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Knocking Down Barriers to Pervasive Video Collaboration: Comprehensive Interoperability

I am a strong believer in the power of video; video can transform the relationships we have with our colleagues, partners, suppliers and customers. Our goal is to make video as universally available and easy to use as voice and data are today.  Recent developments  make it possible to scale video more cost-effectively across organizations, but as an industry there are still more hurdles to knock down in order to make rich, effective and efficient video collaboration part of everyone’s daily routine.

Customers have a breadth of needs when it comes to when and how they collaborate, and it’s no surprise to me that customers are taking a step back to evaluate the needs of their organization both now and in the future.  While doing so, they are also trying to understand the alphabet soup of standards and what it means in terms of technologies working together.  Which standard is better? What are the benefits of each? Will a technology that uses one standard be able to communicate with a technology that uses another standard?  Will a technology made by one vendor be able to communicate with a technology made by another vendor?

I personally believe it is the vendors’ responsibility to take the complexity out of the equation and do whatever it takes to make things work together.  For me, that means industry-wide commitment to open standards.  Open standards ensure true interoperability across vendor and technology boundaries bringing us closer to our goal of making video universally available and easy to use.  Cisco has led the way in developing open standards, driving the industry towards interoperable collaboration solutions. And we continue to do so.

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New Video Collaboration Robot: TelePresence Gets Moving

Cisco® TelePresence® has transformed the way we collaborate—enabling immersive, face-to-face meetings at a distance, and access to remote experts anywhere in the world. What if that experience was combined with robotic technology, to give the remote user “location spontaneity”—the ability to move around a faraway space…have a chance encounter in the hallway or tour the factory floor?

That is why Cisco’s new joint effort with iRobot—demonstrated publicly this week for the first time—is so exciting: We’ve created a mobile Cisco TelePresence unit that brings collaboration to you—or, conversely, brings you to wherever you need to collaborate. Called iRobot Ava 500, this high-definition video collaboration robot combines Cisco TelePresence with iRobot’s mobility and self-navigation capabilities, enabling freedom of movement and spontaneous interactions with people thousands of miles away.

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Companies Innovate with Cisco Video Technology

Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

irobot - cisco tp imageWe at Cisco know this to be true. As leaders in telepresence innovation, we have paved the way for organizations around the world to improve the way they communicate through video. Our industry-leading portfolio is built on a foundation of interoperability and great experiences, enabling others to create new, compelling ways to collaborate over video.

Let’s explore a few recent examples:

  • Video Collaboration Robots: Renowned for its advanced technologies, iRobot used the Cisco TelePresence EX60 personal system to create an industry-first self-navigating video collaboration robot. Named iRobot AVA 500, this new device is powered by a standards-based, high-definition Cisco video system atop an autonomous, intelligent robotics platform unlike any other on the market.
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Bringing Pervasive Conferencing to the Cloud with Virtual Meeting Rooms

Businesses are embracing cloud based video services to achieve higher scale and universal reach. Today’s work environment is dynamic and fast paced, with the exponential growth of video enabled mobile devices bringing even more opportunities to leverage cloud based video services. Recently, the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), which tracks global mobile data traffic, predicted that eight billion mobile devices would be in use by 2016. For organizations interested in extending video to mobile users with disparate devices, cloud based video services offer a simple solution to management complexity and device interoperability.

With Cisco ‘s cloud based video services, it’s even easier and more affordable for organizations to enable video on mobile and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) use cases.  Cisco’s pervasive conferencing strategy delivers cloud deployment options for multiparty video meetings anywhere, at any time, and from any device. Cisco is working with its partners to deliver simple to use cloud based virtual meeting capabilities, without any compromises on video quality and support.  The new Virtual Meeting Room capabilities offer organizations the ability to use business class multiparty video without the need to reserve or schedule meeting resources ahead of time.

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When Is “Good Enough” Video…Well, Good Enough?

There’s no doubt that video is becoming more pervasive in business.  It’s no wonder: humans are visually oriented. We’ve been reading people’s faces since we were newborns, so it’s natural for us to use visual cues as we build stronger relationships and better organizations.

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As video makes deeper inroads in enterprises large and small, I keep hearing the concept of “good enough” video. So what does “good enough” really mean? Is there a specific number of pixels, or frame rates, or a certain standard that makes video “good enough”? How can you define “good enough” for your organization?

If you focus on the results your organization wants to achieve, your video collaboration strategy will fall into place.

Here are the most important things to help you define a video collaboration strategy that is “good enough” for your organization’s goals.

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