Video is the New Audio at Cisco. That’s an audacious statement for a guy who started working in the Bell system about 30 years ago. The New Audio? Audio sets a standard that is pretty hard to beat. Audio telephony has been around for almost 140 years. (The first major phone system was started in 1877.) And in that time it has grown to become globally ubiquitous, because of three things:
- it works, really well, all of the time,
- it’s easy to use, and
- it doesn’t matter what phone you use; you just use whatever is available, because all the systems interconnect.
Good quality video communication hasn’t been around for a century – it’s been around for maybe 20 years. (Although click here for a great picture of a commercial video phone from 1969). As a Cisco IT guy, let me explain why video is the new audio inside Cisco today.
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Tags: Cisco IT, cisco on cisco, coc-unified-communications, collaboration, UC, unified communications, video
Hello, retailers everywhere! My name is Dianne Lamendola, and I am a senior retail practice advisor here at Cisco. My role is to work closely with store operators and merchants to help understand your business and how technology can help you reach critical goals.
I hope you have been following our three-part series of one-hour webcasts that Cisco has been hosting this year on retail analytics. In the store, online, and across data sources, retailers have been increasingly focused on how to gather and analyze the metrics that help provide insights to run a tighter operation and provide a more exciting experience for your shoppers.
On Oct. 22, we’ll wrap up this series with a session on “Technology that Gets Down to Business: Develop Your Action Plan for Retail Analytics Success.” Held at 10:00-11:00 am PT/1:00-2:00 pm ET, this candid discussion lets you learn how to:
- Implement innovative retail analytics technologies
- Drive added value from traditional and new data sources
- Deploy mobility, wireless, video cameras, sensors, and services to jumpstart your action plan
Register today! By registering, you will also earn a free introductory analytics enablement meeting and additional tools to help you think more about your program.
While it’s not necessary to attend the previous sessions to join us, please feel free to review the recordings of our prior events:
- Part I: Understanding the Basics of Setting Up Your In-Store Analytics Program – Recording
- Part II: Case Studies of Analytics Programs in Real-World Stores – Recording
We welcome all retailers, including IT staffers, who want to know more about how analytics fit into and enhance your store environment.
I’ll see you there!
Tags: analytics, Cisco, data, Dianne Lamendola, innovation, metrics, retail, retailer, sensors, services, shopper, technologies, technology, video, wireless
Voice and video communications over IP have become ubiquitous over the last decade, pervasive across desktop apps, mobile apps, IP phones, video conferencing endpoints, and more. One big barrier remains: users can’t collaborate directly from their web browser without downloading cumbersome plugins for different applications. WebRTC – a set of extensions to HTML5 – can change that and enable collaboration from any browser. However, one of the major stumbling blocks in adoption of this technology is a common codec for real-time video.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have been working jointly to standardize on the right video codec for WebRTC. Cisco and many others have been strong proponents of the H.264 industry standard codec. In support of this, almost a year ago Cisco announced that we would be open sourcing our H.264 codec and providing the source code, as well as a binary module that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Perhaps most importantly, we announced that we would not pass on our MPEG-LA licensing costs for this binary module, making it effectively free for applications to download the module and communicate with the millions of other H.264 devices. At that time, Mozilla announced its plans to add H.264 support to Firefox using OpenH264.
Since then, we’ve made enormous progress in delivering on that promise. We open sourced the code, set up a community and website to maintain it, delivered improvements and fixes, published the binary module, and have made it available to all. This code has attracted a community of developers that helped improve Read More »
Tags: ericsson, firefox, H.264, html5, ietf, Mozilla, open source, OpenH264, video, W3C, WebRTC
We use a lot of video at Cisco. A recent tally shows that Cisco totals over 24,000 video calls every day, which raises a pretty big question: why do we use so much video at Cisco? Read More »
Tags: Cisco IT, cisco on cisco, coc-collaboration, collaboration, UC, unified communications, video
What kind of a world will you live in three years from now? How about five? Will your personal robot pour you a drink after your self-driving car delivers you home? That’s where we’re headed, and it’s a pretty quick trip: self-driving cars are already on public roads and you’ll soon be able to buy that humanoid robot.
Cisco’s Collaboration team thinks a lot about the future—not just about how we’ll get around and get our drinks, but about how we’ll connect and collaborate. We’re passionate about the future of collaboration, about giving the world collaboration tools that are every bit as smart as those self-driving cars and whiskey-pouring robots.
Where we’re at: today’s challenges
Before we talk more about the future, let’s talk about where the industry is right now. Over the years, various vendors have given us audio conferencing, web conferencing, and video conferencing. Each of these technologies were introduced at different times, and have matured at different paces—with audio being the tried-and-true veteran, video conferencing the relative newcomer and web being the thing that came somewhere in-between.
Herein lies the problem: Read More »
Tags: audio, Cisco, cloud, collaboration, conferencing, video, virtual, web, WebEX