Cisco: Video Conferencing Not a Choice Between Performance, Price

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-03-12 Print this article Print

The TelePresence SX10 lets organizations leverage the flat-panel displays already in most smaller meeting rooms to create high-performance video conferences. The system can be taken out of the box and running within 10 minutes, Kjesbu said.

Cisco also unveiled new technologies that can used with the new systems to improve the quality of the video conference. The TelePresence Precision 60 technology brings 1080p60 image quality and a large zoom range to ensure that everything that should be captured is on the screen.  TelePresence SpeakerTrack 60 builds off of that. It is a dual-camera system that can detect the active speaker in a room and zoom in on that person, and then track the speaker as he or she walks around the room.

The TelePresence SX80 system is designed to enable integrators to bring video to large, unique spaces. It can be used with a range of camera options—including Precision 60 and SpeakerTrack 60—and can support up to three screens. It also supports H.265. Meanwhile, Cisco said several of the systems announced will come integrated with the vendor's Intelligent Proximity technology, which will enable the systems to detect smartphones and tablets that participants have brought into the meeting room and asks if the person wants to use them in the meeting.

Cisco also is upgrading its Business Edition 6000 packaged solution for SMBs with new software to manage pervasive HD video calls, a low-cost 25-user starter licensing offering and a new wizards-based tool that will shorten the deployment time. In addition, the vendor is rolling out the Business Edition 7000, a similar package for larger organizations with between 1,000 and 5,000 users and up to 36,000 devices.

Cisco also enhanced its Hosted Collaboration Solution with technology to make it easier for mobile works to collaborate via the cloud without the need of a virtual private network (VPN), management tools to make it easier and faster to bring users on board, and the ability for midsize businesses to get voice mail and smaller contact centers for 20 to 100 agents.



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