Vidyo announces VidyoPanorama personal telepresence solution

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Vidyo, Inc. has announced VidyoPanorama, a personal telepresence solution that will enable resellers to offer  a flexible, high quality, multipoint experience with support  for a 1080p at 60fps solution supporting up to 20 screens at 10% the cost of current telepresence solutions. Vidyo delivers immersive interactions across 1080p 60fps multi-screen telepresence rooms, video conferencing rooms, desktops, iOS and Android-based smart phones and tablets, (including the iPhone, iPad 2, Xoom, Galaxy, Nexus S and others)  enabling employees to use the devices they want to use.

VidyoPanorama: A New Model of Telepresence for Immersive Interactions
VidyoPanorama redefines the telepresence paradigm to support today's highly distributed and mobile workforce  by delivering a more immersive and affordable video experience with superior quality and up to 5x more screen real estate. VidyoPanorama provides unmatched flexibility and choice to use off-the-shelf hardware, connect with a full complement of form factors, and create innovative applications not addressed by legacy telepresence solutions.  VidyoPanorama reduces up-front customer investments by 90% and dramatically decreases on-going expenses by working over general data networks and the Internet without costly high QoS networks.
"Traditional telepresence systems promised an 'in-person' experience when optimised in settings with limited participants and unlimited budgets," said Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of Vidyo.  "In reality they have failed to deliver immersive multi-point experiences in large group meetings when people 'disappear' each time the number of remote cameras exceeds the number of screens.  Someone coughs and you are no longer a participant on the screen.  VidyoPanorama  breaks the choke-hold by being the first to deliver the screen real estate required to have full interaction in large group meetings at full 1080p  60fps  with immersive interactions and seamless flexibility to engage  from telepresence rooms, desktops or mobile devices running over every day networks."
Resellers, who have previously found the high cost of traditional telepresence solutions to be a barrier to entry for most customers, will be afforded new opportunities by the arrival of VidyoPanorama.
"VidyoPanorama has three key advantages," says Ian Vickerage, Managing Director of Imago Group PLC, distributor of Vidyo products in the UK, Benelux and China.  "It is highly affordable, and the price is flexible so it will suit a much wider audience; like all Vidyo products it is not bandwidth hungry and doesn't require expensive monthly service charges; it is also multi-point, so it delivers an extremely high quality video experience initially on up to nine screens, but before long on up to 20. These factors will be appealing to resellers, who have been waiting for the cost of entry into this market to come down."
VidyoPanorama Product Highlights
VidyoPanorama is highly scalable and supports large geographically dispersed video conferences and participants.  VidyoPanorama enables up to 9 screens delivering 1080p at 60 fps in its first release and, in the future, will enable up to 20 screens delivering 1080p @ 60fps, providing dynamic customization of video layout for both participant and application sharing. The solution consists of an application that controls the decoding of video across multiple screens, an executive tablet, an off-the-shelf high definition camera and audio system.

VidyoPanorama provides a highly flexible approach to telepresence that is not available from other vendors.  For example, customers can create a telepresence room that is any size or shape using multiple screen configurations, furniture selection, branding, lighting, equipment concealment, power & cooling and ventilation.  VidyoPanorama delivers error resiliency that is 10 times higher than traditional systems when supporting endpoints connected in multi-point telepresence conferences over general purpose data networks while still delivering an immersive video experience. VidyoPanorama is highly bandwidth efficient and is able to deliver High Definition video starting at 500 Kbps per screen.

VidyoPanorama creates new usage scenarios for telepresence by allowing channel partners to use Vidyo's robust APIs and SDK to create new solutions such as:
Operations management center for manufacturing or supply chain management

Command center for disaster recovery efforts or military applications

Patient monitoring in a doctor's or nurse's station at a hospital

Distance learning with multiple experts delivering rich contextual immersive communications

Financial services applications to coordinate across geographies in real time

"VidyoPanorama is going to be a key component of the Elisa hosted Visual Communication service which we deliver to thousands of enterprise customers," said Janne Lauanne, Executive Vice President of Videra, the visual communication arm of Elisa Corporation. "It will be delivered together with VidyoDesktop and VidyoMobile at an affordable price which is exactly what our customers are looking for from their video conferencing solutions today."

VidyoPanorama Pricing and Availability
Select  US list pricing for popular industry configurations of VidyoPanorama include:   
4 Screen 720p60 for under $40,000

 4 Screen 1080p60 for under $44,000

 6 Screen 720p60 for under $45,000

 6 Screen 1080p60 for under $50,000

 9 Screen 720p60 for under $55,000

 9 Screen 1080p60 for under $60,000
VidyoPanorama offers unmatched affordability at an average price of around $6,000 per screen for a 9 screen system and $4,500 per screen for a 20 screen system. Both the 720p60 and the 1080p60 solutions will be in Beta trials with customers and partners in August 2011 and will be generally available in Q4 2011.  
The Vidyo Difference
VidyoTechnology offers unprecedented error resiliency, low latency and rate matching to enable natural, high quality video to work over the Internet, LTE, 3G and 4G networks. Because Vidyo's solution is software-based, it can be easily expanded, upgraded, and customized for individual Enterprise and vertical market video conferencing needs. Vidyo's product line spans a full range of potential
requirements, from VidyoMobile supporting tablets and smart phones to VidyoDesktop with personal telepresence capabilities on a PC or a Mac to the VidyoRoom that encodes and decodes HD-quality video at up to 60 frames per second.

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