Vidyo, Inc. today announced the first product resulting from its on-going relationship with Google, a software-based solution that enables H.323/SIP video conferencing and IP PBX systems to connect users into Google+ Hangout Sessions. The new product will extend usability by allowing connectivity with existing business voice and video solutions from Cisco, Polycom, Lifesize, Avaya and Vidyo. VidyoH2O™ for Google+ Hangouts will be offered on a subscription basis both on-prem and as a cloud-hosted product.
“In August of 2013, we announced that Vidyo is developing a Scalable Video Coding (SVC) extension for VP9 and WebRTC and will be leveraging this joint development effort to enhance the Google+ Hangouts experience in an enterprise setting,” said Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo. “VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts is the first of an expected series of innovative solutions resulting from this WebRTC collaboration with Google. This is another example of how Vidyo is driving the convergence of consumer and enterprise solutions.”
Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouter™ leverages Scalable Video Coding (SVC) which is recognized by most industry players as the way to deliver a great video conferencing experience over the Internet. The VidyoRouter enables better error resilience and allows an optimized experience for multi-user video calls. WebRTC provides the ability to participate in video calls without a separate client or plug-in installation. WebRTC with scalability will give Web developers who are using VidyoRouter in their implementation access to even better video quality coupled with the no-install advantage. Chrome is expected to be the first browser to support the scalable version of WebRTC and, together, Vidyo and Google will promote this version with relevant standards bodies.
“Google+ Hangouts creates a new channel and market opportunity for Vidyo, and enabling interoperability with existing video conferencing and phone systems is great news for enterprise users, as well,” said Roopam Jain, Principal Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “It will be exciting to see what further developments stem from this WebRTC relationship between Google and Vidyo. Vidyo continues to be at the forefront of driving innovation in the video communications market.”
Pricing and Availability
VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts is scheduled for general availability on March 31, 2014, on a subscription basis starting at $99/port/month for on-premise deployment, or as a cloud-hosted product for $149/port/month.