Cisco has expanded its telepresence range for the mid-market and upgraded its existing products in an effort to boost the use of videoconferencing and make it easier to use.
Chief among the new products is the TelePresence MX200, a 42in system designed for medium sized firms that can be set up in 15 minutes, Cisco claimed.
The MX200 features auto-provisioning and intelligent self-configuration software to help IT staff connect the system to the enterprise network and allow employees to plug in the TV, type in their user credentials and begin making video calls.
The system has a 1,920x1,080 resolution display, PrecisionHD camera, HD speakers and support for 1080p HD video playback, and will be available from July priced at $21,600 with discounts on bulk orders.
The second new product is the Cisco TelePresence Conductor which aims to simplify conference calls and set up impromptu video calls quickly.
Employees are given a virtual meeting room ID number which can be sent to colleagues to ease the process of joining a meeting.
The TelePresence Conductor can scale from desktops to meeting rooms and is suitable for small businesses and large enterprises, the firm said. It is scheduled for release in the second half of 2011, but no pricing information was given.
Cisco has also made improvements to existing products, including its flagship TelePresence Server 8710 and 7010 multi-screen systems to support up to 48 participants in 1080p full-HD and up to 64 in 720p quality.
O J Winge, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's TelePresence technology group, explained that the new offerings underline the firm's commitment to driving the use of video systems across businesses.
"Cisco is focused on offering a broad portfolio of solutions to maximise interoperability. Affordability, scalability and interoperability are key to helping people use video more effectively," he said.
The use of video technologies is set for major growth, and Cisco has predicted that one million video minutes will be logged every second by 2015.
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