Cisco broadens video vision with acquisition, more products

Cisco broadens video vision with acquisition, more products

Cisco plans to integrate DiviTech into its Digital Media business unit

Cisco also rolled out video surveillance modules for its 3200 series ISR, which is designed for environmentally challenging outdoor and mobile environments. The Cisco IP Video Surveillance 4-Port and 2-Port Intelligent Video Gateway PC-104 cards provide video surveillance capabilities for mobile workers, such as first responders and transportation operators, as well as outdoor fixed environments, such as kiosks and traffic lights.

Physical security specialist ADT will resell the new Cisco products.

Cisco also enhanced its Digital Media System (DMS) for enterprises. Among the new features are an interactive application, called Enterprise TV, a new digital media player, and expanded functionality for the company's existing digital signage and desktop video applications. The 18-month-old DMS system has more than 600 customers across financial services, retail, education, sports, entertainment and other industries.

DMS Release 5.0 includes Cisco Enterprise TV, an application that allows organizations to deliver on-demand video and broadcast live TV channels over an IP network to digital displays. With a remote control, users can access content through on-screen menus and program guides, and organizations can create and customize lineups and content libraries.

The new media player is the DMP 4400G. This is an IP endpoint that enables digital signage and Enterprise TV through the ability to play high-definition live and on-demand video, motion graphics, Web, and dynamic content on digital displays.

The DMP 4400G includes hardware options of up to 4GB of local storage and support for MPEG-4/H.264 and Adobe Flash 9. The existing DMP 4305G model supports standard-definition and high-definition MPEG-2, RSS, and other Web formats and dynamic data.

For digital signage, DMS 5.0 applications now support digital signage content such as Flash 9 video, scrolling tickers and emergency notifications. This application uses the same hardware and management platform as Cisco Enterprise TV.

For desktop video, DMS 5.0 includes new content-level viewing security options, more detailed usage reporting, the ability to share content and embed videos into Web pages or other applications, closed captioning, and video portal support for non-English languages.

Customers of the Cisco Wide-Area Application Services WAN optimisation product can use it with DMS 5.0 without making additional infrastructure investments, Cisco says.

Pricing and availability of the ISR modules and DMS 5.0 could not be learned by press time.

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