Video communications innovator, Vidyo, Inc., has crossed the 50 patents mark, having recently received its 56th patent. Additional applications in 65 patent families are in various stages of the patent process in jurisdictions around the globe. Vidyo developed the first video conferencing architecture to leverage Scalable Video Coding (SVC), enabling amazing HD video conferencing and freeing users from having to physically “go to a room” to enjoy a high quality, low latency, multiparty videoconference, using the public Internet. The VidyoRouter™ – Vidyo’s core server architecture – and several key Vidyo technologies relating to or extending the H.264, H.265 HEVC and WebRTC standards, as well as numerous other innovations in video and audio communication and collaboration technologies, are protected by these patents.
“Vidyo delivers natural, affordable and reservation-less multipoint HD video conferencing to business users wherever they are, over any device or room size using basic Internet or wireless networks,” said Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo CEO and co-founder. “Since its founding, Vidyo has actively developed an extensive patent portfolio covering the VidyoRouter architecture, which eliminates the need for a transcoding MCU and QoS-enabled networks. Instead, the VidyoRouter uses selective packet-forwarding and offers not only unprecedented error resilience and low latency, but also the ability to scale to millions of users with built-in cloud readiness at costs comparable to voice calls. It is gratifying to see that virtually all relevant standards bodies have a roadmap to support this essential functionality.”
“Vidyo has continually driven game-changing innovation in the video conferencing industry and the patented VidyoRouter architecture will continue to drive visual communications and human interactions into the next generation of workflow and Internet-connected appliances,” said Andrew W. Davis, Sr. Partner and co-founder of Wainhouse Research. “The number of patents issued to a company is typically considered a testament to its drive for innovation and proof of its success in exploring the frontiers of what will be possible with today’s and tomorrow’s technology. The Vidyo team has continually been on the cutting edge, and proven to be an effective industry leader in this respect.”
In 2008, Vidyo delivered the first H.264 SVC video conferencing solution, and since then many video conferencing companies have tried to follow Vidyo’s lead by announcing or incorporating some aspects of SVC into their offerings.
In August of 2013, Vidyo announced it was collaborating with Google to develop an SVC extension for VP9 and WebRTC which will give Web developers the ability to access the improved video quality offered by the VidyoRouter, coupled with the no-install advantage. An inherent benefit of the WebRTC architecture and Vidyo’s contributions is that WebRTC developers will be able to use the scalable coding extensions of VP9 without significant changes to their code, while harnessing the power of the VidyoRouter to drive even higher quality applications at large enterprise and service provider scale. Vidyo already offers its own VidyoWorksTM API-enabled browser plug-in for multiple browsers, and Google Chrome is expected to be the first browser to support the Vidyo-enabled scalable version of WebRTC.
Vidyo has been active in the development of other industry standards for video communication applications, both in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as well as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Several of its innovations have been incorporated into the H.264 SVC and H.265 HEVC standards, as well as the IETF specifications covering the transport over the Internet of H.264 SVC, H.265 HEVC, and WebRTC’s VP8 video.
Vidyo licenses its standard essential patents under terms customary in the respective standards organizations. Vidyo participates in the MPEG-LA licensing program for H.264 AVC/SVC as both a licensor and a licensee (as an owner and a user of relevant patents, respectively), and has been involved in the ongoing formation of the new H.265 HEVC licensing program.
Vidyo, Inc. today announced that Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading ICT provider, has launched a new cloud-based video communications and collaboration service based on the VidyoWorks™ platform. The service, called Vidia, is ideal for small and medium enterprises, but larger companies and consumer customers will also benefit from its many innovative features. Built on Vidyo’s award-winning platform, Vidia enables Swisscom business customers to participate in multi-party video calls and is able to deliver affordable, high-quality, multipoint HD video conferencing systems over smartphones, tablets and desktops.
The highly scalable and flexible VidyoWorks platform and APIs were chosen by Swisscom after a long evaluation process that included key requirements such as robustness and telco-grade scalability, API richness and cutting-edge underlying technologies.
“The integration of Vidyo has enabled us to offer our business clients the ability to place HD video conferencing calls,” said Erich Gebhardt, Head of Transversal Products, Swisscom Ltd. “In Switzerland, customers expect a high level of quality and reliability; those features, along with the scalability and flexibility that was needed to really differentiate this service, were made possible through the power of Vidyo APIs and VidyoWorks.”
“The Swisscom deployment is a stunning example of what can be achieved as consumer and business users converge on the same platform, and we are excited to be a part of this,” said Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of Vidyo. “The VidyoWorks platform has raised the bar for cloud-based video conferencing, providing quality, scale and affordability, as well as the ease-of-use expected by today’s consumer.”
The VidyoWorks platform and APIs allow developers across a wide variety of markets and applications to attain a level of HD video conferencing scalability and geographical distribution that has never before been achieved affordably and with such high quality. The VidyoWorks platform allows customers and partners to achieve their visual communications goals of telco-grade scalability, exceptional quality and affordability. Vidyo partners are leveraging VidyoWorks to visually connect people and locations into their workflow and business processes to address new applications and business requirements.
Vidia is based on Vidyo APIs, and its new user interface was designed by Swisscom. The video conferencing service runs on the Swisscom Cloud and with Vidia, users can access virtual meeting rooms from any PC, Mac or mobile device (iOS or Android) and allows non-registered guests to join the conference.
Swisscom Ltd. is Switzerland’s leading ICT provider, with its headquarters in Ittigen, near the capital city, Berne. With over 20,000 employees, it generated turnover of CHF 11.43 billion in 2013. Swisscom is one of the most sustainable companies in Switzerland and Europe.
Vidyo, Inc. and FPT Telecom, a leading telecommunications provider across Vietnam, today announced general availability of Vidyo services and solutions aimed at massive deployments including local businesses and government agencies in the country.
“We strive to offer our customers the most advanced, state-of-the-art solutions,” said Pham Duy Phuc, CEO of FPT Telecom International. “Vidyo delivers stunning desktop and mobile video experiences, and impressive scalability and interoperability features that meet the needs of FPT Telecom customers across the country. With Vidyo’s solution, FPT Telecom customers can reduce business travel, save on transportation costs and enhance productivity in the workplace. We’re excited to offer this innovative video conferencing technology to our customers.”
“We are very pleased that FPT Telecom chose Vidyo’s video conferencing for business and government customers,” said Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo. “To meet growing market demands, it is critical for businesses and government agencies to choose affordable desktop and mobile video conferencing solutions that are software-based and can scale for mass deployments. We are proud to partner with FPT Telecom to offer Vidyo’s amazing quality across Vietnam.”
Vidyo’s solutions offered by FPT Telecom International are available immediately.
About FPT Telecom
FPT Telecom was founded in 1997 under FPT Corporation. FPT Telecom is one of the top three telecommunication providers in Vietnam for telecommunications and online services, including Broadband Internet, cable Internet, and TV online services. FPT Telecom covers 57 provinces and cities in Vietnam. FPT Telecom has been continuously investing, innovating and integrating value added-services via one Internet connection, cooperating with many international telecommunication companies to build submarine cables. FPT Telecom International Co., Ltd also known as FTI (under FPT Telecom), is Vietnam’s largest domain name registry. The company has four data centers in Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) which have been certified uptime Tier 3 in 2013. Currently, FTP is offering the following services: Internet leased line, data transmission, IPLC, MPLS, domain, hosting, colocation, and digital signature. Learn more at www.fpt.vn.