Vidyo Conferencing Service

Collaboration and Content Sharing
Vidyo Conferencing Service
This service is approaching end-of-life, and is scheduled to be discontinued at the end of 2021. You are strongly encouraged to consider our Zoom service as an alternative.

TENET’s Vidyo Service in an exciting initiative designed to significantly improve the opportunities for video collaboration and content sharing for South African tertiary education and research.

What is the Vidyo Service?

Vidyo is a videoconferencing platform that was developed to address some of the problems that traditional videoconferencing has. These problems lie particularly in the ability of these approaches to easily scale between meeting rooms, the desktop and laptop computer environments and mobile devices; and the ability to have many participants in a meeting without sacrificing quality. Vidyo is able to do this in part by virtue of the fact that its VidyoRouter does no encoding, re-encoding or compositing – all the activity relating to these activities takes place on the end point devices – thus leveraging the power of modern computing devices.

Endpoints in Vidyo include high-end room systems with multiple screens; setups that are similar to traditional videoconferencing setups; a PC with a conference camera/speaker/microphone device in a seminar room; and an individual on a laptop or using a smart phone to connect over LTE or 3G.

Vidyo does not leave the traditional world of videoconferencing behind. TENET has put in place a number of Vidyo’s VidyoGateways that allow H.323/SIP endpoints to join Vidyo meetings. 

Applying for the Vidyo Service

Institutions that would like to apply for the service should apply through their institutional IT staff, who can log a request with our Service Desk. Individual users who want to make use of the service will need to contact their home institution's IT help desk for support.