When Telcion made the decision to invest in the new Cisco DX80s for its employees, there was skepticism. Turns out, these new desktop video conferencing units are pretty awesome.
If you haven’t heard the term “eat your own dog food,” this is the philosophy that what you tell others to do, you are willing to do yourself.
In a previous blog, I had commented that I believe that video conferencing is finally mainstream for business environments. After investing in video conferencing several times for our business with hopes of revenue streams, we are finally seeing our investments pay off. My focus was on a subset of the entire video transition (video conferencing between offices), but this trend is a lot deeper than that. What I’m seeing now is the emergence of video everywhere.
As I’ve been involved with Facebook since its inception, this trend is remarkable. Originally, I’d see posts on Facebook much like someone would use twitter for – to post something they are doing (sometimes too much information about what someone is doing. No, I really don’t care if you are running to get milk at the store… /sigh.) Then as the years passed, I’d see Facebook being used to post pictures. This was a great way to keep up with family and friends, see the latest pictures of their kids or pictures of a graduation, vacation or some other special event.
In the past year, I’ve noticed another shift: videos are being posted or shared. As I look at my Facebook feed today, almost every post has a video. Facebook has the video being played without sound which then sparks your interest to start really watching it. Now I’m seeing my friends or family actually doing stuff – not just snapshots of an event – and you get several funny videos to watch that your friends/family found entertaining.
Another aspect of this video trend is video surveillance. Not only is the technology relevant for monitoring your business, it is also viable for monitoring your residence. Some friends are surprised to see that I have 9 video cameras at my own house, which I can monitor remotely using my iPad while out to dinner. What a great way to make sure the kids are where they should be… or doing their homework (yep, one camera is directed where my kids use their laptops and do homework). Or better yet, I can check in while on vacation to make sure the house sitter is there, lights are turned on, etc.
What a great time to take advantage of this video trend!
To discuss how video might help your business, contact Darren Rodrigues at 209-656-5740 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This last month Cisco released a new product called the Cisco Collaboration Meeting Room (CMR), extending video conferencing out to the cloud. Before CMR, the main obstacle in doing larger video conferences of more than 4 participants was a requirement for more equipment onsite. Most video units will support a 4-way conference out of the box, but to add that 5th person, you had to add what is called a Multipoint Control Unit (MCU). The MCU is an appliance that takes all the video streams from all participants and re-formats them to the desired presentation (i.e. “Brady Bunch” style, loudest talking, etc.) These units would generally cost upwards of $30-40k just to get started. The more participants, the higher the cost.
CMR essentially replaces the MCU by making it available in the cloud for a monthly subscription price, thus lowering the cost of doing video.
CMR also has some additional features. It is fully integrated into the WebEx cloud. So now you can create a WebEx meeting, and also have video conference rooms join the meeting. Or vice versa – your room-based video conference system can have multiple participants from other room-based systems, but those few outlying participants that don’t have access to a room-based system can still join the meeting via WebEx. Need to join from your phone or tablet? No problem. Using Microsoft Lync? No problem.
CMR allows us to have a single video conference, up to 25 participants, from any device. If you’ve been wanting to get out of the world of makeshift webcams and move into a world of seamless video from any device to anyone, CMR is the next step.