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Cisco launches new Webex devices for hybrid work


Cisco has expanded its line-up of collaboration devices and introduced new updates designed to empower hybrid working.

The three new updates joining the Webex device portfolio include the launch of the Cisco Desk Camera 1080p, Webex Room Bar and new features added to the Desk Series portfolio.

As hybrid work becomes more prevalent, and employees become less physically centralized, the new solutions aim to promote a natural connection when some participants are in the office while others are at home, nurturing creativity, and reducing the workplace’s environmental impact.

Personalised hot desking
In order for employees not to lose the feeling of 'personal' space in the new offices with more flexible desks and shared seating, Cisco makes hotdesking a personal experience.

Users can book an available Webex device with their profile, and then access their calendar meetings, whiteboards, and recent calls. The solution works across the full range of Desk Series Collaboration devices, including Webex Desk Pro (all-in-one) and in a modular way through the Webex Desk Hub.

To facilitate more inclusive hybrid meetings, the previously announced real-time translation for more than 100 languages available on Webex devices is now complemented by simultaneous interpretation. Meetings are translated by a live interpreter, and companies can overcome geographic and language barriers.

Cisco Desk Camera 1080p
The new Cisco Desk Camera 1080p connects natively to the Webex Desk Hub. The camera features omnidirectional microphones and face detection to deliver the best focus, autoexposure and white balance in an affordable range that lets you see and hear clearly.

Immersive video conferencing anywhere
The new Webex Room Bar is a compact, flexible and powerful room device that can enable huddle spaces and small-to-medium sized meeting rooms with immersive, multi-platform video conferencing.

Webex Room Bar
The device uses AI to make sure everyone in the room is perfectly framed, giving all participants equal presence on the call- wherever they work. Spatial audio makes it feel like dispersed team members are in the room. AI-enabled background noise removal keeps distractions to a minimum, and ensures participants can hear clearly, without strain.

The new Webex Room Bar is lighter and thinner and is made for easy disassembly and recycling. The device and its packaging use significantly fewer materials: there are no box packaging, single-use foam containers, or redundant parts.

Integration and Customization
Collaboration technology should also facilitate the sharing of content between multiple teams. Webex Room, Desk and Board devices will support Airplay content sharing via RoomOS 11 and will also support Miracast wireless content sharing from Windows devices.

Similarly, Webex users can now customize the interface of their devices. The Webex Desk range will support Kiosk Mode, a feature that allows businesses to replace the native user interface with their own custom web application.

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