Vidyo on the Road: InfoComm and WebRTC Wrap-Ups

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CEO Ofer Shapiro shows off Vidyo’s 4K Ultra HD video experience on the VidyoRoom™ HD-230

The Vidyo team hit the road last week attending InfoComm in Las Vegas and the WebRTC Conference and Expo in Atlanta. At both events, we participated in a number of industry panels and presentations, as well as demonstrated our latest advancements in visual communications and WebRTC technology to show attendees. Check out the recap of our activities and photos from each show below. Did you attend InfoComm or the WebRTC Conference? If so, share your show experiences or photos in the comment section!

InfoComm, June 18-20

The largest annual gathering of AV professionals in the world, this year’s show drew a record attendance of more than 37,000 visitors spanning 110 countries to sizzling Las Vegas. Our CEO, Ofer Shapiro, and VP of Strategic Marketing, Mark Noble, participated in a number of panels during the show, discussing hot topics including the future of desktop and mobile, smarter working and collaboration tools, and WebRTC. Additionally, Vidyo co-sponsored an IMCCA breakfast that demonstrated the latest UC technologies in the market.

On the show floor, Vidyo’s booth buzzed with customers and attendees coming to check out our most recent product demonstrations. From our VidyoRoom™ Software Edition (SE) and 4K capabilities to our VidyoWorks™ enabled contact center reference design, visitors saw first-hand why Vidyo’s solutions were deemed as a must-see at this year’s show.

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Vidyo’s Mark Noble speaks on an industry panel discussing WebRTC and its impact on the visual communications market

WebRTC Conference and Expo, June 17-19

Atlanta played host to the 4th annual WebRTC Conference and Expo. Vidyo’s Chief Scientist and Co-founder, Alex Eleftheriadis, and Solutions Architect, Ami Barzelay, spoke in a number of WebRTC conference sessions ranging from contact center integration, how to manage and scale WebRTC, and its role within customer service applications. Additionally, Alex delivered a keynote on Vidyo’s platform architecture highlighting why it is a perfect match for WebRTC, and introduced our new VidyoWorks™ JavaScript library for WebRTC that will be available to developers in September 2014. Vidyo showed a demo of the work we are doing on Scalable VP9, and demonstrated the advantages and flexibility of Vidyo’s software clients as you progress from desktop video conferencing, plug-in based web browser conferencing, and our native WebRTC client.

Vidyo was awarded “Best Conferencing” at the show as a result of our successful live demonstrations over the course of two days!  Alex was also recognized with a “WebRTC Pioneer Award” during a special awards dinner.

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Alex Eleftheriadis demonstrates current Vidyo development of the VP9 codec with scalability during Vidyo’s keynote address at the WebRTC Conference and Expo

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Vidyo’s WebRTC client is demonstrated at the show booth

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Ami Barzelay demonstrating the endpoint software that netted Vidyo the show’s “Best Conferencing” award

Vidyo Introduces Industry’s First Ultra HD Soft Room System

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.

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.

 

Vidyo’s Video Technology Solutions Featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

Vidyo’s healthcare video conferencing technology, which enables healthcare providers to perform HD video consultations with patients from their homes, was featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer in a telemedicine report by Paula Faris: Cutting Your Doctor Bills in Half Without Going to the Doctors Office | 5/19/2014 – ABC News.

The ABC News story examines the cost benefits associated with online virtual video consultations that allow physicians to perform exams and write prescriptions at a fraction of the cost of an in-person visit.

According to Michelle Katz, ABC’s healthcare consumer advocate, “Doctors perform virtual medical exams, even writing new prescriptions — it’s forty to fifty dollars per use, which is about half the cost of the average doctor’s visit. Telemedicine is already backed by many hospitals and major health insurers even Medicare and Medicaid.” But for most families, Michelle says they don’t even know it’s an option.

Check out the full story here:

Vidyo is the video technology solutions provider behind American Well’s telemedicine platform, also featured in the ABC news segment, and has, in recent years, been a leading technology innovator in telemedicine with its VidyoWorks™ platform.  The complete, end-to-end solution enables HD video communications and images to be accessed from virtually any device.

For more information, please read an analyst report on Vidyo in Healthcare or visit www.vidyo.com. 

Vidyo “Inside” the future of telehealth & telemedicine solutions

The traditional healthcare delivery model is undergoing a major transition, shaped by the increasing integration of technology we use daily within our personal and professional lives. From mobile applications to medical consultations via video, new telehealth practices and technologies are allowing patients healthcare access anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Because of our feature-rich APIs, Vidyo is leading the charge in the way telemedicine is being delivered around the world. Our technology allows video to be integrated into various telehealth platforms, networks and devices, at an easy-to-use, low price point unmatched by other video conferencing providers without sacrificing key features. A shining example of this is Mercy’s SafeWatch system, powered by Vidyo.

Mercy’s SafeWatch is the largest single-hub TeleICU in the country. Spanning across four states, 15 hospitals and monitoring close to 500 Philips TelelCU beds, this new telehealth service enables specialists to continually monitor critical patients and data, and interact via Vidyo with bedside medical teams, ICU patients and their families from one central command center. Deployed across a geographical region traditionally known to be difficult for patients to receive quick, acute healthcare and medical consultations due to its rural nature, Vidyo’s integration into Mercy’s SafeWatch system helps to provide timely, personalized care regardless of physical distance.

Check out more pictures below of Vidyo’s telemedicine solutions powering Mercy’s SafeWatch. We believe this state-of-the-art integrated system is central to the future of medicine, the expansion and delivery of patient care in the U.S., and one that will serve as a new model for healthcare systems across the world.

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Vidyo’s visual communications technology for telehealth is integrated into Mercy’s central TeleICU command center in Chesterfield. Healthcare practitioners are now able to rely on secure, encrypted remote doctor-patient and doctor-doctor interactions that are as close to face-to-face consultations as you can get.

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According to Wendy Deibert (pictured), vice president of Telehealth Services at Mercy, the health system expects to expand the use of Vidyo to even more beds and applications. “With Vidyo we are able to do many things a bedside physician can do, except physically touch a patient. We can see the entire room, from the drips to the ventilator panel, to how the patient looks. We can talk to the family, patient or nurses in the room.”

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As critical patient information and data must be communicated with medical practitioners quickly wherever they may be, Vidyo’s complete end-to-end solution allows for HD video communications and images to be accessed from virtually any device.

Please read our press release on how Mercy is using Vidyo, and our analyst report on Vidyo in Healthcare.

forbes_logo_main-180x45  Vidyo Gets The Jump on Next Generation Telemedicine

WSJ-Logo-170x601  Where Does It Hurt? Log On. The Doctor Is In (Vidyo Customer – American Well)

 

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.

Tesla, SpaceX, Google, Amazon, Aereo, NEST, IBM, Corning, Square and Vidyo

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What a thrill for Vidyo to be included last week on this list of innovators with companies  like Tesla SpaceX, Google, Corning, Amazon, Square, Aereo, IBM and NEST- truly disruptors in their respective industries.

“Few companies have the creative genius to come up with a breakthrough technology, and even fewer have the genius to keep delivering innovative products over the long term,” according to Don Reisinger of eWeek who goes on to say:

“Vidyo is one of the smaller companies in this roundup, but it doesn’t make the firm any less innovative. The startup has invented a way to heavily compress video transmitted over wireless networks, allowing users to hold video-conferencing with just about any device they desire without quality-of-service issues. Vidyo is being used heavily across the enterprise for video conferencing and has become a real sore spot for Cisco’s telepresence initiatives.”

This is not the first time that Vidyo or the VidyoWorks platform have been recognized for innovation that transcends an industry, but we don’t take any of the accolades for granted.  Vidyo CEO Ofer Shapiro was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Tech Pioneer, the company received the WSJ Innovation Award for all of Networking, Broadband and the Internet among all public and private companies, and was cited on the MIT Technology Review’s “50 Most Disruptive Companies”.

Ongoing innovation is part of our DNA at Vidyo and we look forward to tomorrow’s next opportunity.

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 platform enables 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.

Video Conferencing for Government and Local Businesses in Vietnam

We recently announced that FPT Telecom, a leading telecommunications provider in Vietnam, is deploying Vidyo’s services and solutions to various local businesses and government agencies across the country. By utilizing Vidyo’s video conferencing, FPT Telecom customers will be able to reduce time and costs associated with business travel, while increasing overall workplace productivity through simple and affordable HD-quality video solutions.

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(Guests viewed VidyoPanorama 600, HD40, HD230, mobile and desktop solutions in action.)

To celebrate this deployment, Vidyo and FPT held two events last week in Vietnam where they demonstrated the various solutions currently available to customers. Below are some pictures from the celebration, complete with hostesses wearing traditional Vietnamese attire welcoming the 160 guests from local enterprises, government, banks and multinational companies.

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(The Vidyo and FPT Telecom teams celebrating the events.)

Telemedicine: Increasing Access to Healthcare

DrSiddiqui2a[1]When we think about telemedicine, we generally think about equipment, space for hardware, and connectivity. Rarely, do we think about the fact that telemedicine is truly about connecting people. Telemedicine enables patients and physicians to make a connection, a human connection, and make significant decisions regarding one’s immediate or long-term health goals.

Telemedicine increases access to healthcare whether in an urban or rural setting. And nothing better demonstrates this seamless integration of people and technology than a service introduced by the California Telehealth Network, CTN Connect, based on Vidyo’s platform. With use of this service, no longer are telemedicine providers or patients thinking about boxes, equipment and locations. Instead the solution enables healthcare providers to focus more on patients and healthcare delivery.

As simple as this seems, the healthcare community and decision makers need to realize that technology fundamentally changes how we think about and how we deliver healthcare.

As a telemedicine provider for over a decade, I have been tied to my desk because of legacy video conferencing hardware. I often had to run back to my office to see patients or interact with physician colleagues due to the boundaries of older technology. Thankfully this is no longer an issue. Instead, I can now connect with hospitals, clinics and patients anytime, anywhere and on any device. With CTN Connect, I can be in my clinic using my laptop to connect with a patient, walk around the hospital and utilize my tablet to urgently see a patient in the ICU, or be at my desk and deliver a lecture to colleagues hundreds of miles away in multiple locations.

This was the vision of telemedicine that many of us have had for years and now it is a reality.

A situation that clearly demonstrates this ubiquitous access was a young patient I saw a few months ago.

Watch the video above to view this patient’s story - Alexa’s Story 1/30/14 from Vidyo Inc. on Vimeo.

On late Sunday afternoon, I received a call from the emergency department asking for anti-bacterial recommendations for a young woman with calf pain and a high fever.

After briefly speaking with the physician, I questioned the “simple” nature of the case and asked to see the patient. I utilized my tablet to connect to the emergency department and was speaking with the patient and the healthcare team instantly. Within a minute of seeing the patient, I realized that she was critically ill and, in consultation with the on site healthcare team, determined immediate surgical intervention was required.

The patient was fighting for her life as she went into surgery and continued to struggle post-operatively., But because of CTN Connect and the Vidyo platform, I was able to be at the patient’s bedside. speak with her family and work with the healthcare hospital team to deliver state-of-the art healthcare to this young women, regardless of the fact that her hospital was in a rural location.

The ease and simplicity of this telemedicine connection was due to our utilization of the CTN Connect service powered by Arkadin/Vidyo. During the days that followed and throughout this young woman’s care, we never dealt with technology or equipment hurdles. We were able to focus  on what was really important – delivering quality healthcare and focus on the patient’s wellbeing.

This is what telemedicine was meant to be.

These days we use technology in every aspect of our life: we communicate with our loved ones through texting, email and real time video conferencing, we buy clothes and groceries online, we pay bills and manage our money online. These activities represent an integration of technology in the very fabric of our daily activities.

There is no reason why technology cannot have the same impact on our healthcare delivery.

JaveedSiddiqui Javeed Siddiqui MD, MPH is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer for TeleMed2U. In addition to being an Infectious Diseases physician, Dr. Siddiqui is a recognized medical technologist who has previously held an appointment at the School of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Siddiqui has been actively involved in telemedicine and telehealth since 2002 and has been recognized as a national thought leader in these fields. Dr. Siddiqui served as the Medical Director of one the nation’s top telemedicine programs at the University of California, Davis. In addition, Dr. Siddiqui was the first Medical Director of California’s Institute for Science and Innovation, The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society [CITRIS]. Dr. Siddiqui co-founded TeleMed2U in 2010.