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Video Collaboration Continues To Transforms Education, Healthcare, and Government Services throughout the Middle East

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 25 February 2015 – Cisco today launched Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMR) in the Middle East. Leveraging the power of the Cisco WebEx Cloud and Cisco Telepresence video infrastructure, Cisco‘s Collaboration Meeting Room (CMR) offering will scale well beyond any available meeting room service capable of hosting up to 1,000 people on WebEx in addition to up to 25 video endpoints on the same session.

 With this new cloud-based offering, users need not worry about exceeding capacity limits or whether all participants will have access to the “right” technologies—whether your meeting is for two or hundreds, you can simply focus on delivering meaningful and effective business communications that seamlessly integrate two-way video, audio and data-sharing.

“While a normal day has most of us collaborating with ten or so people, there are times when we need to get dozens, scores, or even hundreds of people in the same virtual space at the same time—from whatever device they happen to have on hand. This means some will join from a tablet via the cloud, while others will join from the video system in a conference room and still others may join from a desk or mobile phone. Whether meeting one to one, with a team, or with hundreds of people, Cisco CMR can scale to any business needs,” commented Wael Abdulal, Senior Manager, Collaboration at Cisco.

Cisco CMRs allow anyone in an organization to enjoy consistent video collaboration experiences from mobile, desktop, or room systems, with services and solutions they can use at home or in the office. Users can meet any way they want, instantly, or by scheduling a meeting. Or they can invite others to meet in their own, personalized virtual meeting environment. Cisco CMR provides options to enable any type of conferencing across a wide array of devices. Cisco Telepresence endpoint, 3rd party standards based video endpoints, soft clients and any WebEx enabled mobile or desktop web client such as Jabber.  CMR also interoperates with Lync 2010 and 2013 as well as other third party clients. 

 “Virtual meetings are the norm for today’s on-the-go and geographically dispersed workforce; the only question today is whether participants will join these virtual meetings from a mobile device or from the device on our desks (be that desk at work, home, or in a hotel). In the Middle East region today’s workers are looking for choice and flexibility, and yet they also want a consistent, simple, experience. As technology makes it easier to connect and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers from any location will play an increasingly significant role in the collaboration mix,” said Abdulal.

Video Collaboration Transforming Education, Healthcare, and Government Services throughout the Middle East

In the Middle East, the sheer scope of video technology and its current application potential is breathtaking, particularly when it comes to the collaborative benefits it can deliver in fields like education, healthcare, and government services.

To highlight one benefit of video, there is no longer the need for educational experts or trainers to travel hundreds of miles in order to deliver education, today and increasingly so in the future they are and will be available quite literally at the touch of a button.

Video solutions are increasingly also enabling healthcare professionals to collaborate more easily, regardless of location, thereby improving both the timeliness and the quality of care delivered.  Healthcare institutions and providers are utilizing care-at-a distance technology to connect patients in the Middle East with physicians or specialists overseas for vital healthcare consultations.

In the government sector, Smart Cities rising across the GCC will have video at their core, with sensors integrated in every object connected to citywide Wi-Fi networks. We’ll see this being used in situations such as emergency response management, with hazard reports being sent or police calling up CCTV footage of suspects.

“Such intelligent and innovative use of collaborative video technology will increase productivity, reduce overall costs and ultimately help transform companies, cities, countries and subsequently, individual lives throughout the Middle East. Video is transforming enterprise activities from executive communications and training to physical security, marketing and sales,” concluded Wael Abdulal.


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