The last two weeks were very busy with product news and strategic win announcements for Vidyo: Important partnerships with the likes of Mitel, Arkadin and CTN, a gigantic win with CERN, and of course exciting news about VidyoConferencing 3.0, featuring major usability enhancements and innovations throughout the Vidyo portfolio including a new Microsoft Lync Integration. Now, today, we have jointly announced with Ricoh, the U.S. availability of a sleek, portable, light-weight Vidyo-based videoconferencing system that’s the size of a notebook!
So why are all of these announcements significant and what do they have to do with each other? It’s all about a platform that scales! The affordability and innovation enabled by the VidyoWorks APIs has sparked the interest and imagination of a wide range of companies and organizations looking for a solution that satisfies all of their visual collaboration modalities – not just some of them – and does it at a cost that is comparable to voice services. As the growing number of important Vidyo partners indicates, Vidyo has demonstrated its strength and leadership, not only in terms of technological innovation, but also in its ability to forge new roads in the marketplace that allow our customers and partners access to a level of scalability and geographical distribution that has never before been achieved affordably and with such high quality. By doing so, Vidyo has upped the ante for every video conferencing vendor in the world. Now every significant player is trying to develop a scalable video coding (SVC) strategy. SVC is much more than a compression standard, it allows for a new architecture, which Vidyo has perfected for years from both product and intellectual property perspectives. We welcome these new offerings into the SVC-enabled world as we continue to lead with our field-proven products.
Everywhere you look, it seems, there are new and exciting examples of Vidyo products and services. Since last week, alone, we have made several impressive announcements: a Vidyo/Arkadin-powered web-based service deployed by the California Telehealth Network that will improve healthcare to patients in rural California, a partnership with Mitel that will result in the integration of Vidyo’s HD video and telepresence solutions across their entire line of unified communications and collaborations (UCC) products, and yet another example of a global cloud-based video conferencing solution, with the unveiling of the P3000 from Ricoh, an important Vidyo partner in the US.
After a very long wait, the visual communication revolution is finally here and we are so proud to be at the heart of it. We would like to thank all of our great customers, partners, investors and, of course, our dedicated and talented employees who have made all of this possible.
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Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of two major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry seen over the past two decades. Ofer was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture, which provided a platform for multi-point conferences that were unconstrained by bandwidth limitations of an externally programmable Gatekeeper, enabling the transition from ISDN to IP transport. The products introduced by Ofer during his tenure at RADVISION were adopted by Cisco, Tandberg and Polycom, and reached almost 100% market share. A decade later, he innovated the use of Scalable Video Coding for video conferencing and led the development of a new media relay based architecture designed for affordable scale and extended reach over unmanaged IP networks and general purpose computing devices. The Vidyo architecture has been hailed and accepted as the market shifting innovation necessary to address the burgeoning $19B personal telepresence market. Ofer is a named inventor on 20 issued and 19 pending patent families and has 14 years of experience in bringing innovations in this field to successful, wide-scale adoption.