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.

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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”

 

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

Paul Otellini’s Keynote at the IDF

Today marked the beginning of the 2010 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) where Intel announced the new and improved features for its upcoming 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors.

Paul Otellini at the 2010 Intel Developer Forum

Paul Otellini at the 2010 Intel Developer Forum

Intel also demonstrated a “dual processor, next-generation Intel® Xeon® processor server running Vidyo* video conferencing software that utilizes the 32 threads available on the system, and takes advantage of the AES New Instructions set (AESNI). Next-generation Xeon™ processors for 2 socket servers and workstations run 8 cores and 16 threads per processor and are on schedule for production in the second half of 2011.”

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Related Links:

- Video: Paul Otellini’s full Keynote
- Intel’s Press Release: Intel Details 2011 Processor Features, Offers Stunning Visuals Built-in

Vidyo at InformationWeek 500

InformationWeek 500 started yesterday, and VidyoConferencing was used to bring Ananth Krishnan,  CTO of TCS from Chennai, India, to the Saint Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA.

Here are a few pictures of the conference:

Rob Preston, Editor-in-Chief of InformationWeek said: “it was great to get a perspective from Ananth Krishnan,  CTO of TCS via VidyoConferencing in today’s conference, especially coming in from India where the bandwidth is patchy and you’re not sure what you’re going to get. Vidyo enabled us to truly ‘interact’ with Ananth over the Internet, as though he was in the room, via first class video conferencing.”

Vidyo and Interoperability

At Vidyo we often get asked if we can integrate with Skype. Lots of people already have this application loaded on their computer and use it for IM, voice and even video calls. Everyone says that quality of the video experience varies, and this has a lot to do with packet loss over the Internet—exactly where VidyoConferencing™ excels.

Interoperability

But does interoperability give you what you need? Consider two popular webconferencing solutions—Webex and GoToMeeting. If your organization has selected Webex for webconferencing, you’ve downloaded the client, and probably used it in meetings. And if someone in another organization invites you to a GoToMeeting, you don’t ask if it interoperates with your Webex client, you just click on the link provided, download the GoToMeeting client and join the meeting. The differences in functionality & UI are significant, and the download effort is insignificant, so everyone does it.

The Vidyo™ client is available on Windows, Mac and soon Linux, and it is going to be available on a host of smartphones and tablets (Vidyo has release an SDK for Android and a technology demonstration on a popular tablet can be found on this website). It is just another app that one downloads. So interoperability is really about ensuring that the experience is optimized for the communication device you have, is available for download to the device, and lets you have multipoint videoconferences with anyone else.

This analogy is useful for organizations thinking about longer term deployment issues. They want to choose a solution that will:

  • interoperate with any video-capable device,
  • scale to support large numbers of endpoints,
  • operate over whatever networks are available, and
  • deliver a natural HD quality, multipoint video experience.

Only a small number of “legacy architecture endpoints” are purpose-built for a specific codec and don’t enable software downloads. In these very limited cases, Vidyo has a “migration” option that enables interoperability through a gateway. With the VidyoGateway™ an organization with an existing investment in legacy architecture video appliances in rooms today can continue to get value from those room endpoints, while they move to a new architecture based upon downloadable applications on the broad range of devices that will be chosen by their organization’s employees.

And IT knows that either they must have an infrastructure to support the personal endpoint choices of their organization’s employees, or they will lose control of the collaboration infrastructure and be worked around with consumer solutions such as Skype and Apple’s FaceTime.