Ammex Deploys Vidyo Personal Telepresence Globally

Feb 26, 2010

Company Sees 32% Reduction in Travel and Time Expenses; Vidyo System Allows Connection with Any PC or Mac User

HACKENSACK, NJ (February 26, 2010) – Vidyo® Inc., the first company to deliver personal telepresence, today announced that Ammex Corporation., one of North America’s leading industrial and medical products suppliers, has selected VidyoConferencing to connect its company’s international offices and departments that span multiple locations with HD multi-party video communications. Founded in 1988, Ammex provides merchandise to over 20,000 customers, including the U.S. Government and Fortune 500 companies.

Ammex, with offices in three countries that heavily interact with each other on a daily basis, required a solid solution that would work flawlessly between the company’s different geographies and their global customers. Their number one requirement was that they needed to use the system via the Internet, but it needed to be a very high quality, easily accessed experience for multiple conference participants. Ammex evaluators had already tested, considered and rejected other systems when they discovered Vidyo’s “next generation” videoconferencing solution, built on a completely new, paradigm-shifting architecture.

“It was not economically feasible to invest in a solution with a Multipoint Conferencing Unit (MCU) architecture given the ongoing network and operation costs,” said Chris Van Vladricken, Director of Information Technology at Ammex Corp. “Vidyo, because it works seamlessly over the Internet with amazing error resiliency and low latency, was our clear choice. We’re already seeing significant ROI from reduced travel expenses. We needed a technology that our staff could use with ease, without needing to rely on IT, and Vidyo allows us to communicate face to face with any customer when needed. Also, many systems tout their ability to integrate with other solutions, but Vidyo was the only system that allowed us to include a customer or company that doesn’t have their own video conferencing solution in an enterprise-quality experience. All a person needs is a PC or a Mac with an Internet connection, webcam and USB headset, and we can send them a link to participate in a video conference.”

“Videoconferencing needs to meet a high quality threshold, and be accessible to anyone, whenever they need it, wherever they are, just like personal communication devices for voice,” said Marty Hollander, Senior VP Marketing at Vidyo. “Only Vidyo delivers those capabilities. For companies such as Ammex, that must reach and support their customers in remote locations, Vidyo provides an unequalled personal telepresence experience, which means award-winning video and audio quality on point-to-point and multipoint conferences, whether you’re using a desktop, a laptop or a room system.”

Vidyo’s unique architecture, built from the ground up, is the first in a new generation of software solutions that leverages the H.264/Scalable Video Coding (SVC) video compression standard. H.264/SVC enables a video stream to be broken into multiple resolutions, quality levels and bit rates. Utilizing this capability and Vidyo´s intellectual property, VidyoTechnology offers unprecedented error resiliency, eliminating the central component of legacy video conferencing—the Multipoint Control Unit (MCU)—and replacing it with a distributed architecture using an application layer router. Because Vidyo’s solution is based on software, it can easily be expanded, upgraded, and customized for customers’ individual Enterprise and vertical market video conferencing needs. Vidyo’s product line spans a full range of potential applications, from the VidyoDesktop with personal telepresence capabilities on a PC or a Mac to the VidyoRoom that encodes and decodes HD-quality video at up to 60 frames per second. Vidyo solutions can be used by everyone in a company, whether from the office, home or while traveling, via general IP networks, including the Internet.

About Ammex

Ammex Corporation operates as a supplier of industrial and medical products in North America. It distributes metal cabinets, auto parts, and ancillary products, as well as latex, vinyl, knit and leather, poly, heavy-duty, nitrile, and food service gloves to various businesses in the United States. The company also supplies toe warmers; hand warmers; cleaning supplies; face masks; childcare products; first aid kits; and protective coverings, such as lab coats and bouffant coats. Ammex Corporation was founded in 1988 and is based in Tukwila, Washington. Website

About Vidyo, Inc.

Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, multi-point videoconferences on desktop computers and room systems. Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouter architecture delivers the only available H.264/Scalable Video Coding (SVC) solution that eliminates an MCU while delivering the industry’s best error resilience (click here to see a video) and lowest latency videoconferencing solution over the Internet and wireless networks. Vidyo is privately held and has raised $45M from Menlo Ventures, Sevin-Rosen, Rho Ventures and Star Ventures. Learn more at Follow Vidyo on Twitter@VidyoConf.


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