Tie Business Together with Cisco TelePresence Video Conferencing
With employees, customers, and partners spread out across the country and around the world, it’s absolutely necessary that a company have video conferencing to bring all those people together.
Cisco has tackled this problem head-on with its video conferencing server. With dedicated equipment and Cisco networking, it’s more reliable and clearer than free options that users might download and USB cameras mounted on a PC. Yet it’s not complicated or expensive. And it also works with existing video systems and desktop and mobile devices.
Skype Is Not Enough
Skype and Google Hangout are not enough for a sales presentation, team meeting, or audience talk. Those do not let one conference room full of people talk to another easily. When people use Skype or Hangout, someone almost always gets stuck trying to get their sound card to work or trying to remember what button to press to share the screen.
Instead, businesses need a dedicated video conferencing system, like the Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS). This delivers high-quality HD video and audio. It works with existing video conferencing systems, thus protecting the customer’s investment in those. It works on mobile devices and the desktop, either with or without dedicated Cisco displays and cameras. Plus, it attaches to peripheral devices. The system is tailored to fit the size and needs of every situation.
Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS)
Cisco VCS includes two components: the Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server Control (VCS Control) and Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server Expressway (VCS Expressway). The first is the video server and the second is the communications gateway.
Together these provide network and video services to connect video and audio devices across either the public Internet, public telephone switching system, or private networks. The customer can use Cisco equipment and connect with another company’s video conferencing system, such as a customer or partner who has equipment from a different vendor.
Calling parties can either use Cisco cameras and displays or their own. Mobile users can use the popular Jabber chat software. Desktop users connect via a web browser, thus not needing any special equipment at all. Personal workstations can use a Cisco video phone.
Choose an Easy or Complex Setup
The setup can be as complex or as simple as the customer wants. VCS comes with a simple install wizard. The customer then installs the server on a virtual machine or a stand-alone device. Also, for a more granular level of control, the administrator’s interface lets the customer configure call routing, recognize calling plans, and control bandwidth. It interoperates with national and international phone lines, SIP, and the Internet for least cost routing.
Cisco recognizes the need for interoperability. So it’s designed to work with existing networks and infrastructure. To that end, it works with SIP and H.460.18/19 protocols, thus supporting Microsoft Lync and others.
Provides Secure Video Conferencing and Connects to Other Cisco Products
Obviously a company needs to protect the board of directors when holding private meetings. Cisco secures that in two ways. It authenticates people dialing into the video call by checking their credentials. It encrypts Jabber traffic over TLS/SSL. That second item has the added benefit that the customer can do away with the sometimes-problematic VPN.
VCS also works with the other Cisco Unified Communications portfolio of products and collaboration tools. That means it can hand off calls to IP or mobile phones as people come and go. And it supports other needs of mobile and fixed office telecommunications.
DX, SX, and MX Series Devices
Customers do not have to use Cisco hardware to use Cisco video conferencing. But if the customer wants those, this is where Cisco shines. Cisco offers different cameras, displays, and options to meet every situation.
Cisco divides their offerings into the DX, SX, and MX series. Each is a step up over the previous in size and scope, going from the single desktop, to the conference room, to the boardroom or auditorium. Here we explain all of that.
Cisco DX Series
The DX series is designed for the desktop. Basically, each one of them is a video phone.
Cisco TelePresence SX Series
The SX series is designed to fit into a conference room or a small huddle space. It works with an existing display, providing up to 1080p60 end-to-end, high-definition (HD) video.
The user is given the choice of three different cameras designed to fit his or her room size and budget. This includes one or two cameras. The second camera is for active tracking, which follows the speaker around the room. We mention that again in a moment.
Cisco TelePresence MX Series
The MX series is a step up in sophistication. It is designed for a larger space. The MX series connects the boardroom to the conference room. It delivers superior quality and video, adding its own 70-inch HD displays.
First of all, for each party calling in, the two cameras track whoever is speaking. Then, they follow the speaker walking around the room and zoom in as needed. Finally, the system switches from one conference room to the other as people in the other location start speaking. All of this makes for a smooth viewing experience, making it seem as if the different parties are located in the same room.
This is just like having a cameraman and production control room broadcast the conference or meeting. That makes for a video experience that moves the technology out of the way so that businesspeople can focus on business issues and not even think about that.
Taking that studio production quality broadcast up a notch, the MX series devices can also work like a full-blown TV studio, even controlling lights and microphones. The customer does that by plugging those in and adding an external processor.
And for those in the room who like to fiddle with their iPhones while the presenter is speaking, they do not even have to look up, as it beams content to their mobile devices.
So, put away whatever clunky apparatus you have stitched together to connect your organization. Install the Cisco Telepresence Video system to tie employees, customers, and partners together and do so without complication and with flair.