Vidyo and Internet2 tie up for video collaboration

Infotech Lead America: Vidyo and Internet2 have announced a subscription-based video communications offering for all Internet2 university members and thousands of public K-12 schools in the United States.

Internet2 is a community of U.S. and international leaders in research, academia, industry and government who create and collaborate via technologies to advance national and global research and education.

K-12 schools will be able to participate through Internet2 NET+ regional partners. The Internet2 NET+ Vidyo service will enable participating institutions to work in simple, effective and collaborative manner.

Member institutions and other higher education and K-12 educational communities will be able to connect with visual communication and collaboration across all institutions. Internet2 along with ID Solutions, a visual communications solutions provider, have deployed and hosted the service.

Shelton Waggener, Internet2 senior vice president, said, “As higher education evolves, so must the technology that we use to work together. Our community needs solutions that can be applied across and shared by all of our university, K-12 and affiliate members.”

According to Gordon Wishon, Arizona State University’s chief information officer, after Arizona State University started using Vidyo products and technology, the  number of downloads of the Vidyo client doubled from the same time last year, simply by way of ‘word of mouth’. The system worked for the University even under the worst bandwidth conditions.

“Vidyo’s scalable, extremely accessible high-quality solution is priced at pennies per minute, enabling a whole new range of unique uses and applications that were never before available,” said Amnon Gavish, senior VP, vertical solutions, Vidyo.

The new Internet2 NET+ Vidyo service can be accessed on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Linux platforms from desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, as well as legacy H.323 and SIP devices.

The service is expected to be available for early adopter enrollment in May.

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