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 Wins Best of Interop Award

Just got back from Interop 2011 in Las Vegas … and did not return empty handed!

Vidyo won the Best of Interop award in the Collaboration category, for delivering video communications and collaboration on mobile devices via its recently announced VidyoMobile product!  This is the 3rd time Vidyo has won Best of Interop in this category over the past 4 years.

Here’s some of what Eric Krapf, Editor of No Jitter, and one of the judges of the Best of Interop awards, had to say about Vidyo and its award-winning product:

“VidyoMobile represents a commendable step forward for the industry. Vidyo’s Adaptive Video Layering architecture promises to deliver high-definition 720p video with resolution up to VGA on smartphones and tablets. This is critical, especially in enterprise environments, where lower-quality video and audio act as a constraint upon widespread adoption. VidyoMobile will let enterprises quickly and efficiently deploy a high-quality, bandwidth-efficient video client to smartphones and tablets across the enterprise, helping to drive adoption of mobile video within the enterprise. As such, it is worthy of recognition as Best of Interop for the Collaboration category.”

According to Information Week Analytics, the group that oversees the annual awards, the Collaboration category is extremely significant and relevant to the Enterprise as more and more employees and contractors work outside of corporate offices, bringing the need for real-time, converged applications to the fore. “The goal: improve business by helping people team up in today’s virtual workplace, quickly and easily, whenever and wherever they need to; ensure that employees can locate and collaborate with the knowledge experts they need to succeed; and cut costs while boosting productivity.”

Vidyo CMO Ashish Gupta proudly holding the 2011 Best of Interop Award Winner certificate a few minutes after getting the good news!

The Collaboration category includes products and technologies that facilitate collaboration, such as multimedia, streaming media and voice-based applications. This category encompasses enterprise 2.0 collaboration and social networking products as well as asynchronous and real-time collaboration offerings such as unified communication software and services. This category also covers Web 2.0 tools and services, such as blogs, wikis, RSS and AJAX; streaming media delivery and videoconferencing technologies; portal software; and messaging applications.

According to Ashish Gupta, Vidyo CMO and SVP of Corporate Development, “We were the first to recognize the importance of mobile video communications and collaboration and the first to deliver HD video conferencing on mobile devices. As mobile devices become more powerful and business-critical to the Enterprise eco system, our video communications and collaboration platform will enable partners to build and deliver applications that were not available before, since Vidyo is the most cost-effective, scalable, interoperable and versatile solution in the industry.”

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Related Links:

- John Cox’s article in Network World: “Vidyo’s mobile videoconferencing app showcased on iPad 2
- Full Vidyo press release: “Vidyo Wins 2011 Best of Interop Award for Collaboration
- Vidyo Blog post with a video demo of VidyoConferencing on a iPad 2: “See it NOW: Vidyo conferences on iPad 2!

- Vidyo Blog post with a video demo of VidyoConferencing on a Galaxy Tab: “Telepresence: Coming soon to a Galaxy Near You
- Jim O’Neill’s article in FierceVOIP: “VidyoMobile teleconferencing available on iOS, Android devices

- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

American Well Chooses Vidyo’s Platform to Power its Online Care Services

The ATA conference opened its doors yesterday and is now buzzing with over 4000 researchers, clinicians, administrators, technicians and entrepreneurs, all focused on the development of telemedicine. This is one of the world’s largest conferences about telehealth and Vidyo is extremely excited to be a part of it.

… And we’re all the more thrilled today by this morning’s news: After partnering with Massachusetts General Hospital last week to support their TeleStroke program, Vidyo furthers its involvement in healthcare and telemedicine and announced today a partnership with American Well, whose Online Care Suite connects providers and patients for live, immediate, and clinically meaningful encounters using the Web or phone.

“Telehealth is playing an increasingly important role in American healthcare delivery, and at the heart of that shift is the high quality of the Online Care interaction,” said Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Well Systems. “Vidyo’s platform will offer our customers the opportunity to further enhance both the clinical and the personal experience for patient and provider alike – through its ability to deliver reliable, HD video quality over the Internet.”

American Well partners with health plans, delivery networks and pharmacy chains to enable Online Care services that allow patients to connect live and on-demand with primary care and specialty physicians, as well as other clinicians, whenever they have a health need, from their homes or workplaces. Providers are able to review the patient’s clinical information, discuss symptoms, diagnose, and prescribe medications as appropriate, for anything from common illnesses such as colds, flu, and sinus infections to chronic care management, behavioral health or nutrition. At the end of the consultation, the patient is encouraged to share a full record of the conversation with his or her primary care physician, maintaining continuity of care.

 

If you’re at the conference, please don’t hesitate to come see Vidyo’s technology in action at our booth (#1517).

 

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Related Links:

- Full Vidyo press release: “American Well Selects the Vidyo Platform to Provide Enhanced Video Conferencing Capabilities for Its Online Care Suite”
- Our blog post:
Massachusetts General Hospital Chooses Vidyo’s Technology for Telestroke Program”
- Full Vidyo press release: “
Massachusetts General Hospital Telestroke Program Chooses Vidyo for Healthcare Video Conferencing and Telemedicine “

 

 

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”


Massachusetts General Hospital Selects Vidyo for Telestroke Program

As the American Telemedicine Association Expo in Tampa is soon approaching, discussions about the growth and importance of telemedicine are held all over the healthcare world. Early this week, the ATA has called on the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive the restrictions on the Medicare telemedicine statute for new accountable care organizations.

“Access to telemedicine is a crucial step toward realizing accountable care organizations visions, and the outdated Medicare restrictions cause a hindrance to those goals,” added ATA’s CEO Jonathan Linkous. In a formal letter written to CMS, ATA has proposed recommendations including home-based medical videoconferencing, among others.

Vidyo today, announced that the Partners Healthcare Telestroke Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) – supporting 27 hospitals throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine — has deployed a revolutionary telemedicine communication and collaboration solution based on Vidyo’s platform. The Vidyo telehealth solution will be used for video conferencing and sharing data to enable specialists from MGH to examine patients at remote hospitals miles away to diagnose and recommend treatments. MGH selected Vidyo for the next stage of its telestroke program.

We were looking for a telemedicine solution with very specific features and benefits,” said Dr. Lee Schwamm, M.D., Director of the Partners Telestroke Center in Boston, and Vice Chairman, Dept. of Neurology/Director of Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. “The system had to work well, even with suboptimal network quality and also needed to be portable and flexible to allow us to work at a variety of different facilities, to expand our outpatient follow-up, non-acute care and provider-to-provider communications.”

MGH needed Vidyo to be interoperable with installed video conferencing systems at other hospitals outside of the MGH corporate network. The team also tested the Vidyo platform with the hospitals’ firewall configurations, “as-is,” to make sure the Vidyo platform would function with little or no support from IT people. They required that Vidyo be very adaptable to every environment with very little ‘tweaking’ from their IT group and that it deliver extremely natural, clear video fidelity. “When we conduct acute care stroke exams, video clarity is mandatory so that we can observe any subtleties of patient’s muscle movement and speech and detect problems; we need to clearly see the pupils in a patient’s eyes,” said Dr. Schwamm.

 

Vidyo will be at the 2011 ATA Conference in Tampa, Florida, from May 1 to May 4. Feel free to stop by our booth (#1517) and if you want to meet with us for a more in depth chat and demo, contact us!

 

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Related Links:

- Read about Massachusetts General Hospital and Vidyo on today’s Boston Globe article: “Partners stroke care going mobile
- Full Vidyo press release: “
Massachusetts General Hospital Telestroke Program Chooses Vidyo for Healthcare Video Conferencing and Telemedicine
- Full ATA press release: “
ATA: Removing Medicare Restrictions on Telemedicine is Key for Accountable Care

Vatican City Selects VidyoConferencing Technology to Ease Communications between Offices of the Holy See

Vatican SealThe Vatican is one of the world’s oldest institutions, keeper of Christian traditions and of thousands of years of history whose roots date back to the 5th century.

One of the objectives of the Vatican in the past few years has been centered around the improvement of communication. The sovereign territory of the Holy See illustrates this shared effort and has deployed VidyoConferencing to enhance interactions between the various locations throughout the organization.

 

Until now, Vatican City had been using traditional communications tools that no longer fulfilled the needs of a growing organization with offices worldwide. The selection of Vidyo’s platform was made by the Telecommunication Department of the city, which oversees the adoption of technologies within the Holy See; they reviewed a variety of different video conferencing solutions during their evaluation.

 

St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican City’s Telecommunications Department’s objective was to introduce a high-quality, cost-effective, video communications and collaboration platform. Since most of those who would be using the system were not technically savvy, the system needed to be easy to use, access and maintain. Vidyo’s solution was a fit. It will allow anyone in the Vatican City to use video communications easily, even those with less technical knowledge, resulting in a reduction of travel costs and a positive impact on the environment.

For more information about how Vatican City uses VidyoConferencing, read the full press release here!

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Related Links:

- Full Vidyo press release: “Vatican City Selects Vidyo Video Conferencing Technology to Ease Communications between Offices of the Holy See
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

 

Vidyo Taking Mobile Video Conferencing to the Enterprise

Today, Vidyo announced VidyoMobile, a groundbreaking solution enabling enterprise mobile users on iOS or Android-based smart phones or tablets to join multipoint video conferences with desktops and HD room system participants.

“By enabling devices like smart phones and tablets to participate effectively in video conferences with room systems and desktop users, VidyoMobile is a giant step in making Vidyo’s vision of natural communications universally available a reality,” said Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of Vidyo. VidyoMobile delivers HD multipoint mobile video conferencing to the enterprise, untethering users and turning popular tablets and smart phones into high performance video communication endpoints with quality available only on desktop computers to date.”

Vidyo was announced as a finalist of the 2011 Best of Interop Award!

Vidyo was announced as a finalist of the 2011 Best of Interop Award!

Vidyodemonstrated the first TV quality multipoint video conference on a smart phone during the keynote address at CES 2010 and this year, Vidyo was honored at CTIA for Mobile Leadership and Innovation with the 2011 Mobility Trax Award for Enterprise Mobility / Mobile Video Conferencing.

Vidyo’s communication and collaboration platform was licensed last year by Elisa  Corporation of Finland which released  the first commercially available mobile multipoint video conferencing service on the Samsung Galaxy Tab and smart phone – the first such service  on any telecom network.

 

Vidyo used its SDK to enable the  Apple iPad 2 to participate in HD 720p multipoint video conferencing within hours of general availability of the device… and today, Vidyo was honored and delighted to be announced as a Finalist for the “Best of Interop” award!

 

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Related Links:

- Full Vidyo press release: “Vidyo Wins 2011 Mobility Award at CTIA for Outstanding Mobile Video Conferencing and Collaboration Solution
- Vidyo Blog post with a video demo of VidyoConferencing on a iPad 2: “See it NOW: Vidyo conferences on iPad 2!

- Vidyo Blog post with a video demo of VidyoConferencing on a Galaxy Tab: “Telepresence: Coming soon to a Galaxy Near You
- Jim O’Neill’s article in FierceVOIP: “VidyoMobile teleconferencing available on iOS, Android devices
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Full Vidyo press release: “Elisa Corporation to Pilot First Multi-Party TV-Quality Video Conferencing on Smart Phones and Tablets
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

VidyoCast to Demonstrate First H.264 SVC-based Broadcast Platform at NAB

Last September, Vidyo announced its broadcast division, VidyoCast, at IBC in Amsterdam, and unveiled an array of next-generation broadcast software and hardware products based on the VidyoRouter architecture which uses H.264 SVC (Scalable Video Coding) compression technology.  Starting today, Vidyo will be demonstrating its revolutionary platform for managing Live News, Sports, Entertainment and IP Feeds. The suite of products offers SD/HD quality video transport, remote contribution, ENG, sports production, net return, Master Control back up and disaster recovery.

According to Jim O’Brien, General Manager of VidyoCast, “VidyoCast is first-to-market with a new generation of H.264 SVC-based broadcast platform based on Vidyo’s award-winning architecture, which is a significant breakthrough for live television. In addition to encoders and decoders, we offer a range of hosted IP capabilities in private networks or across the Internet. These include point-to-multipoint control, edge-switching, bandwidth optimization, and live production tools such as Digital Video Effects, accomplishing multi-party on-screen interactions more easily than the industry has ever seen. Our groundbreaking VidyoRouter is at the heart of this platform and provides cloud-based feeds management, transrating, and resolution scaling without either degrading the quality of the video or adding significant latency.”

Vidyo will be at NAB 2011

Today, VidyoCast products are being used by leading broadcasters in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The suite includes VidyoContribution and VidyoCentral production products as well as VidyoIP Monitor Wall and VidyoEdit Review. These broadcast products will be showcased at the NAB Show in Las Vegas and the VidyoCast will be welcoming visitors from April 11 to April 14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall, booth #SU 3502.

Also at NAB, Vidyo’s CEO and co-founder, Ofer Shapiro will be speaking at a session entitled “Interoperability, Quality, Security and Reliability in Telepresence.” This presentation will take place on  Tuesday,  April 12 at 11.30 am.

If you’re at NAB this week, we urge you to stop by, say hello and see the amazing VidyoCast products at Booth # SU 3502!

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Want to know more about H.264 SVC?

Industry consultant and author of “Video Over IP, Second Edition” Wes Simpson got everyone very excited about H.264 SVC at NAB 2011 and he wrote about it in this TVTechnology article: “Scaling Up for Scalable Video Coding“.

 

 

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”

 

 

Chunghwa is Third Telecom Carrier to Select Vidyo

In the past few months, we’ve told you about our exciting partnerships with telecom carriers such as KDDI and Elisa…  and today, another telecom giant joins the ranks of those who are now using Vidyo’s next-generation HD video communications and collaboration platform. Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) is the largest telecommunication service provider in Taiwan and one of the largest in Asia in terms of revenue. Chunghwa is now “Vidyo-empowered” and will be able to offer an affordable solution based on Vidyo’s unique video communication and collaboration platform.

According to Frank Chen, Director of Business Customer Department at Chunghwa Telecom’s International Business Group, “We are now able to offer our customers an affordable and easy-to-use, high-quality video conferencing solution that is based on Vidyo’s innovative IP which leverages their next generation architecture based on SVC compression technology to uniquely eliminate the expensive transcoding MCU and its lower quality.”

“Because of Vidyo’s differentiated, award-winning solution, Chunghwa’s business users are able to access telepresence-quality video communications and collaboration services over bandwidth-guaranteed circuits and a wide variety of best-effort networks, whether on the go, in the office or at home,” said Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo.

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Related Links:

- Full Vidyo-Chunghwa Partnership Press Release: “Vidyo’s Patented Next-Generation Video Conferencing Solution Selected by Chunghwa Telecom’s International Business Group
- Blog post about Elisa’s launch of Vidyo’s technology on Samsung Galaxy Tab: “Noteworthy News from the Nordic
- Full Vidyo-KDDI Partnership Press Release: “KDDI to Deliver Video Conferencing Service Based on Vidyo’s Patented Scalable Video Coding (SVC) Architecture