Cisco today announced new collaboration offerings for the Apple iPad as well as a new telepresence system that integrates the best of Tandberg technology with Cisco.
On the mobile front, Cisco is announcing Jabber for iPad. Jabber is Cisco’s presence and messaging collaboration platform. Jabber is already available for the iPhone in a pair of separate apps, one for instant messaging and the other for unified communications (UC). In contrast, the new Jabber for iPad app is designed as a complete iPad-optimized UC client.
“In one product you have IM, presence, voice, video and desktop sharing,” Michael Smith, group director of Marketing for Cisco collaboration, told InternetNews.com. “For us, this represents our first truly converged collaboration client on a mobile platform.”
Cisco is also moving to improve its in-room video experience with the new TX9000 Telepresence system. The system includes three 60 inch Plasma screens running 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The system will make data a first class citizen alongside video and voice with the integrated ability to display content on the screens alongside the video feed. The new system also promises to operate with 20 percent less bandwidth than Cisco previous top-end system.
This represent the coming together of what was the Tandberg T3 line and what was the Cisco CTS3000 line,” Smith said. “It’s the best of both worlds plus some new innovation.”