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Cisco Upgrades TelePresence Lineup: New Endpoint, Capabilities, Control Panel, and Videophones

February 28, 2011 | Howard Lichtman
Cisco announced a number of new additions to their telepresence line up last week including a new version of their 1300 endpoint with 47inch screen, a new touch screen control panel that offers more flexibility than using the Cisco IP Phone, new capabilities for the Cisco Content Server and Media Expereince Engine, and new IP Phones with video.  You can read the complete Cisco Press Release Here and get the highlights in the article.

Cisco TelePresence System 1300 with a New User Interface
  • The new model in the Cisco TelePresence System 1300 Series has a 47-inch LCD and can be wall-mounted or free-standing, making it an ideal solution for a variety of deployments where immersive collaboration is optimal.
  • This endpoint will support the Cisco TelePresence Touch 12-inch, a new and intuitive touch-screen interface that provides one button to push simplicity and sophisticated layout and sharing controls. The Cisco TelePresence Touch 12-inch will also support a variety of other Cisco TelePresence endpoints. 
  • Customers currently using Cisco's IP Phones will have the option to upgrade their endpoints to the Touch 12-inch device, if they so desire.
  • This endpoint is scheduled to be available globally summer 2011.

Cisco TelePresence Touch 12-inch, a new and intuitive touch-screen interface that provides one button to push simplicity and sophisticated layout and sharing controls. The Cisco TelePresence Touch 12-inch will also support a variety of other Cisco TelePresence endpoints. 
  • The Touch user interface lets meeting participants easily access meeting information, consult a directory and share content.


Cisco TelePresence Content Server 5.0
  • With the introduction of Cisco's TelePresence Content Server 5.0, customers have access to an end-to-end video recording and streaming solution. Users can record a meeting in a Cisco TelePresence session in premium resolution (1080p at 30 frames per second), or 720p at 60 frames per second and immediately review, play back and share that recording with others through integration with Cisco Show and Share.
  • Show and Share, Cisco's enterprise webcasting and video sharing platform, is now available in French and Spanish as well as English. Show and Share is also tightly integrated with Cisco Quad, Cisco's enterprise social software platform.
  • The Cisco TelePresence Content Server 5.0 is scheduled to be available globally in March.

Cisco_MXE_3500.jpgCisco MXE 3500 Media Experience Engine
  • The Cisco MXE 3500 (Media Experience Engine) is a powerful and flexible network appliance that along with the Cisco MXE 5600 provides media transformation services to discover, connect, record, enrich and deliver video. New MXE 3500 features include:
    • Integration of Cisco PulseĀ® analytics capabilities for video searches that can remove the time-consuming process of having to watch hours of videos just to find the right content. With Cisco Pulse analytics, the Cisco MXE 3500 automatically tags words and speakers in videos so that users can easily and quickly search videos and find the speaker and content segments they need.
    • A new browser-based interface for quick and easy adaptation and post-processing features. End users can now easily upload files; add a bumper, trailer, watermark or customized graphic overlay; and select targeted playback devices like Cisco Show and Share.
    • New live-streaming capabilities for live-event support on Cisco Digital Signage solutions.
  • The Cisco MXE 3500 is a key part of the medianet architecture for any-to-any media adaptation, allowing users to capture and share media from any endpoint on any platform. The new interface, additional live-streaming capabilities and Cisco Pulse analytics option will be available in phases, scheduled to start in the second calendar quarter of 2011.
  • Cisco Unified IP Phones 8941 and 8945
    • Expanding on Cisco's commitment to provide video on all new enterprise endpoints, Cisco's Unified IP Phones 8941 and 8945 ship with a built-in video camera for high-quality (VGA) video communications, and a 5-inch high-resolution display, helping users capture nonverbal communications that are missed on audio-only calls.
    • With the IP Phone 8941, Cisco is the industry's first provider of an IEEE Power over Ethernet (PoE) Class 1 video phone. The phone is recognized for having the lowest power draw, even during the workday. Both the IP Phone 8941 and 8945 offer a "deep sleep" option, reducing power in off-work hours.
    • The phones are equipped with Bluetooth hands-free wireless capabilities, adding freedom and convenience. The phones support a variety of headsets, including the Jawbone ICON for Cisco Bluetooth Headset.

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