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Updated:February 17, 2010
Cisco® Unified Video Advantage lets Cisco Unified IP Phone users add video to their communications experience. With Cisco Unified Video Advantage, video telephony is as easy as a phone call.
Cisco Unified Communications Solutions unify voice, video, data, and mobile applications on fixed and mobile networks, delivering a media-rich collaboration experience across business, government agency, and institutional workspaces. These applications use the network as the platform to enhance comparative advantage by accelerating decision time and reducing transaction time. The security, resilience, and scalability of the network help users in any workspace to easily connect every time, everywhere, using any media, device, or operating system. Cisco Unified Communications is part of a comprehensive solution that includes network infrastructure, security, wireless, management applications, lifecycle services, flexible deployment and outsourced management options, and third-party applications.
Interactive Face-to-Face Communications
Cisco Unified Video Advantage brings video telephony functions to Cisco Unified IP Phones (Cisco Unified IP Phones 6900 and 7900 Series models and the Cisco IP Communicator softphone application).
This video telephony solution consists of Cisco Unified Video Advantage software and Cisco VT Camera III, a video telephony universal-serial-bus (USB) camera. You can make calls from your Cisco Unified IP Phone using the familiar phone interface, and calls are displayed with video on your PC without pushing any button or clicking your mouse.
When registered to Cisco Unified Communications Manager, the Cisco Unified Video Advantage-enabled phone transforms your phone into a full-featured IP videophone. It supports conversations on any video endpoint supported by Cisco Unified Communications Manager. System administrators can provision a Cisco Unified IP Phone with Cisco Unified Video Advantage just as they would any other Cisco Unified IP Phone, greatly simplifying deployment and management. Enterprise customers now have a cost-effective, scalable, and visually interactive IP communications solution.
Important Features and Benefits
Cisco Unified Video Advantage is innovative in that video telephone calls are just like regular phone calls. Features such as call forward, transfer, conference, and hold are now available with video, and they are all initiated through the Cisco Unified IP Phone. IP telephony and IP video telephony are delivered to every employee using a unified dial plan and a common directory over a single Cisco Unified Communications infrastructure.
The video codec and bandwidth selection in Cisco Unified Video Advantage is completely controlled by Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition, or Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, so you need no special experience or knowledge about video capabilities or settings. You no longer need to predetermine if the other end of the call is a video endpoint or phone.
Enabling interactive face-to-face communications at the desktop enhances productivity and the quality of communications, streamlines business decision making, and improves teamwork. By reducing the need for in-person meetings, Cisco Unified Video Advantage can help your company save money on travel expenses, strengthen an existing telecommuting program, or reduce your organization's carbon footprint in traveling to meetings (refer to Figure 1). Cisco Unified Video Advantage is designed to deliver enhanced modes of communication while protecting existing unified communications investments.
Figure 1. Local and Remote Views
Optimized Business Communications
Cisco Unified Video Advantage features the latest technology and advancements available with true IP communications today. You can now take full advantage of your IP network to extend enterprise-class voice and video to everyone in your organization. This dynamic solution is designed to grow with new system capabilities.
Cisco Unified Video Advantage Features
Cisco Unified Video Advantage is intuitively designed and easy to use, and it delivers convenient access to a host of features:
• Phone association choice: You can place Cisco Unified Video Advantage video calls with either a Cisco Unified IP Phone or Cisco IP Communicator.
• Camera on and off: You can opt to "receive only" by disabling your camera.
• Video preview: You can check your video before placing or receiving calls.
• Video confirmation: You can optionally enable confirmation before sending a video.
• Mute video on audio mute option: When you mute the audio on the phone, video is automatically muted until you resume the audio.
• Easy access to video controls: Controls for showing the console, video window options, and video window position are conveniently available from the video windows.
• Video signal indicators: Quality of incoming and outgoing video signals is graphically displayed (refer to Figure 2).
• Connectivity and status indicators: Graphics indicate the state and availability of the connections to the associated phone device and camera, including muted calls and "no available video".
Figure 2. Cisco Unified Video Advantage Console
Cisco Unified Video Advantage is interoperable with most third-party H.323 video terminals from verified IP video telephony partners. In addition, it offers the following video features:
• H.263 and H.264 video codecs: Bit rates from 50 kbps to 1.5 Mbps
• Video formats (up to 30 frames per second): 352 x 288, 320 x 240, 176 x 144, and 160 x 120
Minimum Computer Requirements for Use with Windows XP
• Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 3)
• Pentium P4 2.4-GHz or later compatible processor (Streaming Single Instruction Multiple Data [SIMD] Extensions support required); P4, 2.8 GHz or higher recommended
• 512-MB RAM minimum; 1 GB RAM or more recommended
• 200-MB free disk space
• Video-capable graphics card at 800 x 600 x 16-bit screen resolution; 1024 x 768 x 16-bit or better recommended USB 2.0
• Cisco VT Camera III or third-party USB cameras
• A 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet cable connected to your Cisco Unified IP Phone PC port
Minimum Computer Requirements for Use with Microsoft Vista
• Microsoft Vista Business Edition, Enterprise Edition, or Ultimate Edition
– A Windows Vista Premium-ready PC with a Windows experience index of 3 or higher; refer to the Microsoft website for more information about running Microsoft Vista USB 2.0
Minimum System Requirements
• Cisco Unified Communications Manager
– 6.0, 6.1
– 7.0, 7.1
• Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express
– 4.0 [IOS 12.4(4.XC4)]
– 4.1 [IOS 12.4(15)T]
• PC with Cisco Unified Video Advantage connected to the access ports of video-enabled Cisco Unified IP Phones*:
– Cisco Unified IP Phone 7940 Series
– Cisco Unified IP Phone 7960 Series
– Cisco Unified IP Phone 7970 Series
– Cisco Unified IP Phone 6921, 6941, and 6961 models**
Note: Cisco IP Communicator 7.0 is required when using Cisco Unified Video Advantage associated with Cisco IP Communicator.
*Cisco Unified Video Advantage is supported on Cisco IP Communicator and on all video-enabled Cisco Unified IP Phones running the Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP), integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet switch for co-location of a PC at the workspace, and firmware that supports video. Cisco Unified Video Advantage is not supported on Cisco Unified IP Phones running the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). The phone must be using firmware that supports Cisco Discovery Protocol- and Cisco CAST. Check Cisco Unified IP Phone data sheets and release notes for updated Cisco Unified Video Advantage support information.
** Please reference the Cisco Unified Video Advantage Release notes for specific versions of Cisco Unified Communications Manager phone firmware which supports CAST on these phone models.
Cisco VT Camera III Specifications
You can enhance communications, simplify installation, and reduce administrative support requirements with the included Cisco VT Camera III; its specifications follow:
• A 2 mega-pixel sensor
• Fixed-focus glass lens
• USB 2.0-compliant interface with 6-foot cable
• Transmitting indicator light
• Versatile base that allows you to mount the camera in a variety of locations and conditions
• Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)-compliant
Cisco VT Camera III Compliance and Safety
Table 1 lists Cisco VT Camera III compliance and safety specifications.
Table 1. Cisco VT Camera III Compliance and Safety Specifications
Products with CE marking indicate compliance with the 2006/95/EC and 2004/108/EC directives, which include the safety and EMC standards listed.
• UL 60950
• CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950
• EN 60950
• IEC 60950
• AS/NZS 60950
• FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) Class B
• ICES-003 Class B
• EN55022 Class B
• CISPR22 Class B
• AS/NZS CISPR22 Class B
• VCCI Class B
The Cisco Unified Video Advantage software is a part of Cisco Unified Workspace Licensing. Please visit
http://www.cisco.com/go/workspace_licensing for more information and to determine whether Cisco Unified Workspace Licensing is appropriate for your needs.
Table 2 lists ordering information for Cisco Unified Video Advantage.
Table 2. Ordering Information for Cisco Unified Video Advantage
Cisco Unified Video Advantage with Cisco VT Camera III
Cisco Unified Video Advantage and VT Camera III 24-Unit Pack
Cisco Unified Video Advantage 2.x - Software Only
Cisco VT Camera III 24-Unit Pack (Camera Only)
Note: With orders that include the Cisco VT Camera III, you will receive a Cisco VT Camera III kit. System administrators must download the Cisco Unified Video Advantage application software from http://www.cisco.com. Detailed instructions are available in the administration guide.
Cisco Unified Communications Services
Cisco and our certified partners can help you deploy a secure, resilient Cisco Unified Communications Solution, meeting aggressive deployment schedules and accelerating business advantage. Cisco's portfolio of services is based on proven methodologies for unifying voice, video, data, and mobile applications on fixed and mobile networks.
Cisco's unique lifecycle approach to services defines the requisite activities at each phase of the solution lifecycle. Customized planning and design services focus on creating a solution that meets your business needs. Award-winning technical support increases operational efficiency. Remote-management services simplify day-to-day operations, and optimization services enhance solution performance as your business needs change.
For More Information
For more information about Cisco Unified Video Advantage, visit
www.cisco.com/go/cuva or contact your local Cisco account representative.