Cisco, Microsoft Teams and Zoom Will Be Totally Interoperable by Mid-2020!

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By Chris Mcintyre-Brown Associate Director, Futuresource Consulting As video conferencing solutions proliferate, remote working continues to rise and the number of inter-company video conferences increases, a lack of system interoperability has become a major pain point for many users. Internally focused video conferences are less problematic, as everyone is familiar with their system of choice. However, once […]

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Zoom Is the Apple of AV, Cisco Is Microsoft and Poly Is Motorola

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I had this thought back at Zoomtopia 2018, but after Zoomtopia 2019, it’s clear: Zoom is the Apple of the AV industry. Zoom is what? All of the eyes in AV were looking at Zoom yesterday. If you don’t believe me, look at the social stats of tweets and LinkedIn posts about Zoom Video Communications, […]

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Nectar Intros Next-Generation Monitoring and Reporting Platform for Real-Time Collaboration

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Nectar Services today at Enterprise Connect launched its Nectar 10 solution, the most powerful and easy-to-use performance management, monitoring, diagnostics and reporting platform. The solution is purpose-built for the unique characteristics of voice, video and real-time collaboration applications, and enables enterprise businesses and managed service providers to harness the power of the cloud to streamline […]

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AtlasIED IPX to Debut 3rd Generation Audio-over-IP Line at Enterprise Connect

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AtlasIED will debut its new IPX Series of IP Endpoints in booth #1301 of Enterprise Connect this March 18 – 20, 2019, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla. In partnership with Cisco, the IPX Series IP endpoints make VoIP (audio) communications for mass notification systems networkable. Aimed at the K-12 educational, healthcare and […]

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Sonic Foundry Demos Latest Release of Mediasite at ISE 2019

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Sonic Foundry today announced the latest innovations to its Mediasite Video Platform. Updates include enhanced collaborative video capture solutions, real-time video monitoring and DVR capabilities, a caption editor and easily accessible video for any training room, huddle room or classroom. The features include: Comprehensive video and web conference capture with Mediasite Join. Live streaming capabilities, […]

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Oblong and Cisco to Bridge the Aisle at ISE 2019

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Oblong Industries is pleased to announce a first-ever initiative for its fifth year at ISE in Amsterdam. In coordination with Cisco, Oblong will show how organizations can improve workflows for distributed teams with a product demonstration that spans the aisle of Hall 11. In this unique demonstration, a Mezzanine 200 Series system for multi-stream collaboration […]

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SYNNEX Corporation Adds Cisco Offerings to CLOUDSolv Platform

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SYNNEX Corporation today announced the availability of several Cisco solutions on its North American CLOUDSolv platform including Cisco Umbrella; Cisco CMX, location-based analystics for mobile experiences; and the Cisco Webex Teams collaboration tool. The completion comes in addition to the recent integration of Westcon-Comstor Americas, which is now a SYNNEX Corporation company. The Cisco offerings […]

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A Visit to NEC Display Solutions’ Brand New Executive Briefing Center

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Today I got to check out the new Executive Briefing Center from NEC Display Solutions (that I kept calling an Experience Center), which also doubles as NEC Display’s new offices outside of Chicago, Illinois. This space was designed from scratch, taking up two floors and 6,000 square feet. See our earlier story based on NEC’s […]

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Vaddio Launches RoboSHOT 12 HDMI Camera for Cisco SX Codecs

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Vaddio introduced the RoboSHOT 12 HDMI Camera for Cisco TelePresence SX Codecs at InfoComm this week. The camera solution has been tested and certified by Cisco to work with Cisco codecs using VISCA over RS232 for control, providing the ability for the codec and camera to communicate and exchange PTZ settings, preset recalls and more. […]

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Avnu Certification of Cisco Catalyst Series Switches Expands Options for AVB/TSN Solutions

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Biamp says that its Tesira customers will have more AVB-capable switches to choose from when designing and installing AVB/TSN systems. The Cisco Catalyst family of switches includes the AVB-enabled 9300 and 9500 Series and the recently Avnu-certified 3650 and 3850 Series of switches. Avnu certification confirms interoperability for AVB systems using Catalyst switches. Cisco Catalyst […]

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Oblong’s InfoComm Plans with Mezzanine

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Oblong Industries invites visitors to InfoComm 2018 to experience next generation workflows with Mezzanine. By integrating Mezzanine with popular workstream collaboration products such as Cisco Webex Teams (formerly known as Spark), co-workers can move between the desktop workstream of a Webex Teams environment to a multi-user, multi-location, multi-stream Mezzanine meeting space with ease. Teams rely on enterprise collaboration platforms to […]

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LG & Cisco Team Up to Create Turnkey Videoconferencing Solutions

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What’s it like preparing for a videoconference at your business? Is it a smooth, seamless process that automatically sets the technology at your service as soon you enter the room? Is the video quality stunningly realistic? Or do you have to start from scratch every time, locating plugs and remote controls, pushing a number of buttons and […]

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TrueConf Adds Support for Open H.264

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TrueConf has added support for Cisco’s Open H.264 video codec. This implementation of H.264 provides wide compatibility of TrueConf solutions with third-party video conferencing endpoints and enhanced web conferencing experience. Cisco open-sourced it’s H.264 codec implementation as a license-free alternative solution to allow its use in WebRTC standard along with VP8 video codec. Open H.264 ensures compatibility between […]

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Vaddio OneLINK Codec Kits Ship

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Vaddio is now shipping its new OneLINK Codec Kits for Cisco and Polycom Codecs. OneLINK Codec Kits give room designers more camera flexibility by providing the ability to connect Cisco, Polycom or Vaddio cameras to codec rooms. Using Vaddio RoboSHOT PTZ cameras in rooms with Polycom and Cisco codecs provides a broader array of camera choices including 12x, 20x and […]

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The ZOOM vs. WebEx Shootout

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ZOOM just published, on their internal blog, a video-based shootout against WebEx. Rarely do you see public side-by-side comparisons where one company calls out their competitor, by name, as it’s considered, by many in marketing, to be a bad move. But, in this case, ZOOM doesn’t seem to care — and, of course, it’s probably well-known […]

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Prysm Adds Enterprise Collaboration Features Including Co-Browsing

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Prysm, Inc announced today new functionality for its digital workplace platform. The new features include: Co-browsing – allows all Prysm participants accessing content via an approved mobile device to view and interact with web content. Prysm is the first to offer web application co-browsing among teams, enabling all users to make edits while empowering the content owner to monitor […]

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Cisco Has Most of Its Collaboration Videoconferencing Products in Revit Now

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Cisco has posted its videoconferencing collaboration products for use in all Revit programs created by Autodesk. These CAD program tools are used by architects, integrators and design consultants in building design and are required in the Smart Building Technologies (SBT) market.  Now Cisco video solutions can “drag and drop” in those designs.  The modules are found in the Bimobject.com online database. Products that […]

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Is the Microsoft Surface Hub An Overpriced Collaboration Board?

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With the deluge of new collaboration boards that will hit the market over the next six months (this was the most popular launch product at ISE  in Amsterdam, last month), there’s no question that Microsoft will have to cut the price of their Surface Hub — or, no one who knows any better will buy it. They can’t keep ripping […]

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Will Microsoft Be Able to Continue to Rip People Off With Their Surface HUB?

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With the deluge of new “Collaboration Boards” that will hit the market over the next six months (this was the most popular launch product at ISE this month), there’s no question that Microsoft will have to cut the price of their Surface Hub. They can’t keep ripping people off at $8,000 — $9,000 (55″) and $20,000 (84″) […]

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At ISE, Crestron Goes Big (and Small), and Biamp Steps Towards Dante

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Editor’s Note: Leonard Suskin has additional thoughts on Biamp’s TesiraFORTÉ DAN, which you can read here. ISE has never been quite as big to me as InfoComm, though not for any particular reason. Perhaps it’s that time-zone differential is even worse heading East across the ocean than West to Las Vegas [or due South to […]

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The Crazy, Cautious and Amazing Future of Collaboration Boards — My Virtual Visit to ISE 2017

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I am in Amsterdam. Or, at least I believe I am at this point. As many of you know, I am in the middle of a very large project and was unable to travel to Amsterdam for ISE this year. This is a pilgrimage I’ve made every year for quite a long time, in fact […]

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Cisco Debuts Spark Board and Spark Meetings

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Cisco just launched two all-in-one, cloud-based products in Cisco Spark Board and Cisco Spark Meeting. Cisco says it invented Spark Board to clean up the conference-room chaos and connect physical rooms to virtual spaces. The Cisco Spark Board will be available in both 55” and 70” sizes. It’s basically a few products in one, including: A […]

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Can There Finally Be a “New UCC Mindset?”

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To refresh the memories, when entering the UCC Pavilion at InfoComm 2016 this is what you were witness to: Videoconferencing and telepresence systems Remote worker / teleworker technologies Cloud services Unified communications and collaboration technologies Networked interactive whiteboards Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) providers Videoconferencing as a service (VCaaS) providers Managed services providers Collaboration […]

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My InfoComm 2016 Video Interview Cisco

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Cisco’s Marketing Manager, Kim Nguyen joined me for an awesome overview about their entire product line at InfoComm 2016. Cisco is squarely focused on supporting the AV integrator community and their newest products like PresenterTrack, Spark and their SX and MX room systems prove that. I hope you’ll watch this video interview with Kim:

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Collaboration Squared Launches Its Cisco Spark Offering with Integration to Cloud Acano Video Conferencing Service Ubiety

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Collaboration Squared, a global collaboration and video conferencing service provider and winner of the 2015 InfoComm and Enterprise Connect Innovation showcases, today announced the launch of its Cisco Spark offering, including a deep integration to their cloud Acano service Ubiety. Cisco Spark is the next generation cloud collaboration platform that unifies messaging, meeting and calling; […]

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A Walk Down Memory Lane

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Nearly six years ago to the day, Cisco closed on its $3.3 billion acquisition of Tandberg. Although it was announced six months earlier, the path acquisition was impeded by investor challenges and regulatory hurdles. During that time, I was part of the Polycom PR machine that highlighted the fact that with Logitech’s recent acquisition of […]

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