Vidyo extends HD video conferencing to thousands of endpoints, reduces cost up to 90% and offers free firewall traversal

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.

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Related Links:

- 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”

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 CEO and Founder Ofer Shapiro to speak at GigaOM NetWork 2010

This Thursday, The GigaOM presents a new event “NetWork” that highlights the opportunities that broadband and mobility have created for connecting work and workers and features the technologies that support the way corporations operate and conduct business in this new working environment.

Vidyo co-founder and CEO Ofer Shapiro will be part of this timely discussion and will speak at 9:55 am (PST). Ofer will join the stage remotely over the Internet, via VidyoConferencing. Vidyo’s Personal Telepresence is currently being used at a variety of companies throughout the world, by teleworkers over laptops, desktop and room systems and soon over mobile devices (smartphones and tablets).
 
If you plan to attend the NetWork 2010 conference, please visit us at the Vidyo booth for a chat and a demonstration of our award-winning video conferencing solution.
Hope to see you in San Francisco!


Audio and Web Conferencing Leader, Arkadin, Partners with Vidyo

Today, Arkadin, one of the world’s top five providers of audio and web conferencing services, announced with Vidyo that they selected Vidyo’s award-winning desktop and room system solution to enhance their collaboration services.

“Video has been part of our comprehensive collaboration solution since 2001 but only now, almost nine years later, are we experiencing real customer demand for widespread access to personal telepresence,” said Olivier de Puymorin, founder and CEO of Arkadin. “For this reason, we are extending our video capability by partnering with Vidyo to complement our existing voice and web offerings.  This will enable our customers’ productivity by allowing them to work from anywhere with natural and smooth video and audio interactions – taking another critical step towards unified communications.”

Olivier de Puymorin, Arkadin CEO

Olivier de Puymorin, Arkadin CEO

Over 3 million people per month use Arkadin Audio and Web Conferencing to meet remotely. The global company has operating centers in 26 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

“As  one of the world’s largest Conferencing Service Providers, Arkadin is a perfect partner for Vidyo, as we continue to expand  our international reach and shift the market toward innovative, next-generation solutions,” said Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of Vidyo.

[Click here to read the full press release.]

Latency Matters

Sometimes people use the expression “timing is everything” very loosely, but when it comes to real time video communication, this colloquialism rings true. It is both irritating and frustrating when you are trying to have a meaningful exchange with someone and you end up with pregnant pauses between the time that you say something and the other end receives it. The results: frequent air-time collisions and lip sync so bad you feel like you’re conversing with a ventriloquist. This delay between transmit and receive is known as latency.

Latency has long been one of the most significant factors inhibiting video conferencing adoption. Those who struggled through it, did so for years because there were no alternatives. There are several contributing factors to the “glass to glass” latency in a video conferencing system, including network traversal, endpoint encode and decode, and, the greatest source of latency, the transcoding MCU. Now, however, with the arrival of a new class of solutions that have eliminated the need for transcoding, including Vidyo’s personal telepresence, end users have options and are beginning to demand more natural interactions from their visual communications experiences.

At the Visual Communications Industry Group’s first annual conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL this week, Bob Dixon of the Ohio Academic Resources Network and Ben Fineman of Internet 2 hosted a session on Desktop Collaboration Tools. Vidyo and three other vendors were invited to participate in the session to provide a live demonstration of their desktop solution, have a couple customers join via their tool to talk about their use cases, and give a brief presentation regarding the solution.

Tandberg withdrew from the event citing that they wouldn’t have anyone in the area to do it… When Polycom gave their demonstration and presentation. Latency. Like Tandberg their dependency on the transcoding MCU for multipoint conferences puts them at a disadvantage in terms of performance.

Users in the audience, after suffering through the latency issue for years, were quick to identify it and were effectively demanding a higher quality solution. In short, they were looking for Vidyo. Happily, they found us on the show floor and in our presentation on scaling video conferencing deployments. And soon, they’ll find us in their network, where their MCU used to be.

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Related Links:

- Visual Communications Industry Group’s Website
- Vidyo’s YouTube Channel
- The International Business Time’s Article: Cisco Home Telepresence Rumors Fuel Speculation, Doubt

Vidyo… South of the Border

Latin America is HOT on videoconferencing and Vidyo has just raised the temperature by a few more degrees!

Commlogik, one of  the largest and most respected distributors in Latin America, is now offering Vidyo personal telepresence to customers in Central and South America where there’s a big demand for a telepresence quality multipoint solution that can be easily accessed via the Internet and other general purpose IP networks.

According to Alexandre Hebra, VP Operations, Commlogik Corporation: “We see a tremendous technology void in the ‘personal telepresence’ space that only Vidyo can fill. Our relationship with Vidyo allows us to not only expand our customer base into areas where high quality video has been cost prohibitive, but also enables us to now offer business quality personal telepresence systems.”

[Click here to read the full press release]
[Spanish Version] [Portuguese Version]

Vidyo Wins Wall Street Journal Innovation Award!

Vidyo has been named the winner of  the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award in the Network, Internet Technologies/Broadband category for “delivering high-quality videoconferencing over the Internet or cellular networks at a fraction of the cost of dedicated ‘telepresence’ systems.” This is one of only 17 categories where these awards are given. Vidyo won the award, and Microsoft was the runner-up.



The Wall Street Journal goes on to say “Internet videoconferencing has been around for a few years, but the calls typically are characterized by jerky, low-resolution video. More-realistic, high-resolution videoconferencing systems generally require dedicated communications lines and expensive equipment, limiting their use.

Vidyo uses a new video-compression standard to produce a high-definition videoconferencing product that can work on desktop or laptop computers, tablets and smart phones and travel over the Internet or 3G and 4G cellular networks.”  Vidyo will be honored at the Dow Jones FASTech Conference  Awards Dinner November 3.

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Related Link:

- Press Release: Vidyo Wins Wall Street Journal “2010 Technology Innovation Award” for Groundbreaking Videoconferencing

Raising our Telepresence Standards

Telepresence has been a word that has been very much in the news recently.

First, together with HD, it has been a big part of the push for next-generation videoconferencing systems throughout the industry. Second, it has – for a long time -  been the centerpiece of Cisco’s high-end video communication offerings leading up to the acquisition of Tandberg. Cisco’s TIP protocol (Telepresence Interoperability Protocol) has been transferred to the IMTC in order to comply with requirements set by regulators (Here’s the EU decision).

If you thought that these are all good indications that telepresence is here to stay, there is more.  The IMTC has formed a Telepresence Activity Group that studies telepresence systems and generates requirements. These requirements have also been submitted to the IETF for consideration.  IETF is the body that makes Internet network-related standards, including RTP, and SIP. These requirements will either result in work to be performed in existing IETF working groups, or they may even result in a completely new working group.

The IMTC has formed a Telepresence Activity Group that studies telepresence systems and generates requirements.

Finally, and this is really big news, the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) has just created a new working group on Telepresence Systems (officially, Question 5 of Study Group 16). The group was formed in July as a result of a proposal by the United States. ITU is the same body that develops video coding standards such as H.264 and signalling standards such as H.323.  The new group will, among other things, standardize the means for full interworking between telepresence systems.

All this activity is a sure indication that we will be seeing much more telepresence-related technology in the very near future.  Vidyo is very much involved in all this, and is very excited to see the high-end of the videoconferencing space grow so fast.  By offering the only architecture that enables seamless co-operation of users from practically any device, we are very excited to have interoperability standards that allow all systems to talk to each other.

Make sure you see our VidyoMobile ™ demonstration!

And don’t forget: in telepresence, it should not be business, it should be personal. :)

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Dr. Alex Eleftheriadis, is Chief Scientist and co-founder of Vidyo. Alex drives the technical vision and direction for Vidyo and also represents the company on standardization committees and technical advisory boards. He is an award-winning researcher, bringing over 19 years of research experience in video compression and communications to his role at Vidyo. Prior to Vidyo he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. Alex has more than 100 publications, holds 15 patents, has served as the Editor of the MPEG-4 Systems specification and Co-Editor of the H.264 SVC Conformance specification, and is currently Co-Editor of IETF’s RTP Payload Format for SVC.

Everything You Should Know About Videoconferencing: Introducing the Vidyo Blog!

Welcome to the very first entry of our official “Vidyo Blog” – another milestone for a company that has amassed quite a number of milestones over the past 2+ years.   Since we launched the company and our first products in January 2008, we have been recognized as market innovators by publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Business Week, received numerous awards such as Best of Interop (twice!), and have been cited as THE disruptive technology that is positively changing the way business, healthcare practitioners, schools, and others perceive and use videoconferencing to save time, money and extend the reach of critical collaboration and communication functions in their organizations.

There are a variety of reasons why Vidyo is regarded as the “next generation” of videoconferencing technology and products.  No other videoconferencing products or technology has ever been able to achieve multiparty (not just a few … we’re talking 100+ participants), telepresence-quality videoconferencing using “non-QoS” networks.  No other solution can offer such high quality and functionality as cost-effectively as we can.  Simply put – our customers participate in affordable, business-class, multipoint HD videoconferences simply by connecting via the Internet on their laptops, desktops, net books and room systems – and soon … on their smartphones and tablets!  WHEREVER you are – at home, hotel room, in the field, waiting at an airport … as long as you have an Internet connection you can quickly and easily be VidyoConferencing with your colleagues, customers or whomever.

If it sounds like we’re jazzed about videoconferencing – we are!  In this blog, we hope to share our enthusiasm and our cumulative knowledge with you.

These inaugural postings, today, offer a small sampling of the types of items you’ll find in weeks to come.  We will do our best to keep the Vidyo “hype” to a minimum and, rather, establish this blog as a valuable resource offering interesting and essential links, relevant information, and commentary by videoconferencing experts.

Of course, we welcome your feedback and will try to address all questions and comments.  You can send those to blog@vidyodev.atre.net. Of course you can also learn more about us by using our web site:  www.vidyodev.atre.net.

Thanks much for stopping by.  We hope that you’ll visit the Vidyo blog on a regular basis for everything you should know about videoconferencing!