Vidyo’s Education in Biological Diversity

ASUThere’s a lot to be said for learning from real life versus a text book. The staff and faculty at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences (SOLS) took the “seeing is believing” approach to education one step further, and last year initiated a class that allowed ASU students to explore the jungles of Panama without having to leave Tempe, Arizona.  Not only that, they were guided by leading research scientists and experts from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s facilities on Barro Colorado Island, in the middle of the Panama Canal!

Though the planning of this ASU-SOLS-Smithsonian virtual classroom project went smoothly, there was one major hitch.  Where could they find a video communications and collaboration solution that would allow students and faculty at ASU to connect easily and with exceptional (not just “good enough”) quality, to experts in these remote tropical areas? When Charles Kazilek, SOLS Director of Technology Integration and Outreach, discovered Vidyo, he was thrilled.

 

Videoconferencing from the jungles of Panama

 

According to Kazilek,  “We needed to demonstrate to our team at SOLS that our solution could be taken to extreme limits and still work to the standards that we required. We needed to link telepresence to scientists in remote areas… environments that required something very flexible, very portable… something that actually works. We wanted to see how far we could penetrate literally into the jungle and bring back that experience to our students. We wanted to see how far we could push Vidyo.  Could we run it on 3G? Can we get it into the jungle?  Can we get it into the middle of an island in the middle of the Panama Canal?  What we found is – YES we can!”

Pretty incredible – but don’t take our word for it. Check out this great video that documents Vidyo’s important role in the ASU-STRI project and see for yourself!

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Related Links:

- Full press release: Arizona State University Selects Vidyo to Enable Virtual Classrooms in Tropical Biodiversity with the Smithsonian.
- 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”

 

 

iPad 2: Vidyo conference! See it now!

Guess it’s no surprise that the iPad 2 is selling like hotcakes. Some analysts estimate that Apple may have sold as many as 500,000 iPad 2s over its debut weekend. Though we can’t verify this, we’d like to suggest that perhaps some of those “early adopters” were lined up for the new iPad because they knew that it would take no time at all before Vidyo would show the world how great video conferencing on an iPad 2 could be!

Yes, we know that iPad 2 owners may have to wait just a little longer to experience Vidyo’s HD (720p) multipoint video conferencing for themselves… but let it be known that Vidyo was, as always, the FIRST to demo HD multi-party video communications on an iPad 2.

Vidyo's 720p video conference on an iPad 2

The faster CPU of the iPad 2 and front and rear-facing cameras make it a platform that begs for HD multipoint video communication and collaboration.  Vidyo was able to use its SDKs to enable the Apple iPad 2 to participate in high-definition 720p multipoint video conferencing within hours of general availability of the device!

The Vidyo Platform now not only supports Apple’s just released iPad™ 2, but also Motorola’s XOOM tablet and the Atrix 4G smart phone.

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Vidyo was demonstrated as the first TV quality multipoint conference on a smart phone during the keynote address at CES 2010. Since then, the Vidyo platform has expanded to support the iPad, iPhone 4, iPod, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S smart phone, the Google Nexus S, multiple other Android phones and tablets, utilizing the VidyoTechnology Software Development Kit (SDK) that is available to partners to create innovative applications.

Vidyo’s SDKs and APIs for mobile devices running Android, Windows and iOS operating systems are available today and are currently used by partners like Elisa of Finland, who released the first mobile multipoint video conference service on the Samsung Galaxy Tab and smart phone.  Additional Vidyo-powered mobile offerings will be announced soon by partners.

The VIDYO logo is a registered trademark of Vidyo, Inc., VIDYO and the trademarks of the VIDYO family of products are trademarks of Vidyo, Inc. and the other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.

 

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Related Links:

- Full Vidyo press release: “Vidyo Platform SDK Enables HD Multi-Party Video Conferencing on iPad 2, XOOM and Atrix
- Vidyo Blog post with a video demo of VidyoConferencing on a Galaxy Tab: “Telepresence: Coming soon to a Galaxy Near You
- 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”

 

 

 

Vidyo Scales the Wall Street Journal’s “Next Big Thing” List!

For the second year in a row, Vidyo made it on the Wall Street Journal’s “Next Big Thing” list of the 50 top venture-backed companies in the U.S.

Vidyo was ranked 11th this year out of over 10,000 VC-backed companies, moving up from the 35th spot last year.  And what a year it’s been!  We’re seeing the market strongly embrace our VidyoRouter architecture, which affirms what we’ve asserted from the start – Natural, Universal and Affordable VidyoTechnology and products are driving the next-generation of video communications and collaboration.  Our platform has been chosen and deployed by leading unified communications companies such as HP and Ricoh, international telecom carriers like KDDI and Elisa Corporation, and continues to win major accounts in enterprise and vertical markets.

We are one of 14 companies to make the WSJ’s  list twice, though some of those moved DOWN on the list. The ranking is based on the following:

People matter: A history of success for both investors and executives suggests future success.

More money is better: A firm with more capital to deploy than its competitors will have an advantage.

Growth is good: Companies with higher valuations for their equity are more successful than smaller ones.

Intangibles abound: Company success can’t be reduced to an equation.

We’re honored to be named again to this year’s Top 50 list and look forward to leading the shift in the market away from legacy solutions towards affordable, natural, and universally available video communications that know no bounds!

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Related Links:

- The Wall Street Journal’s full list of the top 50 venture-backed companies in the U.S.
- Full Vidyo press release: “Vidyo Named to Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 “Next Big Thing” List for Second Year in a Row
- 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.

 

 

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@vidyo.com.)

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”


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”

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