Guest Blogger, Lotus Expert Chris Miller, Weighs in on Vidyo’s Integration With IBM Lotus Sametime

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:

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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.

Verizon, China Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent and Intel Select Vidyo for LTE Demos

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:

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Read the full release here: “Vidyo Featured in Demonstrations of HD Video Conferencing via LTE at Mobile World Congress

Noteworthy News from the Nordic

Another video conferencing FIRST was announced today: The FIRST video conferencing service that lets business users engage in HD room and desktop video conferencing VIA THEIR SMART PHONES AND TABLETS.  We’re talking about enterprise-grade, multi-party, TV-quality video conferencing on your smart phone or tablet!

This goes way beyond one mobile device interacting with another mobile device.  This new mobile service from leading Nordic communications service provider, Elisa, is being piloted on the Samsung Galaxy phone and tablet. Unlike other recent announcements, this is not something that anyone has to wait for or wonder about.  It’s available today – in the Nordic region using the Elisa service on a Galaxy Tab or smart phone.

Video conferencing for Enterprises is becoming main stream. And for this reason, businesses are looking for conferencing products and technology that are MOBILE, to let anyone, anywhere participate.  They’re looking for services and solutions that let you connect to important conferences on your smart phone or tablet, along with other participants who are on room systems, desktops, laptops, etc.  If you’ve been following the news and this blog then you know that, yes, it is only Vidyo who offers the SVC-based architecture to make this possible.

[Click here to watch a clip posted in last week's blog post that demonstrates VidyoMobile on a Samsung Galaxy]

Businesses that are investing in enterprise-grade video conferencing today need to know that the solution they choose can be leveraged, not only across room systems and desktop video communications, but will also extend beyond, into the realm of mobile devices.  They need to invest in an architecture that serves the widest variety of communications devices.  That’s why more and more service providers, such as Elisa, along with carriers, distributors, and Enterprise customers are turning to Vidyo.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments about this!

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Related Links:

- Full press release: “Elisa Corporation to Pilot First Multi-Party TV-Quality Video Conferencing on Smart Phones and Tablets”
- Last week’s Vidyo blog post: “Telepresence: Coming soon to a Galaxy Near You”
- David Gardner’s article on InformationWeek: “Vidyo Intros Enterprise Videoconferencing For Samsung Galaxy
VidyoMobile iPad Demonstration Video
- Matt Hamblen’s article in ComputerWorld: “Update: Galaxy Tab sales hit 1M mark