Usually, when a leader gets frustrated with the way things are they think of a better and quicker way to do the same thing. Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo, was dissatisfied with IP video conferencing and how complex things had become for the participants, as well as for the integrators. Vidyo was born when Shapiro thought about a new system architecture that would change the paradigm for the video conferencing industry. As an alternative to costly Multipoint Control Units (MCU), he based his designs on Scalable Video Coding (SVC).
Vidyo was originally named Layered Media, but shortly after securing series B funding, Shapiro renamed it Vidyo. It was in June of 2010 that Vidyo demonstrated the first videoconferencing system in an HD multiparty video conference, via general purpose IP networks, at InfoComm in Las Vegas. Thereafter, HP and Vidyo entered into a partnership to run HP Halo endpoints on enterprise networks.
What Makes Vidyo so Unique?
The uniqueness of Vidyo was in Shapiro’s vision and intelligence. He understood exactly where traditional videoconferencing systems needed a tweak and a push. He recognized the cost of employing dedicated servers, and time consuming delivery of service. Vidyo prides itself in being able to offer a videoconferencing platform which can be accessed from anywhere. It has successfully changed the way people connect with each other. The idea behind Vidyo is to offer a powerful, scalable, and flexible solution based on software that won’t scare users away. The technology has made high definition, multi-point video communications possible for anyone and from any device. A collaborative experience to remember no doubt, because all it needs is either the Internet, LTE or a 4G connection to get started. The USP of Vidyo lies in enhancing productivity and closing information gaps.
Vidyo-enabled infrastructure, experience, and platform ensure comprehensive coverage in all areas such as routing, management, interoperability, desktop, group and mobile platforms, as well as record/stream. A list below shows some of its basic features:
- VidyoPortal: a Web-based environment
- VidyoConferencing system
- VidyoDesktop: a software-based endpoint, capable of supporting HD quality video
- VidyoGateway: an appliance used to connect legacy video conferencing systems with the VidyoConferencing network
- Video-chat: service for Nintendo’s Wii U video game console
- VidyoRouter: a packet-switching function performing appliance
- VidyoCampus Program: a HD VidyoConferencing program used by colleges and universities for intercommunity collaboration.
- VidyoHealth: a telemedicine solution that enables interactions among doctors and between doctors and their patients, by using the public Internet and existing general purpose IP networks at medical facilities.
Vidyo’s target clients are service providers, banks and financial institutions, schools, professional services, government, healthcare, and high-tech industry. They offer technical support, educational services, and professional services as well as a wide range of solutions to their clients, like customer engagement, distributed workforce, distance learning, human resources, and unified communications. They have been able to capture a fair share of the video collaboration market and develop a loyal base of clientele across the globe, as a result of their wide reach.