Vidyo has launched new video conferencing and collaboration experiences with the introduction of VidyoRoom SE (Soft Edition), and Ultra HD (4K) rendering capabilities for its VidyoRoom HD-230 and VidyoPanorama 600 solutions.
The additions build on Vidyo’s existing software-based portfolio. The new products can render content and video in Ultra HD, delivering the 4K-ready infrastructure and endpoints as a software-only upgrade. VidyoRoom SE and Vidyo 4K software upgrades and products will be available globally in July, 2014.
VidyoRoom SE is a software application that installs on customer-provided general purpose computers such as the Intel NUC. Key features include: “Far End Camera Control,” calendar integration for single click connections, and automatic rendering of shared content on a second screen.
Vidyo’s 4K capability allows native Ultra HD rendering on the local display, designed to eliminate any degradation detail and quality. Vidyo is offering 4K as a free upgrade for VidyoRoom HD-230 and VidyoPanorama 600 systems that are on a current maintenance and support plan. 4K is also optionally available for new VidyoRoom SE customers.
Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo, Inc. commented in a statement saying, “The market is moving quickly toward greater resolution experiences, including ‘retina’ consumer devices and 4K displays. Vidyo’s uniquely adaptive software-based architecture is able to take advantage of these device enhancements and deliver ever improving user experiences through software-only upgrades.”
In other news, Yorktel, a unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) services provider, announced expansion plans through the acquisition of Expedite VCS (Expedite) and MultiSense Communications Limited (MultiSense).
Expedite has provided a suite of voice and video managed services to a multinational customer base since 1996--including standard voice and video conferencing and streaming media solutions. The company serves a range of clients that include governmental agencies, large enterprises, and small businesses. Expedite’s expertise aligns with Yorktel’s focus on vertical market-centric video applications.
MultiSense has offices across the UK with over 18 years of experience in the supply and support of videoconferencing and telepresence solutions. The company was recently honored with the Polycom Excellence in Industry Award for Europe, Middle East & Africa. MultiSense also brings Yorktel expertise in the UK healthcare market.
Yorktel CEO Ron Gaboury commented on the acquisitions in a statement, saying, “Adding resources from service providers like Expedite and Multisense, with which Yorktel shares operational and strategic synergies, enhances our ability to increase market share and to meet the communications needs of our diverse portfolio of global customers.”