Vidyo recently announced a new product born out of its on-going partnership with Google: a software-based solution that enables H.323/SIP video conferencing and IP PBX systems to connect users into Google+ Hangout Sessions. The new product enables connectivity with existing business voice and video solutions from Cisco, Polycom, Lifesize, Avaya and Vidyo—essentially offering a video gateway for interoperability between services on these different platforms and Google+ Hangouts.
Google has worked with Vidyo since 2008 when Google licensed Vidyo’s technology for the original Google+ Hangouts and Google Talk. The VidyoH20 product comes following an August 2013 announcement that Vidyo was developing a Scalable Video Coding (SVC) extension for VP9 and WebRTC. WebRTC provides the ability to participate in voice and video calls without a separate client or plug-in installation, using a browser-to-browser session.
The service, called “VidyoH2O™ for Google+ Hangouts” will be offered on a subscription basis both as a premise-based product and as a cloud-hosted solution. VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts is scheduled for general availability on March 31, 2014. Subscription basis for on-premise deployment starts at $99 per port per month, or as a cloud-hosted product for $149/port/month.
Commenting in a statement on the development, Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo said, “VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts is the first of an expected series of innovative solutions resulting from this WebRTC collaboration with Google. This is another example of how Vidyo is driving the convergence of consumer and enterprise solutions.”
Roopam Jain, Principal Analyst at Frost & Sullivan, added, “Google+ Hangouts creates a new channel and market opportunity for Vidyo, and enabling interoperability with existing video conferencing and phone systems is great news for enterprise users, as well. It will be exciting to see what further developments stem from this WebRTC relationship between Google and Vidyo. Vidyo continues to be at the forefront of driving innovation in the video communications market.”