Vidyo, which works in embedded video communication, today announced a strategic agreement to leverage Vidyo's conferencing technology in NEC's communications solutions – including biometric authentication.The two companies have aligned strategically to bring embedded video to NEC's cloud-based offerings in North America, including endpoints and vertical solutions, and to enable emerging biometric security and other use cases. NEC also announced general availability of its UNIVERGE BLUE ONDemand Collaboration offering based on Vidyo.Under the agreement, NEC will resell VidyoCloud™ integrated with NEC's UNIVERGE BLUE cloud platform. Vidyo's market-leading technology will enable real-time, HD quality, face-to-face collaboration to deliver greater efficiency, a better user experience and increased productivity. Cloud-hosted, interoperable with existing infrastructure and highly scalable, the Vidyo-enabled offering, NEC ONDemand Collaboration, is designed to address the needs of enterprises large and small. The offering supports as many as 100 video conferencing participants per room and includes full collaboration features such as content sharing, integration with third-party legacy video conferencing systems and recording capabilities.”Our vision for embedded video is underpinned by our relationship with Vidyo. Vidyo is a clear leader in the market whose unmatched quality and resilience deliver a flawless end-user experience that truly differentiates NEC's portfolio of offerings,” said Larry Levenberg, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, NEC Corporation of America. “NEC is offering Vidyo's flexible, cloud-based technology as the video component in our applications for vertical markets, endpoints and solutions, leveraging NEC's cloud platform where possible, and we are pleased to announce availability.””NEC's UC, SDN, biometric and vertical solutions are some of the most advanced in the market both in the cloud and on-premises. Leveraging Vidyo's flexible APIs and cloud services, we will bring new solutions to market spanning emerging IoT endpoints and an array of vertical applications in surveillance and biometrics, healthcare, distance learning, monitoring and hospitality and retail,” added Levenberg. “We are excited for the new solutions we will bring to market with Vidyo and look forward to a long-lasting relationship.””We are excited by our strategic alliance with NEC and their selection of Vidyo as their embedded video platform provider in the North American market,” said Sam Waicberg, SVP of Business Development, Vidyo. “This is another great example of an industry leader choosing Vidyo in order to deliver an unmatched video quality experience. By embedding Vidyo within NEC's unified communications, surveillance, biometrics, and vertical applications in the cloud, NEC is transforming traditional use cases and delivering game changing capabilities. Vidyo continues to strive to simplify the way users access and consume real-time video interaction as an integrated and native experience within applications and IoT devices.””By integrating with Vidyo, NEC significantly enhances the visual capabilities of its software-powered, UC suite,” said Dave Michels, Unified Communications Industry Analyst with TalkingPointz. “With a network of more than 1,700 NEC resellers in the United States and Canada alone, the strategic agreement between Vidyo and NEC creates another large market opportunity for Vidyo to further market penetration for its cloud offering and expand upon its market leadership in video communications technology.”