Today, we announced that Cisco is bringing telepresence into the living room. Cisco umi telepresence is Cisco’s first medianet-ready consumer endpoint and represents a significant step in our video strategy.
What does this mean for Cisco channel partners?
This launch will expand the use of video and telepresence technologies and further grow the telepresence market. This new offering is part of Cisco’s video strategy to drive a new class of video experiences. We believe in the transformational power of video and see vast opportunities around video and the network.
It is part of our strategy to share technology and innovation across market segments. Cisco TelePresence business solutions and Cisco umi telepresence share the same foundation but their features and benefits are designed for their respective audiences. Cisco developed the TelePresence technology for business and leveraged that expertise and knowledge to deliver an immersive video experience to consumers. However, Cisco umi was designed specifically for the consumer and was designed to work in consumers’ living rooms.
Initially, Cisco umi telepresence will not interoperate with Cisco TelePresence business solutions. However, our vision is to transform life’s experiences, connecting people to each other, their ideas, and their world. We see enormous future opportunities in connecting businesses with consumers to provide innovative services in education, healthcare, financial services, smart + connected communities, and more.
For the time being, this means it will be business as usual for Cisco channel partners…and we hope you will consider bringing Cisco umi into your own living room to connect with friends and family!
Availability of Cisco umi telepresence
- We will be selling Cisco umi telepresence through retailers and service providers in order to reach a broader set of consumers and accelerate the creation of calling circles with both retailers and service providers.
- Currently, Cisco umi telepresence is available only in the United States.
- Cisco umi telepresence will be available for pre-order on October 6 from the umi telepresence web site and October 14 from Best Buy. It will be available to consumers on November 14 in Best Buy/Magnolia Home Theater retail stores, and the umi telepresence site.
- We are working with Verizon to bring the umi experience to Verizon FiOS customers early next year.
--Richard McLeod, Senior Director Collaboration WW Partner Organization
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