Cisco announced the next phase of its vision for collaboration annual Collaboration Summit event, with an emphasis on security, mobility, and a “work anywhere” approach. The company also made several product announcements, including the Cisco Expressway, Jabber Guest, and some new voice and video collaboration endpoints.
Cisco Expressway is a gateway designed to maintain security without the need for device-level registration, accounts, and passwords. The Cisco Expressway is optimized for real-time collaboration, securing voice, instant messaging (IM) and video communications from Jabber and TelePresence endpoints with Transport Layer Security. Cisco’s newly-announced Jabber Guest product uses the Expressway’s security features to give “guest access” to anyone outside a corporate organization, allowing the guest to communicate with employees inside it using high-definition voice and video via a web browser or mobile device. Employees can also share data, and guests can simply on a link provided through IM or on a company’s website to participate in a two-way video conversation. Jabber Guest has been built to support WebRTC, and it can be combined with Cisco Contact Center Enterprise solution
In other product news, Cisco introduced a redesigned the Cisco TelePresence MX300. Among other enhancements, the endpoint comes with a new “dual display” feature that allows users to connect an additional screen or monitor to enhance content-sharing capabilities and it can support up to four simultaneous endpoints without the need for a multipoint control unit, or MCU. The MX300, generally available in December, supports H.264 SVC. Cisco also launched the Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series targeting midmarket customers, offering a new ergonomic design and wideband audio on all paths, along with power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco also unveiled Intelligent Proximity as a solution enable users to link their personal mobile devices with on-premise products in the office.
Commenting in a statement on the updates, Rowan Trollope, SVP/GM, Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco said, “The rise in mobility has opened up new ways in which teams, employees and customers are choosing to connect and collaborate with one another to get things done. The key to success in this new world is having open and accessible communications that cross experiences – whether it be in a physical office, face-to-face through a video call, in a voice call, or in a converged connection through Cisco Jabber. With these latest announcements, Cisco is providing customers with a sophisticated collaboration and communication experience that corporate IT expects, while also offering the same intuitiveness and simplicity found in easy-to-use software-based consumer communication tools.”