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Vidyo Intros Enterprise Videoconferencing For Samsung Galaxy

Finland's Elisa will offer the multiparty, TV-quality service for the Android-based tablet PCs and smartphones.

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Vidyo's low-cost videoconferencing technology is coming to the Samsung Galaxy tablet and phone in an enterprise-grade pilot program offered by Finland telecom provider Elisa.

Announced Tuesday, the H.264 Scale Video Coding (SVC) solution is the first enterprise-grade, multiparty, TV-quality videoconferencing that will operate on the Samsung tablets and smartphones. Elisa, which has some 2 million customers, including 150,000 corporate customers, already has experience with the Vidyo service through the firms' existing partnership in offering desktop and room system videoconferencing.

Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of Vidyo, said the Elisa service is "delivering unmatched video quality for the cost of voice-only solutions."

In an email, Marty Hollander, Vidyo's senior VP of marketing, said Vidyo enjoys a cost advantage over many traditional videoconferencing systems that require immense computation and expensive hardware for transcoding. "Vidyo works over any IP network -- the Internet, Wi-Fi, or even 3G/4G," he said. "Vidyo's architecture leverages H.264 SVC to be highly error resilient so that inherent packet loss from non-QoS networks is no longer a problem."

A Vidyo spokesperson said the decision as to whether to offer the service to Samsung smartphone and tablet users in the United States would be made by carriers. Elisa is the first to offer the service through the pilot program.

Explaining the attraction of the Vidyo service for enterprise customers, Pasi Maenpaa, Elisa's corporate customers business unit director, said in a statement: "Smartphones and tablet PCs allow enterprise personnel to be flexible and mobile (to) conduct 'on the go' informal meetings. Travel time and waiting at airports can now be used productively and efficiently. Desktop, and now smartphone and tablet computers, offer much untapped potential."

The Elisa service based on the Vidyo technology is compatible with WLAN and Elisa's 3G and 4G networks.

Vidyo also has alliances with HP, Adobe, and Japan's KDDI for different versions of its videoconferencing solutions.

An Android application, the service developed for Elisa's corporate customers enables conversations between two or more people using PCs, as well as for multiparty video conferencing meetings and videoconferencing in studios.

"We believe that mobile devices are a great tool for business users on the go to participate in [high definition] multiparty video conferences, beyond point-to-point chat," Shapiro said.


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