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Cisco Powered by Android?

May 23, 2014
By Mandira Srivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Cisco (News - Alert), an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment, has launched video conferencing systems powered by Android (News - Alert) said to offer enterprises an affordable way to give employees the ability to make high-quality video calls.

The new devices are the DX70 and DX80, which will retail for $2,750 and $3,990 respectively, putting the systems on middle ground between premium high-quality systems and value-for-money solutions. The use of video conferencing systems (VCS) for meetings in the workplace has increased significantly in recent years.

Both new devices, called the DX70 and DX80, combine a monitor, video camera, microphone, telephone and other features along with a tablet like computer powered by Google (News - Alert) Inc.

The DX80 has a 23in touchscreen with the same 1080p HD quality display while the DX70 has a 14in touchscreen and 1080p HD quality display.

The primary differences between the two products are screen size and the inclusion of Intelligent Audio capability with the DX80, which Cisco claims filters out all background noise. Both devices are capable of simplifying work life by replacing phones, monitors, webcams, headsets and other communication tools.

Rowan Trollope, general manager for Collaboration Technology Group at Cisco, said the new services would help continue the push of video conferencing tools into firms of all sizes.

"The DX70 and DX80 were designed from the ground up to provide the best collaboration experience for every desk in an enterprise," he said in a statement.

"Combined with the Collaboration Meeting Room service, users can have their own always-on private meeting room to collaborate with anyone on any device at any time."

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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