Posts Tagged ‘Cisco’

Cisco upgrades Cisco Spark and launches Cisco Spark Board

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Cisco Spark is the company’s cloud-based, unified communications platform, while the Cisco Spark Board is an interactive electronic whiteboard for the future workplace. Prices below.

Cisco showcased its upgraded Cisco Spark – the company’s cloud-based, all-in-one messaging, meetings, calls and conferencing platform designed for the workplace of the future.

The new version of its flagship collaboration solution includes a simplified user interface, more features, and seamless linking to Cisco’s wide portfolio of corporate phone systems, WebEx meeting and video conferencing technologies.

The launch was held at the Impact Hub Singapore, a coworking community with over 670 members comprising both ideation stage startups to billion-dollar “Unicorn” ventures.

Cisco also launched for Asia its Cisco Spark Board, a new plug-and-play, all-in-one device for team collaboration that lets users wirelessly present, whiteboard, and video or audio conference whether you are in the physical conference room or not. (Prices below.)

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Disruptive technology in the cognitive era

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

With the blistering pace at which technology develops in this cognitive era, the mantra of the day is “disrupt or be disrupted”. IBM explores the possibilities of exploiting disruptive cutting-edge technologies through real-life case studies of how industry leaders have transformed their organisations and markets to lead the pack.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

Brett Michael Nulf brought delegates through various examples of how technology-driven disruptions had decimated many traditional leaders in various industries in recent years, emphasising the importance for enterprises to stay vigilant in order to avoid getting eliminated because of disruption from existing competitors and new startups.

He mused at how more than seventy percent of companies have dropped off the Fortune 500 list, with the “Unicorn Club” of privately-funded startups reaching US$1bn in value becoming increasingly crowded.

Nulf is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation.

He cautioned that although the Fintech arena is currently seeing the most disruptions, other industries are also prone to technology-driven disruptions, such as in manufacturing, healthcare, and even traditional sectors with a long history – such as consumer packaged goods.

An interesting phenomenon that Nulf described was what he called the “Uber syndrome – where a competitor with a completely different business model enters your industry and flattens you”.

It was an interesting example where the innovative newcomer (in this case Uber) enjoyed rapidly growing revenue and market share at the expense of traditional taxis – while the overall pie remained the same.

One key reason why these disruptive newcomers do so well is the speed with which they move and innovate.

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Video conferencing from Vidyo

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

During CommunicAsia2012, I took a look at the telepresence solutions provided by Vidyo.

They offer at affordable prices full telepresence solutions with 9 screens to soft-client applications that allow individuals to join a video conference session via their personal smartphone, tablet, notebook or desktop computer.

VidyoPanorama set up with six screens, two of which are used to share data/slides. The thin console at the bottom is the VidyoRouter.

VidyoPanorama set up with six screens, two of which are used to share data/slides. The thin console at the bottom is the VidyoRouter.

Vidyo is a US-based company that offers personal and mobile telepresence solutions for individuals and telepresence solutions for enterprises.

Marty Hollander, Senior Vice President, Market Development at Vidyo. Here he's showing VidyoMobile on an iPad endpoint.

Marty Hollander, Senior Vice President, Market Development at Vidyo. Here he's showing VidyoMobile on an iPad endpoint.

Many systems on the market today require an initial cost of $150k for a 3-screen dedicated room with an ongoing monthly fee of $10k per month.

Using these systems, a 3-hour video conferencing call from three sites could cost $3,600,

Vidyo claims its solutions would cost only a fraction – in most cases only a tenth.

It does this by controlling access and delivery with innovative components that turn ordinary IP networks into sophisticated yet affordable video communication systems.

The infrastructure that enables this comprise the VidyoRouter, VidyoPortal, VidyoGateway and VidyoReplay.

The conferencing endpoints, on the other hand, consists of VidyoMobile, VidyoDesktop, Vidyo Executive Desktop, VidyoRoom and VidyoPanorama.

A maximum 9-screen VidyoPanorama room setup, together with VidyoMobile clients (Android and iOS smartphones and tablets), and VidyoDesktop on a 1440p Mac monitor.

A maximum 9-screen VidyoPanorama room setup, together with VidyoMobile clients (Android and iOS smartphones and tablets), and VidyoDesktop on a 1440p Mac monitor.

You can find details of each of the above components in the brochure that I’ve attached at the end of this post.

Vidyo had the VidyoPanorama (with 6 monitors) system and VidyoMobile/VidyoDesktop clients set up to show how it works and the performance and latency (or lack of) involved.

They had temps manning some of the endpoints so that visitors like myself could video-conference with them.

The performance was pretty good. Resolution was good and there wasn’t any noticeable latency.

I like the patented Adaptive Video Layering technology underpinning the solutions.

Essentially, the VidyoRouters dynamically optimises the video stream for each endpoint based on its capabilities and its local network conditions and bandwidth.

H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC)-based compression technology and Vidyo’s Adaptive Video Layering removes the need for transcoding by the Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) in traditional systems, offering high error resilience and low latency rates over the Internet, LTE and 4G networks.

This allows VidyoPanorama to connect over low-cost broadband networks with participants from any location.

The optional VidyoGateway extends the solution to existing H.323 and SIP endpoints; and clients using other videoconferencing systems – such as those from Cisco or Polycom.

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Telecom industry leaders join forces to form Global Meeting Alliance

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Tata Communications and nine other telecom leaders (including Telstra and Sprint) pledge their commitment today to interconnect their business video communities – driving global cross-network collaboration.

Tata Communications and nine other telecom leaders form Global Meeting Alliance

Tata Communications and nine other telecom leaders form Global Meeting Alliance

The Global Meeting Alliance is an open ecosystem that allows any service provider to connect to enterprises and institutions on all major continents, irrespective of carrier, following a similar business model to the airline alliance networks.

Peter Quinlan, Vice President, Integrated Business Video Services, Tata Communications, highlighted his company’s commitment towards “… facilitating an open, global ecosystem that moves business video from an intracompany experience to a collaboration tool with worldwide reach.”The community aims to solve shared-industry challenges to make business video available globally, simple to connect, and affordable for all.

The launch represents the largest functioning global collaboration between service providers in business video services.

Launch members include Safaricom in Africa, Telstra in Australia, Etisalat, Qtel and Mobily in the Middle East, Neotel in South Africa and Sprint, Glowpoint and TELUS in North America.

Leveraging Tata Communications’ large number of intercarrier agreements, customers of the Global Meeting Alliance members now have access to an international Telepresence network of 3rd party video endpoints, as well as the largest global public Telepresence room network consisting of 40 public Telepresence suites in 20 countries.

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Cisco sells new wireless-N USB adapter

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

In addition to the Linksys family of switches for wired devices, Cisco has also released the Linksys AE 1000 Wireless-N High-Performance USB Adapter (S$59), which enables users to upgrade their Windows-based laptops and desktops to the latest wireless-N technology.

The Linksys AE1000 Wireless-N USB adapter from Cisco.

The Linksys AE1000 Wireless-N USB adapter from Cisco.

The Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N USB Adapter provides Wireless-N capability to Windows desktop computers and laptops. It features selectable dual-band wireless-N, so that the computer can connect to either a 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz wireless network.

A USB extension cable and adapter base are included for improved wireless connectivity – ideal for hard-to-reach USB ports. Customisable security settings, such as WPA/WPA2 Personal and WPA/WPA2 Enterprise help avoid wireless freeloaders and Internet threats.

The Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N USB Adapter is priced at S$59.

Cisco unveils new switches for wired home networking

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Even though Cisco has terminated the FLIP portable video recorder, its consumer products division continues to produce home networking equipment for wired devices. Today it unveiled three Linksys switches that promise both simplicity and performance.

The Linksys family of switches from Cisco for home networking of wired devices.

The Linksys family of switches from Cisco for home networking of wired devices.

Cisco today unveiled three new powerful but simple-to-use Linksys switches for home office and entertainment use. These are the Linksys SE1500 (S$39), SE2500 (S$69) and SE2800 (S$99) switches.

“The new switches provide consumers and home workers with the ability to easily expand their home network and benefit from multi-connected high-bandwidth wired office and entertainment devices,” said Brett Wingo, General Manager, Cisco Home Networking Business Unit.

The new switches enable users to expand home networks and easily connect wired devices such as computers, printers, storage devices, scanners, games consoles, and Internet enabled TVs.

Complementing the Linksys E-Series routers, the new switches include features to enable faster and more simple wired connections. These include plug-and-play, making initial set up straightforward and eliminating the need for configuration. Quality of Service (QoS) traffic prioritisation technology lets auto-sensing ports automatically optimise speed for each connected device.

The power-saving modes include auto power-down to disable unused ports, sleep mode when all ports are inactive and smart power for short cable runs. The switches are ideal for consumers or home office workers seeking an alternative to wireless connections for multiple wired devices, or simply to extend their existing network.

Linksys SE1500 5-Port Fast Ethernet Switch Linksys SE2500 5-Port Gigabit Switch Linksys SE2800 8-Port Gigabit Switch
<click to enlarge> Cisco Linksys SE1500 Fast Ethernet switch Cisco Linksys SE2500 Gigabit switch Cisco Linksys SE2800 Gigabit switch
Num of Ports / Speed 5 x Fast Ethernet
up to 100 Mbps
5 x Gigabit
up to 1000 Mbps
5 x Gigabit
up to 1000 Mbps
Price (SGD$) S$39 S$69 S$99

The Linksys switches are available at the following retailers: Challenger Superstore, Harvey Norman, Best Denki, Courts, South Asia Computer, PK Computer, Inforcom Technologies, Fuwell, A Genuine Technology, Cybermind Computer House, Cyberactive Technology and Bizgram.