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Cisco Drives Video In the Enterprise

Cisco introduces more affordable personal TelePresence endpoints, new TelePresence Cloud Services offering, and New WebEx High Quality video experience. To learn more click here.

Highlights includes:
– All voice- and video-enabled offerings will interoperate natively with Cisco® Unified Communications Manager
– Cisco WebEx Meeting Center With High-Quality Video
– Cisco Advancements for Cloud TelePresence Solutions
– New Cisco TelePresence Endpoints EX60 and CTS 500-32

Video endpoint


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A ūmi Engagement: $50 Visa Gift Card Question of the Week + Last Week’s Winner

The following post was contributed by Frank, one of our Cisco ūmi beta users.

It was one thing to hear about my niece Sarah’s engagement… was quite another thing to see it live from Greenville, South Carolina – piped right into our family room in Saratoga, California.

With ūmi, I was able to see details like the glitter of Sarah’s shiny ring and how my niece – who just yesterday was joining “Brownies” – was beaming with a distinct glow.

I learned that only hi-def “Cisco ūmi” can broadcast and show a sense of “radiance” pouring from Sarah as she talked about the engagement to Noel.

Maybe now we can call these “ūmi-moments”?

Here’s the $50 Visa Gift card question of the week. Please comment with your name, email and in 50 words or less. Sweepstakes for this period starts from today until next Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 11:59PM PST. We will announce the winner next Monday, at 9:00AM PST with the next opportunity to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. For official rules, please click here.

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Cisco TelePresence Unites Elderly Across Oceans in Songs of Joy

Last week, two groups of aged care groups located in Melbourne, Australia and Amsterdam, Netherlands travelled to local Cisco offices, for a different kind of TelePresence meeting – participating in a one of a kind TelePresence sing-along!

The meeting was orchestrated by Kevin Johnson, from the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, who introduced the two passionate singing groups as part of the Cisco Ageing Well program, which is addressing some of the world’s most significant yet positive trends. Firstly, the fact that people are living longer, healthier and more-active lives, and secondly the potential for communication and collaboration technologies like video to transform the way we work, live, play, and learn in an ageing world. Read More »

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Verizon is Bringing Cisco’s ūmi to FiOS

Last week, Cisco introduced Cisco ūmi™ TelePresence, a first-of-its-kind consumer product that brings family and friends together in HD video, whether they are around the corner or across the country.  Cisco ūmi connects to an existing HD television and a broadband internet connection to create a video communications experience that is so clear, natural and lifelike, that users will see and hear their loved ones, right down to the twinkle in their eyes and the tone of their voices, as if they were in the same room.

Cisco is working with Verizon to bring the ūmi experience to Verizon FiOS  customers early next year.  The two companies have been conducting successful trials of Cisco ūmi over Verizon’s 100 percent fiber-optic network, which delivers what a 2010 PCMAG.COM reader’s survey rated the fastest Internet speeds in the United States.

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Cisco ūmi – Seeing is Believing

Cisco unveiled its long-awaited home telepresence product – Cisco ūmi™ (you-me) — publicly for the first time yesterday at an invitation-only media gathering in downtown San Francisco.

The reaction from those lucky enough to experience Cisco ūmi up close was nearly universal – there were some “wows,” plenty of “cools,” and quite a few “when can I get it” reactions.

Like a live Bruce Springsteen concert, you really have to see it, hear it, and feel it, to truly appreciate it. To get a taste of the Cisco ūmi experience, here are some opportunities to check it out:

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