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Cisco Upgrades TelePresence and Unified Communications
Cisco announced a multitude of improvements to their flagship multi-screen group telepresence environment most notably reducing the "Darth Vader shaped" camera array that hung visibly down in front of the center screen. The new TX models have replaced this visual nuisance with a lower profile camera, which while still visible is much more natural than its predecessor.
- New lighting shroud that bounces ambient light off the shroud into the room versus the old halo effect
- Three channel spatial audio to more faithfully replicate the direction from which speech emanates
- The ability to move collaborative graphics from the dedicated collaboration display to the main display screens
- The ability to annotate on collaborative graphics using the TelePresence Touch interface (Demonstrated but will ship "by the end of the calendar year")
- "Whisper Mode" - The ability to mute a couple of participants vs. muting the entire meeting to enable private "sidebar" conversations.
- 1080p30 resolution for content shared in the room
On the back-end the company announced an even tighter integration with WebEx including the ability to schedule WebEx participants at the time that meetings are scheduled in Microsoft Outlook. Select WebEx participants during meeting creation and a WebEx link will automatically be included in the calendar entry generated for the meeting. WebEx participants receive both a high quality video feed from the meeting and all the content.
Cisco Jabber Upgraded
Cisco also announced that their Jabber unified communications client will now support iPad and Windows in addition to its previous compatibility with Android, IOS, Mac, Blackberry, and Cisco Cius. The Jabber client brings together IM, presence, video, and data collaboration and allows participants to easily escalate conversations from IM to data collaboration to video and integrates easily with Microsoft Outlook/Office and Sharepoint to enable instantaneous collaboration with colleagues.
Jabber users can see the availability of participants in email messages and documents through a color coded dot next to the colleagues name. Clicking on the colleagues name brings up options for contacting instantly via IM/Voice/Video and instantaneously sharing content from their screen.
Cisco March 2012 Telepresence and Collaboration Launch
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