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Solution Snapshot: Vidyo Router

Vidyo makes natural video communication available to everyone--from the office, home or while traveling--over general purpose IP networks, including the Internet. Vidyo has made telepresence-quality video conferences easy and affordable on PCs, Macs and HD room systems.

Key Features
  • Enables every end point to perform up to its potential without impacting others in the conference
  • Provides industry leading network error resiliency leveraging H.264 SVC standard
  • Imperceptible delay (<20msec introduced to media streams)
  • No transcoding - no video or audio quality loss
  • Great quality over the Internet and wireless networks
  • Highly scalable - 100 concurrent HD multipoint VidyoLines per stackable VidyoRouter
  • Floating VidyoLine licenses - economical global deployment and redundancy
  • Easy to deploy and scale - hours, not days

The Vidyo Router
At the heart of the VidyoConferencing system is the VidyoRouter appliance, a new paradigm for multi-party conferencing, that eliminates the need for the Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) required in traditional video conferencing systems. The VidyoRouter is the keystone in this major architectural change for videoconferencing.

VidyoConferencing was designed for general purpose IP networks. Encoding and decoding occurs only at the endpoints -- leaving just video packet routing to be accomplished within the network itself. Vidyo's intelligent VidyoRouter ensures that this packet-switching is handled with optimal efficiency -- without either degrading the quality of the video or adding noticeable latency, yet it delivers rate matched and resolution matched streams to each endpoint while providing industry leading network error resiliency - key to leveraging the public Internet and wireless networks to make visual communication work wherever you do.

The VidyoRouter significantly improves network utilization efficiency by sending along only as many packets as an endpoint is capable of handling, depending on limitations in bandwidth, processing power and screen resolution. And because the amount of processing power and bandwidth available is dynamic, the VidyoRouter constantly tests and recalibrates what it should be sending to each endpoint, ensuring that each endpoint is provided with the highest quality video it's capable of receiving -- even as local conditions change from one moment to the next.

Each VidyoRouter supports up to 100 HD 1080p VidyoLines. A VidyoLine is a shared resource that enables any VidyoDesktop user to participate in a point to point or multipoint Vidyo conference.

 Since VidyoRooms and legacy endpoints connected through the VidyoGateway do not consume VidyoLine licenses, purchasing and provisioning a VidyoConferencing system is easy and affordable - however many VidyoDesktop users you need to concurrently participate in calls is the number of VidyoLine licenses you need. It's that simple.

Since all VidyoLines can be managed by a single VidyoPortal, VidyoLines can reside together on one VidyoRouter or - to optimize user experience and performance - VidyoLines can "float" among multiple VidyoRouters that reside at different geographical locations, providing both redundancy and improving performance by utilizing VidyoRouters nearest the participants. Given that endpoints can produce a variety of different resolutions, quality and frame rate combinations, the VidyoRouter ensures a video experience of consistent quality that is free of blurry images and broken pictures.
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