Cisco is kicking off its Collaboration in Motion initiative, in which the company wants to enable businesses to bring high-end collaboration technology, such as video and unified communications capabilities, to mobile workers. Cisco is combining existing and new products and services from its networking, WebEx and UC business units to create a platform through which companies can offer collaboration technologies over such mobile devices as laptops and smartphones. For example, Cisco is offering its WebEx offering as an application for the Apple iPhone.
Cisco Systems is looking to take collaboration wireless.
Integrating products and services from a wide range of its current
collaboration and wireless portfolios, Cisco is rolling out its
Collaboration in Motion initiative aimed at enabling users to take
advantage of high-end collaboration technology-including video and
unified communications applications-from any device.
The strategy, announced May 19, takes advantage of existing and new products and services in Cisco's WebEx, Unified Communications
Unified Wireless Network and Advanced Services units to bring
collaboration to what Cisco officials are calling the "mobile
Cisco officials said the need for such a strategy is being driven by the changing demographics of the workplace.
"Evolving modern businesses are comprised of workspaces that are
rarely physically connected, and critical business information is
collected and shared with mobile devices, such as laptops and
smartphones," Ray Smets, vice president and general manager for the
Cisco Wireless Networking Business Unit, said in a statement.
Cisco's wide-ranging initiative touches on a number of areas,
including expanding the number of devices its collaboration offerings
reach. For example, Cisco is making its WebEx Meeting Center version
1.2 available on Apple's iPhone 3G as a free download from Apple's App
Store. Cisco and Apple
first announced such a collaboration in January.
In addition, Cisco is extending its Compatible Extension Services
Program to enable device manufacturers to choose the most relevant
service for their particular device. Such manufacturers as Atheros,
Broadcom, Intel and Texas Instruments are signing onto the plan, Cisco
Cisco also is building an 802.11n wireless offering that includes
access points, controllers, management capabilities and an open API
that enables users to expose network data and services. The company's
new 5500 Series Wireless Controller offers improved performance in the
delivery video and rich media to wireless devices, and its OfficeExtend
is a wireless complement to its Virtual Office portfolio.
Cisco's Aironet 1524 Mesh Access Point can extend wireless coverage
across a number of indoor and outdoor workspaces, and its 3310 Mobility
Services Engine supports existing mobility services and is aimed at
In addition, a number of network assurance vendors, including RSA,
ArcSight and NetScout Systems, are using an open API to bring their
offerings to wireless customers through Cisco's Mobility Services
Cisco also is creating a developer program called the Cisco
Developer Network to encourage partners to create software that takes
advantage of Cisco's network platform. For the wireless space, the
Cisco Developer Network Program for Mobility is designed to help the
company and partners more quickly bring mobile solutions to market,
company officials said. Offerings built through the community program
are verified for integration with the Cisco Unified Wireless Network.
In addition, Cisco is offering expanded professional services to
help businesses migrate from legacy wireless networks to 802.11n
networks. The services touch on evaluating whether an environment is
ready to move to a Wi-Fi network to helping them evaluate collaboration
applications such as voice and video for their wireless environments.