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?

Vidyo 5K Quality Image

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

Vidyo 5K Video Quality Comparison

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

10 Years of Innovation and Leadership at Vidyo

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

Vidyo Pushes Full Steam Ahead in the World of WebRTC

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

VidyoWorks™ & WebRTC for Scalable video conferencing and collaboration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amplify Jive Social Business Interaction with Real-Time Collaboration

Back in the day, employees gathered around the corporate water cooler to chat about everything from brainstorming the next great product innovation or closing on loose ends from the last team meeting. Regardless of the topic of discussion, the water cooler was a place where people connected with one another. In this simple way, team-based productivity was organically amplified, synergizing workers and increasing productivity. Such gatherings of like-minded individuals were often the spark that ignited innovative business strategies.

This idea carries through to today’s work environments, where quality team-based productivity begins when companies increase the ability for individuals to connect with one another. This can be a challenge, however, with remote and mobile employees often outnumbering their office-based associates. Enabling employee conversations and video collaboration is just as vital to business objectives today as it was decades ago when the water cooler brought workers together. Now, however, companies must think outside of the box to keep employees connected.

Developing this capacity requires real-time communications solutions—enhanced with HD-quality and multipoint video conferencing. This technology enables modern day remote/mobile working teams to still have valuable collaboration experiences no matter where they are or from which devices they’re working. Just think about your own work style: chances are you and most of your peers already use video technologies at home, making it all the easier to quickly join a real time video session from whatever business communications process you’re using.

More and more people today are working in cloud applications vs. on-premise desktop applications. In fact a recent study by the 451 Group found that 45% of global enterprises are running production level cloud apps, and users want their communication tools available inside these apps. Recognizing this great need, Esna, the leader in embedded real-time collaboration, and Vidyo, the leader in software based video collaboration, have partnered up to bring business leaders and their teams the best of both worlds.

Esna’s mission is to enable users with the ability to communicate and collaborate with their peers, customers and partners without having to toggle in and out of different applications. We embed real-time collaboration into the cloud apps that people use everyday like Salesforce, Google Apps for Work, and now integrates the VidyoWorks™ platform with Jive Software to provide a scalable, affordable, unparalleled visual communications experience over any IP network, with just a click of a button.

Esna iLink for Vidyo

Esna iLink for Vidyo allows users to seamlessly join a conference with the click of a button.

Esna iLink for Vidyo seamlessly embeds the power of Vidyo’s software based platform inside Jive. With iLink for Vidyo, users can simply “click to Vidyo” to start and join video conferences with participants inside and outside their organization. They will also be able to:

  • Start an instant conference with any Jive user from their contact card or profile page
  • Initiate a conference with group members in a Jive group
  • Start a conference with co-authors from any Jive document
  • Post a conference with links into the Jive activity stream

Customers can expect to see Esna iLink for Vidyo integrated with Jive at JiveWorld 2014, taking place October 21-23 at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. iLink for Vidyo will be demonstrated in Esna booth S4 and Vidyo booth TS11. The solution is currently available as beta – click here for a free trial.

Esna takes pride in partnering with transformative industry leaders such as Vidyo who are fiercely committed to delivering on team connectivity. Jive is just the first of a variety of cloud applications in which Esna will be embedding Vidyo, so stay tuned!

Lee Ho - Vice President - Marketing, EsnaLee Ho, Vice President Marketing, Esna
Lee has nearly 20 years of leadership experience as a strategist and product pioneer in marketing, business development, product management and change facilitation. Lee has an extensive background in the creation and implementation of long-term growth strategies for enterprise solution providers.

 

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.

How to Best Utilize Telemedicine to Manage Chronic Care

Visual Communication Technology for Healthcare - Vidyo

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

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

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

1.     Think BIG!

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

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

 2.     Think FLEXIBLE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vidyo Panorama

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

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

VidyoRoom

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

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

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#VidyoToolbox: Mobile minded – New VidyoSlate v2.1 Features

VidyoSlate™, our mobile video conferencing application that makes it easy to share documents directly from your tablet, has always been a handy second screen option for desktop and conference room environments. Many times, especially with frequent on-the-road employees, a tablet may be the only screen available to participate in a VidyoConference. We’re now making it even easier for tablet users to participate in interactive video meetings and collaborate on content with a new version of the VidyoSlate application. VidyoSlate v2.1 for iOS® operated devices gives users full two-way audio and video conferencing capabilities while viewing, sharing and annotating content, making it a feature-rich mobile alternative to web conferencing.

Tablet participants can collaborate in real time via enhanced sharing, whiteboarding and annotation features

Tablet participants can collaborate in real time via enhanced sharing, whiteboarding and annotation features

We’ve also extended the ability to share content from your tablet across different platforms. In addition to supporting Box and Dropbox applications, VidyoSlate now supports Google Drive™ allowing mobile users to share files directly from their Google Drive account into the conference.

A free app from the Apple® App StoreSM online store, VidyoSlate connects to your existing VidyoConferencing™ system or your account with an authorized Vidyo cloud service partner. Download the latest version of VidyoSlate to enjoy richer content collaboration today!

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Ebola Patient at the Nebraska Medical Center Uses Vidyo to Communicate with Family and Physicians

Vidyo continues to be used for new and interesting applications in the healthcare industry. When face-to-face human interaction is not possible, Vidyo has become a critical component of healthcare, allowing patients access to doctors, nurses and their families from wherever they may be.

In the case of Dr. Richard Sacra, the patient currently being treated for Ebola at the Nebraska Medical Center’s specialized Biocontainment Patient Care Unit, visiting with his wife through Vidyo has provided a bit of comfort during a difficult time.

By utilizing a secure Vidyo connection, Dr. Sacra has been able to communicate face-to-face with his wife as well as physicians and nurses from the isolation unit while his care continues.

Ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra speaks with his wife via Vidyo from the Biocontainment Unit, the largest facility of its kind in the United States. Photo provided by The Nebraska Medical Center.

Ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra speaks with his wife via Vidyo from the Biocontainment unit, the largest facility of its kind in the United States. Photo provided by The Nebraska Medical Center.

“The Nebraska Medical Center is a highly innovative, state-of-the-art healthcare institution, that requires superior, dependable technology,” said Ofer Shapiro, CEO, Vidyo. “Vidyo enables physician-to-physician collaboration, physician-to-patient consultation and patient-to-family connections, providing peace of mind and comfort when in person visits are not possible. Our platform allows physicians to communicate with patients wherever they are: hospitals, nursing homes, remote clinics, home environments and now in Biocontainment units.”

We hope Vidyo can continue to help with communication and collaboration as the world rallies together in the fight against the Ebola epidemic.

#VidyoToolbox: Easier collaboration and improved desktop video conferencing quality with VidyoDesktop v.3.3

Sharing capabilities are crucial in a video conferencing deployment, both from a content perspective as well as user settings. Have you ever been in a videoconference room and wanted to share an important document, but the details were so fine that other participants couldn’t see them well? Or perhaps you just weren’t quite ready to join a call with your video feed live for all participants to see you take a huge bite of your lunch. Our newly released version of VidyoDesktop™ v.3.3 now offers two new sharing capabilities, one enhancing shared content and the other providing users with more control over their initial presence.

Ultra HD (4k) Support

Many organizations rely on video capabilities to complete important tasks and execute on timely business decisions. The ability to share detailed content via a high resolution video connection is exceedingly important across a number of industries – healthcare, design and manufacturing just to name a few. Through Vidyo’s powerful VidyoRouter™ infrastructure, the VidyoDesktop v3.3 client, is capable of transmitting and receiving up to Ultra HD (4K) video. Now when collaborating on content shared during a Vidyo call and using a 4K monitor, you can see highly detailed content with exceptional clarity, and without an interrupted video stream due to high quality content sharing. No more squinting while trying to read detailed blueprints or schematics, or any other document demanding ultra-high resolution; the content is crisp and clear providing rich detail and incredible HD video quality.

Join Call Options

Sometimes you want to join a meeting just to share your screen, or aren’t ready to fully “go live” when joining. New features available in VidyoDesktop v.3.3 let you join a conference just to screen share, or with your choice of camera, microphone or speakers initially turned off so that you don’t get a distracting feedback loop from the room system audio or unintentionally present yourself to all participants when you weren’t prepared. For example, you can join just to wirelessly share over WiFi directly from your laptop into a meeting you’re already participating in over a room system. Or when joining from a noisy environment, you can pre-mute your microphone instead of racing to mute it right after you join.  Of course, once in a meeting, you have full control over your sharing, camera, microphone and speaker settings and can change to another mode whenever you want, and can always see a list of all participants connected to a meeting.

VidyoDesktop v3.3

There are many more great features in this release and they are all available to Vidyo customers with an active support contact. Please check the release notes on the Vidyo Support Portal for more details and software dependencies

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

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VidyoDesktop VE Delivers Multi-Point Scalable Video Conferencing For Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp

Today we are pleased to announce VidyoDesktop™ Virtual Edition (VE), a video conferencing desktop client that supports Citrix XenDesktop® and XenApp® virtualized solutions. As large-scale adoption of virtual desktop solutions continue, users need access to consistent, high-quality video from any location without being tied to a single client. To read about Citrix’s view on today’s news, check out this blog post from Derek Thorslund, Director of Product Management, Citrix.

VidyoDesktop VE 1

VidyoDesktop VE allows users working in a Citrix XenDesktop or XenApp environment to collaborate real-time through secure, multi-point HD video

Because of applications like VidyoDesktop VE, enterprises – and their increasingly mobile workforce – can now easily broaden their video communications solutions and extend the value of desktop virtualization, with HD quality video, audio and content collaboration. Through universal meeting invitations that are automatically generated as emails or calendar invites at the click of a button, users simply click-to-connect like a web conference. This can all be done in blended mobile, thin and full client environments, which means increased business agility and productivity for users.

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VidyoDesktop VE connects with a number of endpoint form factors via the Vidyo infrastructure

Vidyo’s software-based architecture is well known for its consistent video quality that can work on any device and varying networks. That’s why it’s a great fit for Citrix mobile users who are looking to centralize control and security for their business while reducing costs. Vidyo’s optimized architecture separates video and VDI traffic, which in turn optimizes bandwidth management. By ensuring secure, multi-point video communications, VidyoDesktop VE is the perfect solution for XenDesktop and XenApp users.

To learn more about VidyoDesktop VE for XenDesktop or XenApp, click here!