Out of the Corner Office, Into Every Office: Cisco Sets the New Bar for Enterprise Collaboration With Products Capable of Completely Changing How Teams Connect

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Market leader in business collaboration delivers enhancements that enable mobile and distributed teams to connect through a “better than being there” experience.

Cisco made a series of announcements recently aimed to put high quality video at the fingertips of everyone in the organization–in organizations of all sizes.

Technology makes it easier to connect and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers from any location–whether that’s the work office, the home office, a hotel room, or a coffee shop. Reliable, high quality, interoperable video–as opposed to video that’s webcam-based, unreliable or incapable of scaling–plays a significant role in the collaboration mix. With it, a San Francisco-based manager can have face-to-face meetings in London in the morning, spend time with the East Coast team in the afternoon, and close out the day with the manufacturing team in China – an eight-hour feat even the most seasoned traveler couldn’t achieve by plane alone.But there isn’t enough of this technology: Industry statistics show that more than 93 percent of meeting rooms globally aren’t equipped with high-quality video. So, many times we have to do without.

Making collaboration simple to install, deploy, and scale

For truly amazing things to happen, Cisco believes video needs to be available everywhere: from the browser to the boardroom to all the spaces in between, including the other 93 percent of meeting rooms. To get those rooms video-connected, Cisco today announced the following:

Great experiences for every conference room

Cisco announced three video systems so people can effectively share video and content in rooms ranging from small to large, depending upon their needs as well as the setup of the room. These fully integrated systems combine a sleek, award-winning design with a simple and intuitive user experience.

In its second generation, the Cisco TelePresence® MX200 is optimal for smaller rooms, is value-priced to scale, is incredibly easy to install, and offers premium HD resolution out of the box. The Cisco TelePresence MX700 and Cisco TelePresence MX800 represent the performance line and are ideal for medium- to large-sized rooms. These integrated systems come equipped with premium HD resolution and support H.265, which will give users incredible quality at half the regularly-needed bandwidth.

No compromises between price and performance

Costing less than the price of a PC, The Cisco TelePresence SX10 Quick Set builds upon elements many companies already have in smaller meeting spaces–flat panel displays–to create incredible video meeting spaces. Sure to be popular with SMBs, this system turns any standard flat panel display into an HD video collaboration system in 10 minutes or less. By making such a high-quality experience available at such an attractive price point, Cisco aims to make video the de facto collaboration tool for every conference room.

Everyone has a front-row seat

As anyone who has endured a video call via webcam will tell you, a video session is only as good as the camera technology behind it. Cisco announces two new offerings in this category, both of which work with many of the solutions announced today. The Precision 60 offers the industry’s best image quality (1080p60), is highly adaptable to varying light conditions, and has a large zoom range, ensuring that the entire view is captured. The SpeakerTrack 60 gives everyone the best seat at the table; based on the Precision 60, it is a unique dual camera system that intelligently finds the active speaker in larger meeting rooms and quickly zooms in to show his or her image. Intelligent facial recognition and voice triangulation technology lets the camera follow the speaker from table to white board and then seamlessly move to the next speaker when he or she begins to talk. The result is a more natural conversation–smoother transitions, less latency, and fewer disruptions.

For unique rooms and use cases – the integrator’s dream

Not every room is built alike and not every customer has the same needs. The Cisco TelePresence SX80 is an ideal solution for integrators looking to equip large, unique spaces with video. The new, powerful, and flexible Cisco® SX80 codecs (the software that compresses and decompresses video images) can be paired with a variety of camera options (including the two announced in the paragraph above), can support up to three screens, and join the MX700 and MX800 as the industry’s first platforms to support H.265 for great quality at significant bandwidth savings.

Making every screen count with Intelligent Proximity

It takes more than mere travel avoidance to make video “better than being there”; things get truly interesting when video technology is additive to the experience. Cisco is committed to delivering these additive innovations, and in that vein today announced that it will integrate the innovative beta feature Intelligent Proximity with several of these new endpoints.*

With Intelligent Proximity, the Cisco video system senses any smartphones and tablets users have brought into to the meeting and asks if the user would like to add them into the experience. Once paired, the user can easily view shared materials, save needed slides, and even review previously shared content without asking the presenter to go back – all directly from the mobile device’s display. It’s a completely new way to make mobile devices an extended part of the collaboration video experience.

From Telepresence Options March 2014

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