at the helm of Vidyo, laser-focused on the company’s mission to deliver HD-quality, multipoint video communications within reach of anyone using any application on any device. He has the experience and vision necessary to take Vidyo to the next level. We are grateful to our partners and customers that have joined us on this journey, and it is just beginning, the possibilities are endless.

Ofer Shapiro
Ofer Shapiro is co-founder of Vidyo, serving as Vice Chairman of the Vidyo Board. Ofer has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the video conferencing industry since 1996

 

Vidyo Top VaaS Enabler as Ricoh Cloud Usage Surpasses 70 Million Minutes

Ricoh Video Conference

Vidyo partner Ricoh, a global provider of Unified Communications (UC) services, is one of more than 50 service providers that use the VidyoWorks™ platform for visual enablement to support its Video as a Service (VaaS) solutions.  Market response to Ricoh’s UC solution has been extremely positive, with more than 70 million minutes of video conferencing in 2014.

Ricoh’s portfolio portfolio of award-winning UC solutions for the “huddle concept” include innovative form factors like the Ricoh P3500 that brings visual enablement to new customers and markets, creating new video communications engagements.

“We are very pleased with the market response in Japan to Ricoh’s UC solution and look forward to a continued partnership with Vidyo and their innovative offering as we expand globally,” said said Hede Nonaka, Corporate Senior Vice President, Ricoh Company, Ltd. “Vidyo was clearly a great choice for a visual enablement platform that could offer our customers the highest level of quality and stress-free video communication. The tremendous usage of this service speaks to the quality, scalability and ease of use of this solution and the success of our partnership with Vidyo.”

Ricoh’s industry-leading UC service offering is another example of Vidyo’s leadership position in cloud-based VaaS offerings. The VidyoWorks platform is driving cloud-based VaaS offerings for more than 50 service providers around the world and will continue to work with industry leaders and new market entrants to address the growing opportunity for highly scalable VaaS solutions.

Ricoh VC Products

 Ricoh P3500 pictured with Ricoh PJ WX4141 series ultra-short throw projector

Vidyo Selected by GetWellNetwork for Patient Engagement and Quality of Care

Bedside Patient Care

The great health care challenge of the day – The IHI Triple Aim – is to improve the patient experience and the health of populations, all while reducing cost. The new realities of care management are encouraging leading health systems, hospitals and clinics to use technology to bring care, connectivity and convenience together for patients and families.

This intersection is the focus of a new agreement between GetWellNetwork®, Inc., and Vidyo, Inc..  In any setting, GetWellNetwork’s Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) platform educates and empowers patients to participate in and manage their health. The VidyoWorks™ platform integrates directly into the care process, enabling greater productivity for clinicians and new opportunities for patients to engage. Together, the technologies will enhance the quality of, and improve satisfaction with, the patient experience.

Providing clinicians and patients with the right tools at the right time and place is key to delivering better care and a better experience. For example, with the integration of GetWellNetwork and Vidyo, just a few clicks will enable clinicians to conduct secure, real-time consults with other clinicians to coordinate care and optimize the patient’s treatment plan.  The combined technologies will also ensure patients have the ability to connect anytime through live, high-definition video with the friends, family and caregivers that they need for support on their health journey.

“We are seeing great demand for the integrated solution, which is being championed by physicians and Chief Nursing Officers not only for bedsides in the hospital, but also for bringing the same level of patient care into the home and creating a more personalized experience,” says Amnon Gavish, Vidyo’s SVP of Vertical Solutions.

Interactive Patient Care

As demand from providers continues to grow, patients also recognize the benefits of engaging in their care with video conferencing. A recent Harris Poll indicated 64 percent of patients would consider a video chat with their doctor instead of a face-to-face visit, saving time and travel costs. The opportunity to spend time with faraway friends and family can have a significant impact on the care experience as well. Imagine being in a hospital for weeks, but being able to share the room with your dad, who is stationed overseas, or your daughter, who is away at college. Even when just a few walls can feel like a world away, a hospitalized mother could stay connected with her newborn admitted to the NICU.

“Combining Vidyo technology with IPC not only meets a growing market demand but, more importantly, expands the possibilities for patient care and satisfaction,” said GetWellNetwork Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David Bennett. “Now, patients and their families will truly be able to connect with their physicians and caregivers wherever they may be on their health journey.”

IPC and video conferencing help providers in their mission to deliver quality, cost-effective care and a better overall experience across the care continuum. Throughout the care process, patients and families want to stay connected to their providers and to each other. With the integration of VidyoWorks and GetWellNetwork, they will. 

GetWell Network LogoGetWellNetwork®, Inc. provides patient engagement solutions that help health care providers engage, educate and empower patients along the care continuum. Our patient-centered platform, delivered across multiple technology platforms including mobile devices, computers and televisions, enables providers to implement a revolutionary care delivery model called Interactive Patient Care™ to improve performance and patient outcomes. 

The products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if available basis. The product descriptions are provided for information only and are subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Vidyo reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

#VidyoToolbox: Better User Experience for Third Party Systems with VidyoGateway

Interoperability with third party H.323 and SIP based videoconferencing systems has always been a hallmark of the Vidyo experience. VidyoGateway™ delivers affordable interoperability that is easy to deploy, manage, and scale. Now, with the release of the latest v.3.2 of VidyoGateway software, new features improve the user experience for participants joining from third party endpoints.

Participants connecting from H.323 or SIP systems can now enjoy a new layout view for multipoint calls. The new gallery view delivers a 7+1 layout with the active speaker prominently displayed and up to 7 other participants located in a strip below.

VidyoGateway Teleconferencing

In addition to a new screen layout, third party endpoints also will receive updated notification information. If the conference is being recorded with VidyoReplay™, both audio and on screen indicators will be played when a recording is initiated. When other participants join or leave the conference, participants on third party systems will receive audio join and leave tones. Whether you’re participating from a Vidyo client or a third party system, you will always know the current status of the conference.

This release also brings added flexibility for administrators of VidyoGateway Virtual Edition (VE). The virtual edition of the VidyoGateway now detects the amount of resources that have been allocated and automatically sets the capacity. This means administrators have the flexibility to size the VidyoGateway to their exact capacity needs to use resources more efficiently. Administrators also have the ability to run multiple instances of the VidyoGateway VE on a single physical host. Combined with the existing VidyoGateway clustering support, the VidyoGateway VE enables high availability and precise sizing of the Vidyo system.

There are many other feature enhancements in this release. Please check the release notes for more details and software dependencies. Visit the Vidyo Support Portal for more details on what’s new and get upgraded today!

Virtual Assistants Powered by VidyoWorks

Vidyo-VGreet Virtual Assitant

At Vpod we are committed to bringing next generation collaboration to the forefront of the modern service provisions.  As a leading remote expert solution provider, we enable new ways for businesses to meaningfully engage with the customers they serve. That’s why we are proud to announce our  partnership with Vidyo – a leading provider of visual communications. Most recently, with the help of the VidyoWorks™ platform, Vpod has launched Vgreet – an innovative free standing live communication solution for deployment of virtual video and audio services.  Vgreet enables customers to deploy real-time, efficient video and audio communication between organisations and their customers quickly and economically.  Vgreet uses the VidyoWorks platform for its resilience and APIs.

Vidyo’s unique architecture has helped us improve our service offering as it sidesteps computer-intensive bottlenecks by running the video solution as software on mainstream servers. Powered by Intel CPUs, Vidyo systems deliver greater performance and value with every generation. With VidyoWorks, we’ve been able to create unique modules providing video hunt groups, Audio PSTN dialing and a call centre application using video – allowing multiple Vgreets to be managed centrally via a team of remote experts.

 

VGreet Live Communication Solution

Integration with Vidyo has been instrumental in our ability to enable a solution that is unique within the marketplace and provides Vgreet with the same video capabilities as an audio public exchange. Using VidyoWorks, Vgreet now provides directory dialing via both audio and video as well as hunt group, call waiting and skills set routing  - all easily managed and monitored remotely via the remote Vgreet dashboard.

And this is just the beginning; we’re looking forward to the future innovations and technologies developed together with Vidyo.

 

 

For more information on how Vgreet can transform your service offering, please go to www.vgreet.co.uk.

Sam Farrant, Director, Vpod SolutionsSam Farrant, Director, Vpod Solutions
Sam heads up technology and design to create innovative technology solutions such as Vgreet and Expert-On-Demand services. Sam joined Vpod in 2011.

 

Many of the products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if available basis. The product plans, pricing, specifications, and descriptions are provided for information only and are subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Vidyo reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

 

 

Telemedicine Reduces Patient Wait Times

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It was a milestone year for Vidyo and its partners across various industries with Vidyo’s reliable, integrated visual enablement solution being recognized to be an indispensable resource for key players in the financial services, service provider and healthcare sectors, among others. Looking to 2015 we are optimistic about the continued growth of video conferencing in healthcare. VidyoWorksTM has already been selected as the platform of choice and is deeply integrated into many applications by 39 of the top 100 Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs).

One of our partners, American Well, selected the VidyoWorks platform for its telehealth service offering. Their customers include Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Wellpoint and others. American Well’s app, which connects users to a live doctor anytime via a mobile or desktop device, is among the most popular healthcare apps in both the Android and iOS stores, with 3,000-4,000 downloads per day1 and American Well customer, WellPoint, shared that their free mobile app, LiveHealth Online, has saved patients two hours or more when accessing care2.

“The VidyoWorks platform is key to our ability to provide patients secure, 24/7 access to quality care across any device,” said Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH, President and Chef Executive Officer of American Well Systems. “In-home telehealth services and urgent care consultations are growing at a rapid pace and American Well is prepared to meet rising provider and patient needs for live, on-demand care.”

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In 2014 an estimated 5.7 million total video conference-enabled patient visits were conducted across the United States, which is expected to nearly triple to 16 million+ next year and skyrocket to 130 million in 20183.

Moreover, this year’s adoption of a model telemedicine policy by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)4 brought long-awaited guidance on telehealth practices to help further the delivery of convenient, clinically meaningful video-enabled encounters.  VidyoWorks enables physicians and care providers to have such live, immediate and secure interactions with patients.

The future of telemedicine looks bright, and Vidyo is proud to be a part of the healthcare revolution!

1 https://www.americanwell.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Video_Visits_With_Patients_Are_Taking_Off_Medscape_9-25.pdf

2http://links.mail4.spopessentials4.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NDc2MzQ1ODcS1&r=MTEyMzk1NTA1OTk1S0&j=NTgzMDg3MDI1S0&mt=1&rt=0

3 http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/doctor-patient-video-visits-to-triple-to-16-million-next-year

4 http://www.fsmb.org/Media/Default/PDF/Publications/FSMB Telemedicine Policy News Release_042614.pdf

Vidia – The virtual meeting room with more freedom powered by VidyoWorks

The power of the VidyoWorks™ platform is being seen in new real life examples everyday. Our customers are coming up with leading-edge, customized applications being built from the ground up with our APIs and SDK – and the innovation has just begun to touch the realm of what is possible.

Swisscom is an example of one such innovator who sees the power behind visual communications. Their service called Vidia, built on the VidyoWorks platform, is ideal for small and medium enterprises, but larger companies and consumer customers are also benefiting from its rich set of features.  Vidia enables participants to join multi-party video calls and delivers affordable, high-quality, multipoint HD video conferencing over smartphones, tablets and desktops. See the high-quality Vidia service in action.

Vidia’s user interface was designed by Swisscom and runs on the Swisscom Cloud. Vidia users can access virtual meeting rooms from any PC, Mac or mobile device (iOS or Android) and allows non-registered guests to join the conference.

The Vidia deployment by Swisscom is a stunning example of what can be achieved as consumer and business users converge on the same platform – a virtual meeting room with more freedom and a versatile tool for innovative communication.

“The integration of Vidyo has enabled us to offer our business clients the ability to place HD video conferencing calls,” said Erich Gebhardt, Head of Transversal Products, Swisscom Ltd. “In Switzerland, customers expect a high level of quality and reliability; those features, along with the scalability and flexibility that was needed to really differentiate this service, were made possible through the power of Vidyo APIs and VidyoWorks.”

Mark-SummersonMark Summerson is Vice President of Vidyo’s Service Provider Business in EMEA, where he brings 20 years of industry experience in Mobility, Video Conferencing & Unified Communications. 

 

And the Winner of the 5K race is…VidyoRouter
VidyoConferencing demonstrates 5K; breaks the 4K barrier

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

Vidyo 5K Video Conferencing Experience

 Click here for the full Vidyo 5K experience.

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

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

Vidyo 5K Video Quality Comparison

Oh, and if you’re into research, industrial design, financial modeling with dense spread sheets, or any other application that depends on detailed imagery, content sharing is important to your video collaboration. Imagine seeing shared content from a device with an Apple Retina or 4K display in full native 4K resolution while having seven participants at 720P around it. Your eyes will breathe a sigh of relief, not having to squint or interpolate data in scaled down images of lower resolution endpoints.
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Many of the products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if available basis. The product plans, specifications, and descriptions are provided for information only and are subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied.  Vidyo reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

Vidyo Pushes Full Steam Ahead in the World of WebRTC

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

VidyoWorks™ & WebRTC for Scalable video conferencing and collaboration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Many of the products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if available basis. The product plans, specifications, and descriptions are provided for information only and are subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied.  Vidyo reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.