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Medianet Service Discovery and Auto-Registration: Building the dynamic media system – Part 1

August 3, 2011 at 10:09 am PST

We’re already seeing the beginnings of the transition from unified communications to pervasive video. Companies are not only starting to leverage video to enhance their communication experience but also they are finding new and innovative ways to leverage video to improve business operation and improve customer interaction. You only have to walk into a retail store or get on public transport to see video being used at the heart of the customer experience. As video becomes more ubiquitous this will drive two trends that impact how video endpoints and applications are deployed.

The first is the need to simplify deployment of those IP enabled endpoints. Deploying large numbers of video endpoints, often in a diverse range of locations and by personnel who are not skilled in IT and network deployment. We’ve already seen enhancements in earlier versions of medianets that enable devices such as surveillance cameras and digital media players that enable the installer to plug the devices in and have the network configuration automatically applied to the switch port. This simplifies the network configuration but challenges still remain in configuring the endpoint or application to connect to and register to application services. To address this issue, there are a number of service discovery mechanisms that can enable a newly deployed endpoint or application to automatically discover and register to its application server.

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Tablets Welcomed. Can Your Wireless Network Support the User Experience Expected of These Sleek Devices?

Ok, so maybe you are starting to give in to the idea that, employees bringing personally owned tablets at work, is indeed not a fad and you have to deal with it. You have decided on a BYOD strategy that protects company and network resources, while (mostly?) satisfying user appetite for connectivity anywhere from any device.

Great! Now. Is your 802.11n wireless network capable of delivering the user experience that is associated with these new sleek gadgets?

If you thought your network is “good enough”, then think again. This client wave is about to disrupt everything in multiple ways.

  • First, more devices on the network translate to significantly higher demands for bandwidth. In many cases bandwidth requirements can grow exponentially because the ratio of user to devices is no longer 1:1 but 1:2 and often 1:3. We therefore expect to see network utilization significantly rise over time.
  • Second, tablet form factor now allows users to truly be mobile. Unlike laptops, users can now walk/move and be productive at the same time. This new type of behavior will increase the number of clients roaming between access points.
  • Finally, it has been observed that tablets are primarily used for content consumption (as opposed to creation), and video is one of the predominant types of content being consumed, which further complicates bandwidth issues, but also creates new challenges.

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Courts, Corrections, and Cuts: Is it time for Connected Justice?

I live in California where we are facing severe challenges in our economy and funding public services ranging from teachers in the classroom to courts and correctional institutions.  In San Francisco, cuts to 25 courtrooms and 40% of staff are underway to address the $13.75 million budget gap.   Longer lines for citizen services and delays up to 5 years for cases coming to trial are expected.

Of course, the economy is not only challenging governments at the state and local level but nationally and internationally as well.

Isn’t it time we use technology to help cut costs and deliver services that are more efficient?

A great example is the City of San Antonio Texas  sharing video across public safety and justice systems. 

See below for more information about Connected Justice. Read More »

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Social Media Spotlight: Video Editing Tutorial

July 26, 2011 at 11:55 am PST

As we heard at Cisco Live 2011, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers predicted that by 2014, video will account for 91% of internet traffic and will be the leading way we communicate.

And partners know of the importance of using video in their marketing strategies to give their messages an extra boost. We received great feedback on our Social Media Spotlight: Top 10 Tips for Setting Up the Perfect Video blog post and we know you’re ready for more tips!

Well, our video expert Andrew Phillips, is back to share a tutorial on how to get your video ready for primetime.

Watch this video as Andrew shares step-by-step instructions on how to edit your video clips in iMovie (standard video editing software on Macs), add transitions, title screens, music, and more! He also shares some general video editing that can apply to any video project.

Let’s get started:

Become a Video Editing Pro by following Andrew’s iMovie Tutorial. Read More »

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Cisco donates Flip Videos to nonprofits to help them garner support

July 26, 2011 at 11:12 am PST

We are opening an opportunity for nonprofits to use video to tell their stories – helping attract volunteers, financial support and enthusiasm for the causes nonprofits work so tirelessly to address!

Cisco will be donating Flip Video cameras to nonprofit organizations, through a program we launched this week with TechSoup.  Eligible nonprofits and libraries can request up to five bundles of MinoHD (US and Canada) and UltraHD (US only) video cameras.  Read More »

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