Cisco Telepresence EX Series
The Cisco TelePresence™ System EX Series transforms the workplace by combining work, communications, and collaboration - all on the desktop with just the touch of a finger. Colleagues can instantly work together whether they are separated by a hallway, a street, or several time zones. As part of the EX Series, the Cisco TelePresence System EX90 (EX90) and Cisco TelePresence System EX60 (EX60) support vivid, lifelike 1080p30 video, natural collaboration, and the simplicity of a touch screen interface for a complete solution that helps ensure conversations are more productive.
The Cisco TelePresence System EX Series is an all-in-one tool that streamlines the desktop so you can fluidly move from individual work on your laptop to a quick video call with a colleague, to problem-solving over shared spreadsheets. The EX90 is designed for the team leader or manager for immediate presence with customers, partners, and employees. With the EX60, you can share the power of telepresence throughout the organization, designed especially for the knowledge worker or individual contributor.
The Cisco TelePresence System EX60 is part of the broad portfolio of Cisco TelePresence systems offering immersive, multipurpose, and personal endpoints to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes. Cisco TelePresence technology powers the new way of working where everyone, everywhere can be more productive through face-to-face collaboration.
The Cisco TelePresence EX Series offers the new Cisco TelePresence EX60 and ever popular Cisco TelePresence EX90. This family of personal telepresence for the desktop lets you and your colleagues instantly collaborate face-to-face, whether you're separated by a hallway, a street, or several time zones. Access the features you need right from your desktop, with the touch of a finger.
The EX Series includes the Cisco TelePresence touch-screen interface, so you can make and manage telepresence calls with a simple glide of the finger. New enhancements bring even greater usability and simplicity to connecting and sharing content over telepresence.
The Cisco TelePresence EX Series offers a full high-definition 24-inch or 21.5-inch screen. You can use it as both a PC monitor and a telepresence system, giving you more flexibility at your desk.
Other features include:
No matter what your role, the Cisco TelePresence EX Series will become an integral part of your workflow. It helps to enable faster decision making, enhances relationships, and improves efficiency.
Connect face-to-face whenever you need to, at a moment's notice, with Cisco TelePresence EX Series.
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The critically acclaimed Blair Witch Project is one of the world’s most successful independent films of all time. The 1994 horror film received near-universal praise from critics, and is recognised as the first film to be successfully marketed primarily by the internet. Aside from being known for its improvised dialogue and newsreel style interviews, the Blair Witch Project made extensive use of a key cinematographic technique, sometimes known as “Free Cam”, to give an unprepared, unrehearsed feeling of reality – where stable imaging techniques are purposely removed and the viewers are left feeling immersed, uneasy and nervous. This technique, we regularly stumble over in the horror genre is also more widely know as “Shakey Cam”, or “Queasi Cam”. And it’s not just a rumour. Shakey Cam has been widely attributed to causing dizziness & distraction, with many viewers of the Blair Witch Project even filing complaints and reporting physical nausea, purely due to the film techniques in place. Good work directors.
Now, you might be wondering what I am doing talking about Horror Films and vomit on a business blog. However, i’ll hopefully help to clarify my reasoning by relating to a meeting I was involved in last week.
“Hi Emily, Paul here, my trains been delayed. I’m still sat at Paddington. I know it’s last minute but is there any chance we could postpone the meeting for an hour or so?”
“Well we’re all in the boardroom now so just call into our system from your iPad, if you’re somewhere suitable?”
“Sure thing, be with you in a minute”
Wonderful. Video technology saving the day. 2 minutes pass and the call comes in from a LifeSize UVC ClearSea client. Perfect.
“Hi guys, sorry for the delay, hopefully you can see me?”
No problem. Everything looked well and we began the meeting.
…And then our mobile attendee stepped off the bottom of the escalator and began to walk to the cafe.
Now as an avid believer and user of Professional Video Conferencing systems, I am fairly used to high quality video in a corporate setting, rooms that are often designed for the purpose, or at least have the meeting attendees sat down, still, in chairs, focused upon the meeting in hand. I have regularly held wonderfully high quality meetings with others using tablets and smartphones running ClearSea or Jabber or RealPresence Mobile. However, not often has my far end been hastily walking, through a busy train station, carrying a briefcase in his spare hand and feeling flustered that he’s running rather late for a rather important decision making board meeting.
At this moment, I felt like our boardroom was experiencing a real-time Blair Witch Sequel, with a good view of our participants nose hairs encapsulated by heavy breathing and an unusual strobe effect caused by the inability of the iPhone camera to adjust to the halogen lights passing above. Not really what you want from a meeting, especially when watching on a 70″ screen (Every hair, every blemish, magnified to unflattering proportions against a migraine inducing backdrop – not at all what I signed up for when accepting the meeting invite).
So what can you do if you are faced with a similar situation? Here are three of VideoCentric’s tips for preventing sickness within the boardroom.
Of course, mobile video conferencing (or any type of mobile technology) gives us the ability to be mobile. Mobile video conferencing is for those on-the-road workers who are rarely in the office. But it’s also for those who need flexibility to join a conference from anywhere. It’s for those who haven’t immediate access to a professional video conferencing system. And for those who may be on a construction site, or temporary office, or visiting a factory.
In my honest opinion, mobile video conferencing is best used in these situations, where you are perhaps not as “mobile” as the name makes out – a cafe, at home, sitting in a car park, travelling on a train (Einstein’s theory of relativity of motion can be saved for another time) – and where your camera can be fixed. You can even get some nifty device stands if you’ve got somewhere suitable to put it. I’m sure your boardroom will thank you for that too.
So rule number one: Please try to stay still. No Queasi Cam required.
I’m not sure whether all video conferencing users would agree, however I generally feel it necessary to activate a “Self View” (showing yourself what you appear like for the far end) when in my most important calls. Much of the time, the far end won’t tell you if you look like a 18th century portrait by Auguste Edouart, or are blinding them with an over exposed video feed (of which horror, and many other film genres use as a cinematic punctuation to attune viewers to a shock-and-awe aesthetic or create apparitions and “feelings of the unknown” – see 1996′s Independence Day and 1978′s Invasion of the Body Snatchers for some examples). No, they’ll just get on regardless. However I bet your input in the meeting will only be remembered as the person who the boardroom was glad to get rid of as soon as possible. Not how you want your board of directors thinking about you, is it?
Plus, quite handy to notice those unsightly double chins early on and move the camera accordingly to save yourself the embarrassment when re-watching the recording at a later date.
Just try not to get into the habit of using it as a live mirror. People will cotton onto this rather quickly and no-one wants to be known as that guy.
Rule number two: Get the self view on. Check yourself out. Make sure you can be seen.
A well designed video enabled room or telepresence suite uses certain colours, backdrops, lighting and camera positions to enhance the quality of a conference & to ensure that every meeting is the most productive it can be. Even a non video-enabled meeting room doesn’t have magic eye posters & James Bond films playing on the digital signage. Why? It would be ridiculously distracting.
As you can imagine, the most optimum designs have taken years to develop, and even now, many room just haven’t got it right.
Now cue mobile video conferencing. A relatively new technology which, of course, is mobile. You’re not going to be carrying around perfectly designed pull up banners & lighting rigs everywhere you go. So if you are planning on joining a meeting via mobile or tablet, give yourself a few minutes to find yourself a suitable spot to perch. Preferably not backed by an African Wildebeest migration or at the entrance to Nemesis Inferno. And if you get caught in a call out of the blue, perhaps it’s best to keep your video muted just until you’ve found somewhere “pleasant”.
No, this doesn’t really address the cinematic technique part. But I think it will do a good deal towards preventing the boardroom nausea. And that’s definitely a good thing.
So that’s our rule number three: Don’t be the meeting distraction. Plus, whilst following rule number three, keep your eyes on rule number two – the two work quite well together.
Remember you are part of a real meeting! There is plenty of “video conferencing etiquette” that has been banded around over the years, and most of this can apply to mobile video users as well as rules for in the meeting room.
Make friends with features such as mute audio, mute video & self view.
Give yourself some time to get prepared.
And please, stop chewing that gum.
Today there’s a great bit of buzz flowing through the VideoCentric office.
Yes, we’ve always been pretty chuffed with our set up at our HQ – with every video enabled gadget & system under the sun to play with (and demonstrate), and with the likes of the full Polycom, Lifesize, Cisco and Microsoft Lync infrastructure sitting in place ready for experimentation, we actually like to think that you can throw us in the video interoperability deep end (and it’s right where our team really loves to swim).
But the excitement today is more than “just a bit of interoperability”. It’s all about Microsoft Lync. And we’re pleased to announce that what we’ve come up with is leaps and bounds forward in the world of Microsoft Lync to Video Conferencing endpoint communication.
As of today, anyone can simply call our Lync desktop clients from any professional Video Conferencing endpoint, anywhere in the world.
Or call our Lync desktop clients from any PC or Mac, tablet or smartphone running a professional video client. Or even call our Lync client from a SMARTBoard. Or anything running Google Chrome.
And it can be done easily & immediately.
And even more, it connects with HD Video and with 2-way data sharing.
We know, we know. We’ve got your attention now.
Most of you will likely have Microsoft Lync, or perhaps be working on a Lync strategy. You at least know that Lync is something that is coming and you’ll probably be looking at it for every desktop in your organisation. And many of you may have a video conferencing estate, or teams, clients, colleagues & supply chains with video conferencing solutions in place. And if you’re still with us, you’re probably rather interested in joining the two together.
Of course, I’m not going to give it away (cue chorus of sigh’s from the ogling competitors). Every team in VideoCentric is managed by a video conferencing expert with over 30 years experience in video integration & network design, and that expert knowledge & ability can’t be done justice within a blog. But i’m sure I can share the icing on this really yummy cake. You’ll just need to have a chat with us to bite into the tasty sponge. Here’s just 5 things for you to know:
Of course, we’d love to have a chat with you about bringing your teams together – whether you are just starting on your Lync journey, have a major video conferencing environment, have customers you’d like to speak with from their home PC straight to your desktop, or have video islands with the central glue just missing from the middle.
Do you have any of the above scenarios? Are you looking to expand your Lync deployment with HD video? Or do you think that you will likely keep your islands seperate?! Discuss with us below, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Oh, and do give us a call to talk this through. We’re a friendly bunch, don’t worry!
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