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Retail Lessons from Las Vegas Vacation Part 1 of 3 – Use of Video

Over the Christmas holidays I spent 5 days in Las Vegas visiting friends and ring in the new year in the city that never sleeps.  Over the years Las Vegas continues to transform itself to keep itself relevant from the original sin city and gambling capital to the modern convention/vacation destination.

I spent new year’s eve with 320,000 visitors which is an impressive number by any standards, plus  I managed to do some shopping and visiting a few attractions between visiting friends.

I thought I’d share my observations on how Las Vegas continues to delight visitors in a series of blogs and what retailers can learn from it.

Today’s I’d like to focus on the use of video technology for customers in Las Vegas

One of my stops is at the new Cosmopolitan casino and hotel and their use of video walls in the registration lobby

One of the first impression when you walk in is that it doesn’t look like a video screen but backlit wall panels.  Only when the images start moving do you realize it is a video wall.  As you can see from the video Read More »

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Cisco Live On-Demand: Powered By Cisco TelePresence

If you have attended Cisco Live, you know that Cisco technology powers many different features of the show.   Digital media signage, IP phones, VXI thin clients, hundreds of wireless APs, and of course the enterprise-grade Cisco network.

At Cisco Live 2011 in Las Vegas, we activated more Cisco technology, this time from the TelePresence family.    Each Cisco Live event has up to 500 breakout sessions for attendees to learn and interact with Cisco experts.  Recording those sessions for on-demand viewing has always been a priority for our team, and using Cisco technology is always a win for our attendees.    During this event, we put our Cisco TelePresence products to the test, bringing together codecs, HD video, automation, and transcoding systems together to create a unique experience for our virtual audience.

For this pilot capture project, we focused on four session rooms.   Each room was outfitted with a Cisco C-Series C40 or C90 codec, connected to the following:  laptop VGA feed, presenter audio feed, and our Cisco network.   Each codec comes with an HD camera, which was placed on a tripod and connected to the C40.   The camera sits unmanned, and can be controlled remotely.   Once the audio levels are set, the system in the room runs unmanned at this point.

In our control room, we ran a Cisco Video Communication server,  which registered the units onto our network, as well as handled call routing.   With over 40 sessions to record over three days, we looked to automate the system where possible, so we turned to the Cisco TelePresence Management Server.  This device allowed us to program in all session metadata as well as start/stop times.   This reduced the possibility of human error, and enabled the crew to focus on other duties.   To facilitate the recording the sessions, we used the Cisco TelePresence Content Server.  This device has two main functionalities- session recording and transcoding.   It can record multiple sessions at once, and can transcode to just about any format.

A few moments before the session began, the TCS connected to the corresponding room, and began recording both the video and the VGA feed.   At the end of the session, the TCS disconnects and begins to transcode the video capture.   Once the video is transformed into an editable format, a technician will edit the file and then place it back into the transcode queue for the final pass. The slides are captured in real time, allowing perfect sync with the presenter discussion.

The output you see here is the final version.

This pilot session capture project demonstrated the versatility of TelePresence to go beyond just video conferencing, to a system that creates, transforms and shares content.    Our team plans to increase the use of this system at future events across Cisco, enabling us to further bridge the gap between the physical and the virtual world.  You can watch these sessions, as well as over 1000 others at www.CiscoLiveVirtual.com.

If you have questions or comments on these Cisco TelePresence systems, please respond in the comments.

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VMworld 2011 Watchlist: Tweets, Videos, Feeds, and News

August 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm PST

Today VMware kicks off VMworld in Las Vegas and we’re already seeing interesting news announcements, cool innovations, and informative technical sessions.

If you’re not there in person to be close to the conference action, we’ve gathered together a list of important conference info. Thanks to live feeds, Twitter, and video, you can participate in much of the event from the comfort of your home or office.

Let’s start with some of the fun activities we’re seeing at VMWorld.

Check mate! Just another day at the giant chess board as conference attendees play a rousing game. Check the VMworld You Tube channel to see what else is happening.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI5a_uo_gpI

Make yourself at home…attendees sit in what looks like a video game set, complete with grass cubes for seating.

Keep reading for links to conference materials, live streams, notable tweets, and social media happenings. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Update News Roundup: July 1-21

July 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm PST

It’s time for another edition of Partner Update, our video newscast covering the top Cisco partner news headlines in five minutes (or less). While this update is less than four minutes long, it’s jam-packed with news and announcements for partners.

The first item is so hot off the presses, so it didn’t make our newscast. Keith Goodwin just posted a blog today highlighting the next step in the evolution of Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Organization and how it affects partners. The changes fall into three main areas: Partner Led, Partner Marketing, and geographic alignment. Keith also provides information about the new executive team in his post.

For the rest of your breaking news, watch this week’s Partner Update video. This week’s top headlines include: a full recap of Cisco Live, how your customers can get twice the power per Ethernet port, tips to help service providers capitalize on the cloud, new apps that help you manage servers from anywhere, huge WebEx discounts for partners, and more.

Tune in and watch the latest partner news:

Read on for more details, time stamps so you can jump ahead to news items of interest, and links to what we covered in this week’s newscast.

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It’s Hot in Las Vegas, But All About Cloud in the Cloud Partner Pavilion

July 13, 2011 at 10:15 am PST

It’s 100+ degrees (that’s almost 40 degrees Celcius) in Las Vegas without a cloud in the sky, so you might imagine that lounging in an air-conditioned casino would be ideal for most folks. But for the techies attending Cisco Live this week, the Cloud Partner Pavilion was the coolest place to hang out.

I walked through the Pavilion and chatted with a number of Cisco partners who were showing off cloud solutions, products, a variety of services for customers as well as some B2B and white label services for partners, too.

Many thanks to the many Cisco partners who chatted with us and we look forward to catching up with as many as we can this week.

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers also dropped by to talk with partners. We’ve got photos from his visit and more about the partners in the Cloud Partner Pavilion.

There was also some cloud-related news that hit the wire this morning.

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