Barco announces global strategic alliance with Vidyo to deliver immersive collaborative visualization solutions with integrated telepresence capabilities

Duluth, Ga., USA – 5 February 2015 – Barco, a global leader in collaborative visualization systems, announced today that it is integrating technology from Vidyo, a leading provider of affordable HD and UHD video conferencing solutions for cloud-based and on-premise deployments, into its TransForm C enterprise collaboration solution to enable high-quality universal VTC communications.

Barco will showcase its new integrated solution, spanning from the Barco stand (Barco 11-F78 & 11-H75) and connecting to a Vidyo demonstration in stand (2-A42) at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 10-12 February.  This demonstration offers a preview of Barco’s anticipated market release of the solution, with commercial availability by end of first quarter, 2015.

Robust, immersive collaboration integrated with proven VTC capabilities
The strategic alliance between Barco and Vidyo addresses the need for an immersive collaborative visualization solution with integrated telepresence capabilities for high-end collaboration spaces such as executive briefing centers and boardrooms to smaller-scale situation, crisis response rooms and control rooms. The combined solution provides an alternative to hard-wired VTC platforms with limited collaboration features, providing a cost effective, yet easy-to-use platform that facilitates remote collaboration for enhanced decision-making. 

The new Barco collaboration system connects natively to Vidyo’s standard portfolio to deliver the experience. Barco’s solution uses Vidyo’s technology to translate the native VTC streams into low-latency, HD-quality multipoint video conferencing images. Users can configure and display multiple, dynamic VTC windows on a large display wall, integrate meeting room collaboration through the ClickShare one-touch, screen-sharing solution, and control source placement and size through Barco’s TransForm C display management software system. The TransForm C user interface runs on Barco’s immersive, seamless OverView OSV Series video wall for high-end collaboration spaces, as well as on the OBLX system, which features the OverView KVD or OVD near-seamless LCD panels for mid-range meeting room environments.

“Vidyo’s strengths in mission-critical video collaboration and high-quality video blend perfectly with Barco’s focus on large-scale visualization to create the ideal, truly immersive collaboration solution,” comments Geert Nuyttens, Product Manager for Barco.

Vidyo native HD and multipoint technology
“The VidyoWorks™ software platform and APIs allow developers like Barco to embed point-to-point and multipoint video, audio, content sharing, and collaboration inside their own applications, workflows and custom web portals to develop innovative new endpoints like the Barco collaboration solution,” said Michal Raz, SVP of Business Development at Vidyo. 

VidyoWorks delivers the right communications modality where and when it’s needed, without forcing users to toggle between their application and a standalone communication client. Developers using VidyoWorks can create custom in-browser, desktop, and mobile clients that meet the needs of consumers and business professionals while leveraging Vidyo’s full portfolio. This includes software cloud servers that deliver multipoint video conferencing, interoperability with legacy systems and support across mobile and desktop from the cloud or on-premise.

Fully immersive telepresence for high-end applications

The OSV Series video wall features blended, rear-projection display modules and seamless, bezel-free screen technology. Offering an enhanced immersive user experience, the OSV video wall delivers excellent image quality thanks to LED illumination, which also minimizes energy consumption and maintenance while extending display life. The OverView OSV is available in resolutions ranging from 3.8 to 8.5 megapixels.

Modular, affordable videoconferencing for mid-range applications

The OBLX system is a free-standing (no wall integration required!), scalable LCD display system providing high-quality visualization at a moderate price point. It features Barco’s OverView KVD or OVD near-seamless LCD panels, which can be configured into a basic 2x2 landscape, offering no limit to the horizontal extension.  The display leg conveniently houses controllers, a ClickShare base unit, switches, multi-socket, etc., creating a compact footprint while maximizing functionality. Learn more about our Overview OVD/KVD Series here.

Powerful, yet easy-to-use presentation and collaboration
For both systems, the TransForm C controller and collaboration management system provides users with complete freedom of movement, enabling placement of any video stream anywhere in the plane of the video wall. The solution also integrates with ClickShare, allowing users of this robust presentation and collaboration system to share multiple sources on-screen with one click.

“We are excited to team up with Vidyo on this integration, leveraging our mutual strengths in networked visualization to create a collaboration solution that fulfills a critical need for robust video conferencing combined with state-of-the-art immersive visualization,” comments Suchit Rout, Director Global Strategic Alliances for Barco. “Our technologies seamlessly combine to provide a range of high-caliber presentation and collaboration solutions, offering the ideal fit for any company.”

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 4,000 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.158 billion euros in 2013.


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