Vidyo is looking to make pricing for video conferences less complex and less costly by offering free multipoint ports for VidyoRoom HD video customers. At the same time, Vidyo at the InfoComm 2010 show this week will demonstrate a VidyoConferencing session that reaches 1440p video quality.
Vidyo officials want to make it easier and cheaper for businesses to run
multipoint video conferencing sessions. To that end, the company is offering
free multipoint conferencing
for room systems to VidyoConferencing customers, saving businesses the cost of
having to invest in new video conferencing architecture when they want to
expand the capability to other rooms or to upgrade from low-resolution to HD
Vidyo also is announcing that it has created the first video
conferencing system to reach 1440p video quality in an HD multiparty session
over a standard IP network. That capability will be demonstrated during the
InfoComm 2010 conference in Las Vegas
With the free multipoint
conferencing capability, Vidyo is
looking to bring on-demand pricing to the video conferencing space, according
to Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo's co-founder and CEO.
Video conferencing offerings from competitors usually require
an MCU (multipoint control unit) port for every room system that connects,
calls and transcodes video. Each MCU-based port costs about $6,000. Vidyo is
offering the ports for free for any room system, whether connecting a VidyoRoom
HD system or a room system from other vendors, such as Cisco, Polycom or
The company's VidyoGateway enables interoperability between the
various room systems, but doesn't require a port, which helps drive down the
cost to run a video conference.
"This new price model enables organizations to provide
VidyoConferencing capability to everyone, yet only asks customers to pay for
the connections they need," Shapiro said in a statement. "With software
licensing, they can purchase more VidyoLines -on-demand' as their usage grows.
And improvements are merely software updates rather than fork-lift upgrades of
MCU hardware. This is a dramatically lower cost model."
The pricing is based on a connection rather than a port, he
said. A company may have many VidyoDesktop applications installed on PCs, but a
connection isn't made until one of the VidyoDesktop clients is connected to a
Vidyo conference or to another user. The connections-which the company calls
VidyoLines-are licensed for $950 for point-to-point and multipoint for each
Vidyo also is introducing VidyoOne-R, a $3,000
VidyoConferencing system that allows up to 20 concurrent room systems to meet
in multipoint or point-to-point conferences. The new system is a less-expensive
version of the VidyoOne-10, which lists for $9,500.
At the InfoComm show, Vidyo officials will demonstrate a
VidyoConferencing session delivering 2560 by 1440p resolution, which they said
is 77 percent more pixels than 1080p.
The company is able to do this via its VidyoRouter technology
that takes advantage of Intel's fastest multicore processors. The demonstration
will run on a desktop PC powered by an Intel Core i7 chip.
VidyoConferencing supporting 1440p needs at least 4M bps. It
will be available in July, according to the company.