Cisco takes the boardroom on the road through cloud meeting service

Cisco is ready to unleash a new breed of interactive services that will provide video conferencing in every room using a new cloud-based network.

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The company’s new boardroom meeting lineup includes Collaboration Meeting Rooms [CMR], DX video conferencing devices and a collection of IP telephones that its hoped will all make it easier for meetings to take place.

CMR, which is a software-as-a-service video conferencing service, will combine the WebEx meeting software with a less-formal user interface and experience, and Cisco told Cloud Pro that this will manifest itself as a cloud-hosted conference space that is available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

The service will allow users to create meeting spaces on the go from anywhere in the world and other invitees will be sent invites to join a virtual room. Invitees are able to enter the room from a range of different end points including non-Cisco conferencing devices and Microsoft’s Lync software-based client.

“We want to bring a great video conferencing experience to every room, every office, every pocket,” stated Peder Ulander, VP at Cisco’s collaborative solutions, adding that the new products will “bring telepresence to the desk.”

A couple of new Android-based DX video conference devices, the DX70 and DX80, have also been released and are designed with a “Scandafornian” aesthetic in mind, according to the company.

The devices, which look like small all-in-one desktops, have support for HD video and audio, web conference, browsing and various other business applications. DX80, the higher end of the two devices, has a 23in screen with intelligent audio that means background noise interference is kept to an absolute minimum.

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Last is the IP Phone 8800 Series that includes a range if improvements to its USB capabilities and the way that it can be used in a bring your own device [BYOD] situation.