David Corcoran

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.  

 

Using video conferencing to collaborate at work

As technology increases, the traditional ways people communicate has changed. Workers can now communicate much easier than they were previously able to do. Now all it takes is just a few clicks and you're instantly connected to those you'd wish to talk with. Video conferencing has made collaboration between people and businesses much more easier. Instead of having to meet in person, or make long distance phone calls, those on the cutting edge, can just start a video conference and collaborate on any matter they need to. The best part is it's extremely easy to do without much cost.  All that's needed is an internet connection and a computer (of course your webcam helps too.) Now collaboration in the workplace has never been easier.  Say a business needs to call up another to analyze which strategic path the pair should make next, years ago, this would have either been a normal phone call or even a visit. However with video conferencing they'd be able to converse in hardly no time at all.

The people of yesteryear dreamed about this sort of technology as if it were science fiction, just as we do with flying cars. They never imagined that it would become a reality. Video conferencing also allows people to show charts and other documents, allowing for better collaboration between two companies. There are no limits on how much video conferencing can help improve business collaboration. Some programs even allow those who are conferencing to draw graphs and show the other person stuff right from their screens. Another plus to this is that it's much cheaper than flying in to collaborate or even paying for long distance phone calls (plus phone calls are less personable). Collaboration is a very important part of running a successful business, and for keeping business networks strong. By using video conferencing, it allows people to collaborate right from their own office, from their desk, or even mobile phone, which saves time and money. It's also much more personal than an email or a regular phone call, which can help strengthen the bond between two businesses. Seeing the person whom you are talking to is more important than most would think, just as body language is. Seeing who you are talking with, and being able to get your ideas out and show proof is very important. Video conferencing just makes all of this so much easier and quicker as well.

Many businesses would be lost without video conferencing, as it deeply enriches their collaboration between themselves and other businesses. This is why technology should always be utilized when it comes down to business. Collaboration is much easier when video conferencing is used, and it doesn't take away from the personal effect either. And since a video conference can be held at anytime, the ties between the collaborators will in turn be much stronger than previously. The future is here, and part of that future is it's technology. By using technology, including video conferencing, your business will be stronger and better than ever imagined.

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.

Bring Your Organization Together With Telepresence Services

The benefits of video conferencing and telepresence have been known for years. Companies know the advantage of allowing more people, and in remote locations, to attend the same meetings or training sessions. Schools use telepresence to save costs while bringing top professors to a vastly greater number of students than was ever possible before. Medical specialists are able to attend to patients on the other side of the planet.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for example, uses a telepresence room to connect to ships at sea. This allows for live communication with ships crew and remotely operated vehicles. According to (NOAA) physical scientist Adam Skarke, “… if we’re going somewhere we’ve never been before, we don’t know what we’re going to find. We don’t have enough bunks to bring an expert for everything we find." When an expert in a certain field is needed, he or she can go to the telepresence room to assist in the operation. This video feed is also made available to the public.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), has adopted telepresence on an enormous scale. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal: "Some 300 sessions a day can take place among the 20,000 scientists affiliated with CERN, though they work in institutes scattered around the globe."

As telepresence services have matured, businesses that were once reluctant to adopt the technology are now embracing it. Telepresence is not only getting more affordable, it is also becoming more immersive by adding features for better collaboration. Direct 2-way HD video and audio communication is now becoming standard, letting participants feel they are in a real face-to-face meeting with no video choppiness or time delays. Endpoint devices can be anything from smart phones, tablets or desktop computers, up to large room setups with multiple screens. People who not in the office can attend meetings from almost anywhere.


 


 

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. 


 

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