Cisco made three announcements earlier this week at Collaboration Summit 2014 including the launch of Project Squared as a cloud-based collaboration app, an alliance with Box that contributed to the Project Squared app, and the latest upgrades to the Cisco TelePresence portfolio with the Cisco TelePresence IX5000 series.
Project Squared is a business collaboration app built on the Cisco Collaboration Cloud that combines chat, audio, video, multi-party meetings and content sharing. Users can download the app to mobile devices with the option to also connect using a web browser to log in from any computer. Project Squared securely links physical conference rooms through the cloud to external devices. With the app, users can start a room and invite others to the collaboration session to share messages, post files, and start voice and video calls. Files are rendered in the cloud, eliminating the need to download files to view content.
The app was developed in partnership with Box, leveraging Box View and Box Content APIs. Users on an iOS or Android device can also share content from their Box accounts directly into a Project Squared room.
Commenting in a statement on the development and partnership, Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box, said, “Enterprises are adopting best-of-breed solutions to change the way their employees work, which means that vendors need to work together to offer unprecedented continuity between their services. This alliance with Cisco is an exciting example of what that can look like, and we’re thrilled to be pairing Cisco’s leading collaboration portfolio with Box’s content collaboration to power better experiences for our joint customers.”
In a separate announcement, Cisco unveiled the Cisco TelePresence IX5000 series designed to offer video collaboration for 6 to 18 people at half the bandwidth, half the power, and half the install time of previous models. The three-screen system uses H.265 compression supporting three 4K cameras to offer ultra-high definition. Multiple presentation sources can be viewed simultaneously and placed on any of the three 70-inch screens. Audio is enabled using 18 custom speakers plus a subwoofer, along with a microphone array that uses 17,502 sound-capturing micro holes and advanced beam-forming technology.