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Leading by Example on Energy Reduction

October 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm PST

Cisco’s TelePresence product is helping organizations around the world reduce their carbon footprints. A perfect example is the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which just held its annual global launch through video conferencing for the first time ever.

Where once executives and speakers would have flown in from far-flung locations around the globe to attend the meeting, people from nine locations on four continents gathered at a virtual conference table to discuss the challenging environmental problems facing our planet. Read More »

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Cisco Live On-Demand: Powered By Cisco TelePresence

If you have attended Cisco Live, you know that Cisco technology powers many different features of the show.   Digital media signage, IP phones, VXI thin clients, hundreds of wireless APs, and of course the enterprise-grade Cisco network.

At Cisco Live 2011 in Las Vegas, we activated more Cisco technology, this time from the TelePresence family.    Each Cisco Live event has up to 500 breakout sessions for attendees to learn and interact with Cisco experts.  Recording those sessions for on-demand viewing has always been a priority for our team, and using Cisco technology is always a win for our attendees.    During this event, we put our Cisco TelePresence products to the test, bringing together codecs, HD video, automation, and transcoding systems together to create a unique experience for our virtual audience.

For this pilot capture project, we focused on four session rooms.   Each room was outfitted with a Cisco C-Series C40 or C90 codec, connected to the following:  laptop VGA feed, presenter audio feed, and our Cisco network.   Each codec comes with an HD camera, which was placed on a tripod and connected to the C40.   The camera sits unmanned, and can be controlled remotely.   Once the audio levels are set, the system in the room runs unmanned at this point.

In our control room, we ran a Cisco Video Communication server,  which registered the units onto our network, as well as handled call routing.   With over 40 sessions to record over three days, we looked to automate the system where possible, so we turned to the Cisco TelePresence Management Server.  This device allowed us to program in all session metadata as well as start/stop times.   This reduced the possibility of human error, and enabled the crew to focus on other duties.   To facilitate the recording the sessions, we used the Cisco TelePresence Content Server.  This device has two main functionalities- session recording and transcoding.   It can record multiple sessions at once, and can transcode to just about any format.

A few moments before the session began, the TCS connected to the corresponding room, and began recording both the video and the VGA feed.   At the end of the session, the TCS disconnects and begins to transcode the video capture.   Once the video is transformed into an editable format, a technician will edit the file and then place it back into the transcode queue for the final pass. The slides are captured in real time, allowing perfect sync with the presenter discussion.

The output you see here is the final version.

This pilot session capture project demonstrated the versatility of TelePresence to go beyond just video conferencing, to a system that creates, transforms and shares content.    Our team plans to increase the use of this system at future events across Cisco, enabling us to further bridge the gap between the physical and the virtual world.  You can watch these sessions, as well as over 1000 others at www.CiscoLiveVirtual.com.

If you have questions or comments on these Cisco TelePresence systems, please respond in the comments.

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Introducing New Ways to Capture, Transform and Share Enterprise Video

Today, Cisco announced a new strategy for capturing, transforming and sharing video called Enterprise Video Content. As a part of this announcement, we have new product features across our entire enterprise video portfolio that enable customers to watch any video from any device, at any time. New capabilities and complete integration across Cisco Show and Share, Cisco MXE 3500, and Cisco TelePresence Content Server improve how end users can create and consume video, by:

  • Simplifying how end users can capture video from any telepresence or videoconferencing endpoint, record and then auto-publish or live stream that video into Show and Share
  • Enabling any end user to transform video – adapting any kind of media, including recorded video meetings and Cisco WebEx recordings, so they can be played and shared on any device
  • Enhancing how users can easily search video and navigate to find the most relevant video content
  • Accelerating live and on-demand video delivery across the enterprise to branch offices and remote users

In the video below, I introduce what Cisco means by Enterprise Video Content and how it is changing video applications across the enterprise.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VC-mo3a0ao

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Business Video Is Already Mainstream in the Enterprise

Enterprise video is experiencing tremendous change in terms of adoption, traffic growth, business model evolution, and technology innovation.

We recently undertook an extensive study to uncover key insights about the use of business video in U.S. enterprises. The survey is part of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group’s Horizons program, which combines multimodal research and analysis to identify business transformation opportunities fueled by technology innovation.

Since the purpose of this study was to understand how the use of video is evolving in the enterprise, we chose to seek insight from executives at enterprises with at least 1,000 employees, from across the United States.  For this study, we recruited more than 450 enterprises from more than 20 industries across the United States, including both Cisco customers and non-Cisco customers.

Because we wanted to understand both end-user and IT perspectives on business video, participants included both business executives (i.e., from non-IT functions such as sales, marketing, finance, and engineering), and IT executives.

Our research uncovered several key findings:

#1: Business Video is already widespread throughout the enterprise.

  • We discovered that business video is already well entrenched in the enterprise. More than three out of four business executives said they use either one-way video or two-way video—or both—at least once a week.
  • This trend is growing: more than 70 percent of respondents said they will increase their use of business video in the next two years.

#2: A majority of executives are active in both recording videos and viewing employee-created videos, and they plan to do more of both.

  • More than 70 percent of corporate executives expect their use of one-way and two-way video to grow over the next two years. Currently, 34 percent of business executives record business videos on a daily basis, and 62 percent of business executives watch employee-created videos at least once a week. Read More »

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Defining a New Playing Field for Telepresence

Video is becoming “The New Voice” in our personal lives as well as in business, with more companies realizing its ROI potential.  We see this  trend towards visual communications as part of the changes in the collaboration space.  Cisco TelePresence is at the center of this trend and we’re committed to delivering the easiest-to-use, highest quality and most compelling experience across our collaboration  portfolio, which by the way is the broadest in the industry.   I invite you to view and listen to an interview I did on this topic at Cisco Live this past July.

Delivering telepresence to everyone.

Cisco is focused on accelerating the adoption of telepresence across all industries, and companies of all sizes everywhere in the world.  Our approach and focus is clearly working, as we’ve seen rapid global adoption of Cisco TelePresence and continuous market share growth. We can see this in the recently published Wainhouse market share report which shows that we are the clear #1 player in telepresence with 52% market share.   This jump in telepresence market share underscores Cisco’s ability to extend our technology to a wide range of new customers, including small and midsize businesses (SMBs). We have the breadth of endpoints, deployment models and interoperability to make telepresence everywhere for everyone a reality.  We are seeing significant growth from customers who are new to telepresence and now see the value Cisco can deliver and the flexibility to meet their unique organizational needs.

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