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Cisco at VoiceCon 2010

This week the collaboration technology industry is going to be asking one question, “What’s hot at VoiceCon this year?”

Once the news posts, buzz around keynotes, and Twitter feeds are considered I believe the hot news will be intercompany collaboration - breaking down the barriers between companies – connecting the dots to form a global secure multi-vendor collaboration network.

At Cisco we have delivered significant intercompany collaboration offers. Cisco WebEx is designed from the ground up to work between enterprises and more and more service providers are offering intercompany Cisco TelePresence services.  Our latest innovation is Cisco Intercompany Media Engine (IME). Cisco IME’s beauty and appeal comes from its immediate business benefit and its simplicity. Just by dialing existing phone numbers, customers who have deployed Cisco IME in their networks can securely extend the rich collaboration features they enjoy inside their own networks (e.g., video, wideband audio, rich caller id) to interactions with customers, partners, and suppliers who are Cisco IME-equipped.

Watch this video to see the first secure high quality video and voice calls conducted beyond enterprise boundaries to existing phone numbers.

Cisco submitted the protocols to the Internet Engineering Task Force back in November, and would like to see third party development and adoption through open standards. We see rich intercompany collaboration as both a productivity and market driver, and believe rich collaboration that’s as easy as making a phone call is the right approach.

I look forward to VoiceCon this year, as I always do. Talking to customers, seeing old friends from across the industry, and taking the pulse of innovation at the show are just some of the good parts of the experience. Then, of course, there is also the long flight to Orlando with all of those excited Disneyworld visitors.

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88 Comments.


  1. It’s about time I guess video and voice calls have been around a long time but just could not get it together. Glad to see it’s progress. Can’t wait until it get’s where it’s available for everyone.

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  2. Cisco always plays a very important role in leading communication events. Good job!

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  3. What a useful technology, high quality video communication with the simplicity of a phone call.

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  4. Breaking down barriers between companies. Never thought I’d see that one in this day and age. However as a recent cisco article said, he lines are getting blurry”". These include the lines between friends, competitors, wired and wireless…”

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  5. I am confused. You can buy Cisco gear for million of bucks or sign up for Skype. What is the difference ?

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  6. Cisco Webex looks reasonably impressive and feature rich, but how is the stability?The quality issue has been mentioned throughout the net recently and I would love to hear some other impartial comments?

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  7. I agree with your first paragraph about breaking barriers between companies. I think companies have to break down the barriers WITHIN the company first though. There are so many barriers in big businesses that prevent fast change, which is not good at all in today’s world. Innovation is key and having limitations to how fast you can get your innovations on the market is one of the worst things a business can do. I also agree with elixibreth. What’s the difference between this and Skype?

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  8. Thank you for the Video example!IME”" is very powerful yet it is simple.The best thing is “”IME”" offers encrypted signaling which provides high level of security.It certainly reduces overheads and provides great solution.”

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  9. It seems every commercial on tv now is a Cisco Commercial. Ha ha

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  10. It will be crucial to business when it’ll be available worldwide. Good work CISCO.

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  11. This is an excellent technology, it makes it much easier to communicate between partners and customers, and you can actually see there actual facial expressions, which basically makes it feel like your having a 1 to 1 conversation with somebody.

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  12. Cisco has made my life so much easier. Is voicecon in the UK this year?

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  13. In the youtube video, the P2P video in the video phone has really good quality.

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  14. Looks very cool. But success comes down the the interface, not just the hardware.

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  15. Also in the telepresence session, Cisco revealed that its Enterprise Communication Platform, announced last November, will be called Cisco Quad. The enterprise social-networking system is designed to bring together video, voice and other types of content produced by a company’s employees, with advanced search functions. It is in beta testing.

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  16. At $49 a month, Webex is a stellar service, especially for small businesses. It would be really nice if webex can be integrated with Outlook 2010,

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  17. I’m a security paranoid and IME really offers a good security and quality package. But it should be made available worldwide. :)

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  18. I LOVE technology and I’m always the first to buy it. I want to start a small business so I can buy this technology.Kind of a stupid reason to buy it but it. Skype is okay, but the quality seems better with this.

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  19. cisco device millions of dollars would be better than just skype application .. supported with Cisco networking business experience to know any case studies that lead to disrupted communication

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  20. I agree with your first paragraph about breaking barriers between companies. I think companies have to break down the barriers WITHIN the company first though. There are so many barriers in big businesses that prevent fast change, which is not good at all in today’s world. Innovation is key and having limitations to how fast you can get your innovations on the market is one of the worst things a business can do. I also agree with elixibreth. What’s the difference between this and Skype?

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  21. The telepresence suite of service has been a godsend since our company has been forcing our department to reduce travel expenditures every quarter.

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  22. @Aaron you can’t compare this with skype!

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  23. A great technology that is very simple to use. It unique features make can attract anyone. The high level of security and spam blocking is very beneficial. It is really helps for the business community. It works with minimum gateways and calls can be moved from PSTN to direct SIP, that’s great.

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  24. Does they provide sufficient security features for the users? Because when everything is in open , it is very easy to hack.

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  25. We’ve been looking to cisco for sometime to see how we can cut our costs. So far I’ve been impressed – they’re making everything cheaper for small to medium education companies.

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  26. Cisco revealed that its Enterprise Communication Platform !!! announced last November, will be called Cisco Quad. The enterprise social-networking system is designed to bring together video

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  27. What a useful technology, high quality video communication with the simplicity of a phone call. thanks

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  28. IME is surely a path breaking technology for transferring information (Textual, Audio, and Video) across the organization.The good thing about the IME is it is so powerful yet it is easy to implement and understand. And it removes the dependency of any Messenger weather it is Skype or Gtalk.

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  29. Could someone explain to me what this IME device can do that an ordinary PC can’t? I think the days of dedicated hardware have passed, a PC can handle anything.

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  30. why i can’t see the video example in this page…? my bad connection.. :-(

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  31. I think this is a great idea, and is good a company like cisco is supporting its integration. The level of support they offer will ensure at least the product will be introduced to be reliable and useable.It’ll save alot of time and money for corporates when needing to do meetings from different offices, so will cut down on travel time and fares.

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  32. Wew..Yes, I am really excited that read these article. I think Cisco in extending the benefits of collaboration with Cisco Intercompany Media Engine across the entire value-chain. Off course The technology admits users to more effectively communicate applying body language through video, as well as optimized voice technology, while at the same time helping to reduce costs.

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  33. I always believe that IME is the most important communications technology developed in more than a decade.I think As the market goes on to innovate and business applications evolve, Cisco wanna offer their customers and partners with a cost-effective method to connect that’s as simple and effective as placing a phone call.

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  34. VoiceCon was amazing this year. Glad Cisco could attend.

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  35. VoiceCon seems mostly enterprise-focused to me, and large buyers of IT are hurting. Apart from ‘additive’ systems (like an Exchange shop adding OCS) it’s hard to see spending on UC growing rapidly, apart from direct cost-saving measures like basic video conferencing instead of travel.For SMB, unified communications is still utterly confusing.My big question for VoiceCon is ‘can anyone define unified communications?’ (I already know the answer: ‘no, because every vendor promotes a different definition, and users are totally confused’). But it’s worth asking.The term UC is used today in such a wide variety of ways that it is almost so vague as to be meaningless marketingese — ‘agile IT’, ‘the connected enterprise’ etc etcI’m afraid Cisco’s ‘unified computing’ will confuse things even more.

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  36. I think Cisco Have very important Influence on These issues.This was the best possible.

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  37. hi, my first visit, please visit me backthanks

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  38. hi…. nice to meet u

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  39. great idea to integration global secure multi-vendor . cisco is one step to innovation

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  40. It is good to have unity between companies; there needs to be a synergy though, this will surely increase the bottom line of their interests.

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  41. In was interesting to ehar all the comments the larger companies had to make at VoiceCon this year and as usual, always to see cisco there, love what you do guys !!

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  42. i am trying to watch video on youtube but i can’t hear any sound. whats wrong?

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  43. What a useful technology, high quality video communication with the simplicity of a phone call…

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  44. wow, Just by dialing existing phone numbers, customers who have deployed Cisco IME in their networks can securely extend the rich collaboration features they enjoy inside their own networks (e.g., video, wideband audio, rich caller id) to interactions with customers, partners, and suppliers who are Cisco IME-equipped.

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  45. I cant see the video?? maybe my connection..

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  48. I LOVE technology and I’m always the first to buy it. I want to start a small business so I can buy this technology.Kind of a stupid reason to buy it but it. Skype is okay, but the quality seems better with this.

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  49. IME will soon be the best. Cisco knows how to stay on top..thx for the video

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  50. Nice this is very usefull in a bank

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  51. Could someone explain to me what this IME device can do that an ordinary PC can’t? I think the days of dedicated hardware have passed, a PC can handle anything.

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  53. wahh nice info gan…thanks allot

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  54. I agree with the first part to break down barriers between companies. I think companies need to break the barriers on the first try, though. There are so many obstacles to large companies, which prevents the fast, which is not good for everyone in the world today. Innovation is essential and has limits on how quickly you can get innovations to market, is one of the worst things a company can do. I also agree elixibreth. What is the difference between it and Skype?

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  55. video calls era for everyone is coming. cheers.

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  56. This is cool but do this need some specific phones .Or we can use any video conferencing enabled phone to use this service..

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  57. @JamesYes they are everywhere ( that`s good )

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  59. A very useful technology, high quality video communication even easier than a phone call for sure. But is voicecon available in France this year ?

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  60. Impressive! Looking forward to get my hands on something like this. Cisco always innovates. It changed my life for the better so far.

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  61. thanks for share

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  62. i can’t se the video exemple too. Is my internet connection bad ? :(:(someone can send my the link on youtube. Thnx.

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  63. I think there could be security issues with this

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  64. Good points made, though I couldn’t see the video as it is not working on my browser or did I do something wrong.

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  65. post a very good friend. thank you all. very helpful, I like this blog

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  66. thanks admin (:

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  67. Is standalone hardware like this really going to take off? Just as Clinton said, why would I purchase a device like this when I could just use any one of the myriad of free computer software packages to do the same job?Whilst this is obviously potentially useful for corporations (who can afford to purchase one for all employees), it will take a lot of work to crack the personal market: there’s no point in me purchasing one if no-one else owns one.It’s great to see that Cisco are remaining as forward-thinking as always though!

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  69. always plays a very important role in leading communication events. Good job!

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  70. IME looks great, will definitiely be looking into this furher.Being very securoty minded I think this will take care of a lot of issues for me.

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  71. It’ll save alot of time and money for corporates when needing to do meetings from different offices, so will cut down on travel time and fares

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  72. gOOD nEWSThank you for the Video example!

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  73. good work

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  74. That was a good cooperation for Cisco with IETF.

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  75. I use only cisco switch at my webservers.

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  76. Very nice article for leading technology and goo video example. Good article

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  77. That was a good cooperation for Cisco with IETF. Thanks.

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  78. Thanks for this. Cisco is really best when its comes to networking..

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  79. Cisco product best for network security

    Thanks

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  80. Cisco you have done it again .. but how will this work with a bpx system?

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  81. Nice post and knowledgeable about PR1

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  82. Thanks to CISCO, I plan to get into their training programs soon!

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