CISCO COLLABORATION DESKTOP ENDPOINTS
Cisco has made significant changes in the realm of collaboration by advancing innovation and reducing cost of deployment. The overarching goal is to provide a rich communication experience to users at all levels on all devices, regardless of their manufacturer or operating system.
These first steps on this path commenced through the formation of a partnership with, followed soon thereafter by the acquisition of, TANDBERG. The TANDBERG acquisition brought with it extensive video infrastructure, endpoints, and technologies.
The EX60 is meant to be an all-in-one collaboration device by enabling a personalized face-to-face communication and content-sharing experience. Although it is primarily a video endpoint, it can be used for audio-only calls as well.
It supports numeric, IP address, and SIP Universal Resource Identifier (URI) dialing functions. It does include an integrated 10/100/1000 switch to facilitate both network and workstation connectivity via a single network drop.
Its 21.5-inch HD display is capable of 1920x1080 resolution and 5-ms response time and provides a 170-degree viewing angle. As a video communications endpoint, it supports resolutions of 1080p30 and 720p60.
The tilt of the unit can be adjusted within the range of 5 to 15 degrees from vertical. The accompanying TelePresence Touch 8 pad allows for simple, intuitive operation of the endpoint.
In the spirit of providing a face-to-face communication experience, the unit includes an integrated microphone along with two speakers built in to the front of the display panel. It also includes a handset for times when private audio communication is desired. The use of an external headset and microphone is also supported via 3.5-mm jacks built in to the unit.
The EX60 includes a TelePresence PrecisionHD camera that can be used as a document camera by moving it to point straight down. When it detects that it is being moved into vertical position, it flips the picture so that both parties see the document right-side up.
The camera also has a privacy shutter built in to the bezel. This allows the local user to control whether the far end can see him/her. It is the video equivalent of an Audio Mute button. The camera has a 1/3-inch 2.1-megapixel sensor, allowing a 50-degree horizontal / 29-degree vertical field of view.
Beginning with Cisco Unified Communications Manager 8.6, the EX60 can be registered as a SIP endpoint in a similar fashion to any other Cisco IP Phone. This was a crucial step in merging the legacy TANDBERG Video Communications Server (VCS) architecture with the vision and future of a single Cisco collaboration call control foundation.
Although the endpoint can be used with either VCS or CUCM, future development efforts will be primarily focused on CUCM-related functionality.
The figure below shows the Cisco TelePresence EX60.
Regardless of deployment model, the EX60 supports H.261, H.263, H.263+, and H.264 video standards. When it is not filling its role as a video endpoint, it can serve as a nicely sized second monitor for a single DVI-I attached workstation or laptop. Through this connection, content can be shared into the video stream at 720p. The EX60 is supported with Cisco TelePresence Version TC4.0 and later or TE6.0.