Today’s workforce is increasingly mobile and global, and an office extends beyond the four walls of a physical building. With globalization and the growth of the Internet, people have dramatically changed the way they work and the devices they use for communication. Along with the standard office phone and computer, many workers conduct their business on smart phones, tablets, and home computers. In addition, they work in the office, on the road, and at home. The fact is that today’s business is conducted over multiple devices and anywhere there is an Internet connection.
Unfortunately, when it comes to video conferencing, the majority of solutions have really limited themselves to proprietary endpoints that limit the availability and use cases. This is especially true for telepresence rooms, which fail to deliver an immersive experience despite the excessively high price tag. Figure 1 shows a very simple example of the imperfect telepresence experience, which is a common scenario that occurs hundreds of times every day.
The above scenario depicts a three way video conference with three participants in one location (P1, P2, P3) and one participant in another location (P4). These four participants are communicating with another telepresence room with three screens. As shown in the figure, when there are four remote cameras and only three screens, a tradeoff needs to be made. In this case the trade off results in P3 not being displayed. P3 can participate by appearing through voice activated switching, and the images of the participants will jump from screen to screen. The typical configuration above probably cost about $1 million when factoring in the network and ongoing maintenance costs. Even after that expense, the experience is not immersive but rather imperfect telepresence.
Vidyo has pioneered a new way to do video conferencing that redefines the telepresence paradigm.
VidyoPanorama is a solution that enables personal telepresence with immersive interactions. The experience is personal because we enable video conferencing over any device including PCs (Win, Mac, Linux), mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android), and other room systems. The experience is immersive with 1080p60 resolution, which is the highest resolution offered in a telepresence solution today. In a visual communication, 70% of all communication is nonverbal*.
At the end of the day, the quality of the interaction is not determined by the furniture or lighting but the immersive quality of the video itself. The video needs to VGA quality or better for the face of each participant with real time voice and video synchronization whether the person is participating from a high end room system or an iPad2. Vidyo delivers on these requirements with the best quality video and makes video conferencing universally available with its Adaptive Video Layering technology, which makes it possible to do video conferencing with a simple Internet connection. And the best part of the Vidyo solution is that we provide all this for about 10% of the cost of the other solutions in the market today.
It is exciting to talk to partners and customers who see the game changing potential of VidyoPanorama. Beyond the traditional telepresence market, VidyoPanorama is being considered for new applications in healthcare and manufacturing that allow communications and collaboration not possible before. Vidyo is delivering a whole new world of applications and industries by delivering a new era of telepresence economics that is sure to permanently change the industry dynamics. Workers will be able to do video conferencing over the devices they want to use, and IT managers will be able to deliver a universal video conferencing solution to every employee in the company.
Young-Sae Song is Vidyo’s vice president of product and channel marketing. He joined Vidyo from Covad Communications, where he was responsible for marketing, branding, and developing next generation products for Covad’s wholesale division, which included communications and value added services. Young-Sae joined Covad from Redback Networks, where he led the corporate marketing and branding efforts and established the company brand as a leading video solutions provider. Prior to Redback he held senior management positions at leading technology companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Riverstone Networks, and Microsoft. Young-Sae also served executive clients in the financial services, telecommunications and manufacturing industries, focusing on strategy formulation, service operations and organization restructuring as a management consultant at Booz & Company. Young-Sae received his MBA from the University of Chicago, and his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.
- VidyoPanorama Demo Video: Click here!
- Full VidyoPanorama Press Release: “Vidyo Shatters Telepresence Price Barrier for Immersive Interactions with 1080p60 Resolution on Up to 20 Screens and Opens Untapped Markets”
- Our blog post: “iPad 2: Vidyo conference! See it now!”
- Our blog post: “Vidyo Taking Mobile Video Conferencing to the Enterprise“ Sources: *Human Productivity Laboratories