Vidyo wins Frost & Sullivan Video Conferencing Award

Vidyo was honored tonight as the recipient of the  2011 winner of the Frost & Sullivan Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award for Videoconferencing Infrastructure Systems.

The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices team of industry experts presents awards to companies demonstrating best practices in a variety of regional and global markets.  These Best Practices Awards recognize the superior planning and execution of product launches, strategic alliances, distribution strategies, technological innovations, customer service, and mergers and acquisitions. A host of other crucial marketing factors such as leadership, strategy, service, innovation, integration, and development are also considered as part of the award methodology.

“In a marketplace defined by technological advancements, Vidyo has been at the forefront of innovation, launching products that have positioned the company for growth,” said Roopam Jain, Industry Director, Unified Communications and Collaboration, Frost & Sullivan.  “In terms of innovation, technical excellence, scalability and adaptability to varied videoconferencing environments, the VidyoConferencing suite of solutions is impressive and market disruptive. Vidyo’s technology allows new entrants a low barrier of entry to create new, differentiated and cost-effective applications at a desired price performance.”

Young-Sae Song, Vidyo VP of Product Marketing and Art Robbins, president of Frost & Sullivan's North American operations

Vidyo is seeing success based on new and innovative products that address end user pain points. In its best practices report on Vidyo, Frost & Sullivan cites that currently, several products in Vidyo’s portfolio – the VidyoRouter, VidyoRouter Cloud Edition, VidyoPanorama and VidyoMobile enjoy a “first mover advantage” in terms of a high quality solution at a reasonable price point, “clearly jettisoning Vidyo to a prominent position in the fast growing videoconferencing market.”

For more information, you can read the full press release and check out Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Research report on Vidyo.

 

Legal Industry is Poised for Explosive Growth in Personal Telepresence

Time is an expensive commodity. And few industries price time higher than in the legal profession.

So utilizing video conferencing to collaborate more efficiently and eliminate costly travel time, has been a high priority for law firms. Most major firms have been using the legacy video conferencing solutions.

A very large percentage of legal work involves collaboration, whether that is for attorneys working as a team or negotiating with counterparts representing the other side. While the legal profession has recognized the value of being able to meet face-to-face to accomplish their work, the video conferencing tools they’ve used have mainly been room-based. This experience has not been compelling because they’ve sat at traditional conference tables and had the experience of seeing their counterparts as barely recognizable figures around a large table. Well, times are changing for law firms, and today we just shared the Vedder Price story. Vedder Price upgraded from their Polycom legacy past to the modern Vidyo world.

Vedder Price has now used VidyoConferencing for almost a year. Vidyo was chosen to replace the firm’s legacy system which, according to the company, had become extremely limited in terms of flexibility and scalability, and wanted to ensure the new solution fit their UC strategy. Since they were a Polycom customer and had an investment in legacy room system and MCU hardware, they wanted to be sure that making the switch would deliver the desired benefits.

According to Lonnie Horvat, Vedder Price’s Audio-Visual Systems Specialist, “When I was approached about testing Vidyo as a possible component of our Unified Communications strategy, I was already familiar with the Vidyo online demo but hadn’t put the actual equipment to the test. We rigorously tested the VidyoGateway, VidyoRouter, VidyoPortal, VidyoRoom Units and VidyoDesktop for nearly 3 months. Our conclusion was that Vidyo provided the best high-quality image with the smallest network footprint; equipment and infrastructure cost was considerably lower than any other comparable option, and Vidyo provided the most flexible solution for now and into the future.”

Vidyo has other law firms as customers and many more doing their own trials. We are encouraged that the legal industry is coming to recognize that democratizing video communications to each person’s office or even to their iPad for mobile access is now the priority over just outfitting conference rooms for meetings. Having a major success within her firm, Vedder Price’s MIS Director says it better than I can:

“Vidyo offers significant advantages over other options, allowing us to easily and affordably expand into the future with incredible geographic flexibility, interoperability, and the choice of using a variety of different devices to access video conferences,” said Maureen Durack, Director of MIS at Vedder Price.  “After using Vidyo, we realized that legacy systems like Polycom are archaic solutions. Those companies can only go so far in reengineering what they have.  Vidyo’s one-of-a-kind SVC-based software platform with Adaptive Video Layering is a totally new approach that is much more suited for firms such as ours that have an immediate need for cost-effective, high quality video conferencing. With Vidyo we won’t have to worry about expansion and updating in coming years because they’re committed to staying on the forefront of technology and keeping up with new form factors such as mobile devices.”

Vedder Price is currently using VidyoConferencing for daily interactions among the firm’s attorneys across all of its locations, ongoing continuing legal education trainings for Vedder Price attorneys, and for remote depositions with clients and outside firms in various cities around the world.  We look forward to delivering this same value to all of the other major law firms and freeing them from the inflexible proprietary hardware architectures of the legacy video conferencing suppliers.

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Marty Hollander is Vidyo’s Senior Vice President, Market Development. With more than 20 years of high-tech marketing experience, Marty specializes in developing lasting strategic assets through creative market development. Previously, Marty served as Vice President of Marketing at Cemaphore Systems, Latitude Communications (later acquired by Cisco) and ProactiveNet (later acquired by BMC). He also founded CollectiveSpace and IntelliCorp, where he played a variety of executive roles. Marty has also held senior level positions at Silicon Graphics and Storm Technology. Marty earned an MBA from Stanford University as well as an MS from Carnegie-Mellon University.

 

Cisco’s InfoComm Announcements – What Were They Thinking?

Cisco made a big deal about a set of Telepresence announcements on June 14th that in any other industry would have been labeled as “bug fixes” and “playing catch up”. These announcements put into question how much in touch is Cisco with the industry or perhaps, Cisco thinks that their customers are unaware of what is going on in the market outside of “CiscoVille”.

According to Cisco: MX200 is Priced to Scale

Cisco introduces an HD videoconferencing room system endpoint for $21,600. At that price, it includes a 42” screen delivering 720p at 60 fps. What is amazing is that every other significant videoconferencing room system manufacturer has had lower priced, higher performance solutions available for years!

OK, it will natively connect to a $300,000 Cisco TP room without transcoding. But recognize that there is NO IMMERSIVE experience when the MX200 is involved in the meeting. It is just an HD videoconferencing room system. And if you want 1080p, rather than 720p, that upgrade will cost you even more!

To be fair, the real value is that it includes a monitor stand and is ready to run in just 15 minutes. For that wonderful convenience, Cisco views that its customers are willing to pay a tremendous premium for a run-of-the-mill HD videoconferencing room system. What game do they think they are playing?

According to Cisco: Telepresence Conductor Simplifies Multiparty Video Communications

Cisco customers have really needed this product for a long time—too bad that they still need to wait for the scheduled release in December. With this announcement, Cisco is admitting to the following:

  1. Customers want to have ad hoc meetings without having to schedule infrastructure resources.
  2. A hardware-based infrastructure creates a fixed limit on the number of multiparty participants.
  3. Smart meeting organizers reserve more hardware ports than they require just in case additional participants need to join. This practice guarantees unused, but yet unavailable hardware ports.
  4. A “switching” videoconferencing infrastructure architecture for telepresence combined with a “transcoding” MCU architecture for rooms and desktops causes an administrative nightmare.

People who use web conferencing, audio conferencing or VidyoConferencing will wonder how on earth anyone lives with these needless restrictions. Well, Cisco has realized that this complexity is getting unbearable for their customers, and risks Cisco’s ability to be competitive. In the very near future, Cisco customers will find more videoconferencing users who want to connect from personal devices—personal computers, tablets or smartphones—so Cisco has announced that Conductor will fix these problems. That is good news for 2012 planned upgrades.

If you look below the surface of Conductor to understand the problem it tries to solve, you begin to see the complexity caused by having different video infrastructure architectures.

  1. Cisco gives you a “switching architecture” for ensuring the low latency telepresence experience for the CTS Series endpoints.
  2. A more affordable “MCU architecture” provides transcoding to attach endpoints to a multiparty video conference, but needed ports may not be available.
    - A customer may have different MCU versions with some having SD hardware ports, and others having HD hardware ports that must be matched to the meeting requirements
    - MCUs may be physically located in a different geography than where the resources are needed at any time during the day.

So Cisco’s solution to addressing the administrator’s nightmare is to sell the Cisco Telepresence Conductor and remove the administrator from having to handle all of the choice management complexity. Since the hardware was inherently underutilized prior to Conductor, Cisco hopes that a customer can justify this new purchase on the basis that Conductor will hopefully better utilize the legacy architecture resources. Cisco realizes that without Conductor this nightmare is not sustainable as administrators face increased demand for more multiparty connections as users move to personal communication devices.

What is most surprising is that Cisco views these announcements as wonderful news for the industry! Putting a Band-Aid on Cisco’s high cost, high complexity, multipoint infrastructure with additional costly add-ons is not something most companies would proudly announce. But Cisco must view that with enough positive spin, customers will continue to be happy to buy Cisco, and pay more knowing that they are making the SAFE choice. But beware, not everyone plays CiscoVille (apologies to Zynga if this analogy is upsetting)

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Marty Hollander

Marty Hollander is Vidyo’s Senior Vice President, Market Development. With more than 20 years of high-tech marketing experience, Marty specializes in developing lasting strategic assets through creative market development. Previously, Marty served as Vice President of Marketing at Cemaphore Systems, Latitude Communications (later acquired by Cisco) and ProactiveNet (later acquired by BMC). He also founded CollectiveSpace and IntelliCorp, where he played a variety of executive roles. Marty has also held senior level positions at Silicon Graphics and Storm Technology. Marty earned an MBA from Stanford University as well as an MS from Carnegie-Mellon University.

 

Australian Telemedicine Application Uses Vidyo

Attend Anywhere has been facilitating and managing the exchange of health services via video conference in Australia since 2001. Successful telehealth is a management, facilitation and integration challenge. System wide telehealth also requires an open peer to peer management and facilitation framework.  The Attend Anywhere web based management platform lets people locate services and each other and provides all the business integration, scheduling and management required.

Once doctors and patients have scheduled an appointment, they can join an HD video conferencing call from their laptops or computers, from anywhere, via Vidyo.

 

Secure, individual appointments are set up via the management platform using temporary video rooms that expire after the session is complete.

Many people who are still unfamiliar with Telemedicine are curious to know what it concretely consists of. To help getting a better idea of how video conferencing can be used in healthcare, here is an example of Vidyo and how the Attend Anywhere management platform can be used for chronic disease management.

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In 2011 telehealth is set to become a mainstream part of the Australian landscape as changes to government legislation and funding arrangements converge with systemic and business drivers, technology advances and social change. Recently, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited Monash University’s Alfred Hospital Campus in Melbourne to view real life applications of the technology to support access to clinical services via VidyoConferencing.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard attends a demonstration as a consultant physician (in the room) uses his laptop to consult with the patient in the Yarra Valley (top) with input from the surgeon (bottom).

The Prime Minister previously announced that from July 2011 a government funding program of $402.2 million over four years will provide:

– Medicare rebates for online consultations across a range of specialties
– Financial incentives for specialists, GPs and other health professionals to participate in delivering online services
– Expansion of the GP after hours helpline and include the capacity for the helpline to provide online triage and basic medical advice via videoconferencing
– Training and supervision for health professionals using online technologies

The Prime Minister and State Premier chat with patients and clinicians.

Healthcare is about human communication and telehealth heralds a radically evolved health system where traditional face to face services are delivered in the same way, but without travel.  The key is making the option of telehealth easy and sustainable for providers of healthcare services.  This means integrating the capability within everyday workflows and dealing with a range of facilitating considerations.  With the management and integration support offered by Attend Anywhere coupled with natural, HD quality video conferencing provided by Vidyo, telemedicine empowers healthcare professionals and their patients, lowering costs, cutting down on travel, and making personal health support and care affordable and universally available to an ever growing number of people from all over Australia.

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Related Links:

- Boston Globe article: “Partners stroke care going mobile
- Our blog post:
Massachusetts General Hospital Chooses Vidyo’s Technology for Telestroke Program”


Vidyo expands its reach with BCS Global


Today, Vidyo announced a new partnership with BCS Global, a leading worldwide provider of managed video conferencing, telepresence and visual collaboration services. BCS Global is the latest on a growing list of Vidyo’s strategic relationships with providers from all over the world such as Arkadin and Imago.

“Deploying Vidyo’s revolutionary Vidyo platform allows us to offer our customers a robust desktop video solution with unmatched quality, flexibility and a range of end-to-end capabilities. The Vidyo platform is scalable and adaptive with very open APIs enabling us to enter markets with innovative applications faster than ever before”, said Clive Sawkins, CEO of BCS Global.

“BCS Global is one of the leading managed conferencing service providers in the world and it’s extremely gratifying to see them embrace our differentiated solution,” added Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo.

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Related Links:

- Full Vidyo-BCS Global press release: “BCS Global Selects Vidyo as Partner to Launch Revolutionary New Highly-Scalable Managed Desktop Video Conferencing Services
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

 

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.

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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 at 2011 Enterprise Connect: A Welcome Disruption

Enterprise connect is drawing to a close, and what a great event it was for Vidyo! We made two significant announcements: VidyoReplay’s recording and webcast features enable users to archive and share their video conferencing content with whomever they like, whenever they want, from any endpoint. VidyoRouter Cloud Edition delivers the most affordable scalability for telecom carriers and large organizations to deploy Personal Telepresence as a cloud service. VidyoRouter Cloud Edition is the answer to the demands placed on infrastructure as mobile endpoints and the need for video conferencing  and cost increase providing up to 90% savings over other solutions while supporting thousands of concurrently connected endpoints.

Vidyo was honored that VidyoRouter Cloud Edition was selected as a 2011 finalist for the Enterprise Connect award and twice as excited that HP’s Visual Collaboration Executive Desktop HP TouchSmart 600 Quad was also a finalist. Vidyo’s CMO Ashish Gupta is pictured here with HP’s Tom Carhart, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Visual Collaboration.

Vidyo and HP announced a partnership in June 2010 under which HP would expand its Visual Collaboration offering using Vidyo’s complete VidyoConferencing line of software-based desktop and room system-based solutions running on HP servers. Additionally, Vidyo’s CEO, Ofer Shapiro, joined John Bartlett of NetForecast, Ira Weinstein of Wainhouse Research and Cisco, Polycom, Microsoft and Radvision for a panel discussion about video conferencing interoperability, video protocols, and standards. Last year Ofer Shapiro participated in the same panel when SVC (Scalable Video Codec) was at the core of an industry debate. At that time, H.264 SVC-based technology was relatively new to the market and its impact was still being questioned.  What a difference a year makes! The scale has tipped as many companies followed Vidyo’s early lead by announcing support for SVC. The majority of the panel acknowledged that they are moving to next generation architectures and disruption is occurring in the market today. They also agreed that gateway -based solutions will continue to enable interoperability in the near term. One notable comment came from Microsoft’s Warren Barkley, Director of Partner Engineering, who acknowledged the impact of next generation architectures and even referred to Vidyo as a company leading innovation.

Another interesting session featured customers sharing their experiences and views about the challenges and success of deploying video conferencing. The session was moderated by John Bartlett who was joined by Andrew Davis, from Wainhouse Research and panelists Rob Goodwin of ESPN, Case Murphy of AOL, Russ Cary of SAS, and Charles Kazilek of Arizona State University. A key issue raised was the network overhaul required by many video conferencing solutions. Several panelists voiced their frustration with hidden network challenges. Case Murphy of AOL shared that he was lucky – his network could handle video despite the new requirements with no issues. ESPN and SAS clearly had to rethink and rebuild their network with the solutions they selected. When asked about networking challenges, Arizona State University’s Charles Kazilek paused, smiled, and said “I’d like to say I feel your pain but… I don’t feel your pain since I use Vidyo!” With Vidyo’s technology, ASU didn’t have to make changes to his network: A video conferencing decision shouldn’t require a network overhaul. Nuff said!

The following interview says it all!  Techweb TV’s David Berlind interviewed Vidyo’s Director of Product Marketing, Mark Noble.  Check out why David is so excited about Vidyo:

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Related Links:

- More information about Vidyo’s participation at Enterprise Connect: Click here.
- Full VidyoReplay press release:
“Vidyo Announces Availability of Recording and Webcasting Solution for Video Conferencing”
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

Enterprise Connect Party: Gators, Stilts, Artists and… Personal Telepresence!

What a night!

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:

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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!

 

VidyoReplay Enables Users to Record and Webcast from Vidyo Endpoints

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:

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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!

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Related Links:

- More information about Vidyo’s participation at Enterprise Connect: Click here!
- Full VidyoReplay press release:
“Vidyo Announces Availability of Recording and Webcasting Solution for Video Conferencing”
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

Vidyo at Enterprise Connect 2011: Here, There and Everywhere

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 anais@vidyodev.atre.net.)

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!

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Related Links:

- More information about Vidyo’s participation at Enterprise Connect: Click here.
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”
- InformationWeek article: “Vidyo Intros Scalable Enterprise Videoconferencing
- CRN article: “Vidyo Ups Channel Ante With Cloud-Based Video Routing”
- Lightreading article: “Vidyo Puts Services Spin on Videoconferencing”