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Life-like Video Becomes More Like Real-life Video

We’ve come a long way since the days of analog and, at Cisco, we’ve delighted in the journey to high definition (HD). It’s our goal, after all, to bring high-quality, true-to-life video to individuals and organizations around the world.

Video is transformative, but bad video quality is disruptive, so we are pleased to announce that Cisco is enabling the industry’s broadest application of 1080p60 video and 1080p30 content sharing – the highest video resolution available today. This is the result of Cisco’s latest telepresence endpoint software updates:  TC 6.0 for our codecs and group systems and TX 6.0 for our immersive product line.

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Expanded broadband access crucial link between military personnel and families

We were excited to see that the Internet Innovation Alliance(IIA) recently made a public announcement calling for expanded broadband Internet access to help military families stay connected with loved ones. The three key topics IIA discussed are communications needs that Cisco has consistently supported.

1. Video communication for active military provides our troops the opportunity to interact with their families in real-time. “From my experience, it is essential to the mental health and morale of our troops to be able to see and speak with family and friends,” said Afghanistan war veteran Rick Noriega, Colonel in the Texas Army National Guard and a former five-term member of the Texas House of Representatives from Houston. “I remember a priceless moment during my deployment to Afghanistan in 2005 when I was able to watch my son open his Christmas gifts over the Internet.” Read More »

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Florida Mentoring Program Connects Gator Athletes with Elementary Students

Throughout its 106-year history, the University of Florida’s (UF) intercollegiate sports teams, commonly referred to as “Florida Gators,” have won 27 national team championships and Gator athletes have won 241 individual national championships.

According to an article in the Gainesville Times, UF is now extending its good fortune to a small group of Oakwood Elementary School students located 375 miles away from the university’s campus. Through video conferencing, the lucky group of students gets to spend around 30 minutes each week with its athlete mentors, including Gray Horn (track and field), Jeff Demps (track and field/football) and Tahnai Annis (soccer).  Read More »

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Strong Networks and Training Help Telehealth Thrive in Rural Areas

Chronic disease sufferers and others with medical needs who live far from urban doctors, increasingly turn to telehealthto access quality, convenient care.

These patients have set a trend that stands to gain momentum, according to a recent report by the United Health Center for Health Reform & Modernization. As noted in Healthcare IT News, the report pointed to telemedicine as a prime solution to serving rural patients in need.

To support wide rural dispersion of telehealth resources, the report recommended that rural regions expand broadband connectivity, Healthcare IT News said. The recommendation underlies the need for a strong network on which to run telehealth programs. To maximize their benefits, telehealth tools need to operate on all kinds of electronics, including mobile devices—the ability to talk to a doctor from any place at any time is one of the main advantages of telemedicine. As I’ve mentioned before, mobile collaboration that supports applications like video and telepresencedemands a solid network.

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Cisco Takes Next Steps Toward High-Intensity Collaboration

At Enterprise Connect in March, we announced a number of collaboration innovations, including a new telepresence concept called high-intensity collaboration. High-intensity collaboration describes a meeting environment where people can interact with content in ways not previously possible during a telepresence meeting, while still maintaining the highest degree of visual immersion. These features include the ability to annotate on content, move content to any of the three main screens, share content from multiple sources, and whiteboarding on the big screens (future software development).

In March, we unveiled the Cisco TelePresence TX9000 Series, our next-generation, fully immersive room-based system.  At the time, we previewed new features, with a promise that high-intensity collaboration would be fully realized over the next 18-24 months. With the soon-to-be released TX 6.0 software update, we’re about to deliver on some of these exciting new capabilities across the TX9000 and TX1300 product lines, our triple-screen and single-screen immersive systems, respectively.

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