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Integrated Collaboration Highlights and Updates from InfoComm 2013

What a great reception at InfoComm 2013! We had the opportunity to share with customers the innovations we are driving around conferencing to deliver better scale, quality and interoperability.  They are excited about what we are doing to make conferencing more affordable, while at the same time maintaining the high quality experience that they expect from Cisco.

It was fantastic to see such a high level of interest in our new pervasive conferencing announcements.  Here are a few highlights of what we demonstrated at the show:

  • Further increases in scale, enabling greater efficiencies and affordability – we now support up to 96 video systems in a single meeting and virtually unlimited participants through WebEx enabled TelePresence.
  • Simplified solution choice with a broader range of deployment options – now included is  virtualized software, and the new compact Multiparty 310 and Multiparty 320 appliance platforms.
  • Entry level packages for new customers – customers can now deploy a compact appliance solution, and start from one screen license.
  • Increased interoperability – we now provide support for interworking with H.264 SVC clients. Read More »

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Cisco’s IOT Connected Safety and Security applications at Cisco Live

Innovative Cisco’s IOT applications for Connected Safety and Security were showcased at the Cisco Live IOT Pavilion, Booth #1558, demonstrating Cisco’s IOT end to end portfolio capabilities and application benefits enabled by connecting the unconnected.

As you have probably heard by now, the Internet of Everything is all about connecting the unconnected. It is about creating the same kinds of efficiencies and new business models that came from the internet as we know it, but to now do that for the 99% of the world’s people, processes and devices that are not yet connected to the IP network. This includes things like cars, houses and machines, it includes people who work in industries like manufacturing, oil & gas, utilities, and mining, just to name a few.

Cisco’s definition of the “The Internet of Everything” brings together people, processes, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.”

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the connection of all machines, devices, sensors, automobiles, cameras and “things” to help customers improve operations and save valuable time, money and even lives.

Cisco’s IOT applications for Connected Physical Security solutions are part of Cisco’s Internet of Things (IOT) portfolio and are delivering on Cisco’s vision for Internet of Everything (IOE) today:  Securing the Internet of Things.

 

IOT End to End Portfolio

IOT End to End Portfolio

Cisco’s Internet of Everything initiative is about connecting the unconnected -- all of the people, processes and devices that currently are not enabled by the IP network. This includes traditional enterprise environments and also all of the organizations whose employees work outside a traditional office. Think of agriculture, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, mining, energy, etc… All of these activities and jobs include machinery, electronics, people and operations that represent huge opportunities for driving productivity, efficiency and new ways to interact by harnessing the power of new forms of data and by integrating business processes.

Question: So why are Cisco’s IOT applications for Connected Safety and Security more important and relevant to enterprise and governments, than ever before? … and how do Cisco’s IOT applications for Connected Safety and Security help solve key challenges as “The Internet of Everything” brings together people, processes, data and things?

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TC 6.2 Enhances Redundancy and Resiliency

I know it just seems like yesterday I was talking about the Cisco TelePresence TC 6.1 software update. But we are moving fast and at InfoComm 2013 we unveiled TC6.2 software release for Cisco TelePresence endpoints including the EX, MX and C Series as well as the Profile and SX20.

This latest release includes enhanced capabilities for redundancy and resiliency when registering endpoints directly to Cisco Unified Call Manager.  With this new system, calls can never be lost during a switch. Another great benefit is “active conference control”, where end-users now can take more control of their conference experience from the Cisco Touch User Interface, something that was previously only enabled by an administrator. Also, as part of Cisco’s strong architectural approach on interoperability we are adding support for H.264 SVC to our TC based endpoints. This means we can do native interoperability with other vendor’s solutions like Microsoft Lync 2013 and Polycom endpoints using the H.264 SVC standard.

These new features ensure the best user experience across Cisco TelePresence endpoints.

To hear about the latest enhancements to TC 6.2, watch the video below.

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Not to be missed at Cisco Live: Medianet Network and Application Management Solutions!

June 19, 2013 at 11:49 am PST

I am just so excited for Cisco Live US next week! As we give the final touches to our demos and presentations, I am already thinking about what to pack. (Yes, you read my mind – which shoes should I bring? How many pairs do I need? Oh, and how will my hair behave with the humidity? :-))

Joking aside, one thing I know for sure:  it will be hot in Orlando! Outside the conference center as well as in the booths of the medianet CDN partners!

As you visit the World of Solutions, please make sure to stop at the booths of our CDN partners. They will be showcasing medianet solutions and you can see first-hand how their great tools bring to life the medianet capabilities to help your organization with deployment, management, troubleshooting and improving quality of experience of video and collaboration deployments.

  • ActionPacked! Networks booth #201:
    • Besides all the great features in their product LiveAction 3.0, they will be showing their support of Cisco MSI API which allows the identification and monitoring for MSI capable endpoints. Read More »

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Welcome to the Internet of Everything

I’ve just had the honor of speaking at this year’s InfoComm conference and wanted to share with you some of the ideas I explored in depth during my session. It’d be great to hear your thoughts in response and get a conversation going … because, to me, that sort of collaboration is just what the future of digital communication is going to be about.

The way I see it, we’re moving from an “Internet of Things” to an “Internet of Everything.” The Internet of Things is the connection of the 50 billion apps and clouds and devices that join up to networks and enable some level of communication. But the Internet of Everything is about synthesizing these connections and data to transform business processes and make them accessible to people in ways that matter in the real world. The real value is in the connections—in other words, it’s about enabling truly powerful collaboration. The value of the Internet of Everything is only as good as the breadth of the people, process, data and things it can reach.

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