Cisco Takes Next Steps Toward High-Intensity Collaboration

June 5, 2012 - 2 Comments

At Enterprise Connect in March, we announced a number of collaboration innovations, including a new telepresence concept called high-intensity collaboration. High-intensity collaboration describes a meeting environment where people can interact with content in ways not previously possible during a telepresence meeting, while still maintaining the highest degree of visual immersion. These features include the ability to annotate on content, move content to any of the three main screens, share content from multiple sources, and whiteboarding on the big screens (future software development).

In March, we unveiled the Cisco TelePresence TX9000 Series, our next-generation, fully immersive room-based system.  At the time, we previewed new features, with a promise that high-intensity collaboration would be fully realized over the next 18-24 months. With the soon-to-be released TX 6.0 software update, we’re about to deliver on some of these exciting new capabilities across the TX9000 and TX1300 product lines, our triple-screen and single-screen immersive systems, respectively.

Annotation is the first of the high-intensity collaboration features to become available.  It allows customers to annotate on the 12 inch user interface for the TX Series (Touch 12), and have it appear on the main display screen. Annotation, along with other TX 6.0 updates, will be delivered in the second half of this year and will be available to TX Series customers with existing service contracts.  Over time, we expect future features to deliver even more powerful visual impact.

The TX 6.0 software update also delivers a number of new enhancements to the TX9000 and TX1300 Series, including 1080p60 video, 1080p30 content sharing and Medianet intelligence.  Where competitive systems force customers to choose between video and content quality, the TX9000 customers can offer both simultaneously with three streams of high-definition (HD) video and one stream of full HD data.  Cisco offers the best video and content quality of any product on the market with no sacrifice because of a fourth codec built into the TX9000.

The TX series is Medianet-enabled which allows the TX Series to support media tracing and metadata. With Media tracing, the network can trace the path of video data packets from TX Series endpoints for troubleshooting and network performance optimization. Metadata allows the marking of video traffic traversing the network which helps provide analytics so network managers can prioritize and allocate bandwidth for the greatest efficiencies. Medianet intelligence will assist customers to provide the best video experience possible for their users.

We’ve also made making telepresence calls easier.  We’ve added the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) dialing feature  to this latest TX 6.0 release.  This feature allows users to have a name-based video address versus a number, which is a key usability enhancement for customers and provides a consistent addressing schema across the Cisco TelePresence product portfolio. Finally, we’ve added ten more languages to the previously English-based Touch 12, which is great news for our global customer base.

Stay tuned as we continue to roll out new products to support high-intensity collaboration.

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  1. Will these features / updates be available on current CTS units that have Touch controllers?

  2. Loving the idea of full 2 way collaboration via the inTouch. I hope you’re also working on similar functionality for my EX60 too.

    In the mean time, the document camera & my trusty set of coloured markers will do the trick!