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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One of the biggest misconceptions of the benefits of video conferencing is that it has been created to replace travel, & therefore replace face-to-face meetings. Instead, it is important for organisations to actually recognise the benefits of interactive & visual video calls as a replacement to faceless & linear phone calls & audio conferences.
In 2010, VideoCentric ripped out all their landline phones and went 100% Video over IP. This meant a video phone arrived on every employees desk and internal dialling was now 100% video. All calls, whether audio or video, could be answered on these video phones, however video was now deemed VideoCentric’s primary form of communication, only downgraded to audio if the far end caller was not video enabled. So what have been the benefits?
No, video conferencing has not replaced our important meetings. But it has greatly increased the amount of face-to-face interaction with both customers and colleagues. Now, instead of phone calls to clients, we see each other in the flesh on a daily basis, much more than we would have done by just holding meetings.
Trust is said by some to be the most valuable commodity in business. Thanks to the increase in face-to-face interaction with video communications, we hold much stronger & trusting relationships with each of our customers. We get to know each other as a person, not just a voice, and in turn builds the long-term relationships that are vital to everyone involved.
With 70% of communication known to be non-verbal, it is no surprise that much information is missed, or is found more difficult to grasp, when engaged within an audio call. Ever experienced a rather less-than-productive audio conference where priority seems to be more focused upon not interrupting your seniors rather than focusing on the task in hand? Facial cues, head & shoulder movements, arm gestures & “the look of confusion” are all but lost via audio.
Where the sharing of visual ideas, drawings & designs could previously only be carried out within an in-person meeting, video collaboration enables immediate sharing & feedback as soon as it is required. No longer is distant communication only suitable for ideas that can be communicated verbally – at an instant I can show colleagues my annotations & designs & visually see their reactions in real-time.
These are just 4 reasons why Video Conferencing is a real benefit for businesses not just to reduce travel, but to improve the way you communicate on a daily basis. With more productive remote meetings, more face time with your customers and more efficient communications, there is no doubt that the replacement of our landline phones with video conferencing has had huge benefits to both our organisation and the thousands of organisations already using video as a primary method of getting the job done.
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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!