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New services update

We have implemented a new service at Batipi, for a few specific reasons:

  1. We wanted a solution that is flexible and can be custom integrated into our own application
  2. We wanted a solution that is flexible with adding users & billing

Hence, introducing Zoom.  We have developed (and will continue to develop) our own dashboard around using Zoom's communication tools.  In part this provides us flexibility with developing features and tools to support our users and meeting organizer's.  One tool in particular that we have implemented is Stripe, allowing you to charge for your meetings or events.  We're pretty excited about the prospect of users generating an income & engaging their audiences with their skills & expertise.  More to come on this.  The other great part is Zoom!  The technology is cutting edge and very impressive as to it's level of quality and advanced features (mobile especially).  

Our services are now live and you can activate a new account with 500 minutes free here.  

Custom integrations

One of the key areas for video will be connecting tools like video conferencing into your web presence or application.  We can now easily work with clients to help them implement HD video experiences, weather that is using our API or Zoom's API.  Contact us to discuss your initiative. 

100% we are still offering Vidyo as a service, however, all service details will be found at our dedicated site at video-conference.co.   Between, Vidyo & Zoom we're excited about the creative solutions that we can deliver to our clients.  

 

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. 


 

CERN Switches to Vidyo

When it comes to videoconferencing, no one is pickier than CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.  Founded in 1954 and straddling the border between France and Switzerland, this massive facility is home to some of the most cutting-edge research in physics.

Home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful partical accelerator, CERN houses research by over half of the world's particle physicists - about 6500 people. They come from over 500 universities in 80 countries.

CERN's staff also includes highly specialized engineers, technicians, designers and craftspeople. All told, about 3000 people are employed to prepare, run, analyze and interpret the complex scientific experiments that make CERN a successful scientific organization. 

So when CERN made the decision to retire its proprietary video conferencing system and switch to Vidyo, it made headlines.

According to Dr. Tom Smith, the leader of Collaboration and Information Services Group at CERN’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, commercial products often lag behind those created by CERN when it comes to capabilities.   “Quite often what we do is invent our own because of a need we can’t meet,” he says.

To that effect, CERN has used a privately developed videoconferencing system since 1996, which has remained in use until this year.  This system outstripped anything commercially available for years.

But CERN is not in the business of lagging behind the time, and the researchers kept an eye out for new technologies to service their needs. 

In that vein, CERN piloted Vidyo’s conferencing gear roughly in 2009 or 2010, he says, to see whether it could scale to the needs of the organization, which supports 250 conferences per day, with 3,000 individuals participating in those conferences. The largest single conference had more than 250 participants, and overall provided connectivity for 3,000 connections of independent users in a day.

While CERN hasn't completely moved over to Vidyo, the product's support for iOS devices and scalable video coding (SVC) makes it very attractive.  

The equipment supports devices running Windows, iOS, Linux and Android. In a pinch participants could use smartphones and they have, but that’s a last resort as when a conference participant has to catch a plane and the only option is to conference in from the airport, Smith says. Support for iOS devices was something the proprietary system lacked, he says.

CERN is best known to non-scientists as the facility that discovered the so-called "God Particle," also known as the Higgs Boson, in 2012.  While the discovery made front page news, most lay people have no idea what the Higgs boson--or any boson, for that matter--even is.  According to Jonathan Atteberry at HowStuffWorks.com,

Some physicists have described bosons as weights anchored by mysterious rubber bands to the matter particles that generate them. Using this analogy, we can think of the particles constantly snapping back out of existence in an instant and yet equally capable of getting entangled with other rubber bands attached to other bosons (and imparting force in the process).

Finding the boson was no easy task.  It required time, money, communication, and tons and tons of data.  As Cornell associate professor Peter Wittich explains,

...the Large Hadron Collider works by smashing beams of protons together, with the collisions recorded by cameras taking 40 million pictures a second. “We think of ourselves as big data pioneers,” said Wittich, describing the analysis necessary to find significant events. “It’s the ultimate needle in a haystack. Out of 6 million billion collisions there are maybe 100,000 Higgs events, and we can find maybe 1 percent of them.”

While Higgs may be the most famous of the CERN experiments, it isn't the only one.  Here are a few other projects they are working on.

  • ALPHA: A project which makes, captures and studies atoms of antihydrogen to compare to regular hydrogen atoms.
  • CAST: A project searching for hypothetical particles called axions, which could explain differences between matter and antimatter.
  • OSQAR: An experiment seeking particle components of dark matter in order to explain why our universe is made of matter instead of antimatter.

And not content to seek answers in the tiny recesses of atomic space, CERN researchers are also on a quest to discover a rare archeological find - the very first Web page!

The key to the success of these and other large scale experiments lies in the ability of scientist, researchers and support personel to quickly and efficiently share data and ideas.  That's where video conferencing comes in, and that's where Vidyo shines!

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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