In times of an emergency, telepresence services are crucial

Telepresence acting as life saving tool for emergency response and preparation is something that many people do not think about. However, there are many ways that telepresence technology can ensure that emergency management agencies are as prepared and connected as they need to be.

Here are a few ways how using telepresence as a service can help in times of an emergency.

Interagency connection:

Emergencies often require the efforts of multiple agencies. These efforts can only happen smoothly when there is communication between the agencies. Vidyo's telepresence technology and cloud hosting by Batipi provides the ability for agencies to hold data sharing and information meetings regardless of where the participants of those meetings are.

Planning:

Planning for emergencies is crucial and sometimes it is important that experts in the field take a look at an agency's emergency plan or help with the development of one. Vidyo is an affordable option for bringing that expertise to you, whether you're five miles from the expert you're working with or hundreds of miles away. Save on the cost of travel expenses and lodging. Communicate with your expert where you are, and where they are.

Training:

Multiple agencies can participate in emergency response training via video collaboration services without the need for travel time and meeting costs. On-going training and certification is critical for emergy response personal; telepresence services make it much easier to deliver to your staff remotely.

Mobile applications:

Remote emergency coordination requires clear communication. Vidyo offers high quality conferencing through its mobile app for Android or iOS smartphones and tablets. This app allows emergency service providers in the field to communicate clearly and seamlessly with 2, 3 or more experts using the mobile devices they have on hand.

Contact us today to learn how we're helping prepare emergency response teams with life saving communication tools.

Going Green: How Video Conferencing Can Help Your Business Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

Few companies consider the full spectrum of their environmental impact, says Anant Sundaram, a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University who teaches a course on business and climate change. A carbon footprint analysis can create a more complete picture and provide a blueprint for reducing the load. While major corporations might hire an expert firm to conduct a customized and highly detailed evaluation, most small businesses use more affordable online survey tools,
— http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226467#ixzz2

From government, to the healthcare industry, and from education to small business, organizations across the globe are beginning to embrace new technology designed to help them reduce their carbon footprint. Not only are these socially responsible decisions good for our environment, they’re also good for your financial bottom line.

Video conferencing is often an ideal solution for businesses from small startups to thriving, multinational corporations. How might your business benefit from incorporating video teleconferencing into your arsenal of budget-friendly financial strategies? Could it really make a substantial difference, environmentally speaking?

The happy answer is a resounding “yes!”

Fewer cars on the road.

Even with carpooling, there are more vehicles commuting daily than ever before. A quick review of some of your employees’ actual responsibilities may reveal that the bulk of their work does not require a continuous, physical presence at the office. However, these employees remain an important part of the team, and it is important for them to have the capacity to contribute interactively in, for example, staff meetings.

With the advent of video teleconferencing solutions like Vidyo, your business can offer the best of both worlds. You can offer a work-from-home option for your employees, while still being able to connect with them live, in real-time, for meetings and other important events. It’s a triple win: business, employee, and environment.

Fewer lost hours of productivity.

It’s no secret that “calling in sick” doesn’t always mean an employee is physically ill. Rather that continuing to bleed dollars for lost productivity ostensibly attributed to illness, why not offer your employees the option of periodic “well being” days, in which they can work from home? With video teleconferencing solutions, these employees can enjoy some much needed time away from the office, while you can still check in with them periodically. The money saved could be invested in other projects designed to make your business more environmentally friendly.

Fewer jets in the skies.

Is there a motivational speaker or industry leader you’ve always wanted to see, but your budget is a bit too tight to swing it? Imagine if you could save on flights, hotels, and other incidental costs by using video teleconferencing to have him or her speak to your employees?

In a similar vein, you may have employees scattered across the globe who require the ability to work interactively. Instead of flying multiple employees to meet in a single location, why not set up video teleconferencing, whereby employees at your various locations have no need to travel in order to collaborate effectively with their long-distance colleagues?

VidyoReplay Offers Powerful Benefits Across Multiple Verticals

Consider this scenario, an important meeting (via video conference) is about to start and your colleague is held up and cannot join. Are you really going to take notes? Or consider this scenario, the management team would like to share a message (via video conference), to the whole department.  Does it make sense to have 50 people trying to login to the video conference...plus there are bandwidth considerations! 

These are just a few examples how the VidyoReplay option can provide an impressive amount of flexibility to your video conferencing service.  With VidyoReplay, registered users are able to easily record video conferences or webcast their meetings, thereby delivering important messages to those unable to participate in real-time. The uses of VidyoReplay are vast: 

  • customer support alerts,
  • product announcements,
  • medical consultations,
  • lectures,
  • training,
  • and more.

In the Solutions Scenarios document published at their website, Vidyo describes potential use cases for VidyoReplay across multiple verticals. Consider these examples:

Education

Students who miss class may catch up on lessons and lectures. Even those who catch presentations in real-time may revisit them later as a way to review or clarify what was learned. Educators in remote areas may close the distance between students and instructors who are separated by geography. 

Outside of the classroom, VidyoReplay is also an important resource for training and updating K-12 teachers on policies and procedures. Districts may also facilitate courses for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) on-line while honoring the demands of teacher schedules. Post-graduate offerings can also be made more accessible to those working full-time jobs.

Healthcare

Providers may record consultations with patients and with other medical experts in order to make diagnoses and record their analyses. PC-based scans (e.g. ultrasounds and MRIs) may be streamed into the conference and captured as part of the recording. Physicians may benefit from recorded medical conferences presentations and stay up-to-date on the latest in treatment developments. Mental health providers who work remotely may record teleconferencing sessions with patients and review these sessions later for nonverbal cues important to the patient's progress and care. Insurers may use recorded consultations as proof of treatment and appropriateness of claims.

Legal Services

VidyoReplay may assist with taking witness depositions. Recorded conversations with clients may also be used to keep client costs down--enabling remote consultations--as well as to enable efficient strategy development among the full legal team. Attorneys who conduct focus groups may also find use for VidyoReplay in reviewing participant discussions.

Global Enterprise

Organizations with branches all over the world, may significantly reduce travel costs by enabling remote training. The ability to access important trainings and updates outside of the real-time conference, is especially important when considering significant differences in time zones. For instance, a company in Chicago, Illinois, does not have to deliver a presentation at midnight to accommodate a colleague in Sydney, Australia, where it is 3:00 the following afternoon.

No matter your industry, VidyoReplay can be an important tool. Contact us today for more information about adding this feature to your account.

Vidyo Sees 68% Growth in Billings With New Round of Investors

Vidyo, a growing leader in video conferencing, has announced a 68% growth in billings after a new round of investors led by Triangle Peak Partners, LP, an investment firm specializing in technology, energy, and alternative energy. This brings the total funding since the company's inception in 2005, to $116M.

In an article written for venturebeat.com, Joe Koetsier suggests three reasons for the growing confidence in Vidyo's telepresence technology. First, Koetsier suggests Vidyo continues to build and attract new investors, largely due to its reliance on cheaper, built-in components, as opposed to room-based video conferencing, which is significantly more expensive. Secondly, it's appealing in its utilization of the cloud, which yields versatility in solutions. Finally, Vidyo's sales model positions the company to pour resources into technology development, which is the crux of telepresence services.

Vidyo's's sale's model relies on revenue sharing partnerships. This reduces the amount of resources required for sales, as the network expands organically through those of their partners. With a smaller focus on sales and marketing, new funding from investors can be used on the development of technology. In the world of video conferencing, technology development makes for sustainable and reliable services. Sustainable and reliable services make for satisfied consumers.

Such a large investment from Triangle Peak Partners, LP, an investment firm with a specific interest in and research base revolving around technology, speaks confidently of Vidyo's future. According to Ryan Lawler from techcrunch.com, Vidyo currently boasts 26 patents with an additional 56 pending. It's housed in 13 offices around the world, and with this new funding, consumers can expect to see services expand globally and the technology improve even more.

Telepresence enhances medical care, reduce costs

You’re a surgeon who wants to learn a new procedure but the pioneering doctor performing the operation is in Houston and you’re in Seattle. Besides, you can’t always see well from the gallery. Instead, you can watch the surgery in high definition on your computer, tablet or even on your mobile phone.

You’re a medic at the scene of an accident but a victim’s condition is beyond your ability.  Call up an ER doctor at the hospital, and because he or she can see the patient, they are better able to guide you through the process, than if it was described on the phone.

Streamlined Medical Care

Welcome to enhanced 21st Century medical care and the rapidly growing area of personal telepresence and video conferencing.  These practical applications are taking video conferencing beyond chatting with friends and family at a distance. The future is now as the technology is already being used for these purposes and more. Wouldn’t patients love to cut down on traveling to the doctor if they could turn on their computer and visit the doctor? House calls return.

With businesses, patients and the medical profession looking for ways to trim costs, telepresence can achieve that without sacrificing care.  According to Telepresence Options:

 “It could be a cost-saver too. Some industry analysts have said remote monitoring could lead to savings of 20 to 40 percent by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and catching chronic problems early. Others have cited pending doctor shortages -- a national gap expected to reach 130,000 by 2025, as the baby boomer retirement wave crests -- as reason to embrace remote health-care technology.”

Walk-in Telehealth Kiosks

Vidyo recently signed a contract with HealthSpot(TM), a pioneer in patient and provider driven healthcare technology. HealthSpot has integrated Vidyo technology into its cutting-edge telehealth station that provides high-quality medical diagnostics to acute care patients anytime, anywhere. Anchoring the telehealth system is the HealthSpot(TM) Station, a private, walk-in kiosk that offers patient access to diagnosis and treatment by board-certified doctors, via Vidyo-powered HD videoconferencing and interactive digital medical devices. This provides patients a face-to-face experience with a board-certified doctor who could be miles away. Each station is supported by a certified medical attendant who facilitates check-in, helps patients with devices as needed, and sanitizes the kiosk after every visit.

With continuing emphasis on “being green,” reducing doctor visits will cut back on the fuel patients would use to drive to the doctor. With kiosks like HealthSpot, there will be a reduction in paper work.  Not to mention, the improved efficiencies with doctors delivering direct one-on-one remote consultations.

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