SOURCE: Vidyo, Inc.

May 13, 2008 07:30 ET

Vidyo Provides Attend Anywhere With Breakthrough in Delivery of Desktop HD Video Conferencing for Remote Education, Events & Services

HACKENSACK, NJ and MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - Vidyo™, Inc., the first company to deliver personal telepresence, and Attend Anywhere™, the Australian leader in remote access to medical services, education and training, today announced that they have signed a strategic partnership agreement in which Vidyo will supply products and technology for Attend Anywhere to extend services to customers worldwide via high definition video conferencing on the desktop. Attend Anywhere™ facilitates face-to-face participation in professional services, education, and meetings either in-person or via video conference. Vidyo is the first company to license technology and deliver products built upon an entirely new video conferencing architecture that utilizes the recently approved H.264/SVC video compression standard which delivers unparalleled video quality over unreliable networks including the Internet.

Attend Anywhere™ provides an online marketplace where people can select education and professional services from leading providers and then attend anywhere either in person or via video conference. Many leading professional associations use Attend Anywhere to promote and deliver professional education and conferences to their geographically dispersed membership. Users can also book medical, legal and financial appointments online through the Attend Anywhere web portal. Using Vidyo technology, participants will now also be to attend appointments via high definition video conferencing on their desktop computer.

"Our partnership with Vidyo is an exciting breakthrough that will enable Attend Anywhere to break free from the cost and other limitations of conventional video conferencing," said Chris Ryan, CEO of Attend Anywhere. "By enabling reliable, high definition desktop video conferencing over the Internet, Vidyo enables us to extend the reach of our education and service providers to a wider audience at much higher quality and lower cost. Customers want easy access to quality content and services, and improved ways to bring people together effectively without time-consuming and costly travel. Vidyo enables us to deliver all of that and more."

Vidyo recently launched a family of groundbreaking VidyoConferencing™ products that deliver personal telepresence -- the ability for anyone, anywhere and at any time to communicate with HD video quality. Vidyo's system offers a new video conferencing architecture that increases quality and reduces costs by utilizing scalable video coding and a VidyoRouter, eliminating the need for traditional multipoint control units (MCU) and dedicated networks. This approach allows the delivery of natural video communication at "TV quality" for point-to-point and multipoint applications on generic IP networks.

"Consumers in rural and remote areas often struggle with access to professional services like medical, legal and financial services specialists," said Ofer Shapiro, CEO of Vidyo. "VidyoConferencing will give Attend Anywhere the ability to offer customers the option of participating in consultations via personal telepresence -- high definition video on their personal computers. This will dramatically improve their access to vital services."

About Attend Anywhere

Attend Anywhere Pty Ltd, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, enables access to events, education and professional services that people can attend anywhere in person or via high quality video conferencing. The company has a rich history in dispersed medical education and clinical service delivery and is a market leader in telehealth. Over 25,000 hours of education and services are exchanged annually using www.attendanywhere.com which allows people to meet anywhere, educate anywhere or consult anywhere at one or 100 locations. At www.attendanywhere.com people meet or participate in services within professional networks and are able to manage all their related requirements.

About Vidyo, Inc.

Vidyo, Inc., headquartered in Hackensack, NJ, is making personal telepresence a reality. Comprised of some of the industry's best engineers, Vidyo has developed the first new video conferencing architecture in decades. Vidyo enables people to communicate effectively by using HD quality video from wherever they happen to be. VidyoConferencing™ is easy and affordable to use by anyone whenever they want, and deploys simply over any IP network. Leveraging Vidyo's unique intellectual property built upon the new H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) standard, Vidyo delivers the industry's best resilience and lowest latency video conferencing over converged IP networks. Vidyo's technology for OEMs and end-to-end product solutions for organizations are able to support point-to-point and multi-point connections that include a variety of different platforms ranging from Mac & Windows desktops to dedicated room solutions. Learn more at www.vidyo.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Vidyo Inc. - USA
    Benita Kenn
    PR Director
    Benita@vidyo.com
    USA: 650-325-6119
    International: +1 650-325-6119

    Attend Anywhere Pty Ltd - Australia
    Chris Ryan
    CEO
    chris.ryan@attendanywhere.com
    AUST: (03) 9927 7711 or 0414 587 608
    International: +61 3 9927 7711 or +61 414 587 608