Vidyo Drives SVC Leadership & Interoperability with RFC 6190

Further evidence of Vidyo’s long term leadership in bringing standards and interoperability to H.264 SVC-based systems!  RFC 6190 is more than random letters and numbers… RFC stands for “Request for Comments” – which is what a finalized standards specification is named to indicate that it is “fixed” (will not change) and can be implemented.  This particular RFC was accomplished, in large part, due to the efforts of two renowned Vidyo technologists, Dr. Alex Eleftheriadis and Dr. Stephan Wenger, who were among the 4 experts in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) who co-authored the specification.

Over the last two years most major video communications companies have adopted SVC-based solutions. This makes SVC interoperability a key agenda item, to ensure market penetration and growth. RFC 6190 is an extremely important stepping stone in this direction, and Vidyo was instrumental in making this happen.

RFC 6190 will be used wherever SVC real time video is transported over IP-based networks, and is considered to be the most significant document for ensuring interoperability of scalable video transmission next to the coding specification defined in the H.264 standard.

Dr. Alex Eleftheriadis, Vidyo co-founder and chief scientist

Alex drives the technical vision and direction for Vidyo and also represents the company on standardization committees and technical advisory boards. He currently serves as chief editor of UCIF’s task group on Scalable Video Coding, working with the forum members to complete the last pieces required to achieve SVC interoperability. He has served as the Editor of the MPEG-4 Systems specification, co-editor of the H.264 SVC Conformance specification, has more than 100 publications and holds 16 patents in the US with 19 more pending.  Alex is a renowned visionary in video compression and communication technology, with several awards and inventions that are used in Blu-ray DVDs and digital television systems.

Dr. Stephan Wenger, CTO of VidyoCast , broadcast division of Vidyo

Stephan is CTO of VidyoCast, Vidyo’s broadcast division, and has been active in the field of media compression and transmission in different roles for over 20 years.  He has been an active contributor in the IETF, ITU, 3GPP, and other standardization organizations with an emphasis on cross-layer optimizations, documented in more than 100 standardization contributions and Internet Drafts.  He has been lead author of H.264 and H.264 SVC and other RTP payload formats for video.  Stephan currently holds nine US patents with several more pending.

For more info, check out the announcement that was released yesterday.


Vidyo Integrates with Microsoft Lync, Delivering its VidyoConferencing to Lync Users Anywhere, Anytime

Interoperability is currently at the core of an important debate in the video conferencing industry which will surely escalate in the coming months as more and more players in the market start to embrace standards such as the new extensions to Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and the H.264 SVC standard (scalable video coding).

Vidyo, as always, is in the thick of this discussion and we’ve been doing our part to further interoperability in this market.  Yesterday, we released the latest in a series of announcements we’ve made over the past six months that demonstrate our focus on interoperability and unified communications: a new Plug-In for Microsoft Lync that will enable Lync users to quickly and easily initiate and participate in HD multiparty Vidyo conferences. Lync users will now be able to access Vidyo’s personal telepresence by simply selecting it from within their desktop application. Vidyo’s Microsoft Lync Plug-In is also backward compatible with Microsoft OCS 2007.

When a user clicks on the “VidyoConferencing” button from a pull-down menu or presence icon for a given contact in Microsoft Lync, the contact is automatically invited to the user´s Vidyo meeting room, and a “guest hyper-link” is provided if the contact is not a registered Vidyo user. Vidyo has also simplified scheduling and guest participant invitations with a separate plug-in for Microsoft Outlook. To create a calendar invite for a meeting, users can simply click the VidyoConferencing button on their Outlook toolbar, adding a URL that takes invited guests directly into the user´s virtual meeting room, providing easy one-click access for invitees.

Want to know more about Vidyo’s integration with Lync? Read the full press release here.


Related Links:

– More Information regarding Lync can be found on Microsoft’s website.
– Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”
– Mike Vizard’s article about Vidyo’s plug-in for Lync in CTO Edge.



Vidyo’s Global Reach Expands

Vidyo welcomes COMM-TEC GmbH, one of the largest distributors of communication technology in Europe, who recently became the latest in a growing number of important international distributors that are offering Vidyo’s full range of products.  As one of the major AV distributors in Europe, COMM-TEC is not merely impressed by Vidyo product, but also by its innovation.
Carsten Steinecker, Director Business Development, COMM-TEC

Carsten Steinecker, Managing Director, COMM-TEC

According to Carsten Steinecker, COMK-TEC’s Managing Director, “Vidyo redefines video conferencing and telepresence with its unique technology by making video conferencing independent of location and devices. Vidyo’s IP and the unique way its architecture leverages SVC, resulting in unmatched image quality, even with large bandwidth variations, convinces even the most positive fan of legacy MCU and AVC systems.”

Vidyo Joins UCIF to Advance Unified Communications Interoperability

Vidyo developed a revolutionary videoconferencing platform with interoperability as one of its primary goals. Vidyo connects to existing legacy videoconferencing solutions today using SIP and H.323 standards via our VidyoGateway.  Vidyo’s goal is to now extend this interoperability to all UC components.

Unified Communications Interoperability Forum

Unified Communications Interoperability Forum

Vidyo has joined the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a non-profit alliance of companies working together towards reaching the full potential of unified communications. Recognizing that seamless interoperability based on open standards is one of the key requirements to drive UC further into today’s enterprises. UCIF members collaborate to overcome existing interoperability barriers to widespread UC adoption and deliver a reliable and rich UC experience, with the goal of propelling worldwide enterprise UC adoption.

The UCIF will work with existing industry standards, identifying and filling the gaps between current protocols and interoperability issues that have stalled broad adoption and deployment of valuable communications methods. UCIF membership is open to hardware and software solution providers, service providers and network operators. UCIF members include Ericsson, HP, Juniper Networks, Lifesize, Microsoft, Polycom, Radvision, Siemens, Teliris and others.

Click here to read the full press release: Vidyo Joins UCIF to Advance Unified Communications Interoperability.

Vidyo and Interoperability

At Vidyo we often get asked if we can integrate with Skype. Lots of people already have this application loaded on their computer and use it for IM, voice and even video calls. Everyone says that quality of the video experience varies, and this has a lot to do with packet loss over the Internet—exactly where VidyoConferencing™ excels.


But does interoperability give you what you need? Consider two popular webconferencing solutions—Webex and GoToMeeting. If your organization has selected Webex for webconferencing, you’ve downloaded the client, and probably used it in meetings. And if someone in another organization invites you to a GoToMeeting, you don’t ask if it interoperates with your Webex client, you just click on the link provided, download the GoToMeeting client and join the meeting. The differences in functionality & UI are significant, and the download effort is insignificant, so everyone does it.

The Vidyo™ client is available on Windows, Mac and soon Linux, and it is going to be available on a host of smartphones and tablets (Vidyo has release an SDK for Android and a technology demonstration on a popular tablet can be found on this website). It is just another app that one downloads. So interoperability is really about ensuring that the experience is optimized for the communication device you have, is available for download to the device, and lets you have multipoint videoconferences with anyone else.

This analogy is useful for organizations thinking about longer term deployment issues. They want to choose a solution that will:

  • interoperate with any video-capable device,
  • scale to support large numbers of endpoints,
  • operate over whatever networks are available, and
  • deliver a natural HD quality, multipoint video experience.

Only a small number of “legacy architecture endpoints” are purpose-built for a specific codec and don’t enable software downloads. In these very limited cases, Vidyo has a “migration” option that enables interoperability through a gateway. With the VidyoGateway™ an organization with an existing investment in legacy architecture video appliances in rooms today can continue to get value from those room endpoints, while they move to a new architecture based upon downloadable applications on the broad range of devices that will be chosen by their organization’s employees.

And IT knows that either they must have an infrastructure to support the personal endpoint choices of their organization’s employees, or they will lose control of the collaboration infrastructure and be worked around with consumer solutions such as Skype and Apple’s FaceTime.