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Vidyo Flexibility Allows for New Uses (Rounds and ETIAM Partnerships)

December 17, 2013 | David S. Maldow, Esq.

Two recent announcements from Vidyo provide the latest examples of the flexibility of the Vidyo offering suite. According to Vidyo VP, Joan Vandermate, "the VidyoWorks platform can be included in just about any application." This is also part of a larger trend that we have been covering at Telepresence Options. Three to five years ago, the big story in videoconferencing was, "Hey look, VC actually works really well now!" Today the big story is, "Hey, check out all the cool and new VC applications people are using!"

Yes, VC technology has finally developed to the point where it has the quality, reliability, and ease of use required for it to be taken to the next level. While its value as a stand-alone technology is well established, the potential for video as an element of larger solutions is just beginning to be explored. Vidyo's recent announcements regarding Rounds and Etiam and are the latest examples of the fruits of these explorations.

Rounds

Rounds
A social media platform really needs to be something different to get any attention in today's oversaturated social world. The primary differentiator of Rounds appears to be that it actually gives its users fun things to do once they join in a meeting. While other platforms offer some games and video/picture sharing features, Rounds has gone out of their way to do it well and make it a seamless, and interactive, part of the experience. Today's announcement is that Rounds will begin integrating Vidyo technology to power the videoconferencing aspect of its service.

Etiam

ETIAM
Telemedicine has been a driving force in the visual collaboration revolution. The obvious value of providing effective healthcare regardless of location and distance has resulted in the quick and ready adoption of solutions such as ETIAM-Connect, a teleconsultation and clinical data-sharing solution. By hosting the video session in the same application as the supporting medical records, test results, etc. (see above), you allow for real time record analysis and updates, among other benefits. ETIAM recently announced that it is integrating Vidyo technology to power the videoconferencing aspect of its service.

Final Thoughts
I expect this trend to continue. We will be seeing less and less news about the technology behind videoconferencing (although that will continue to be important) and more news about new and interesting applications of video technology. For similar innovative news uses of video technology, please review our free White Paper on Visual Collaboration in the Small to Medium Enterprise.

About the Author
David_Maldow, Esq.David Maldow, Esq. is a visual collaboration technologist and analyst with the Human Productivity Lab and an associate publisher at Telepresence Options. David has extensive expertise in testing, evaluating, and explaining telepresence and other visual collaboration / rich media solutions. David is focused on providing third-party independent analysis and opinion of these technologies and helping end users better secure their visual collaboration environments. You can follow David on Twitter and Google+.







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