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The Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter has awarded its annual Editor's Choice Awards

January 17, 2011 | Chris Payatagool
montage_telepresence_videoconferecing.jpgThe Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter has awarded its annual Editor's Choice Awards.  The awards are based on innovation, products that disrupt the market, affordable prices, and success in the market place. The six corporate award winners for the year 2010 are:

1. The Telepresence Company of the Year 2010 - Teliris
2. The High Definition Videoconferencing Company of the Year 2010 - LifeSize, a division of Logitech
3.  Industry Leader of the Year 2010 - Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo
4. The Video-enabled Unified Communications Company of the Year 2010 - RADVISION
5. The Videoconferencing Peripheral Equipment Company of the Year 2010 - Vaddio
6. The Most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 2010 - The new Vidyo HD videoconferencing architecture called Vidyoconferencing

Teliris is chosen as "The Telepresence Company of the Year 2010"

Teliris has radically simplified the acquisition, deployment and operating costs of Telepresence though sustained innovation and in particular its 6G sixth generation software-based platform

teliris_6g_platform.jpg10 January 2011. Teliris is chosen "Telepresence Company of the Year 2010" by the Editor of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter.

Teliris was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in New York and London. The company has Telepresence deployments worldwide in over 50 countries, offering end-to-end integration, a managed service with 99%+ meeting availability guaranteed, and interoperability with the Telepresence, Videoconferencing and Unified Communications solutions of other vendors.
Teliris has a large and perhaps the largest installed base of Global 2000 companies, including: British American Tobacco, GlaxoSmithKline, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sony Ericsson, Unilever, among others.

In June 2009, Teliris unveiled its 6th generation 6G Telepresence, an affordable platform that extends an uncompromised experience to locations anywhere in the world by reducing bandwidth and related costs. This breakthrough, standards-based, client-server software solution is a light-weight, agile solution that delivers immersive Telepresence through general purpose networks, while maintaining the natural meeting experience for which Teliris has always been known. Central to the Teliris 6G platform is its rate adaption technology that significantly enhances network efficiency by dynamically managing frame rate, resolution, image quality and bandwidth.

The new Teliris 6G platform reconfirms Teliris as the leading innovator in the Telepresence industry with a long record of industry-first innovations including those detailed below:

- the concept of using three or four screens at a site called 'Telepresence' (2001)
- implementation of virtual vectoring for accurate eyelines (2003),
- a natural multipoint meeting experience using three screens at each site (2006),
- interoperability with Videoconferencing and Telepresence solutions of other vendors (2006),
- Teliris Personal Telepresence with a single 40-inch screen for the Executive desktop (2008)
- a customisable Telepresence solution for integration into other A/V environments (2008),
- theTeliris InterACT TouchTable (tm) for instantly sharing documents, etc. (2008),
- the 6G's software architecture that delivers a 70% reduction in hardware components (2009),
- the 6G's 60 fps 1080p Telepresence using half the bandwidth of traditional codecs (2009),
- the 6G's integrated rate adaption that makes Telepresence deployable everywhere (2009),
- Teliris NanoPersonal Telepresence with a 22-inch display for the Executive desktop (2010),
- Teliris NanoEX Telepresence with a curved, panoramic display for truly immersive TP at the desktop (2010),
- Teliris 3D Telepresence available in one, two or three display configurations (2010),
- Teliris Home Telepresence offering the remote worker true HD video (2010).

Teliris offers the broadest range of immersive virtual Telepresence solutions of any vendor. The portfolio includes Teliris Personal Telepresence (tm), Teliris Express Telepresence(tm), Teliris Custom Telepresence(tm), as well as the renowned Teliris VirtuaLive Telepresence. All Teliris solutions interoperate with each other and, using a gateway, interoperate with Videoconferencing and Telepresence solutions of other vendors.

In August 2010, Teliris made an alliance with Global Crossing. "The integration of Teliris' extensive product portfolio with Global Crossing's managed IP network and global reach delivers a unique Telepresence offering, giving customers the feeling of being in the same room with participants from anywhere in the world," said Dave Carey, Global Crossing's chief marketing officer.

In Gartner's June 2009 report "Marketscope for Video Telepresence Systems" which assessed seven Telepresence providers with at least 50 multi-screen systems installed, Teliris received the highest rating awarded to a Telepresence provider. That is high praise. The Telepresence vendors were evaluated on criteria including customer experience, market responsiveness, track record, products and services.

For the broadest range of Telepresence products, its brilliant and sustained innovation and its success in the market place, Teliris is chosen as the "Telepresence Company of the Year 2010".


LifeSize, a division of Logitech, is chosen as "The High Definition Videoconferencing Company of the Year 2010".

The year 2010 saw another extraordinary phase of innovation by LifeSize so that all of its endpoints and infrastructure products can handle 1080p Full High Definition video.

Lifesize_products.jpg 10 January 2011. LifeSize, a division of Logitech, is chosen as "The High Definition Videoconferencing Company of the Year 2010" by the Editor of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter.
LifeSize shares the Logitech vision that HD Video should be available to anyone, anywhere. That is why LifeSize focuses on delivering HD video systems that blend high-quality experience, superior flexibility, and lowest total cost of ownership to extend the advantages of video collaboration to more people throughout organizations. Logitech played its part in 2010 by launching a range of HD web cams for consumers and the Logitech Revue for Google TV set top box for 720p HD videoconferencing in the home.

The year 2010 saw the LifeSize Division of Logitech ensure that all of its endpoints and infrastructure products can handle 1080p Full High Definition video. The new LifeSize 220 series endpoints (LifeSize Room 220, Team, Express), Conference, Passport, Desktop, and the LGExecutive powered by LifeSize, all offer Full 1080p/30 High Definition video. They are all based on open standards and interoperability.

In July, LifeSize released system software, Version 4.7, and LifeSize Virtual Link, which lets organizations share information such as presentations and spreadsheets over the network using the LifeSize Passport and the LGExecutive powered by LifeSize; also enabled is easy recording and streaming to the LifeSize Video Center. The LifeSize Desktop updated Version 2.0 software now supports data sharing and 720p HD streaming.

On the infrastructure side there were new products as well. The LifeSize Bridge, model 2200 announced in October is a 16-port MCU that at $65,000 offers a price/performance breakthrough with flat capacity pricing for video resolutions up to 1080p30. The new LifeSize Bridge receives a high-quality video stream in and transmits the same high-quality resolution without distortion. LifeSize Bridge supports more than 200 resolutions on the connected HD VC endpoints and also features sustained frame rates, a customized screen layout per participant, and up to 4 Mbps throughput. Gone are the days of downgrading the quality for everyone on multiparty calls based on the lowest common denominator. The Bridge is a flexible, modular MCU that will scale intelligently to fit the requirements of any large organization.

In July, the new LifeSize Transit Client was released. Combined with LifeSize Transit Server, this provides a complete network address translation (NAT) and firewall traversal solution to ensure HD video calls can be made reliably both within and outside the organization. With the virtual machine software option of LifeSize Transit Client, large enterprise customers can deploy the solution in their VMware infrastructure farms that they have running already for a host of other applications.

The LifeSize Video Center  for live video streaming and on demand playback was unveiled in June and in October new administrative and end user controls for the LifeSize Video Center to manage, brand, and distribute videos recorded were announced. The appliance combines one-button recording, streaming and auto-publishing enabling organizations to meet a broad set of needs and applications - including corporate communications, training, education, distance learning, and healthcare. The latest new features include: embedding video URLs, controls for branding and customization, and recording from all current LifeSize and standards-based third party endpoints.

LifeSize is developing an Application Programming Interface (API) to enable technology companies to integrate with LifeSize Video Center. VBrick Systems will use the API to combine LifeSize Video Center with the VBrick enterprise IP video platform that integrates with unified communications platforms such as Microsoft OCS, Microsoft SharePoint, and IBM Sametime.

LifeSize integrated the use of Logitech's HD video cameras into some of its HD videoconferencing solutions. The top-of-the-range LifeSize Camera 10x for High Definition videoconferencing was launched in October. The camera features 10x Optical Zoom Capability, 1080p30 support and improved handling of low-light conditions. Designed for large meeting rooms, auditoriums and lecture halls, this new HD video conferencing camera delivers increased zoom, improved Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) functionality, an Antiglare visor, and HDMI video out support for cables up to 52 metres long.

Recognising LifeSize's extensive and affordable range of products, more companies sought alliances in 2010. In April, LifeSize joined with Alcatel-Lucent to offer HD video conferencing for Alcatel-Lucent communications environments. In September, Avaya announced a range of HD videoconferencing solutions based on LifeSize models.

Between 1 April and 30 September 2010, LifeSize signed up more than 370 new partners worldwide, an increase of 32 percent, under its new Channel Partner program.  LifeSize now has more than 1,500 channel partners in 80 countries reselling its line of High Definition videoconferencing products.

For the broadest range of open standards-based, High Definition Videoconferencing endpoints and infrastructure equipment, its brilliant and sustained innovation and its success in the market place with affordable prices, LifeSize, a division of Logitech, is chosen as the "The High Definition Videoconferencing Company of the Year 2010".

ofar_shapiro.jpg Ofer Shapiro is chosen as our "Industry Leader of the Year 2010"

As a co-founder and CEO of Vidyo, Inc. since April 2005, he has led Vidyo to create a new paradigm for delivering multi-site HD videoconferencing over general purpose networks without an MCU  

10 January 2010. Ofer Shapiro is chosen as our "Industry Leader of the Year 2010" by the Editor of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter.

Ofer Shapiro was a co-founder of Vidyo, Inc. in April 2005 and its first CEO. Under his leadership over the next five years, Vidyo has revolutionised the approach to delivering multi-site HD videoconferencing (a) by making it possible over general purpose networks and now wireless mobile networks using software-based scaleable video coding (SVC), and (b) by designing a platform that uses a simple router rather than an MCU with video compression and decompression carried out on each endpoint.

Ofer Shapiro has over fifteen years of experience in bringing disruptive technology to market. He spent eight years at RADVISION where he was responsible for the development of the first IP video conferencing bridge and gatekeeper technology. He also served as senior VP of business development. Ofer was also a contributor and one of the editors of the ITU's H.323 standard for IP video. He holds a masters degree in applied physics.

After leaving Radvision in early 2004, Ofer Shapiro began to consider how video conferencing networks could be improved by combating the packet loss, bandwidth reduction and latency experienced on general purpose IP networks. He recognised that the full benefit of the Scalable Video Coding (SVC), part of the emerging H.264 standard, required re-designing both the videoconferencing endpoint (client) and the MCU (server). He planned a new architecture in which the MCU was replaced with a low cost router and all of the video encoding and decoding was done at the endpoints.

In October 2005 with advice from Avery More (Vidyo Chairman and a co-founder), Offer Shapiro raised $11 million in seed capital. He then quickly assembled an experienced management team and an Advisory Board, both expert in video compression, transmission, IP networks and conferencing. A further $12 million was raised in October 2007 (the company was named Layered Media, Inc up to that point), $15 million as Vidyo in March 2009, and $25 million in April 2010. Ofer has inspired investor confidence and the major venture capital investors are represented on the Board of Directors.

Ofer Shapiro has attracted talented people to the Vidyo management team and given them a clear idea of what Vidyo wanted to achieve. By early 2008, Vidyo products were ready to market as VidyoConferencing that enables endpoints to interoperate seamlessly between HD room systems, PCs and laptops within the same video conference using the Internet instead of dedicated networks. VidyoDesktop clients allow people to join a conference from their home office or from their laptop, wherever they are. Later, given the growing popularity of the VidyoDesktop 720p HD video solution, Vidyo, Inc. has claimed to be the first to deliver Personal Telepresence.

Vidyo's annual licensing price model has resulted in growing sales of a network of Vidyo videoconferencing endpoints to large organisations and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). And the VidyoOne package of October 2009 includes all of the Vidyo components needed to deploy VidyoConferencing in a small to medium size organization within a single, compact 1U appliance.  The appliance with five ports and 25 user seats costs $7,000; with 10 ports and 50 user seats the cost is $14,000. The price includes server hardware and perpetual software licenses.

Vidyo has also targeted the huge education and telemedicine markets with VidyoCampus (February 2010) and VidyoHealth (April 2010).

Vidyo is ready to enable HD video on the fast growing smart phones and tablets market. At  CTIA Wireless in March 2010, Vidyo participated in demonstrations of its patented, next-generation architecture delivering HD multipoint videoconferencing over LTE, 3G and 4G networks to carriers and wireless providers. Vidyo is committed to facilitate video on the next generation broadband services based on LTE and other ultra-high bandwidth technologies.
 Vidyo has licensed its patented technology to Cisco, Hitachi, ShoreTel and Teliris and now to HP. In June 2010, HP and Vidyo announced that new HP-branded visual collaboration solutions will use Vidyo's complete VidyoConferencing line of software-based desktop and room system-based solutions running on HP servers. They will be available through HP and channel partners. The solutions will be fully interoperable with traditional video-conferencing endpoints and current HP Halo Studios.

Vidyo and Adobe have demonstrated in 2010 a plug-in to launch a high-quality Vidyo conference within an Adobe Connect session. Vidyo collaboration with Microsoft may come in 2011 as Vidyo has just hired Ashish Gupta, a former senior Microsoft Executive in UC, as its new senior VP of corporate development.

Ofer Shapiro's  performance as CEO in developing Vidyo, Inc. to such a mature company with disruptive technology over the last five years is an outstanding achievement. That is why Ofer  Shapiro is chosen as "Industry Leader of the Year 2010".

RADVISION is chosen as "The Video-enabled Unified Communications Company of the Year 2010".

RADVISION's infrastructure and HD Videoconferencing products and its developer solutions enable Unified Communications with video over IP, 3G and emerging next generation networks

10 January 2011. RADVISION is chosen as the "Video-enabled Unified Communications Company of the Year 2010" by the Editor of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter.

RADVISION further improved its core infrastructure product range for Unified Communications in 2010. The SCOPIA Elite MCU now enables Telepresence interoperability between the systems of Cisco/TANDBERG, Logitech/LifeSize and Polycom as well as with all videoconferencing endpoints. This is an exceptional technical achievement.

Connectivity was also extended to mobile platforms such as the Apple iPhone and iPad.  RADVISION launched SCOPIA Mobile V2 in December, the first conferencing application that allows users to participate in video conferences with standards-based audio and H.239 data collaboration.

These developments reconfirm that in Unified Communications, RADVISION is the world's leading provider of robust carrier-grade infrastructure for the development of converged voice, video and data over IP, 3G and emerging next-generation IMS networks.

The SCOPIA platform offers the ability to integrate with third-party desktop conferencing solutions like Microsoft Lync and IBM Lotus Sametime.

With iVIEW SCOPIA Management Suite, administrators can update the address books with a single entry from either Microsoft Active Directory or IBM Lotus Domino.  This capability is supported for the most popular videoconferencing endpoints.

 RADVISION and Microsoft share the vision of seamless interoperability between all visual communication devices to fully realize the potential of Unified Communications. The SCOPIA Unified Communications (UC) Gateway for Microsoft Lync 2010 was launched in November.
"Microsoft and RADVISION bring customers an interoperable UC solution that allows users to merge their choice of HD video conferencing and Telepresence systems with the simplicity of UC at the desktop," said Warren Barkley the General Manager of the Lync Partner and Customer Group at Microsoft.

RADVISION extended its range of visual communications solutions by acquiring the intellectual property assets of Aethra of Ancona, Italy in February 2010. The company then launched the superb SCOPIA XT 1000 HD videoconferencing system in April 2010 based on the Aethra Xtreme 300 series.  In July came SCOPIA Control, an Apple iPad application to control this innovative room video conferencing system.

 As a result, RADVISION has become a player with a complete range of SCOPIA videoconferencing endpoint solutions: the SCOPIA Desktop solution, the SCOPIA VC240 24" computer monitor and video communication device jointly developed by RADVISION and SAMSUNG, and the SCOPIA XT1000 with a 4-port or 9-port embedded MCU for small and large conference rooms. HD videoconferencing endpoint revenues reached 21% of Video Business Unit revenues of $20.7 million in Q3 2010.

RADVISION also extended its range of development kits. In June 2010, RADVISION launched its new Client Framework for desktop, embedded and mobile devices. The BEE framework offers both SIP and H.323 signaling protocols and advanced video-compression algorithms such as H.264-SVC (Scalable Video Coding) which reduces bandwidth consumption.

In October 2010 RADVISION established the Eye-To-Eye Partner Program designed to enable resellers, distributors and VARs to effectively join forces with RADVISION in offering the SCOPIA line of innovative video conferencing solutions. RADVISION used Aethra's distribution network for videoconferencing products to deepen its channel relationships and add new ones.  Aethra had distributed RADVISION infrastructure products to complete its offering.

RADVISION now serves the growing demand for Unified Communications with three groups of products: Unified Communications; Visual Communications; and Developer solutions. Many companies working in the Unified Communications field use RADVISION developer solutions. RADVISION's prowess and high market share in providing tool kits for connecting videoconferencing endpoints, VoIP phones, 3G phones and other devices has been vital to the development of Unified Communications.

RADVISION is a unique Unified Communications company with a clear long-term vision, a breadth of Unified Communications products and a great depth of engineering skills. That is why RADVISION is chosen as "The Video-enabled Unified Communications Company of the Year 2010".

Vaddio is chosen as "The Videoconferencing Peripheral Equipment Company of the Year 2010"

  Vaddio added to its leading range of robotic PTZ cameras and high-end camera control systems with two new product lines in 2010

10 January 2010. Vaddio is chosen as "The Videoconferencing Peripheral Equipment Company of the Year 2010" by the Editor of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter.

In 2010, Vaddio added to its leading range of robotic PTZ cameras and high-end camera control systems with the launch of two new product lines: furniture for housing Telepresence and videoconferencing solutions and video whiteboards.(See picture)

At InfoComm in June 2010, Rob Sheeley, President and CEO of Vaddio, said: "To say we have been busy would be an understatement. With 10 major products being launched, including our new furniture lines and our AutoTrak camera tracking system, we have a full suite of products for the videoconferencing and distance education markets."

In April, Vaddio introduced the new AutoPresenter PTZ Camera controller/video switcher and the PresenterPOD automatic presenter sensor designed to make it easier to present and create content in the classroom by combining the automation of people and content. Vaddio has recognised that teachers want automation of up to six video feeds so that they can focus on the teaching.

Also designed for the education and distance-learning marketplace, AutoTrak is Vaddio's revolutionary automated camera tracking system designed for educational and corporate training facilities. The instructor wears a lanyard belt pack that emits infrared light received by an IR PTZ camera. Video is then sent from the IR PTZ camera to the Tracking Camera. The result is a smooth, accurate panning motion that follows the instructor as they walk around the presentation area of the classroom. AutoTrak eliminates the need for a staff person to operate a camera in a classroom.

Vaddio' s REVEAL IN-Wall cameras are architectural integrated PTZ cameras that allow the camera to blend into the wall of any sophisticated videoconferencing or presentation environment. The camera box uses the depth of the wall cavity to recess the camera into the wall. There are two options for the camera glass: either clear or smart glass which turns opaque and mutes video when the camera is turned off. The WallVIEW CCU HD-18 SDI and the WallVIEW HD-18 DVI/HDMI were new additions to the ClearVIEW HD-18 family of PTZ camera systems in 2010.

Vaddio's OneLINK revolutionary digital bus technology, developed in conjunction with TANDBERG, simplifies the installation of the Precision HD and Precision HD 1080p PTZ cameras. OneLINK is part of the Vaddio Cat. 5e Structured Media Cabling Standard; the OneLINK system passes power to the camera over Cat. 5e and provides a bi-directional control channel for RS-232 communication transmitting/receiving uncompressed digital video up to, and including, 1080p/60Hz all on a single Cat. 5e cable. TANDBERG Precision HD cameras can now be run up to 100 feet using a single Cat. 5e cable.

In February, Vaddio shipped the new UXHD CrossPoint, a dual input, dual output video format converter and scaler for HD-SDI and analog video signals. The YPbPr to DVI-D Format Converter changes analog component video to DVI/HDMI video output. The converter works with ProductionVIEW HD, AutoPresenter, ControlVIEW XHD, CeilingVIEW HD or any other analog HD video source. Whether the output signal is 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i or 1080p, video can be converted to a digital signal to work with a variety of third-party devices such as videoconferencing codecs and multi-format switchers.

The Vaddio stand-alone Video Whiteboard launched in June can be used in a variety of applications from videoconferencing, content creation, IMAG, rich media systems or in any system designed to incorporate a whiteboard as a video input device. Vaddio's Video Whiteboard is compatible with any videoconferencing, TelePresence, distance education or video media distribution system. Using Vaddio's EZCamera Cabling System with HSDS, power and USB data are run over a single CAT 5 cable up to 100 feet from the whiteboard to the Video Whiteboard Quick-Connect interface. The Interface interprets the data and outputs HD 720p or SD video. Higher resolutions are planned for future releases. In addition to HD/SD outputs, data can be captured and stored as a JPEG image onto any USB flash drive. Vaddio recognizes the challenges of including Whiteboard content into a videoconferencing system, and the Vaddio Video Whiteboard provides the key component for inclusion with all videoconferencing systems.

Vaddio's new contemporary furniture systems for classrooms and videoconferencing applications include Edge videoconferencing carts and Instrukt educational teaching stations. Both lines are designed to integrate modern form, function and style for any classroom, boardroom or training facility.

In July, Vaddio launched a new dedicated dealer/partner site where dealers have access to pricing, promotions, various forms and additional electronic resources.
In November, Vaddio announced the new 'VaddioLIVE' demo program to bring real-time product demonstrations to dealers, integrators and end-users who are seeking more knowledge on automated classrooms, training facilities and conference rooms.

Vaddio has set out to supply the Videoconferencing Industry with robotic PTZ cameras, camera control systems, robust furniture, electronic whiteboards and other useful peripheral equipment. For its sustained innovation and its success in the market place, Vaddio is chosen as "The Videoconferencing Peripheral Equipment Company of the Year 2010".

The new Vidyo HD videoconferencing architecture is chosen as "The Most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 2010"

VidyoConferencing delivers multi-site HD videoconferencing over the Internet, other general purpose networks and 3G and 4G networks without an MCU  

10 January 2010. The new Vidyo HD videoconferencing architecture called VidyoConferencing is chosen as "The Most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 2010" by the Editor of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter.

When IP network video started, it was difficult to use it on the Internet and general purpose IP network because of packet loss, reductions in available bandwidth and latency issues. Expensive Multipoint Control Units (MCUs) increase the delay in multisite conferences due to transcoding. and forced all endpoints to conform to the least common denominator endpoint quality. Vidyo has developed the neatest and most original solution to overcome these issues.

When we interviewed Alex Eleftheriadis, Chief Scientist and a co-founder of Vidyo in our 29 March issue, we asked him why Vidyo chose H.264 SVC unlike competitors such as Polycom, TANDBERG and others who use H.264 AVC. AVC came first and SVC was ratified by the ITU in October 2007

He told us that: AVC came first and SVC was ratified by the ITU in October 2007. If the network has very few packet losses and the endpoints are the same or similar, then AVC can work well. But AVC generates a single-layer bit stream and hence the video degrades very quickly.  People want to use video over the public Internet which is subject to packet loss of up to one packet in ten and in bursts one in five.

He told us: Vidyo technology and SVC divides the video stream into multiple sub-streams or layers: a base layer, and one or more enhancement layers. So if packet loss occurs or the available bandwidth is reduced, the video signal at the base layer still gets through 100 per cent, without picture degradation. Even with one in five packet loss Vidyo's use of SVC means no picture degradation. Furthermore Video discovered that the SVC approach allows for tremendous robustness. This robustness is a necessity in order to be able to use the Internet.

Alex explained further that: Using SVC, Vidyo changes the way the video signal is represented. Vidyo represents the video signal in a number of layers, for example three in a typical case. So if you use the Vidyo SVC implementation, the VidyoRouter's intelligence can decide which layers will be transmitted to each site, at what frame rate and over what bandwidth. An endpoint with less processing power and network bandwidth might receive and decode fewer layers, whereas other more capable endpoints may receive all the layers.

A multipoint control unit is far more complex. An MCU has to decode the video signals it receives, composite them into a new frame and then make it into a new signal that is encoded at the chosen frame rate and the chosen resolution. Transcoding in the MCU causes latency and lowers picture quality. An MCU may add 200 msec of delay due to its internal processing. So using the VidyoRouter ensures much lower latency and better picture quality than using an MCU.

Vidyo's distributed processing approach enables a single VidyoRouter (a single rack unit appliance) to support 100 simultaneous HD video connections and scales easily to a deployment of thousands of endpoints by using additional VidyoRouters. The VidyoRouter sees each participant in a multipoint call as an individual video stream; this means that each endpoint has the capability of signaling the VidyoRouter how it wants to receive each stream.

Video offers the Vidyo Gateway to bridge the worlds of AVC videoconferencing systems and Vidyo's SVC videoconferencing systems. If you connect the AVC cloud through the Vidyo Gateway you will get the best picture quality that is possible from AVC systems, Alex explains. If there is a good quality connection you will get good picture quality; but if the connection is poor the picture quality will be poor.

Summing up Alex told us that Vidyo's system is simple to use and maintain; it offers a 10 x increase in capacity and it is inexpensive. All these are requirements for mass adoption. TANDBERG's and Polycom's MCU-based systems have not led us to this type of mass adoption, even though they've been around for many years.
The VidyoConferencing architecture provides HD quality video over the Internet and other general purpose networks without causing high latency or picture degradation. These improvements to the video meeting experience are very desirable and represent a new paradigm of videoconferencing recognised by other industry analysts, including Frost and Sullivan (January 2009) and Wainhouse Research ( December 2009), and also the Wall Street Journal (September 2010).

Vidyo HD videoconferencing architecture called VidyoConferencing is deservedly chosen as the "Most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 2010".

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