Pasila, Finland and Hackensack, NJ– December 14, 2010 – Elisa Corporation, a leading communications service provider in the Nordic region announced today that Elisa is launching the first enterprise-grade, multi-party, TV-quality video conferencing service that enables users on smart phones and tablets to connect into video conferences with desktop and room system endpoints. Elisa has partnered with Vidyo, Inc. for their desktop and room system-based video conferencing services and will now expand this offering to smart phones and tablets. The new mobile service from Elisa will be piloted on the Samsung Galaxy phone and tablet.
“Business professionals are ‘on the move’ and as they become more mobile, they need communication tools that allow them to connect to video conferences from whatever devices are most convenient to them, wherever they are,” said Pasi Mäenpää, Elisa’s Corporate Customers Business Unit Director. “Smart phones and tablet PCs allow enterprise personnel to be flexible and mobile; to conduct ‘on the go’ informal meetings. Travel time and waiting at airports can now be used productively and efficiently. Desktop, and now smart phone and tablet computers, offer much untapped potential and only Vidyo can enable this quality of video conferencing.”
“ We believe that mobile devices are a great tool for business users on the go to participate in HD multi-party video conferences, beyond point-to-point “chat,” said Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of Vidyo. “Elisa Corporation is an innovative service provider and is leading the industry in mobile user experiences around the nascent but growing video conferencing market through offering the first pilot service for tablet and smart phone users. Vidyo is pleased to have its technology used in the inaugural launch of Elisa’s service, delivering unmatched video quality for the cost of voice-only solutions.”
Global businesses are increasingly dependent on new and innovative communications methods to stay competitive and effective. Smart phones and tablets offer a level of flexibility and efficiency that allow employees to be both mobile and productive. By providing video conferencing capabilities on these devices, businesses are enhancing productivity and efficiency among their employees and increasing the utilization of smart phones and tablets.
Elisa is the Nordic region’s leading communications services provider and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Cap list. Elisa serves the Nordic countries, Baltic countries and Russia. Serving regionally about 2 million consumer customers and internationally, approximately 150,000 corporate customers and public organizations, Elisa offers a wide range of subscription services. According to Mäenpää, “We care for our customers and improve the productivity of the organizations network. Elisa will concentrate on developing consumer and corporate ICT and online services. Our turnover in 2009 amounted to EUR 1.43 billion. Number of employees is approximately 3,200. Elisa’s global alliance partners are Vodafone and Telenor.” For more information, visit www.elisa.fi. To view Elisa’s press release in Finnish, click here.
Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point video conferences on desktop computers and room systems. The company also has Software Development Kits (SDK) available today for smart phones and tablets. To see a technology demonstration of VidyoMobile on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, click here. Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouter architecture delivers the only available H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) solution that eliminates an MCU delivering the industry’s best error resilience and lowest latency video conferencing over the Internet. The company has been active in various standards bodies driving H.264 SVC interoperability since 2005. Learn more at vidyo.com or follow Vidyo on Twitter@Vidyo.
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