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Jive-Cisco partnership offers cloud voice services

In UC news, Jive Communications and Cisco partner to bring cloud voice services to Cisco handsets, while Oblong expands its suite of immersive visual collaboration products.

Jive Communications has partnered with Cisco to offer cloud voice services with Cisco's multi-platform phones. The Cisco partnership makes Jive the first North American unified-communications-as-a-service provider to be certified and go to market with the multi-platform phones.

The 7800 and 8800 multi-platform Cisco phones include firmware built for cloud-based call-control platforms, such as Jive's. The 7800 Series phones offer voice over IP (VoIP) communications for small to large organizations. The prices for the phones range from $195 to $395.

The 8800 Series phones offer VoIP communications with advanced features, such as integrated Bluetooth features and Wi-Fi. The prices for the 8800 Series phones range from $495 to $715.

With Jive's Cisco partnership, users will have access to features such as auto attendant, E911 and call analytics. Each Jive seat includes a contact-center application for small and midmarket organizations. Jive and Cisco partners can also leverage the Cisco partnership to offer their customers Jive cloud voice services with the multi-platform phones.

Jive, based in Orem, Utah, provides cloud-based phone systems and unified communications services. The vendor offers voice, video and contact-center services.

Oblong expands immersive visual collaboration products

Oblong Industries Inc., based in Los Angeles, has expanded its Mezzanine immersive visual collaboration platform. The expansion includes integration with collaboration capabilities, such as calendaring and Skype for Business.

The expanded hardware and software drives the entry price point for a full Mezzanine product below $50,000. The new product lineup includes:

  • The Mezzanine 200 Series is a dual-screen configuration for small and medium-sized meeting rooms. It offers features such as concurrent viewing of up to 10 shared devices and real-time control by multiple participants.
  • The Mezzanine 300 Series offers a three-screen configuration for multistream content collaboration. The 300 Series shared workspace matches the Mezzanine 600 and 650 Series at a lower cost and is upgradable to the 600 Series.
  • The Mezzanine 600 Series offers a six-screen configuration that includes spatial-tracking technology and in-room server options.
  • The Mezzanine 650 Series, Oblong's original immersive collaboration platform, offers new expandability for its display wall and extra interactive corkboard capabilities.

Polycom launches content-sharing service

Polycom Inc., based in San Jose, Calif., has introduced a content-sharing platform, Polycom Pano, which allows users to share up to four simultaneous streams of content.

Users can connect the Pano device to a display to enable wireless content sharing from desktops, tablets and smartphones. Pano supports collaboration capabilities, including live video and 4K high-definition content sharing, and it includes built-in security that limits content sharing to the target monitor and protects shared content after meetings. Users can connect to the Pano device to share content through a Pano app, as well as through wireless sharing services such as Apple AirPlay and Windows Miracast.

Additional capabilities are available when Pano is connected to a touchscreen monitor, such as annotation and whiteboarding. Pano works with an organization's existing video equipment and conference room and collaboration technology, such as the Polycom RealPresence Group Series and Office 365.

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