Vidyo Surpasses 100 Patents and 10 years of Video Conferencing Innovation

Vidyo recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It’s amazing to contrast the range of products that we offer today, and the number of people that we reach every day through our software solutions with the first meetings of the early days. What started off as mere concepts on whiteboards and presentation slides has translated to technology that has changed our industry in very significant ways.


Vidyo’s software-based approach limits the need for transcoding and associated infrastructure.

I could describe these changes in various terms – changes in product architectures, standards, industry best practices, and so on – but there is a great measurement of innovation that has the benefit of originating from objective third parties: patent offices. As it turns out, Vidyo recently celebrated the issuance of its 100th worldwide patent.

Vidyo was founded in order to build a disruptive, new architecture for large-scale, very high quality video communication, on virtually any network and device. From day one, as a new company in a space of considerable technological complexity, it sought to protect its innovations through patent applications filed in the US and elsewhere around the globe. These patent applications started producing results within a few years, with our first patent being issued in the US on September 22, 2009 (US Pat. Nr. 7,593,032) and the 100th being issued in the US on July 7, 2015 (US Pat. Nr. 9,078,004). As of today Vidyo has a total of 108 patents worldwide.


Vidyo’s First Patent issued in the United States – September 22, 2009


Vidyo’s 100th Patent issued in the United States – July 7, 2015

Vidyo’s patents span a wide range of subjects. Some relate directly to our products, some have been found essential to practice certain industry standards in video compression and communication, and some describe more strategic technology explorations. Several apply to more than one category.

Although each patent has its own history and background, I chose to highlight here two particular patent “families.” (By patent family we typically refer to an invention for which patents are being pursued at multiple jurisdictions around the world, and which may result even in multiple actual patents in the same jurisdiction.)

The first family happens to include our very first issued patent, US Pat. Nr. 7,593,032.  The title, “System and Method for a Conference Server Architecture for Low Delay and Distributed Conferencing Applications,” describes certain aspects of the operation of our VidyoRouter. The VidyoRouter is a cornerstone of Vidyo’s technical architecture, in that it takes advantage of scalable video coding to deliver an unprecedented range of features (error resilience and localization, rate adaptation, personalized layout, cascading, etc.) with extremely low delay (an order of magnitude less than a typical MCU) and at a massive scale – and all that without any signal processing at the server. The VidyoRouter’s design did not exist as a concept in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) specifications when it was first introduced in our products in 2008.  For example, the RTP Topologies RFC, RFC 5117, published at the same time, did not foresee it. We have subsequently introduced the concept of the “Selective Forwarding Unit” (SFU), now incorporated into the RTP Topologies update (which should replace RFC 5117 soon), to cover this design using a generic, non-commercial term.

The second patent family that I would like to highlight includes US Pat. Nr. 9,077,964, “Systems and Methods for Error Resilience and Random Access in Video Communication Systems.” As the title suggests this patent deals with error resilience. It covers a key concept for achieving error resilience through the use of temporal scalability. The concept is very simple: by using temporal scalability, one merely has to protect the lowest temporal layer, typically one fourth or one half of the original pictures, rather than the entire set of pictures. Since these pictures are now at two or four times the temporal distance, the system can use retransmission to recover any parts of them that may be lost.  Using a design that allows the system to detect such loss with the very first packet that it correctly receives, one can achieve error resilience that is an order of magnitude higher than techniques that use non-scalable video. At Vidyo we decided that this technique would be of significant value to the entire industry and so proposed its inclusion in all RTP payload formats of relevant codecs: H.264 SVC (RFC 6190), H.265, VP8, and VP9. We submitted intellectual property rights (IPR) disclosures at the IETF that ensure that people who implement these standards can use it*. At the same time, certain claims of the 9,077,964 patent and other Vidyo patents have also been found essential for implementing the H.264 SVC and H.265 codecs, and we have licensed the relevant claims through the corresponding patent pools managed by MPEG-LA, thus making it easier for people to make use of these standards as well.

These two patent families highlight two important dimensions of Vidyo’s technology development efforts, which form a continuous balancing act. Some innovations we maintain exclusively to Vidyo, as they are part of what makes Vidyo unique. Some others we believe are better suited to be incorporated into standards so that anybody can have access to them, thus benefitting the entire industry – both producers and users (ourselves included, of course!). As the industry matures further, one can expect more and more technical features to become standardized, as new ones come in to define differentiation. This has been the traditional development cycle of standardization and innovation for a long time, and one in which we expect to continue to be an active participant.

It’s been a fascinating journey – and a real privilege to be part of the team that is making it happen. On to the next 100!

Talking Telemedicine: Mayo Clinic, HealthSpot and Vidyo Increase Access to High-Quality Care for Rural Patients

Telemedicine is taking root – patients and doctors are embracing new technology to increase accessibility, save time and cut costs all while reimbursement for telemedicine appointments is becoming increasingly important providers and state legislatures. As telemedicine progresses, we’re seeing the face-to-face interactions between doctors and patients, move beyond the traditional definition of video conferencing.



In telemedicine, doctors and patients can have even more efficient, valuable consultations with the addition of easy-to-use medical devices that gather, send and analyze data in real time to the physician. Leveraging the VidyoWorksTM platform, HealthSpot virtual healthcare kiosks do just this by connecting patients to providers in retail clinics and pharmacies. HealthSpot kiosks come outfitted with integrated tools such as blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, stethoscopes and otoscopes to give the physician on the other side of the screen a better understanding of what is ailing a patient. Once a diagnosis is given, the physician can send the prescription to the pharmacy (where the kiosk is located, convenient for patients). See Video: HealthSpot Experience at Rite Aid

Recently HealthSpot, Mayo Clinic and Austin Public Schools in Southeast Minnesota entered a pilot program, bringing a HealthSpot kiosk to the area. Prior to the pilot, residents in the Austin area could spend hours travelling to see a doctor. See a video of the kiosk in use in Minnesota here.

“This allows technology and innovation in medicine where the medicine can come to us in rural Minnesota, so people don’t have to take a whole day off of work to travel to Rochester or the Twin Cities or just go to their doctor. They can do it right here, and right where they are,” said Representative Peggy Bennett.*


Representative Peggy Bennett gets her blood pressure tested at a HealthSpot kiosk in Austin

Minnesota passed legislation requiring private insurance companies to reimburse providers for telemedicine services, but a gap for Medicare patients remains. Learn more about the Minnesota program here.

Vidyo is also used by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 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.

More than 40 of the top 100 Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs), such as Partners Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente®, United Health and Anthem Blue Cross, use the VidyoWorks platform to power integrated telemedicine solutions. Vidyo technology is also integrated with top global EHR management systems including Epic, Cerner and EMIS to embed video communication into existing EHR workflows.

*Source: KTTC “Telemedicine: Healthcare of the Future?” 

Vidyo in India: Embracing Video Conferencing

Over the past few years in India, Vidyo has seen a significant upswing in adoption of its video conferencing technology, deployment of integrated video communications applications, as well as partnerships across verticals and with service providers– a true testament to the scale, flexibility and value of the VidyoWorks™ platform!

India Government Mobile Video Conferencing

VidyoMobile™ being used by the Government of Andhra Pradesh on a tablet. 

Because Vidyo works on virtually any device and network, either in the cloud or on premises – it is the perfect fit for the specific market challenges in India. With bandwidth being a constant obstacle, Vidyo is the foolproof solution to connect and collaborate using public Internet and wireless networks that can affordably scale as needed.

The need for reliable, scalable technology has become particularly relevant in the Government sector. The Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Conferencing Facility is an example of a colossal Vidyo deployment at the state level where more than 1,200 Vidyo rooms have been deployed across Andhra Pradesh & Telangana’s 23 districts and 1,100 Mandals.

To learn more on the Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Conferencing Facility watch this video case study.

Andhra Pradesh Technology Services (APTS) launched the massive network that provides the State Secretariat in Hyderbad with a direct video conferencing connection to all 1007 district zones across the state, facilitating visual interaction between top level officials and field level personnel.

The national and state governments’ focus on ensuring digital workflows has driven large scale adoption of Vidyo’s technology across multiple departments, from State High Courts to the Department of Financial Services and Department of Education to Premier Government Technical and Management Colleges such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Management (IIMs).

Vidyo partnerships with top service providers like SIFY and Arkadin have also contributed significantly to Vidyo’s success in India. Most recently, our partnership with Airtel, India’s number one telecom provider, has allowed Vidyo to not only grow its footprint, but has given us the opportunity to act as a key thought leader in the video communication and collaboration arena.

Airtel and Vidyo Economic Times

Every month over the course of the next year, Vidyo and Airtel, in conjunction with the Economic Times will be presenting to customers and prospects on the value of video conferencing in business work flow. Listen to our first cooperated effort on the power and potential of video collaboration and watch our TV segment on ET Now: Empowering Enterprises.

But of course Vidyo’s versatile technology is permeating several industries across India! Powerful integrations in the financial services space, such as IndusInd, provided India with the first “face-to-face” online banking experience, and Reliance Mutual, a top Capital Asset Management company in India, also uses Vidyo to power their Video Chat function that allows distributors to connect with Reliance Mutual experts. Together these companies are driving interest in Vidyo across banking services throughout India!

IndusInd Mobile Video Banking

VidyoWorks powers Video Branch, a mobile and desktop-based banking service deployed across India. 

And keep your ear to the ground for new Vidyo applications in Healthcare – yet another vertical that is recognizing the immense benefits of real time video communication. Multiple VidyoWorks integrations are on the horizon that will boost the quality of care and promote better patient outcomes in various healthcare platforms across the country.

With a population of more than 1.25 billion people, almost 980 million mobile connections, the impending launch of 4G services nationwide and around 300 million Internet connections* – the Indian market is ready to embrace the next generation of video communication.

Sunny Rao is general manager of India and can be reached at



Vidyo Teams with Logitech to Put Customers First

Vidyo is very proud to announce our participation in the Logitech Collaboration Program! Together, we will provide our customers with an exceptional integrated collaboration experience, by enhancing business solutions with seamless, face-to-face video communication. Vidyo’s group and personal solutions work with a broad range of industry standard peripheral devices for VidyoRoom™ and VidyoDesktop™ deployments. See a full list and details here.

Logitech LCP

“Vidyo’s software based platform delivers high definition, multipoint visual communications on virtually any device and network,” said Mark Noble, Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Vidyo. “Professional grade cameras like Logitech’s CC3000e deliver superb HD quality pictures that complement and leverage Vidyo’s industry-leading video conferencing technology. We are happy to support this Logitech camera, among others, for our growing customer base who have come to expect the best quality the market has to offer.”

Vidyo’s patented, innovative technology puts high definition, multipoint video communications within reach of anyone on any device and network. We are excited to be working with Logitech to deliver the best experiences and solutions for our customers.

“The Logitech Collaboration Program will focus on an exceptional user experience by enhancing business communications with end-to-end solutions that simply work,” said Jason Moss, general manager of Logitech’s collaboration group. “Working together with industry-leading technology companies on the integration of Logitech products will provide improved product functionality, customized user experiences, and will accelerate new innovations into the collaboration market.”

Some Logitech® Cameras that Vidyo supports include:

Logitech supported-cameras

You can learn more about the Logitech Collaboration Partner Program here.

Vidyo Commits to Growth and Innovation

Growth and innovation are top priorities for Vidyo. A strong global brand and partner ecosystem are key components to Vidyo’s ongoing growth so, we have combined the Marketing and Business Development teams to accelerate momentum and leverage synergies.

Vidyo Sam Waicberg

Sam Waicberg will head this effort as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Sam assumes immediate responsibility for all of Vidyo’s Marketing and Business Development activities including global alliances, strategic partners and ecosystem.

Prior to Vidyo Sam was with GENBAND, serving in two capacities, initially as their Chief Marketing Officer and then as Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. Leading up to GENBAND, Sam served as the President and CEO at Iperia, a unified messaging platform provider.

Vidyo has a history of driving innovation and video conferencing has never been more mainstream than it is right now. We are at a moment in time where user adoption, technology advances, and the promise of “smart” connectivity through the Internet of Things, are coalescing and enhancing the way we communicate in our every day lives. Vidyo is uniquely positioned to deliver the technology necessary to bring video-enabled healthcare, banking and safety applications to life.- connecting people for better face-to-face communication.

As we look forward toward what’s next for Vidyo, a key area is the opportunity to expedite growth through fostering our ecosystem of partners. “Enabling partners to develop and deploy new and innovative solutions, based on the VidyoWorks Platform, will propel us into global markets with greater scale and reach, faster than what we can achieve on our own,” said Waicberg. “It’s an exciting time to be at Vidyo and I look forward to addressing the many areas of opportunities with the support of this powerful, combined team!”

I am happy to welcome Sam into this new role and am excited to see the impactful work this team will generate.

Vidyo Positioned as Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant!

Vidyo Group Conference

Great news! Gartner issued their first Magic Quadrant for the topic of Group Video Systems and Vidyo was one of only three companies positioned in the critically important “Leaders” quadrant!* We see this as a tremendous acknowledgment of both Vidyo’s vision and Vidyo’s ability to execute. Read more about the report in our latest Gartner Newsletter!

According to Gartner, “The introduction of innovative new form factors, software infrastructure and cloud services is reshaping enterprise video collaboration. The following vendors offer potential for greater reach, scale and interoperability while addressing the most critical video user cases.”

Gartner goes on to say, “Group video systems primarily serve the need for high-quality video interaction across a range of meeting room sizes. In addition to one or more screens of video, these systems allow for content sharing, as well as integration with unified communications (UC) platforms. As participants join meetings from outside the conference room, these systems also accommodate desktop and mobile endpoint add-on while providing continuity of experience.”

We believe that being placed as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant is confirmation of Vidyo’s market momentum. Today customers of all sizes including those requiring extreme security are using Vidyo to visually connect their global teams, and customers, providing the highest level of collaboration tailored to the specific needs of each company.

The VidyoWorks™ platform is being selected by enterprise companies, financial services, telemedicine providers and government agencies and offers an innovative alternative to incumbent providers. Vidyo offers enterprise companies the best and most affordable way to connect and collaborate and as our customers tell us, ‘it just works.’

Don’t forget to learn more about the report in our latest Gartner Newsletter.

* Source: Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Group Video Systems, by Robert Mason and Tom Eagle, July 15, 2015

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Look Out, Drone Stampede!

Vidyo Stampede Drone Slide

Well ok, not really, but this week Vidyo partner Stampede did announce that it is bringing drone-based video conferencing to life with Vidyo. How does it work? Drones connected to Vidyo endpoint software are able to bring live video feeds into a video conference, providing up-to-the minute bird’s eye-view content for those who need real-time visual information. Stampede’s new solution is a one-stop-shop for ProAV dealers – providing the hardware, software, training and consulting services needed for a complete drone deployment solution. See a video of the drone in action.

There is a lot of conversation around drones – but the novelty often overshadows their real-life applications for the enterprise and public sector. Drones can be used to bring eyes to situations more efficiently and easily. For example, helicopters are currently used to monitor and inspect oil pipelines and oil fields, which can rack up a cost of $1,500/ hour to operate, not including pilot or other personnel fees. A drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) could bring closer observation than a traditional helicopter at a fraction of the price. An especially relevant use case emerging this week is the use of drones to spot and better understand the behavior of sharks offshore in Southern California.

Drones Landing PadThe Drones Have Landed at InfoComm 2015!

Vidyo is already working closely with police, EMTs, emergency responders and internal communications agencies to help them enhance their current communications and video conferencing capabilities with live images from drones. The VidyoWorksTM software platform affords the flexibility to integrate with off-the-shelf video-enabled devices like drones, medical telemetry equipment, and smart glasses, and connect quality video streams over wireless Internet connections with a diverse set of endpoints.

This announcement coincides with InfoComm 2015, where Stampede and Vidyo are showcasing the solution at the Stampede Unmanned Vehicle University Drone Pavilion (#7042). Vidyo is committed to supporting its many partners at InfoComm2015 including Stampede, Ricoh (#4043) and Barco (#2529).

See a video of the drone in action and additional photos below!

Drone In Flight - VidyoUncaged Drone Stops by the Vidyo Table

Drone Cage InfoCommThe Drone Cage

Vidyo Receives Partner of the Year Recognition From Intel for Workplace Transformation Solutions


Intel Award and Vidyo

Vidyo was recently selected as a winner of the Partner of the Year award in the category of Workplace Transformation Solutions at the 2015 Intel® Solutions Summit (ISS) North America.

Intel Solutions Summit is one of the most prestigious channel events in North America. This invitation-only conference enables top-tier Intel Technology Providers to connect with other Intel channel partners, Intel executives and receive updates on the latest technologies, market trends and Intel product innovations. Each year, Intel honors its Platinum partners for excellence in various categories. The Partner of the Year award in Workplace Transformation Solutions recognizes the Intel partner that adds value for the end consumer through integration of hardware, software and services to deliver increased collaboration without wires or passwords.

Vidyo’s alternative approach to expensive, network-dependent video conferencing solutions leverages the VidyoWorksTM software platform and APIs to deliver a simple, high-quality, embedded visual communications. To open new use cases that fully leverage the power of the VidyoWorks platform, Vidyo selected the Intel NUC as the hardware platform to move its multi-party software endpoint solution beyond the conference room. Today, the entire Vidyo solution runs on Intel platforms, from the software based infrastructure that provides the video conferencing, interoperability and recording services, to the clients that run on PCs, laptops and mobile devices as native apps or inside web browsers. Used to power self-service kiosks with live video assistance, light weight medical carts for mobile telemedicine in clinical settings, huddle spaces throughout enterprises to facilitate seamless collaboration regardless of location, and many other diverse applications, Vidyo and Intel are enhancing productivity and transforming work place solutions through effective visual communication.

“Intel is proud to honor our outstanding partners within the computing industry,” said Todd Garrigues, Director of North America Partner Marketing. “We feel privileged to showcase partners who demonstrate and deliver innovative customer solutions based on Intel technologies.”

Vidyo has worked closely with Intel over the years and is proud to receive this recognition for Workplace Transformation Solutions. From delivering the first mobile multipoint video conference on an Intel mobile platform in 2010 to enabling video collaboration on virtually any device today, Intel is an important part of Vidyo’s past and future.

Intel Award - Bala

Bala Pitchandi, Director of Engineering, Vidyo, receives the Workplace Transformation Partner of the Year award at ISS 2015


Vidyo Powers the Telemedicine Ecosystem


This month’s 20th annual Telemedicine Meeting & Trade Show (ATA) in Los Angeles brought together innovative companies spanning the entire telemedicine ecosystem. Healthcare has long been a key priority for Vidyo and our growing footprint in the industry has never been more apparent. During ATA Vidyo’s technology was on display not only at the heavily trafficked Vidyo booth, but also across the showfloor as the video conferencing engine behind more than 30 exhibitors’ telemedicine solutions covering the entire continuum of care.

Additionally, Vidyo’s own Amnon Gavish, Senior Vice President of Vertical Solutions, who has been an active member of the ATA for six years was recently named Industry Council Chair for the ATA. In this role Amnon will become a member of the ATA Board of Directors representing the Industry Council, and interact with high-level decision makers, participate in proactive messaging and promotion of telemedicine and influence change on issues important to the industry.

What’s more, Gartner has recognized Vidyo in its Cool Vendors in Healthcare Providers report for 2015 based on tremendous market momentum and leadership. This momentum includes the decision by 40 of the top 100 Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs), such as Partners Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente and WellPoint, to use the VidyoWorksTM platform to power integrated telemedicine solutions and the use of Vidyo technology by top global EHR management systems including Epic, Cerner and EMIS to embed video communication into existing EHR workflows.

The VidyoWorks platform is present at all levels in healthcare, from clinicians to payors to patients, and Vidyo is at the forefront of the telemedicine industry. Vidyo believes that telemedicine is coming of age, as evidenced in the infographic below. Now is the time for telemedicine and Vidyo is proud to play an integral part in making healthcare to the home a reality for organizations working across the healthcare ecosystem.


Vidyo’s Leadership in Healthcare and Financial Services Recognized by Frost & Sullivan

Frost and Sullivan AwardIn a sign of Vidyo’s increasing footprint and influence, Frost & Sullivan announced that Vidyo was selected as the winner of the 2015 North American Customer Value Leadership Award for its critical role in eliminating barriers to the mass adoption of video conferencing solutions in the North American healthcare and financial services markets. The VidyoWorksTM platform allows organizations like healthcare providers and financial institutions, system integrators, and software developers to video-enable applications and workflows.

“Vidyo has consistently focused on the core principles of simplicity and reliability to address the growing demand for more user-friendly video collaboration,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Director Roopam Jain. “As a result, it has successfully disrupted the market and seen strong adoption for both B2B as well as emerging B2C applications in healthcare and financial services.” Healthcare Engagement

In healthcare Vidyo’s solution delivers HD video conferencing into the home, expanding patient access across diverse care settings for better patient outcomes. In banking, Vidyo enables financial institutions to conduct secure click-to-connect HD video meetings between customers and service representatives, branch managers and portfolio executives on mobile devices and desktops. Examples of Vidyo’s traction in healthcare include Mercy Safewatch and American Well. IndusInd Bank is a prime example of Vidyo’s mobile banking capabilities.

Over Shoulder of Woman In Kitchen Using Laptop - Online Chat with Nurse or Doctor on Screen.“Vidyo has effectively leveraged its expertise in video solutions to reposition video communications from an endpoint solution to an integral part of the workflows in healthcare and banking,” noted Jain. “It has truly enhanced customer value through innovation and sound execution, making it a worthy recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s Award.”

Vidyo is proud to receive this prestigious honor and looks forward to continuing success and recognition in all markets where visual communications can benefit business outcomes.

Learn more on Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards and read the full award brief here.



Amnon Gavish, Senior Vice President of Vertical Solutions, recently accepted the award on behalf of Vidyo at the Frost & Sullivan Awards Gala in Boston, MA.