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August 09, 2012

Vidtel Combines Consumer Technologies in Cloud Video Conferencing


By Rachel Ramsey
TMCnet Web Editor

Cloud-based video conferencing services give organizations the benefits of video conferencing technology, without the major investment in hardware, infrastructure and network that is often required for larger scale deployments. By moving the bridge and codec function to the cloud, and spreading that investment across a large base of users, the cost for video conferencing has plummeted. And now with advanced mobility solutions, participants can join high-quality video conferences from anywhere.


Cloud-based services make video easily accessible to anyone, anywhere — whether they are using video at a desk top, in a conference room or over a mobile device. These services make video simple for every employee to use, increasing the use of the technology throughout the organization. Cloud services transform video and unified communications (UC) solutions from boardroom tools to a means for a distributed enterprise (including small to medium sized businesses) to seamlessly link remote employees and partners.

In 2008, Videtel recognized a big opportunity to solve two principal problems with the video conferencing industry: Devices from different vendors did not work together and the cost of deploying enterprise-grade video conferencing was prohibitively high for all but the largest enterprises. Vidtel (News - Alert) set out to develop a solution based on software that would enable interoperability between devices and networks and bring carrier-grade scalability, flexibility and redundancy to customers at a price that organizations of any size could afford.

Its initial SIP-based service, Vidtel Connect, provided point-to-point interoperability as well as firewall/NAT traversal and device registration. Its latest service is Vidtel Gateway, which enables Skype (News - Alert) and GoogleTalk users to point into existing customer (or partner) MCUs/bridges without the “cascading” effect of multiple bridge views. The technology company is continuously working on bringing the latest cloud video conferencing innovations to market.

“The response has been just overwhelming,” said Scott Wharton (News - Alert), founder and CEO of Vidtel. “We announced it just about a month ago and everybody who has an existing bridge or MCU, notably on Cisco and Polycom, wants to be able to add these consumer technologies; Skype, Google (News - Alert) or even Web calling into a bridge.”

To use Vidtel's cloud, all you need is a high-speed Internet connection (384k) and video endpoints (room systems, video phones, PCs/Macs, tablets or smartphones).

Watch the video below to find out more about the company and what it’s been up to.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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