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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Skype is the world’s biggest international Voice over IP provider, used by millions daily as a way to keep connected with family & friends. This wonderfully free tool has made consumer video calling as common as sending a text, and has opened up a world of face-to-face interaction that would never have been possible directly from your front room merely 10 years ago.
But it’s also opened up a can of worms. Skype has posed one of the biggest challenges for the video conferencing industry over the past 5 years, due to it’s closed architecture & “island” approach towards interoperability. It uses it’s own media protocols that does not follow industry standards – or in layman’s terms, “we’re doing it our own way. Choose our way or the highway”. And with the purchase of Skype by Microsoft back in 2011, we’re not too surprised it hasn’t opened up. In fact, there’s a great deal of money to be made in Lync (Skype for Business) if it’s the only professional solution the 200 million or so Skype users can talk with.
Now the protocol issue isn’t a new thing. Non-interoperability has always been prevalent in the video communications world. Standards and protocols developed over the past two decades define the way video & audio data are captured, converted & transmitted between endpoints, but these idea’s don’t have to be abided by. Over the years, the video standards have evolved, new protocols have been developed, and individual vendors have implemented their own versions of the same protocol, creating a network of disconnected networks, unable to talk between one another without special integration and gateways.
But to enable business-to-business video communication to become pervasive and for the real benefits of video collaboration to be recognised and achieved, the industry knew that the vendors had to find a little common ground (though some may say certain situations meant they were made to). A handful of standards (namely H.323 and SIP) prevailed and everyone in the game needed to work on making their endpoints & infrastructure fit in with this norm. No, it isn’t yet perfect and the “any-to-any” concept isn’t yet complete. But standards-based interoperability is the right approach, and to quote Cisco, “it will accelerate innovation, create economic value, and increase choice for users of video communications, entertainment & services.”
As for Skype, it doesn’t fit with this norm. And neither does Microsoft Lync. Using their own closed, proprietary formats, the world of Microsoft video communications stands on it’s own.
Smiles all around with Office based employees, Home Workers, Desktop clients & Skype users all in one meeting space
So, how have we done this then? Let me explain.
2 days ago, I was involved in this revolutionary video conference. Meeting in a VMR, the call consisted of a new Cisco SX80 in VideoCentric’s boardroom, a Cisco EX90 desktop system, two end-of-life Tandberg E20 video phones, a Jabber Video client… and a Skype user. The call worked. The quality was great. Skype to Cisco interoperability was in the bag. And just for good measures, we tried out few Polycom & Lifesize systems too – No problem.
How did we manage it? We used Pexip.
Without gateways or plugins, the Pexip infinity Virtual Meeting Room handled our Skype user just as it would any other protocol or codec. Seamlessly.
Our Skype user simply called into the Pexip VMR and experienced the superb HD quality video & audio from the professional endpoints. And the professional endpoints saw the Skype caller in all their Skype glory. No confusing call backs, no special links to click, no costly gateways to install. Just join the meeting room directly from your buddy list and get on with business.
With native Skype interoperability, Pexip has just made a huge leap in the world of video conferencing. Skypers can be involved in any professional video meeting taking place, anywhere in the world. No matter whether an organisation has Cisco, Polycom, Vidyo or Avaya video endpoints, an on-premise or cloud-based infrastructure, is using WebRTC or is holding an audio conference call, Skype callers can seamlessly interoperate, communicate and collaborate.
Time to celebrate? We think so too.
Want to find out more about how to connect your video conferencing solution with Skype users worldwide? Contact us now and we can get you set up on a trial right away!
Over the last 12 months, Cisco has reignited it’s collaboration portfolio with fire in its belly. With a whole host of delightful collaboration technologies brought to market (such as the DX Series & new IX5000) and innovations designed to deliver advanced collaboration capabilities for any business workspace, Cisco is enabling users to work smarter, and more efficiently, from virtually anywhere.
One of the features really exciting visitors in our demo suite over the last couple of months is “Cisco Intelligent Proximity”, a truly innovative feature for your mobile device, that really starts to show it’s worth when you walk into the proximity of a Cisco collaboration endpoint. Announced & launched as two seperate solutions; Cisco Intelligent Proximity for Voice & Cisco Intelligent Proximity for Content Sharing, the capabilities aim to blur the lines between the mobile world and fixed/on-premise collaborative environments.
“Cisco Intelligent Proximity for Voice” has officially launched into the Cisco collaboration world. Users of the Android based Cisco DX Series are the first to benefit from the ability to wirelessly synch their iOS or Android based devices. The solution enables users to easily import contacts and call history between their device & desktop system, and simply move a call already in progress across to another device to take advantage of the best device for the situation at that moment in time. See the video below to see the Cisco Intelligent Proximity for Voice in action with the Cisco DX650:
Although still in Beta phase, “Cisco Intelligent Proximity for Content Sharing” is supported by the SX Series & MX Series (G2) video collaboration solutions and allows you to automatically pair your smartphone or tablet with your Cisco video endpoint. Once paired, you have the ability to control the endpoint directly from your mobile device, search directories & place video calls. But the best part of Cisco Intelligent Proximity for Content Sharing is the ability to be highly interactive with the meeting content.
Any content shared on the video conferencing endpoint is simply shared directly with your mobile device – and it’s great to be able to view the content right in front of your eyes. But this intelligent feature is more than just mirroring the display. A user can then swipe back through previously displayed content without interrupting the presenter. You can jump back through slides, scroll up through documents and check on previous notes, without affecting any other viewer in the room. And you can also save a snapshot of the content directly to your mobile device for later viewing.
The video below shows the Cisco Intelligent Proximity for Content Sharing in Action!
And what’s more – if someone turns up late, no problem. The intelligence is inside the codec, meaning they can quickly skim back through the slides as soon as they arrive. Content isn’t missed meaning a shorter & far more highly productive meeting with less interruptions and delays.
“The Cisco Intelligent Proximity hugely enhances the meeting experience. As a Quantity Surveyor, it’s very useful to be able to scroll back to a previous slide to check on the figures being discussed without interrupting my clients in the meeting.
The Cisco Intelligent Proximity for Content Sharing is likely to be released in late 2014 – early 2015, and will support the latest generation Cisco room-based video endpoints. The initial release will be for iOS only, however will be very closely followed by an Android version with the same features.
If you’d like to see Cisco Intelligent Proximity in action, contact VideoCentric and organise a demonstration of a latest generation Cisco video endpoint at our, or your premises.
VideoCentric's VideoCloud is the most comprehensive portfolio of cloud based video services available today, launched to provide organisations with everything they need to implement visual communications across the workforce, without the need for infrastructure.
Designed and developed in the UK's most extensive interoperability testing suite, the VideoCloud enables you to choose one or many video cloud services, as and when required, and bolt them together to create a tailor made cloud that exactly meets your organisations visual communication and collaboration needs.
VideoCentric's award-winning maintenance service supports and protects your investment in visual communications. There are seven levels of maintenance offered by VideoCentric with various response times available to ensure optimal performance and maximise the return on your technology.