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Vidyo Launches Telepresence For Lotus SameTime

January 25, 2011 | Kendal Kirby
Comparable quality to Cisco telepresence, according to Vidyo, the plug-in will allow voice communication from an IM chat session and HD multi-point videoconferencing.

By Dana Blankenhorn via InformationWeek

Cisco_Umi_Takes_Telepresence_To_Home.jpgVidyo has announced plug-in for Lotus SameTime that it claims offers videoconferencing capabilities comparable to Cisco Telepresence. Vidyo calls it "personal telepresence," and it may soon be available on your desktop, if you're a user of IBM's Lotus SameTime.

"Just as SameTime users can go into a voice communication from an IM chat session they'll be able to do HD-quality multi-point videoconferencing," said Vidyo director of product marketing Mark Noble.

The difference between average videoconferencing and what Cisco Telepresence offers is latency, Noble, explained. Cisco solved the latency problem with expensive switches. "With our video router architecture we've eliminated transcoding from our network, too. We then leverage the general Intel architecture and can deliver a lower-cost version of low latency.

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