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Vidyo Helps CERN Connect 20,000 Scientists to Collaborate Globally on Research that Explores the Mysteries of the Universe

October 15, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world's largest and most respected centers for scientific research. Its business is fundamental particle physics. By accelerating sub-atomic particles to super-high speeds, then making the particles collide with each other or with stationary targets, CERN researchers learn about the laws of nature and attempt to answer some of the deepest scientific questions about the universe. In addition to its world-class capabilities for physics analysis, CERN advances the frontiers of technology in areas such as software analysis and computing. In fact, it is the place where the World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, while he was a scientist at CERN.

Finding out what the universe is made of and how it works requires an enormous amount of collaboration. A community of 20,000 scientists from over 600 institutes collaborate with CERN and working together closely and communication in such context is essential. Since 1996, video conferencing has played an essential role in CERN's operations. Most recently, the organization has deployed high-definition Vidyo� technology to enhance the user experience of its thousands of monthly video conferencing meetings (hundreds of large meetings) and to meet its daunting requirements for scalability, reliability, and end-point flexibility. Today, scientists around the world use Vidyo's products to collaborate on Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments, whose research includes the study of the Higgs boson.

"It's not practical for CERN's worldwide community of researchers -- representing 113 nationalities and more than 600 universities -- to gather in person all the time to discuss their research, yet face-to-face real-time meetings are crucial to the success of CERN's research mission," said Fr�d�ric Hemmer, Head of IT at CERN. "As a result, we depend on video conferencing. The scale and frequency of our meetings, and the range of devices and technologies that need to be supported, make CERN an extremely demanding video conferencing environment. We found that Vidyo matched the quality, endpoint flexibility, and scalability we need in an affordable package."

"Vidyo is commercially available and well supported, making it cost-effective and easy to maintain.� Vidyo works well with our legacy systems as well as on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android operating systems via desktop and laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, room systems, and immersive telepresence systems," said Tim Smith, Collaboration and Information Services Group Leader in CERN's IT department.

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