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MLB Network and Cisco Announce Multiyear Technology Relationship

Opening Day is here! Baseball, long revered as America’s pastime, sets the stage of anticipation for the beginning of summer. It’s an exciting time of the year, as many fans will head out to the “yard” or gather with family and friends to watch some of the world’s best athletes play a game that is so near and dear to their hearts.

As fans, we consume content in a variety of ways, through the use of immersive video, online communities and blogs, and other collaborative tools and channels. We are always seeking ways to get closer to the sports we love.

Today, I am very happy to announce that Cisco has established a multiyear technology relationship with MLB Network, featuring the use of Cisco technology solutions in key video-dependent areas of their broadcasts.

Of note, MLB Network will use Cisco Ballpark Cams that are positioned either in center field, behind home plate, or in the dugouts. MLB Network sends video from these cameras over the Cisco network from these ballparks back to MLB Network’s studios. This enables the network to gather live shots and visibility into the game like never before. Since the inception in 2009, MLB Network has now deployed this solution into 29 of 30 ballparks across the league.

Additionally, you’ll see Cisco TelePresence used on MLB Network’s new talk show, “Intentional Talk,” which airs Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET. When hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar are not broadcasting from MLB Network’s studios, they’ll use Cisco TelePresence solutions to connect with each other, creating a life-like and unique way to use Cisco video collaboration technologies for face-to-face conversations.

Enjoy the game… even more, thanks to Cisco & MLB Network!

Cisco Ballpark Cam’s [VIDEO]

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Real-Time Video: From Science Fiction to Reality

If you were making a movie or television show about the future, what fantastic technology would you feature?  How many years do you think it would take for that technology to not only be invented but also come in to common usage?

I participate frequently in Telepresence calls for my job.  Video communication was the stuff of science fiction long before being developed to the point that any of us could use it in real life, though.  Back in 1966, Star Trek showed starship-to-starship video transmissions alongside molecular transporters, food replicators and faster-than-light space travel.  More than 40 years later I still can’t beam on to a starship or travel at warp speed but I can and do have real-time video conversations with people around the planet.

Fascinating, as Mr. Spock would say.

As we use video more and more in our everyday activities, how is Cisco accommodating increasing traffic on its own network infrastructure?

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Professional Development Opportunities for 21st Century Educators

Today’s educators are facing seemingly insurmountable challenges:
 
  • Demands for greater accountabiliy based on high stakes assessments
  • Increasing focus on differentiated instruction and student mastery of content knowledge
  • Greater awarness of the importance of 21st century skills (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity)
  • Requirements to address all of the above in an environment of declining resources
In spite of these daunting challenges, innovative educators are successfully utilizing collaborative solutions in creative ways to improve outcomes for students and provide them with the skills to compete effectively in the 21st century. As a result, it is becoming increasingly clear that professional development that prepares educators to effectively integrate technology into pedagogy and curricula is an essential element of holistic education improvement initiatives.
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Ready, Set, BlogHer: Behind the Scenes with Cisco (#BlogHerbet)

E-ticket: check. Hotel room reservation: check. Fancy outfit: check. Cute shoes: check, check. We’re only a day away from BlogHer|BET 2011 and just like how participants are getting ready for this event, so are we at Cisco. But our list goes something like this: Reception hors d’oeuvres: check. Sound: check. Lighting: check. TelePresence Suites: check. Virtual Concierge: check…and check.

This will be the first time in BlogHer history that we bring women together for a few hours in 3 US locations for idea exchange, networking and some good, old-fashioned fun. Participants will be able to see and interact with each other live and in life size. Yes, ladies: life size. Amy Friedlander Hoffman, Founder of Priority Digital Media and BlogHer mentor looks forward to this experience: “I’m familiar with virtual spaces, however I’ve never been to a Public TelePresence Suite before. Priority Digital Media is a strategic consulting practice that focuses on content and distribution strategies across TV, broadband and mobile and thus, I am excited to see how this next level of interaction will translate into future entertainment experiences”.

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Cisco Partner Tata Communications Takes TelePresence to the Cloud

Telepresence and videoconferencing services (both hosted and managed) will reach a whopping $1.2 billion(US) worldwide by 2016, according to ABI Research.

Cisco partner Tata Communications is riding that wave and shares insights in a recent FastChat video with MSPmentor Editorial Director Joe Panettieri.

In the video below, Joe interviews Greg Brophy, Director of Product Management at Tata. Greg shares ways that the company is using the cloud to help its customers connect globally using Cisco’s TelePresence technology. He also shares a recent customer win and what he sees are key trends among his customer base.

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