For some reason, I just HAD to post this press release. Interestingly, the contact for Vidyo is given, but, not for the Vatican. Should we call the Pope? Or should we go higher?
Seriously, this is awesome. And as I have said before, Vidyo is awesome.
Vatican City Selects Vidyo Video Conferencing Technology to Ease Communications between Offices of the Holy See
Hackensack, NJ – April 20, 2011 – Vidyo®, Inc., the first company to deliver personal telepresence, today announced that the Vatican City, the sovereign territory of the Holy See, has deployed VidyoConferencing™ to enhance interactions between the various locations throughout the organization. The Vidyo platform will be used for communications between lay employees and clergy in central offices such as the Governatorate and the Roman Curia, and in other offices in all continents.
Until now, the Vatican City had been using traditional communications tools that no longer fulfilled the needs of a growing organization with offices worldwide. The selection of Vidyo’s platform was made by the Telecommunication Department of the Vatican City, which oversees the adoption of technologies within the Holy See; they reviewed a variety of different video conferencing solutions during their evaluation.
“We’re seeing a steadily growing number of companies deploying Vidyo’s platform – either switching from their old legacy system or investing in a video conferencing and collaboration system for the first time because of our higher quality, lower costs and superior range of options that span HD room systems, desktops, laptops and mobile devices,” said Eric Le Guiniec, Vidyo’s General Manager for EMEA. “We are extremely happy to be selected by the Vatican City and we look forward to continuing and strengthening our relationship in the future.”
The Vatican City’s Telecommunications Department’s objective was to introduce a high-quality, cost-effective, video communications and collaboration platform. Since most of those who would be using the system were not technically savvy, the system needed to be easy to use, access and maintain. They found that Vidyo’s platform offers exceptional quality over any connection and allows users to join conferences from a variety of desktop and mobile endpoints. Vidyo’s resilience to latency and packet loss, which makes video communication very real and natural, was a huge advantage; another benefit was the ability to invite anyone to join a Vidyo conference – not just the users registered on the system. Vidyo’s solution will allow anyone in the Vatican City to use video communications easily, even those with less technical knowledge, resulting in a reduction of travel costs and a positive impact on the environment.
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 easily be expanded, upgraded, and customized for customers’ individual Enterprise and vertical market video conferencing needs. Vidyo’s product line spans a full range of potential applications, from the 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.
About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on desktop computers and room systems, and VidyoCast, an affordable cloud-based broadcast solution. Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouter architecture eliminates an MCU while delivering the industry’s best error resilience and lowest latency videoconferencing and broadcast solutions over the Internet. Vidyo’s solution utilizes H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) and the company has been active in various standards bodies driving H.264 SVC and SIP interoperability since 2005. Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on theBlog or follow @vidyo on Twitter.
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