Video Conferencing (VideoCon)
Video conferencing is a technology that allows users to hold live, audio-visual communication from different locations. This technology is convenient for government agencies and research institutions because it can be used to hold meetings that may be one-to-one, one-to-group, or group-to-group.
Aside from making real-time long-distance “face-to-face” communication possible, the tangible benefits of video conferencing include saving time and space. When this technology is scaled up, fewer people and cars will need to go out on the road, easing city traffic in the process.
To provide government agencies and research institutions a video conferencing facility, the iGovPhil Program offers Vidyo. Vidyo is one of the video conferencing systems that can handle point-to-point or multipoint connections, including connecting other video conferencing platforms. Aside from video conferencing, Vidyo features chatting, presentation sharing, recording and streaming. Vidyo has four components that are crucial for its successful deployment:
- Creates and manages user accounts, groups, tenants, meeting rooms, and licenses
- Defines multiple levels of access, from end users to super administrators
- The iGovPhil can issue up to 10,000 accounts and 1,000 installations
- Acts as the Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) which handles the video conferencing connections
- The iGovPhil can provide 25 Vidyolines licenses for users of the software-based solution of Vidyo
- Connects and controls other video conferencing system, such as Polycom, Cisco, and Avaya
- Connects two H.323 systems using 1080p display resolution or five H.323 systems using 720p display resolution
- Records and webcasts current video conference
HOW IT WORKS
The diagram below illustrates how Vidyo works through its components.
There are four endpoints for accessing and connecting to Vidyo.
The VidyoRoom is a hardware that supports point-to-point and multipoint conferences with content sharing. The hardware can display a maximum number of 16 screens in a conference. It also allows dual display. Currently, the DICT has five available VidyoRooms.
The VidyoDesktop is a software that also supports point-to-point and multipoint conferences with content sharing. The software supports Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It can display a maximum of eight screens during a conference. The VidyoDesktop can be downloaded from the VidyoPortal.
VidyoMobile can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Like the other two endpoints, the mobile version also supports point-to-point and multipoint conferences with content sharing. The mobile application can only display a maximum of four screens in a conference.
In VidyoWeb, there is no need for administrators to provide user accounts and users do not need to install any application. VidyoWeb is primarily designed for guest participants. Guests can join a conference by simply clicking on the conference link. This link can either be a room link or a webcast link. A room link provides guest users a way to interact with other participants while a webcast link only provides a “view only” access to users.