Vidyo Shatters Telepresence Price Barrier for Immersive Interactions with 1080p60 Resolution on Up to 20 Screens and Opens Untapped Markets

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, Jun 8, 2011 - VidyoPanorama Redefines Telepresence Paradigm with Unmatched Quality and Affordability

Hackensack, NJ – June 8, 2011 — Vidyo®, Inc. today announced VidyoPanorama, a groundbreaking personal telepresence solution that delivers the industry’s first affordable 1080p at 60 fps solution supporting up to 20 screens at 10% the cost of current telepresence solutions. Vidyo is the only company that delivers affordable immersive interactions across 1080p 60 fps multi-screen telepresence rooms, video conferencing rooms, desktops, iOS and Android-based smart phones and tablets, (including the iPhone, iPad 2, Xoom, Galaxy, Nexus S and others)  enabling employees to use the devices they want to use.

VidyoPanorama: A New Model of Telepresence for Immersive Interactions

VidyoPanorama redefines the telepresence paradigm to support today’s highly distributed and mobile workforce by delivering a more immersive and affordable video experience with superior quality and up to 5 times more screen real estate. The multi-screen solution provides unmatched flexibility and choice to use off-the-shelf hardware, connect with a full-complement of form factors, and create innovative applications not addressed by legacy telepresence solutions. VidyoPanorama reduces up-front customer investments by 90% and dramatically decreases ongoing expenses by working over general data networks and the Internet without costly high QoS networks.

“Traditional telepresence systems promised an ‘in-person’ experience when optimized in settings with limited participants and unlimited budgets,” said Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of Vidyo. “In reality they have failed to deliver immersive multi-point experiences in large group meetings when people ‘disappear’ each time the number of remote cameras exceeds the number of screens. Someone coughs and you are no longer a participant on the screen. VidyoPanorama  breaks the choke-hold by being the first to deliver the screen real estate required to have full interaction in large group meetings at full 1080p  60 fps  with immersive interactions and seamless flexibility to engage from telepresence rooms, desktops or mobile devices running over every day networks.”

“VidyoPanorama is going to be a key component of the Elisa hosted Visual Communication service which we deliver to thousands of enterprise customers,” said Janne Lauanne, Executive Vice President of Videra, the visual communication arm of Elisa Corporation. “It will be delivered together with VidyoDesktop and VidyoMobile at an affordable price which is exactly what our customers are looking for from their video conferencing solutions today.”

VidyoPanorama Product Highlights

VidyoPanorama is highly scalable and supports large geographically dispersed video conferences and participants. VidyoPanorama enables up to 9 screens delivering 1080p at 60 fps in its first release and, in the future, will enable up to 20 screens delivering 1080p at 60 fps, providing dynamic customization of video layout for both participant and application sharing. The solution consists of an application that controls the decoding of video across multiple screens, an executive tablet, an off-the-shelf high definition camera and audio system.

VidyoPanorama provides a highly flexible approach to telepresence that is not available from other vendors. For example, customers can create a telepresence room that is any size or shape using multiple screen configurations, furniture selection, branding, lighting, equipment concealment, power & cooling and ventilation. The solution delivers error resiliency that is 10 times higher than traditional systems when supporting endpoints connected in multi-point telepresence conferences over general purpose data networks while still delivering an immersive video experience. VidyoPanorama is highly bandwidth efficient and is able to deliver High Definition video starting at 500 Kbps per screen.

VidyoPanorama creates new usage scenarios for telepresence by allowing channel partners to use Vidyo’s robust APIs and SDK to create new solutions such as:

  • Operations management center for manufacturing or supply chain management
  • Command center for disaster recovery efforts or military applications
  • Patient monitoring in a doctor’s or nurse’s station at a hospital
  • Distance learning with multiple experts delivering rich contextual immersive communications
  • Financial services applications to coordinate across geographies in real time

“Cost has been the single biggest barrier to the adoption of telepresence, and when these systems were first introduced IT had no option if it wanted high quality resolution than to rebuild their network,” said Zeus Kerravala, Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise at Yankee Group. “Vidyo is now introducing another breakthrough with their world-class multipoint personal telepresence that is economically within reach and offers tremendous flexibility in terms of the number of screens and other form factors. Companies who believe that telepresence is beyond their budget should revisit that decision with VidyoPanorama.”

VidyoPanorama Pricing and Availability

Select US list pricing for popular industry configurations of VidyoPanorama include:    

  • 4 Screen 720p60 for under $40,000
  • 4 Screen 1080p60 for under $44,000
  • 6 Screen- 720p60 for under $45,000
  • 6 Screen- 1080p60 for under $50,000
  • 9 Screen- 720p60 for under $55,000
  • 9 Screen- 1080p60 for under $60,000

VidyoPanorama offers unmatched affordability at an average price of around $6,000 per screen for a 9 screen system and $4,500 per screen for a 20 screen system. Both the 720p60 and the 1080p60 solutions will be in Beta trials with customers and partners in August 2011 and will be generally available in Q4 2011.  The full range of Vidyo’s personal telepresence portfolio, including VidyoPanorama, will be demonstrated at the upcoming InfoComm conference in Orlando, Florida, Booth #1375, June 11-17, 2011.

The Vidyo Difference

VidyoTechnology offers unprecedented error resiliency, low latency and rate matching to enable natural, high quality video to work over the Internet, LTE, 3G and 4G networks. Because Vidyo’s solution is software-based, it can be easily expanded, upgraded, and customized for individual Enterprise and vertical market video conferencing needs. Vidyo’s product line spans a full range of potential

requirements, from VidyoMobile supporting tablets and smart phones to VidyoDesktop™ with personal telepresence capabilities on a PC or a Mac to the VidyoRoom™ that encodes and decodes HD-quality video at up to 60 frames per second.

About Vidyo, Inc.

Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on desktop computers and room systems, and VidyoCast, an affordable cloud-based broadcast solution. Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouter architecture eliminates an MCU while delivering the industry’s best error resilience and lowest latency videoconferencing and broadcast solutions over the Internet. Vidyo’s solution utilizes H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) and the company has been active in various standards bodies driving H.264 SVC and SIP interoperability since 2005.  Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on the Blog or follow @vidyo on Twitter.

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