Vidyo partners with GTS Central Europe, Microsoft, Barco

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Videoconferencing company Vidyo recently proclaimed 2011 as a big year for videoconferencing advancements, and coming off of a year in which Vidyo raised new finding and debuted its solution for the Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad, its celebration of 2011 may be no surprise.

Last week, Vidyo made several announcements at the Infocomm 2012 trade show that could further boost the notoriety of what has been described as a personal telepresence platform that could help bring the technology to smaller businesses.

For starters, Vidyo announced that European service provider GTS Central Europe is using its platform to target corporations and the small and medium enterprise market. The carrier aims a cloud-based Vidyo service in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Poland.

Vidyo also announced that it has teamed up with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) to work on deeper integration of its platform capabilities with Microsoft's Lync unified-communications platform, an effort which should help Vidyo broaden its appeal in corporate enterprises that already use Microsoft for unified communications. The two companies had worked together already, but the new effort should bring some new native videoconferencing capabilities to Lync.

Also last week, Vidyo announced a partnership with Belgium enterprise imaging-technology firm Barco NV (Euronext: BAR) that could help businesses wanting to invest in telepresence avoid some of the costlier equipment packages. The companies demonstrated what they call a system capable multi-modal content display capabilities, with flexible layouts on a single screen and displaying up to 16 high-quality streams totaling 8 mega pixels on Barco's 140" virtual canvas. The partnership could bring a higher-quality of video experience to businesses that might not be able to afford more tricked-out HD videoconferencing rooms.

These announcements com after Vidyo demonstrated its VidyoMobile applications on the Apple iPad at the Enterprise Connect conference earlier this year. It's also available for Android devices and the iPhone.

For more:
 - see this InformationWeek post on the Microsoft Lync deal
 - here's the Vidyo GTS release

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