Vidyo was the host of the 2011 Enterprise Connect party in Orlando Florida and we all had a wonderful time. This was a great way for us to announce our new VidyoRouter Cloud Edition and to answer questions about how its architecture will change the video conferencing industry.
As promised, here are some cool pictures from the evening:
We thank everyone who joined in on the fun and hope that they all enjoyed it as much as we did!
You can still come have a chat with us today and tomorrow at Enterprise Connect, booth #1209: Don’t hesitate to stop by!
Enterprise Connect is buzzing with new and exciting technologies, and among other noteworthy demonstrations, Vidyo is showcasing its just-announced VidyoReplay solution, at Booth #1209.
VidyoReplay allows users to easily webcast and record their Vidyo conferences via their web browser and to watch them either in real time, or at any time after the conference. Users can also record and webcast from Vidyo endpoints, including hand held devices, laptops, desktops and VidyoRoom systems. With VidyoReplay, conferences can be recorded in standard web video file (FLV) format with no proprietary player required to view the recorded content.
Here is a clip recorded over VidyoReplay, of Vidyo’s Director of Product Marketing, Mark Noble, giving a quick overview and demonstration of VidyoReplay’s capabilities:
VidyoReplay has been used in a wide variety of environments ranging from legal firms, healthcare, governmental uses, to applications for K-12 and higher education. Charles Kazilek, Director of Technology Integration and Outreach of Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, uses Vidyo in an ASU classroom setting for high-quality Vidyo exchanges with Smithsonian Institution scientists and researchers located in the jungles of Panama.
“With VidyoReplay we can now capture these valuable interactions to use as an educational resource for larger groups of students to view and learn from; it enhances the learning experience for our faculty and students alike,” he says. “The Vidyo system transforms typical mediated classrooms on campus into real time, research and learning environments. No other video communications solution offers the kind of access, ease-of-use and quality that we’re getting from Vidyo and now, with VidyoReplay, ability to record and broadcast the content of this video collaboration. Vidyo has opened a range of education and research opportunities that we never thought would be possible.”
For more details on VidyoReplay’s technology and offering, click here!
Enterprise Connect 2011 is just around the corner! The show will take place in Orlando, Florida from February 28 to March 3 and will be all about communication technologies that are transforming today’s business world. Needless to say, Vidyo is excited to be part of the discussion and to join in on the fun!
For those not yet familiar with the name “Enterprise Connect”, it’s probably because it has been known for a decade as “VoiceCon”. The folks at VoiceCon realized that we truly are in a fast moving world and communications evolved immensely in the past ten years and they wanted the name of the event to reflect this change. As they explained it themselves, enterprise communications now include voice, video and data media. “VoiceCon” thus became “Enterprise Connect”. With the evolution of bandwidth capacities, of chipsets and with the explosion of the mobile device market, more and more people are now ready to take the next step towards natural, effortless communications… and that is something that we are extremely excited about, here at Vidyo. At this year’s Enterprise Connect, Vidyo will be featured at several sites and events:
- We will be on the Exhibit Floor, at booth #1209, where we will be featuring the recently announced VidyoRouter™ Cloud Edition, the next stage in the VidyoConferencing™ architecture.
- Vidyo has also been honored by industry luminaries and selected from the most progressive enterprise communications companies out as a finalist for the “Best of Enterprise Connect Award”.
- The official Enterprise Connect party will be sponsored by Vidyo this year: over 900 people will be joining us on Monday, March 1 from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm at the Emerald Bay Plaza in the Gaylord Hotel. – Vidyo will also be holding a press conference on Tuesday March 1, from 12 pm to 1.30 pm at the Gaylord Hotel’s Tallahassee 2 Conference Room with Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s co-founder and CEO and Ashish Gupta, Vidyo’s Chief Marketing Officer and SVP Corporate Development. (RSVP required to email@example.com.)
If you’re planning on attending Enterprise Connect 2011, don’t be a stranger! Come by the booth, say hello, and see an amazing demo!
For years, many industry players have been debating which video codec would propel the market forward into the next chapter of video communications. H.264 SVC has now emerged as the industry’s choice, as more companies align with Vidyo’s groundbreaking platform based on the Scalable Video Coding standard. But the innovation is not in the H.264 SVC standard, but in how Vidyo’s architecture can leverage the standard… and today, Vidyo announced the next stage in the evolution of the VidyoConferencing architecture: VidyoRouter™ Cloud Edition.
This game-changing platform allows video conferencing users to get amazing HD video communications from anywhere, on any network, with cost reduced by up to 90%, and free and safe firewall traversal. VidyoRouter Cloud Edition will be key in an IT manager’s arsenal as he balances the challenges of increased user demand for video communications on mobile devices, desktops and room systems with the need to contain network costs.
VidyoRouter Cloud Edition has been selected as an Enterprise Connect Finalist and will debut next week at the show in Orlando, where Vidyo will host the official conference party on Monday night. Vidyo will also host a press conference Tuesday, March 1 to share more on platform leadership.
IBM Lotus Sametime has an interesting history in enterprise presence, chat, meetings and audio/video communication. As a merger between two companies, it was hobbled together to emerge as a leader. Databeam and Ubique were brought together to create a single package of H.323 meeting services and a new idea of “presence awareness.”
The core of IBM Lotus Sametime runs with a Lotus Domino server. This portion of the infrastructure controls presence, awareness, chat and the classic meeting services (such things as screen sharing, whiteboard and some audio/video). Recently, IBM expanded the product to include installation portions on IBM Websphere Application Server (WAS) to enhance the meeting, client proxy access and media services. Network Address Translation (NAT), proxies and all types of firewall rules stop the current meeting services in their tracks. This limits the growth of the media services as companies still look to outside vendors to host all types of meeting services.
Video communication has been slowly ballooning into a daily utility instead of only seen in large corporations with global locations. As I participate in more meetings, webcasts, screensharing and casual business calls, I am being asked if video connectivity is possible.
Businesses are moving through stages and evolution. A big push was the conference calls. Soon screen sharing was available and travel started declining. But the face to face portion needed a comeback. The phone alone does not promote the full mental image of how the person is receiving our message. Visual indicators have long been a form of adjusting your conversation. Being able to see a reaction, distraction and provide early action helps everyone feel they are making sound business decisions.
There are quite a few partners trying to integrate with Lotus Sametime, and a new partner recently emerged who exceeded my expectations of capabilities. That was Vidyo. I first read their press release and then I read the website to find eight products emcompassing a huge array of capabilities, even up to broadcast TV capability.
Imagine bringing the type of technology that Vidyo delivers to a leader in presence awareness in the enterprises? Both sides of this puzzle win. Lotus Sametime users get cutting edge, HD-quality video technology. Vidyo gains another entry point to new customers to offer more of their portfolio.
With LDAP directory authentication, Vidyo can see your Domino directory. With browser support across the board, no company should face compatibility issues. And Vidyo can optimize its transport to accommodate any bandwidth constraints. I am excited to investigate and test their portfolio even more.
Note: No compensation or exchange was made for writing this blog posting. I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading and testing some of the technology. That sold me so far.
Here is the video clip of my interview with Vidyo’s Director of Product Marketing Mark Noble:
Chris Miller is the Director of Messaging and Collaboration for Connectria, the largest hosting provider for Lotus software. He is known as IdoNotes across the social networks. He is the founder of Spiked Studio Productions, which produces numerous podcast and webcasts including IdoNotes, TheSocialGeeks, TheSocialNetworker, ConsultantInYourPocket, Lotusphere Podcasts, Notes in 9 and more. You can find and contact him on any network as @IdoNotes.
Barcelona, Spain is presently buzzing with close to 50,000 international visitors to the Mobile World Congress, where the best and the brightest companies and products from all over the globe are being exhibited, and in-depth sessions covering the industry’s key growth areas are being held. It’s a veritable “who’s who” of the Mobile industry and Vidyo is in the center spotlight of several exciting demos from leading players in the market. Check out who is featuring Vidyo at Mobile World Congress!
Alcatel-Lucent and Verizon Wireless in a live 4G multi-continent gaming and live video conferencing demonstration between Barcelona and a moving 4G LTE-enabled vehicle in the United States.
Alcatel-Lucent in a demonstration of high-quality video conferencing via TD-LTE, between passengers driving in a brand new Audi A8 automobile wired for broadband with LTE, cruising the neighborhood around the Arts Hotel in Barcelona, and people at the LTE TDD/FDD International Summit inside the hotel.
Intel in a demonstration featuring a multiparty HD Vidyo™ conference using WiMAX and LTE, connecting three Intel-based tablets running Windows® 7 positioned at different booths located within the MWC Exhibit Hall, and a PC desktop participant at a remote location, connected via the Internet.
If you happen to be at MWC in Barcelona right now (lucky you!) make sure to experience Vidyo in a live multi-player, multi-continent gaming and multi-party audio/video conferencing by visiting the Verizon Wireless booth (Hall 8, Stall 8C55) and/or the Alcatel-Lucent booth (Hall 6, Stall 6C23). You can also view the WiMAX and LTE demonstration at Intel’s Booth (Stall 8B192 in Hall 8).
Here is a clip of the demonstration of gaming and VidyoConferencing over Verizon’s 4G network at the Alcatel Lucent booth:
In case you missed this, in early January, Al Roker – from The Today Show – featured Vidyo on his other morning broadcast on the Weather Channel, “Wake Up With Al.” He was highlighting the coolest of the cool products at CES, and Vidyo was a featured segment on hot tablets. Al was clearly impressed with our product and demonstrated that he knows the correct way to spell V-I-D-Y-O!
As part of the ng Connect Program’sVirtual Personal Stylist demo at CES earlier this month, Vidyo’s HD video conferencing technology provided the personal interaction between the demo’s “consumers” and “product consultants.” ng Connect is the multi-industry initiative driving the development of next generation broadband services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) and other enabling technologies.
The demonstration showcased a technology-enriched retail experience and also involved world-renowned icons of style such as ELLE, L’Oréal USA, Bloomingdale’s and AQUA. Check out this video in which our own Mark Noble, Vidyo’s Director of Product Marketing, explains the demo. And yes … that gorgeous blonde IS an ELLE model standing next to him!
What a great way to kick-off 2011… with two new awards to add to our ever-growing list of industry accolades. Telepresence & Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter’s list for the Best Achievements of the Year 2010 was just published, and Vidyo was cited for its “innovation, products that disrupt the market, affordable prices, and success in the market place.”
Vidyo CEO Ofer Shapiro with several devices running Vidyo (Room System, HP Touch Smart Desktop, Mac, Netbook, Laptop PC, iPad, iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy)
For “Industry Leader of the Year 2010”, the publication awarded the honor to Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s co-founder and CEO. According to Richard Line, editor of Telepresence & Videoconferencing Insight, “Ofer Shapiro has over fifteen years of experience in bringing disruptive technology to market … (his) performance as CEO in developing Vidyo, Inc. to such a mature company with disruptive technology over the last five years is an outstanding achievement.”
Vidyo was also recognized for having “The Most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 2010- The new Vidyo HD videoconferencing architecture called VidyoConferencing™.” According to Telepresence & Videoconferencing Insight: ”Vidyo’s system is simple to use and maintain; it offers a 10 x increase in capacity and it is inexpensive. All these are requirements for mass adoption … The VidyoConferencing architecture provides HD quality video over the Internet and other general purpose networks without causing high latency or picture degradation. These improvements to the video meeting experience are very desirable and represent a new paradigm of videoconferencing recognized by other industry analysts, including Frost and Sullivan (January 2009) and Wainhouse Research (December 2009), and also the Wall Street Journal (September 2010). Vidyo HD videoconferencing architecture is deservedly chosen as the ‘Most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 2010’.”
We would also like to congratulate Vidyo technology partner Teliris for being named VC Insight’s 2010 Telepresence Company of the Year!
Now that we’ve been able to catch our breath after being blown away by the annual whirlwind that’s known as CES, we thought we’d share some of what we thought were the highlights for Vidyo during this truly amazing experience!
First, let’s talk about our great evening at CES ShowStoppers, where Vidyo demonstrated its HD multipoint video conferencing over the Internet. Our demo was quite a hit, as we connected a variety of consumer devices including laptops, an iPad, iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the new Google Nexus S running “Gingerbread” with enterprise room systems. The significance of this demonstration is that, as we enter a new era of feature-rich smart phones and tablets, we’re going to want them to connect with our PCs and Macs, desktops and laptops, even video conferencing room systems… and ONLY Vidyo’s unique architecture makes this possible today. Our solution for mobile devices is currently being piloted by a telecom carrier in Europe and we believe these services will be broadly available to consumers around the world before the end of this year.
Then in the CES Exhibit Hall, Vidyo was rubbing shoulders with some major Fashion Industry icons! Thanks to our collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent and ELLE Magazine, as part of the ng Connect Program’s Virtual Personal Stylist, a new retail concept for shoppers, Vidyo’s HD video conferencing technology was featured, demonstrating “real-time” personal interaction between consumers and product consultants.
The new ng Connect Virtual Personal Stylist Program
In a nutshell … CES was, indeed, a great way to start this New Year and a great experience for Vidyo. We anticipate following this up with more extraordinary events, announcements and industry firsts, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted!