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.
Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
We 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. Read More »
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.
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.
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?
Designed to meet the needs of an evolving workforce, organizations are embracing more open workspaces to enable collaboration and give employees choice and flexibility of how they work.
However, while an open office environment can foster collaboration, the lack of privacy can inhibit collaboration when conversing on sensitive information or it can impact the level of concentration during a highly-intensive virtual meeting.
Enter the Quiet Room! Quiet Rooms are enclosed small rooms for individual workers that require concentration or privacy. Keeping in line with the trend of open office collaboration, equipping these rooms with technology, like Cisco personal telepresence solutions, can increase the effectiveness of employees in open workspace environments.
Roopam Jain, Industry Director of Unified Communications and Collaboration at Frost & Sullivan, recently said, “With many employees now working in more open space environments, quiet rooms incorporating Cisco TelePresence systems enable spur of the moment ‘face time’ among team members in dispersed locations without employees having to tie up a larger conference room for a video call.”