During the Cisco Collaboration Summit in Phoenix, AZ, we unveiled a series of product introductions, innovations and service offerings designed to make telepresence and video collaboration more affordable and simpler to manage. All of these new services, endpoints and experiences, combined with Cisco’s recently announced infrastructure and medianet architecture advancements, bring true pervasive video one step closer to reality and solve challenges around video delivery, interoperability and quality.
What’s particularly exciting to me are the new endpoints, the Cisco TelePresence EX60 and the Cisco TelePresence System 500 32-inch, which extend the reach of the family of personal telepresence units with smaller footprint requirements and lower price points.
The EX60 is a desktop system that is ideal for individual contributors and knowledge workers throughout an organization. It has a smaller footprint and a lower list price than the popular EX90. As with the EX90, the EX60 is equipped with an integrated document camera that is able to flip down and show the person you are communicating with the physical documents on your actual (not virtual!) desktop. The HD screen can also double as your PC screen to make the flow from working to meeting to sharing content even easier! The smaller size and lower cost can help enable more companies to deploy telepresence at a faster rate throughout their organizations.
The Cisco TelePresence System 500 32-inch (CTS 500-32) is a pedestal-based endpoint designed for the private office environment. The system gives executives a virtual in-person experience and life-like representation common to the popular CTS 500 37-inch, yet it has a smaller form factor and a lower list price. Additionally, the CTS 500-32 features an auto-retractable camera and can be used as a secondary PC monitor when not in a call.
We’re excited to make both of these new endpoints available this quarter and to show to our customers we are committed to bringing pervasive video to the forefront of our personal work environments.