VidyoReplay and Kaltura offer seamless solution for video content management

Video capabilities are increasing in importance in the workplace. As geopolitical borders become more and more blurred, the world has communication needs that increase every day. Companies deploy employees throughout the globe, universities carry out research in several continents simultaneously and scientists collaborate daily with counterparts on the other side of the world. Simultaneously, mobile technology advances by leaps and bounds rapidly outpacing the growth of PCs. As a result, many corporations have turned to videoconferencing and video capabilities to keep staff, clients and vendors interconnected with the push of a button.

Up until recently, having video conferencing capabilities in some meeting room was enough to meet the needs of most corporations. But as this tool becomes of daily use to many people around the globe, companies have found themselves needing to better manage their video products to sustain strategic initiatives. Enter a recent partnership between Vidyo and Kaltura, and the business owner will have at his or her disposal the technology necessary to manage all video needs in the company.

Kaltura MediaSpace

Kaltura MediaSpace

 

The VidyoReplay option will record and/or webcast your live video conferencing. Users can watch real-time feeds or recorded video through the web at their convenience. For some businesses this capability will be sufficient, and they may not need any additional features to fulfill their needs. However, others that rely more and more on video content will rejoice at the partnership with Kaltura.

Kaltura has been designed to help manage video content in terms of cataloguing, storing, searching and accessing information. The interface between VidyoReplay and Kaltura has been designed so the interaction between both platforms is virtually transparent to the user, but the results are impactful. Furthermore, this integration also includes linking with content management systems and/or learning management systems in existence within a company’s IT infrastructure. The end user of this integrated product will be able to easily and effectively access material, search the archives and share recordings with others.

The integrated solution between Kaltura and VidyoReplay will prove to be an invaluable tool for those on the go. Networks and devices using VidyoReplay already will benefit from Kaltura, a direct result of needs expressed by mobile users. By accessing the Kaltura MediaSpace, the user will be able to manage videos in a similar way to popular video sites. They will also be able to upload directly to apps such as Blackboard and SharePoint.

The best way to explain how this integration will impact your business is to bring it to the end-user’s level. For example, doctors will be able to access medical information from wherever they are, as well as consult with counterparts from around the globe. In this era of healthcare reform, having this capability translates into increasing access to healthcare for many underserved populations and potentially eliminate some of the barriers to healthcare. Others exploring the Vidyo-Kaltura option may also realize the cost-savings that could result from having improved video management capabilities.

Most people in an organization are not directly involved with the infrastructure that supports a company’s video capabilities. However, many everyday activities rely on everyone’s ability to webcast information and materials seamlessly and in real-time. The right kind of software and platform will become an asset to the organization. The partnership between Vidyo and Kaltura comes to fulfill precisely that void. Even if a business is at its infant stages and not needing much in terms of video content management, the option of having Vidyo and Kaltura interface allows the business owner to be ready for future growth.

Videoconferencing is not a thing of the future; it is happening now and it is happening quickly. Companies cannot afford to be left behind or to have archaic ways to manage their video content. They need to easily categorize, search and archive its video property so it becomes an asset and tool to improve performance of employees and of the business in general. Failure to pay close attention to your business’s growing needs in terms of video and video management can threaten a company’s sustainability. By engaging with industry leaders such as Vidyo and Kaltura, the business owner can rest assured that content will be managed effectively in a way his employees can easily access and operate.

This video posted to Kaltura's blog shows Vidyo's product manager discussing the integration with an attendee at a recent conference.

Vidyo has best overall quality, research group says

According to a recent rankings of ten desktop videoconferencing technology vendors, Vidyo is a strong overall performer with "the best overall video quality and performance." Forrester Research, Inc., who provided the rankings, stated that Vidyo's video quality remained the best even with a large number of participants. Forrester also gave Vidyo the top spot for its technology partners.

Why Vidyo is better and where they'll be leading tomorrow

Ofer Shapiro, the CEO and co-founder of Vidyo, stated that the company was honored by the recognition and that the company strives to continue to develop the best video solutions for its customers and partners. Vidyo credits its top video quality to its scalable video coding (SVC) architecture. In addition to other projects with its technology partners, Vidyo continues to work with Google to enhance video in the WebRTC. The WebRTC is an open-source project that will allow the web to operate with real time communication.

Poor quality and performance will leave users skeptical about using the technology

One of the challenges with introducing desktop video conferencing to an organization is encouraging active use amongst your employees.  The last thing you need to worry about is poor performance or quality during an online meeting.  In most cases, one or two bad experiences will frustrate staff and lead them back to traditional communication over the phone.  Unfortunately, they now miss out on the resounding impact that visual communication, such as, desktop video conferencing can have on your internal and external relationships.

One of the key components to the Vidyo technology that makes it so simple and effective is it's built-in SVC technology.  The SVC technology has been standard with Vidyo since it's start and has been continually developed and refined.  Many other traditional vendors in the telepresence market have made the switch to use SVC recently, however, still require extensive development to remotely match what Vidyo is doing today. 


 

Telepresence Has the Potential to Cut Millions of Tons of CO2

This past century has seen emerging communications markets skip an entire generation of technology infrastructure, namely, the wired telephone system. Large portions of the population in countries like India and China now have cell phones in areas that never had traditional landlines. 

If these countries build a transportation infrastructure based on the model in the United States, the emissions could have a major impact on the climate. However, if they choose to skip a generation of infrastructure, emissions growth will be far more manageable. In an effort to do this very thing, China has been investing heavily in modern mass transit, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). They have surpassed the United States in both these areas and yet Americans cling to the outdated model. 

Can we achieve a similar critical dematerialization of communications through telepresence as an effective substitute for much repetitive business travel? We need to do it, and we now have the technology to do it. So my best guess is—to coin a phrase—‘yes we can’.

Paul Dickinson, as CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), used these words to rally his troops behind the telepresence revolution. As part of their ‘yes we can’ attitude the CDP conducted a comprehensive study examining the environmental and economic benefits of using telepresence in the short term, and after long-term, large-scale adoption of this technology. 

The CDP study piggybacked on the Smart 2020 Report that forecasts an emissions savings of 7.8 billion tons of CO2 by 2020 through the smart integration of ICT in the workplace, and personal space. In an effort to better quantify the environmental and financial impact of telepresence, the CDP collected data from 15 of the Global 500 companies that have already upgraded to the telepresence model. 

The CDP concluded that telepresence could avoid millions of tons of CO2. A single business with four telepresence rooms can reduce CO2 emissions by the equivalent of 400 passenger vehicles in the span of five years, 2,271 metric tons. Implementing telepresence throughout the US has the potential to reduce emissions by almost a million metric tons per year. 

Besides the environmental benefits, the CDP study also concluded that deployment of telepresence in businesses with annual revenues of more than $1 billion could see an economy wide financial benefit of $3.5 billion by 2020 and this is in the US alone. 


Google Enlists the Help of Vidyo for Improving Video Quality

Vidyo, batipi's powerful telepresence technology, has gotten another vote of confidence from the world of technology. Google has recently enlisted the help of Vidyo to improve the video quality of web-native applications that do not require plugins or special software. It's not a new partnership, necessarily. Google previously called on Vidyo to power Google+ Hangouts. Seeing the effectiveness of Vidyo's scaleable video coding (SVC), they expect the technology to aid WebRTC improvements.

The magic of Vidyo is in its responsive design. With SVC extensions, video and audio automatically adjust quality and bandwidth depending on the characteristics of the device accessing the content. 

The partnership will serve as a great boost to WebRTC, Google's current protocol for responsive real time communication (RTC). Expectations are that the power of WebRTC and the expertise of Vidyo will create a sort of RTC dream team. Web-native content will be more responsive and app-like, giving the user a better real-time experience.

Those signed onto a telepresence service powered by Vidyo already understand the importance of the technology in video conferencing. Responsive design allows browser-to-browser and browser-to-server communications to give every participant in the video conference a quality experience, no matter where they are or what device they're using. Mobile and field players are better brought into the fold.

Organizations looking for a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to link team members and partners separated by satellite and field offices, can trust in clear communications with minimum technical glitches. Vidyo's responsive design minimizes clumsy load times and sporadic disconnections that interrupt important discussions and hinder productivity. They can do so without the cost and carbon footprint of extensive travel.

Google understands the power of Vidyo's technology, and we do, too. For more information about how Vidyo's telepresence technology can improve your video conferencing, contact us.

 

U.S. Government Seeks to Save $15 Billion With Video Conferencing

Video conferencing has many benefits, not the least of which is economical. As travel costs rise and travel budgets tighten, many in business have moved toward online, real-time communication tools. According to The Business of Federal Technology, it appears that the U.S. government may be following suit. This July, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would potentially cut $15 billion in travel expenses incurred annually by federal agencies through the increased use of videoconferencing.

The bill, titled "Cut the Waste, Stay in Place Act of 2013," and introduced by Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, (R-Pa.), would call on the director of the Office of Management and Budget to develop a plan to reduce the federal government’s travel expenditures by as much as 50 percent by 2017. 

Specifically, the bill calls on the use of video conferencing to achieve a significant budget cut. Writers of the bill claim the following three benefits to adopting this new measure:

  1. Video conferencing has been under-utilized thus far, and therefore its full potential has not been completely realized.
  2. The move from hardware-based software to browser-based software makes video conferencing technology less expensive and more accessible to more parties.
  3. Video conferencing enhances communication, improves problem-solving, reduces carbon footprints, facilitates better collaboration, and shortens project time periods, among many other benefits.

This new bill builds on previous orders issued via the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which already calls for agencies to reduce travel expenditures by 30 percent compared to 2010 levels. Under the umbrella of previous initiatives, many agencies have already made motions toward collaborative technology.

NASA is one such agency. It saved $21 million in fiscal 2012 by replacing travel with video conferencing when it was possible. The Naval Safety & Environmental Training Center has successfully used video conferencing for better training programs--providing video-based education to over 10,000 government civilians and Navy personnel all over the world. The Center also adapted its mission-critical U.S. Navy Safety Professional Development, replacing its San Diego conference with a video broadcast. This adaptation reduced a potential $1.5 million travel tab to less than $100,000.

The budget saving advantages of video conferencing are undeniable, and the U.S. government agrees. Real-time communication benefits are realized while maintaining a responsible hold on expenditures.

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