Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP)

Creating New Standards to Support Customers

More than ever, organizations are adopting telepresence solutions to change the way they work, live, learn, and play. They need solutions that easily integrate with existing equipment, without sacrificing benefits or features.

Standards such as H.264 and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) facilitate interoperability, but do not have the additional capabilities needed to meet the demands of multiscreen, multistreaming telepresence.

To fill this gap, Cisco has played a leadership role in developing multistream standards. Cisco developed the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP), and then later transferred TIP to the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC), so it can be openly managed. Cisco also launched the TIP Open Source project so that videoconferencing suppliers can accelerate their own development.

Advantages of TIP

TIP offers the following benefits:

  • Communicates the spatial relationships needed for an immersive, multi-screen experience
  • Multiplexes multiple streams for an efficient switching architecture
  • Negotiates the best video mechanisms for non-optimized networks
  • Simplifies deployment on existing networks comprised of session boarder controllers and firewalls

Cisco is committed to championing and establishing new standards, and currently co-chairs a newly formed Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) workgroup to create specifications for controlling multistream telepresence ( CLUE). These initiatives give Cisco TelePresence customers the benefit of open, interoperability leadership and expertise.