#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.

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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.

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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!

Vidyo Raises $20 Million to Address Visual Communication in “Internet of Things”

Today Vidyo announced a $20 million round of financing to accelerate the company’s efforts to deliver visual communication solutions that address the explosion in the “connected world” as millions of new devices, appliances, services, platforms and workflow/business processes connect businesses and individuals online at work, at home, in their car or through wearables.

 

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Every day there are announcements of new connected solutions or applications in healthcare, banking, government or enterprise solutions visually connecting people at work. Vidyo makes it possible today to integrate visual communication into these applications, and many others, anywhere, using commodity devices that exist today and will support new applications as they emerge. While the focus of the ‘Internet of Things’ up until now has been on machine-to-machine applications, we are seeing strong demand to visually connect people into workflows for person-to-person applications in the workplace, on the road or at home, all federated with the Internet of Things. We recently spoke with Don Clark from The Wall Street Journal about our vision of how Vidyo will power new applications in the Internet of Things.

Vidyo is powering integrated visual communication in large-scale online banking, healthcare, government and enterprise applications. Vidyo technology is currently deployed in individual networks with capacity exceeding hundred of millions of minutes per year, in other networks exceeding 1,200 VidyoRoomTM systems, and in new form factors and applications such as hospital beds and gaming systems. Vidyo works over public networks and can address the massive scale required for IoT applications, and can be integrated into a company’s workflow or business processes, at the right quality and price point. Click here to learn more about integrating visual communications into any device, any network or any application.

 

Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband. 

 

Vidyo Introduces Industry’s First Ultra HD Soft Room System

 

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 First Ultra HD Soft Room System perfect for customers that require remote participants to see fine details of shared content, like spreadsheets, CAD drawings or medical images.

If yours is like most companies, there are a significant number of collaboration spaces in your organization that are not yet videoconferencing enabled. Given the global nature of our economy today and the well documented productivity benefits of visual collaboration, it begs the question “why haven’t group video conferencing solutions become more pervasive?” The answer boils down to cost and user experience.

Vidyo’s uniquely adaptive software-based architecture has always leveraged the performance benefits of the ever-evolving PC market. It’s no exception that we are able to take advantage of new device enhancements, like 4K displays, to deliver an ever-improving user experience through software only upgrades. Ultra HD as a software only upgrade to our infrastructure, the VidyoRoom™ HD-230 and VidyoPanorama™ 600 are the latest examples of how software solutions protect customer investments where competitive hardware approaches end up obsolete within months of purchase. To make video more pervasive throughout collaboration spaces, the enterprise needs to think differently about the makeup of a group solution for huddle rooms or conference spaces…and now they can.

Today, Vidyo introduced the VidyoRoom SE (Software Edition), the world’s first Ultra HD capable software room system that supports the equivalent screen real estate of 4 x 1080p displays on a single seamless 4K elastic canvas that can be used to render greater than HD shared content in full native resolution. As an installable soft-client, VidyoRoom SE turns off-the-shelf computing platforms into fully functioning group systems with important features like:

  • Far End Camera Control (FECC)
  • Simple single button press calendar integration
  • Shared content automatically rendered on second screen when present
  • Remote controllability from room automation systems, tablets using the free VidyoRemote application or the hand-held remote control

Pair, for example, the VidyoRoom SE with the newest, most cutting edge USB PTZ camera, audio device and display – like off-the-shelf 4K or 1080p monitors, and you have a solution that sets a higher bar for room system performance while making it economically desirable to Vidyo-enable every collaboration space, in the enterprise, including huddle rooms.

 

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VidyoRoom SE turns a convenient meeting place into a Vidyo-enabled workspace or “huddle room”.

With game-shifting innovations from Vidyo, the economics and logistics of video collaboration are radically changing for the better. Businesses are free to choose “best-of-breed” solutions and build integrated, multivendor systems using off-the-shelf, commodity hardware that make prices much more affordable, and configured to their particular need.

To get more information on today’s announcement, click here!

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.

 

MarkNoble4aMark Noble is the VP of Strategic Marketing at Vidyo where he brings over 19 years of experience in the telecommunications and visual collaboration spaces. Mark works closely with customers and partners to develop new opportunities to lower their business and operations costs, while improving productivity and results, via Vidyo solutions. In addition, Mark works closely with the Sales and Marketing teams on positioning, messaging and product marketing programs. Mark’s experience ranges from engineering to business management. Before joining Vidyo, Mark worked at Bell Labs and on the AT&T Wireless account for Lucent. He also managed the development programs at UTStarcom for all wireless and IP softswitch products. Mark is adept at understanding new technologies and identifying new market opportunities that translate into profitable businesses.

 

Video Collaboration on iPads and Android Tablets

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At Vidyo, we believe collaboration is king. While some vendors are playing catch-up – trying to perfect their own video collaboration solutions– Vidyo has already made available VidyoSlate™, a FREE app that allows your tablet to become the ideal second screen content share for any video conference. No more eye-strain, even if you are in the back of a conference room – VidyoSlate gives you the advantage of viewing every piece of information on your own tablet. VidyoSlate is available now on iOS and in Beta for Android.

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VidyoSlate, introduced Fall 2013, enables participants to easily share, view and annotate documents from your iOS or Android tablet. Participants can mark-up and highlight relevant content, simply by using the pen, highlighter and laser pointer tools within the app, creating a dynamic, real-time collaboration environment – right in the palm of their hands!And there’s more! Your work need never be lost – because you can save edits and retrieve documents from your tablet, Dropbox and Box or simply email attachments from the VidyoSlate app to your fellow meeting members.

The integrated calendar lets you view invitations in the app making it simple to directly join a conference. And two-way audio support for VidyoSlate makes it even easier to participate in a collaborative call.

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Vidyo Patent Portfolio: The Keys to Affordable, Scalable, HD Video Conferencing

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Today, we announced that Vidyo has crossed the 50 patents mark, having recently received its 56th patent with 65 patent families in various stages of the patent process. Yesterday, we shared that Vidyo had been named to a list of the Top 10 Innovators along with Tesla, SpaceX, NEST, Google, Amazon, Aereo, Square, Corning and IBM. Patents and innovation go hand-in-hand and Vidyo is driving industry-changing innovation.

Since it first began developing technology and products, Vidyo has actively cultivated an extensive patent portfolio covering its inventions including the VidyoRouter™ architecture, which eliminates the need for a transcoding MCU and QoS-enabled networks.  The VidyoRouter – Vidyo’s core server architecture – and several key Vidyo technologies relating to or extending the H.264, H.265 HEVC and WebRTC standards, as well as numerous other innovations in video communications are responsible for making high quality video communications more natural, scalable, affordable, accessible and robust.

According to Andrew W. Davis, Sr. Partner and co-founder of Wainhouse Research, “Vidyo has continually driven game-changing innovation in the video conferencing industry and the patented VidyoRouter architecture will continue to drive visual communications and human interactions into the next generation of workflow and Internet-connected appliances. The number of patents issued to a company is typically considered a testament to its drive for innovation and proof of its success in exploring the frontiers of what will be possible with today’s and tomorrow’s technology. The Vidyo team has continually been on the cutting edge, and proven to be an effective industry leader in this respect.”

Today’s announcement can be accessed here.

MPEG LA Shares License Terms for HEVC (H.265)

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Vidyo is proud to have played a role in establishing the license terms for the High Efficiency Video Coding Standard (HEVC, also known as H.265), as announced by MPEG LA last week.  According to MPEG LA’s January 16 press release, the cooperation of patent owners to reach common ground was key in making a joint patent license available for the convenience of HEVC adopters.  As work continues on evaluating patents for essentiality and concluding terms in final agreements, the license is currently supported by 25 prospective HEVC essential patent holders including top companies such as Apple, Cisco, LG Electronics, Siemens and others.

As our inclusion in this notable group of “prospective essential patent holders” reflects, Vidyo has contributed to the HEVC standard from the very beginning. Vidyo made multiple contributions to the standard, with a lead role in the development of the HEVC scalable extension, called SHVC, scheduled for technical completion July 2014. To date, Vidyo has made 58 contributions towards the development of HEVC and its SHVC extension.

The SHVC extension is the HEVC parallel of H.264’s Annex G (SVC), and with it, our VidyoRouter™ technology will be able to achieve the same kind of high performance with HEVC that our customers previously experienced with H.264.   Vidyo has been actively involved in MPEG standards for a number of years.  Our involvement with MPEG LA was first announced when we licensed our H.264 Annex G (SVC) Essential Patent to the MPEG-LA patent pool in November of 2012.

We are proud to have a team of innovators who are world-class technologists driving disruption to benefit customers. Vidyo currently holds 47 patents with 68 patent families pending with 10 patents and 15 patent families that may read on the HEVC specification and its forthcoming scalable extension.  With such technological talent, we have enabled the industry’s best video communication applications on the Internet and on mobile.

Since we launched the company in 2008, our unique architecture has eliminated the need for transcoding and enabled ‘technology transparency,’ providing an experience uninterrupted by performance flaws arising from issues like network reliability, MCU driven latency, or end-point capabilities. Most importantly, our VidyoRouter technology implementation will not require a hardware upgrade when the time comes to roll out new standards such as HEVC or the upcoming WebRTC with scalable VP9, which we announced with Google last year. We enthusiastically welcome new standards that create opportunities for interoperability and wide adoption, and that support industry innovation.

This is an affirmation of our proven technological expertise and our commitment to open standards and we are excited at the prospects.

 

Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband. 

 

 

 

VidyoWorks at CES: A Visual Collaboration Platform to Power The Internet of Things

In his keynote address at CES on Tuesday evening, Cisco’s CEO John Chambers envisioned a world in the not-too-distant future in which everyone and everything will be connected via the Internet.  That’s right, “everything.”  Garbage cans, parking spots, street lights, appliances, homes, businesses, hospitals, cars and entire connected cities.  Couple this vision with the key innovations that have emerged from the halls of CES this week — such as wearable technology, interactive cars, Schwinn bicycles, and “smart” appliances (from electric toothbrushes to refrigerators) that are all-knowing and interactive – and it almost seems that in this new world of savvy washing machines and intuitive beds, there won’t be much room for human connection and interaction.  Surely (hopefully) this won’t be the case, but even so, how do we keep human-to-human connection and communication from getting lost in this proliferation of connected everything-else?  We believe that Vidyo has a jump on this.

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Vidyo technology and the VidyoWorks platform and APIs enable innovators to develop a variety of visual communication and collaboration tools and solutions that until recently could only be imagined.  Vidyo’s versatile APIs allow developers to integrate the highest quality interactive video communications into virtually any “smart” device or appliance with similar connectivity and processing power as a smart phone. We’ve already seen Vidyo-enabled cars, medical equipment, educational tools, social networking applications and consumer games, and when there’s a demand for Vidyo-enabled refrigerators or an interaction with a pharmacist via a drone that arrives at your door to deliver your latest prescription, know that it is possible to embed Vidyo communications.

As we’ve highlighted in past blog posts, the affordability, flexibility and power offered by the software-based VidyoWorks platform has sparked the interest and imagination of a wide range of companies and organizations because it can be easily customized for individual enterprise and vertical market video communication needs.

All of the chatter from this week’s CES offers much food for thought about the unstoppable flow of new technologies and the impact it will have on our lives.  With that in mind, we urge developers to keep human connection and interactivity front and center when conjuring up their next game-changing application, cloud service or device.  Perhaps the world is not yet ready for video communications via smart toothbrush, but developers are leveraging VidyoWorks and our APIs today to build amazing apps to power the Internet world.