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Cisco Delivers on Commitment to Advance Telepresence Interoperability Across Its Portfolio and With Third-Party Systems

June 8, 2010 | Chris Payatagool
New Products and Upgrades Extend Reach of Cisco TelePresence to Provide Access for Everyone, Powering the New Way of Working 

LAS VEGAS, NV and SAN JOSE, CA, Jun 08, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- At the InfoComm conference in Las Vegas today, Cisco /quotes/comstock/15*!csco/quotes/nls/csco  (CSCO  22.63, -0.13, -0.57%) announced it is fulfilling commitments to deliver immersive, multiscreen interoperability between Cisco and Tandberg TelePresence systems, and with other third-party systems, by integrating the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP) on Cisco's newly acquired Tandberg TelePresence Server. This interoperability solution, which will be commercially available in late July, helps enable multi-screen, high-definition video collaboration between all major telepresence vendors. The announcement comes just weeks after the close of Cisco's Tandberg acquisition.

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Cisco also introduced a host of other offerings in an effort to deliver the most comprehensive set of collaboration choices for customers. The new Movi for Mac client and other Movi enhancements deliver business-quality mobile video collaboration to Mac and PC users, and bridge standards-based video collaboration offerings for mixed Mac-PC environments, such as education and health care institutions. Movi is also the first Cisco TelePresence(TM) product to integrate ClearPath, a new set of technologies that improve resolution for video users on suboptimal networks by minimizing the effects of packet loss. For smaller and midsize customers, the Cisco TelePresence Commercial Express solution combines three infrastructure components -- Cisco TelePresence Manager, Cisco TelePresence Multipoint Switch and Cisco TelePresence Recording Server -- onto one server to enable easier deployment, simpler licensing and a faster realization of productivity benefits. These enhancements extend the reach of Cisco TelePresence to provide access for everyone, everywhere, and to power the new way of working.

Product Highlights:

--  Increased interoperability with the open-source Telepresence
    Interoperability Protocol (TIP): In a significant step toward
    broad-based interoperability, Cisco's Tandberg TelePresence Server --
    available as both a blade in the MSE 8000 chassis (MSE 8710) and a
    standalone appliance (TS 7010) -- will support TIP. This support
    enables interoperability between multiscreen telepresence units from
    different vendors, as well as the full line of Cisco's Tandberg
    products, to connect customers, in HD video and high-quality audio
    regardless of their telepresence system choice.
--  Movi(TM) for Mac Client and Other Movi Enhancements: Cisco's new
    Movi client for Macs and several enhancements to the Movi PC client,
    make the benefits of enterprise-quality mobile video collaboration
    even more accessible. Movi for Mac opens up the world of
    standards-based video collaboration to Mac users and is critical for
    mixed Mac-PC environments such as education institutions. The latest
    Movi software for both Macs and PCs offers the following new features:
    --  Far End Camera Control (FECC): Offers the ability to remotely
        control far-end cameras, which is especially useful in
        telemedicine environments.
    --  ClearPath: Improves video quality by minimizing the effects of
        packet loss in nonoptimal network conditions.
    --  Multiway: Enables Movi users to initiate ad hoc multiparty
        telepresence calls with other standards-compliant devices for
        seamless collaboration.
    --  ICE protocol support: Increases call capacity outside the
        firewall, which is critical for large-scale installations of home
        and remote workers.
--  Cisco TelePresence Commercial Express: This new value-priced solution
    combines three infrastructure components -- Cisco TelePresence
    Manager, Cisco TelePresence Multipoint Switch and Cisco TelePresence
    Recording Server -- onto one server using VMware. The Cisco
    TelePresence Commercial Express server is specifically priced and
    packaged for small- and medium-sized businesses to enable easier
    deployment, simpler licensing and faster realization of productivity
    benefits for this unique group of telepresence users.
--  MSE 8000 Backplane-Enablement Upgrades: The MSE 8000 is a highly
    scalable and flexible chassis-based platform for high-definition video
    and audio communication. New software releases for the MSE 8710
    TelePresence Server blade and the MSE 8510 Media2 blade, both designed
    to support the MSE 8000, triples the capacity of individual multipoint
    conferences: up to 48 screens in a multiscreen telepresence call with
    continuous presence (MSE 8710) and up to 60 screens in a single-screen
    multipoint call with continuous presence (MSE 8510 Media2). These
    enhancements increase the efficiency of port/screen usage across the
    platform and allow larger, more scalable immersive telepresence calls
    between all standards-based products.
--  Expanded inTouch Availability: The inTouch interface is being
    integrated with Cisco's Tandberg C Series Profile to provide an even
    more user-friendly experience. Based on the touch-screen technology in
    the immersive Tandberg T3 and T1 Cisco TelePresence systems, inTouch
    is an intuitive touch-screen user interface that simplifies making and
    managing video calls, sharing content, and accessing advanced
    features, all with the glide of a finger. InTouch is also available
    with the EX90 personal telepresence system.
--  ClearPath: This innovative set of technologies improves video quality
    by minimizing the effects of packet loss on networks not originally
    designed for video. Initially available in the Movi for Mac and PC
    clients, ClearPath will be implemented across the broader Cisco
    TelePresence portfolio.


The Cisco TelePresence portfolio provides a rich assortment of options designed to facilitate any-to-any video interoperability. These multivendor support options, and our commitment to deliver broad-based industry standards through TIP for native telepresence interoperability, provide customers with investment protection and flexible options for new forms of collaboration. Today's product announcements support an end-to-end video collaboration architecture that includes endpoints, infrastructure and cloud-based solutions. All of these solutions and more are on demo at the Cisco booth C5802 at InfoComm 2010 in Las Vegas. For more information, please visit www.Cisco.com.

Supporting Quote: "Companies of all sizes are turning to telepresence -- the next generation of videoconferencing -- for its proven ability to speed decisions, increase productivity and drive competitive advantage by putting people at the center of collaboration," said Fredrik Halvorsen, senior vice president and general manager, TelePresence technology group, Cisco. "With the new and enhanced offerings announced today, we are delivering greater accessibility, flexibility and scalability to our customers and making telepresence for everyone, everywhere a reality."

Supporting Resources:

--  For more product details and information, visit
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/ns669/ttg.html--  Keep up with Cisco's news by visiting the company's Platform Blog.
--  For more information about Cisco's collaboration news and activities
    visit the Collaboration Blog or follow us via Twitter @TelePresence or
    @CiscoCollab.





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