VidyoWorks Platform Powers Swisscom Video Conferencing Service

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Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecommunications provider has launched a cloud-based, HD video conferencing service called “Vidia” — using the customizable VidyoWorks™ platform. The new video conferencing service was developed by Swisscom’s software team and runs on the Swisscom Cloud. The massive scalability of the VidyoWorks platformenables Swisscom to extend the Vidia service to hundreds of thousands of users.

“The integration of Vidyo has enabled us to offer our business clients the ability to place HD video conferencing calls. 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,” according to Swisscom’s Head of Transversal Products, Erich Gebhardt.

This is another milestone launch for Vidyo’s service provider business and demonstrates the versatility, and scalability of the platform. That a major telco such as Swisscom used our platform to build this important new service is not only a testament to VidyoWorks, but also points to the relative ease with which telcos can differentiate their offerings and achieve a competitive edge in the market.  The Swiss are renowned for creating high quality, precision-engineered products and the selection of Vidyoworks is further proof of the quality of Vidyo’s platform.

Vidia provides each customer with their own virtual video conferencing room to participate in high quality, multi-party meetings.

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(Meetings can be accessed via a computer, tablet, or smartphone, Android/iOS)

Swisscom is currently offering its customers a free 30-day trial of Vidia.

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. 

 

 

 

Opportunities for Vidyo in the Land of the Sleeping Giant

With the rise of access to the Internet across the vastly populated regions of China, the potential strategic market opportunities in this country are enormous. According to the Harvest Business Review, “The size of the Chinese Internet is staggering. There are almost 600 million Internet users in China now, more than in any country in the world — next highest is the U.S, with 254 million. That’s just 44% of the Chinese population compared to 81% in the U.S., so this gap will continue to grow.” China is also the third largest country in total area behind Russia and Canada and very similar to the United States.

It’s no wonder business leaders around the world are investing in China. Its emerging economy and potential to lead technological innovation provides further reason why the country is known as “the land of the sleeping giant.”

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Over the years, Vidyo has been cultivating strategic relationships with business partners and resellers in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region to promote and distribute its solutions. Demand for scalable, affordable, and high-quality video conferencing is on the rise, and we are very excited to be at the cutting edge. Vidyo recently completed a series of product tours across APAC – from Hong Kong to Korea and Japan – that introduced the company’s latest VidyoConferencing™ innovations.  The product tours concluded with a media event in Beijing with 12 top-tier business and technology journalists. The event featured demonstrations of Vidyo’s new innovations including VidyoRemote™, VidyoSlate™, content collaboration app, VidyoDesktop™3.0, VidyoMobile™ and a new room system with a simpler, intuitive user interface and better performance.

In addition to the “buzz” created by the product tours and media event, Vidyo also announced that Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation deployed the VidyoWorks™ platform to power collaboration and communications for internal meetings among its globally dispersed offices—achieving concurrent multi-point video conferencing between MTR’s headquarters in Hong Kong, and offices in other cities including Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Melbourne, London and Stockholm. Based in Hong Kong, MTR is regarded as one of the world’s leading railways for safety, reliability, customer service and cost efficiency. From its starting base, the corporation has expanded into the Mainland of China and taken on a range of railway-related projects and consultancies internationally.

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And topping off all of this exciting news from the Asia Pacific region is the fact that Vidyo has been  recently recognized as the recipient of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Growth Excellence Award for Desktop Video Collaboration Market. Frost & Sullivan cites that Vidyo’s continued growth in China is a testament to its innovative software platform – opening new markets with applications that address the business needs of customers. Vidyo is outpacing the market with its exceptional quality and affordable video conferencing solutions that deliver superior value and scalability. There is no doubt, we are expanding our leadership position by continuing to deliver innovative solutions to our customers in Asia Pacific.

It is always gratifying to gain continued recognition such as this.  We are honored to hear the praises of media and analysts that the VidyoWorks™ platform is readily able to scale to the challenges of China’s thriving market. Our continued positive reception in APAC reinforces that Vidyo is one of the best video conferencing solutions for global enterprise collaboration and communication.

For more information: www.vidyo.com.

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Vidyo_William-Yu-150x150William Yu is Vice President of Sales, Asia Pacific at Vidyo. William joins Vidyo with over 17 years of video conferencing experience with Lifesize, Polycom and PictureTel. Prior to joining Vidyo, William was with Lifesize Communications, where he was the Director of Sales for APAC and built their channels and sales organization covering 14 countries in the region. William was also the Director of Asia Pacific Sales for Polycom, where he led their expansion into the video conferencing market, and the Regional Technical Manager for PictureTel Asia.

William received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. William is based in Hong Kong.