Cisco® Unified MeetingPlace® Express VT is an integrated voice, video, and Web conferencing solution for Cisco Unified CallManager environments in midsize organizations. The solution enhances the effectiveness of Cisco Unified Communications solutions by integrating rich-media conferencing functions that enable users to simply extend point-to-point voice and video communications to multiparty voice, video, and Web conferences (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express VT Brings Remote Users Together for More Effective Impromptu Meetings
Improved Productivity, Accelerated Business
Easy Deployment and Management
Key Features and Benefits
Simple Voice, Video, and Web Conferencing
Figure 2. Impromptu Voice, Web, and Video Conferencing with Cisco Unified Personal Communicator
• Telephony and video integration-SCCP is supported for telephony integration with Cisco Unified CallManager, and phones and video endpoints supporting SCCP, H.323, SIP, and G.711 can participate in meetings. H.263 or H.264 is supported for video communication.
• Web conferencing access-Web conferencing access is available from Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Solaris using standard browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox) and the Macromedia Flash Player. Encrypted access is supported through HTTPS and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
• Network management-Monitoring and alarming are supported through the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
Table 1. Product Specifications
Cisco Media Convergence Servers
• Part numbers: MCS-7825-H2-RC1, MCS-7825-I2-RC1, MCS-7825-H1-RC1, MCS-7825-I1-RC1, MCS-7835-H2-RC1, MCS-7835-I2-RC1, MCS-7835-H1-RC1, and MCS-7835-I1-RC1
Plus exact equivalent third-party servers (for information visit http://www.cisco.com/go/swonly; DVD drive required)
Cisco Linux-based operating system (included with system software orders)
• Operating system: Windows 2000 Pro (SP2 or later), Windows 2000 Server Edition (SP2 or later), Windows 2000 Advanced Server (SP2 or later), or Windows XP (SP1 or later), or Windows Vista (Business or Enterprise)
• Browser: Internet Explorer 5.5 or later; Netscape 7.1 or later; Mozilla 1.6 or later; or Firefox 1.0.3 or later
• Flash Player: 6.0.79 or later
• Operating system: Mac OS 9.2* or Mac OS 10.2 or later
• Browser: Safari 1.1 or later; Netscape 7.1 or later; Mozilla 1.2.1* or 1.6 or later; or Firefox 1.0.3 or later
• Flash Player: 6.0.79 or later
• Operating system: Red Hat 9 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 or later
• Browser: Netscape 7.1 or later; Mozilla 1.4 or 1.6 or later; or Firefox 1.0.3 or later
• Flash Player: 7.0 or later
• Operating system: Solaris 9 or Solaris 10
• Browser: Netscape 7.1; Mozilla 1.4 or 1.7 or later; or Firefox 1.0.3 or later
• Flash Player: 7.0 or later
• H.323 v4
• SIP, RFC 3261
• Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP; RFC 3550)
• RTP Payload for Dual Tone Multifrequency (DTMF) Digits (RFC 2833)
• Session Description Protocol (SDP; RFC 2327)
• Lightweight Directory Access Protocol Version 3 (LDAPv3)
• SNMP Versions 1, 2c, and 3
• SSL Versions 2 and 3 (optional; customer provides certificates obtained from a broadly trusted certificate authority)
• Network Time Protocol (NTP) Versions 3 and 4
MIB-2, SYSAPPL-MIB, CISCO-CDP-MIB, and CISCO-LATITUDE-MIB
Network connectivity and bandwidth
Server: Two 100-Mbps or faster Ethernet connections
• Voice conference: G.711 requires at least 84 kbps of available bandwidth in each direction; less bandwidth is required to the phone if transcoding a compressed codec (such as G.729) to G.711
• Video conference: 64 to 704 kbps (quality increases with bit rate)
• Web conference: At least a 56-kbps modem connection or faster***
* On Mac OS 9.2, Mozilla 1.2.1 is the only supported browser. Sharing a screen from Mac OS 9.2 is not available.
** Sharing a screen from this platform is not available. Viewing and annotating on screens shared from other platforms is possible.
*** Modem users should not be simultaneously using other applications that compete for available bandwidth.
Table 2. System Capacity
* Video capacity assumes maximum bit rate of 320 kbps; using a higher bit rate results in reduced capacity
Voice and Video Conferencing
• Real-time mixing of up to three simultaneous speakers
• Voice-activated switching, which shows each video participant the person who is speaking
• Support for the H.263 or H.264 video codec (per system)
• Video bit rates from 64 to 704 kbps (one per meeting) in Common Intermediate Format (CIF) video resolution
• Easy access-Users easily access meetings from a variety of platforms using Web browsers and the broadly installed Flash Player.
• Firewall friendly-HTTP and HTTPS tunneling technologies allow users behind firewalls to participate in Web conferences.
• Connection-speed optimization-Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express VT optimizes the Web conference performance to available bandwidth based on the user's selected connection speed.
• Screen sharing-Real-time screen sharing allows users to show others' applications, windows, or their entire desktop. A variety of sharing controls is available from the meeting room, the operating system, and the shared applications or windows.
• Flexible viewing options-Shared content can be viewed in a variety of ways to best suit the user.
– Scaled view-Users see a view of the shared content that scales to fit the space available.
– Scrolled view-Users see a full-size view of the shared content that may require scrolling to see the entire shared screen.
– Full-screen view-Users see only the shared content on their screens. Controls are available to select whether the full-screen view is effective for everyone or individuals, as well as if users can toggle to full screen themselves.
• Annotations-Users can collaborate over shared screens using markup tools such as a pencil, marker, line, rectangle, ellipse, text, and stamper. A variety of options is available to print and edit annotations, including undo, redo, change color, change size, move, and delete.
Meeting Setup and Attendance
• Integrated voice, Web, and video conference setup-Users can quickly and easily start voice and video meetings using the conference or MeetMe button on SCCP-based endpoints. From Cisco Unified Personal Communicator, users can also launch voice and video meetings, plus add a simple screen-sharing interface on demand.
• Meeting types-Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express VT supports the following meeting types:
– Impromptu conferences-These meetings are initiated using the conference button on SCCP-based endpoints and Cisco Unified Personal Communicator.
– Meet-me conferences-These meetings are preconfigured with a Cisco Unified CallManager extension so they can be accessed through the MeetMe button on SCCP-based endpoints.
• Web administration center-A Web interface provides system administration capabilities for system configuration, maintenance, and monitoring.
• System configuration and maintenance-Numerous parameters and options are available to configure and maintain the system:
– Usage configuration-Twelve- or 24-hour time, language configuration, minimum password lengths, password expiration, and alarm dial-out
– Call configuration-SCCP configuration and registration, video codec and bit-rate configuration, and IP voice parameters
– SNMP settings-Community strings and notification destinations
– Licensing-Installing and viewing licenses
– Backup-Backing up and archiving; local and remote configuration
– SSL certificate management-Installing, enabling, and managing SSL certificates
• Reporting and monitoring-Numerous reports and monitoring and alarm tools are provided:
– Disk-usage report-Details about hard-disk usage and available space
– Media-statistics reports-Statistics and information regarding conference media
– System logs-A variety of system logs for monitoring and troubleshooting
– Alarms-Viewing and exporting system alarms
– System status-Viewing a snapshot of system status for monitoring and troubleshooting
• Language support for Web conferencing interface-English (United States), French (France), German, Japanese, or Korean
• Dedicated on-net system-The dedicated Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express VT system is integrated with the organization's private network.
• Encryption-Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express VT supports encrypted Webpages and Web conferencing traffic using SSL.
Table 3. System Requirements
* Please reference the Cisco Technology Developer Program site for certified third-party SCCP video endpoints: http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/ecoa/Search.
** Cisco Unified Personal Communicator users can send the Web conference URL to these users.
Table 4. Ordering Information
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