Cisco Grows Collaboration Lineup With Mobile App, Room System

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-11-17 Print this article Print
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The app can be used from most devices and also is accessible via a Web browser. Plus, it integrates with such tools as calendars, Active Directory and WebEx. For security, the Collaboration Cloud platform brings content encryption, and IT departments can require employees to use their corporate single sign-on credentials and passwords.

Wiborg also said Cisco officials want the Project Squared platform to evolve through input from users.

"We want to get feedback … to continue to refine it over time," he said.

On the other end is the new TelePresence IX5000 series room-based system for six to 18 people that comes with three 70-inch screens, three 4K cameras and a high-end audio system with an integrated array of microphones, 18 custom speakers and a subwoofer.

It also addresses the issue of total cost of ownership that is raised by room systems, Wiborg said. It requires half the bandwidth, with H.265 compression, of previous Cisco systems and less power—less than 10 amps—than is needed to run a hair dryer, he said. It's fewer than 8 inches wide, doesn't require remodeling of rooms to be used, and can be set up by two people in eight hours, which Cisco officials said is half the time than other systems require.

Cisco engineers also sought to make the IX5000 easier to use than previous systems, Wiborg said. By integrating WebEx with TelePresence, users can present content during meetings by connecting to a WiFi network. Where WebEx for TelePresence isn't used, the new system offers a universal video adapter. The adapter then retracts into the IX5000's tabletop when it's not being used.

Wiborg said that despite the numbers that show global sales of room-based systems are falling, there are still industries—including financial services and retail—that still use such solutions, and that there are use cases like mergers and acquisitions where mobile video meetings are not adequate.

"We do still believe there's a place for this type of high-end system," he said.



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