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Cisco ISR G2 Video Conferencing Services

The Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2) routers with the packet voice and video digital signal processor 3 (PVDM3) have introduced the ability to do multipoint video conferencing for Ad Hoc and Meet-Me video conferences with Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Unified UCM) or Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express (Unified CME) as call agents. The Cisco IOS Software integrated video conferencing services on the ISR G2 extend the long-supported audio conference feature with its digital-signal-processor (DSP) resources to include a broad portfolio of video endpoints for video conferences to meet customers’ visual communication needs.

This an ideal MCU solution for Cisco 89XX and 99XX video-enabled ip phones, the Cisco desktop video clients (CSFand CUVA) as well as the TelePresence E20, EX60 and EX90 video devices. It offers a great way of providing a local multipoint video service at branch sites, limiting the video bandwidth usage over WAN links.

Find out more about this enhanced ISR-G2 functionality on the following url:




Cisco ūmi: Bringing Family and Friends Together at The Touch Of a Button

Video is the new voice !

Following the insights from John Chambers on consumer TelePresence at CES 2010 last January, following the many rumors on industry blogs and news sites recently and as you now most probably have seen else where on the Web, Cisco announced today its new solution for Consumer Video Collaboration: Cisco ūmi

Cisco ūmi will change the way we live, work, play and learn in a way we never could have done it before. Bridging your living-room with the ones from your friends and family, but also allowing people from remote place to access services such as healthcare and education in a totally new way.

Even Greenpeace also posted on their blog about the positive impact Cisco ūmi will have on climate by eliminating some portion of global travel.

Please find below some more details on the product itself :

umi codec

Built-in microphone array with software beamforming
Embedded speaker for incoming call ringing

Compatible with high-definition widescreen TVs capable of 1080p or 720p with available HDMI port.

Video resolution

Full HD 1080p video calling (1920×1080 pixels) and 720p recording at 30 frames per second.
Dynamic resolution scaling based on available bandwidth (1080p, 720p, and 480p supported)

umi camera


Optical zoom
Multi glass lens
Auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance
Motorized aim –pan, tilt, and zoom
Motorized shutter for privacy control

Learn more on Cisco ūmi at umi.cisco.com

Cisco Cius

Today, Cisco has just annouced the Cius, an Enterprise-ready Collaboration tablet that will be available for shipment in Q1 2011.

With Cius, Cisco redefine the concept of mobility in the Enterprise, allowing for HD video communications, access to Web 2.0 tools, like Show and Share or Quad, as well as providing an embedded Virtual Desktop client.

The revolution will be when nurses and doctors, car salesmen, shop foremen, manufacturing supervisors and millions of knowledge workers make tablets their standard “around-the-office” platform. And this is tomorrow, with overtime replacement of current laptop and paper notebooks.

Cius is using Android OS and customers will benefit from the extensive application library for this OS.

Some of the tablet Highlights:

  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data and Bluetooth 3.0 help employees stay connected on and off-campus
  • HD video (720p) with Cisco TelePresence solution interoperability for lifelike video communication with the simplicity of a phone call
  • Virtual desktop client enables highly secure access to cloud-based business applications
  • Android operating system, with access Android marketplace applications
  • Collaboration applications including Cisco QuadCisco Show and ShareWebEx, Presence, and IM
  • 7” diagonal, high-resolution color screen with contact-based touch targets delivers an elegant, intuitive experience
  • HD Soundstation supports Bluetooth and USB peripherals, 10/100/1000 wired connectivity and a handset option
  • Detachable and serviceable 8-hour battery for a full day of work
  • Highly secure remote connections with Cisco AnyConnect Security VPN Client
  • HD audio with wideband support (tablet, HD Soundstation)

Besides all the cool Video-enabled apps, one of the most appealing feature to me is the embedded VDI client. Now with a simple docking-station using HDMI and USB or Bluetooth to your display, keyboard and mouse, you will be able to run your full-blown corporate OS from down the datacenter usign the coolest thin-client ever.

Not forgetting the built-in HD camera to join any TelePresence meeting from the field.

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Cisco Completes TANDBERG Acquisition

Today Cisco has completed the long-awaited acquisition of Tandberg.

Tandberg is a Norwegian company specialized in TelePresence and Video solutions. It will helps to extend Cisco’s portfolio of end-points and infrastructure components. Ultimately accomplishing Cisco’s Vision of a all Video connected world, from large Enterprise systems to business desktop TelePresence and coming into your living room as consumer TelePresence

Read more on News@Cisco

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