by September 30, 2011 0 comments

Cius is not just another Android device, it comes bundled with
capabilities that can empower businesses with communication,
collaboration, virtualization, video, mobility, and security
capabilities. Designed specifically for business users, Cius

offers full access to the full range of Cisco collaboration and
communication applications, including HD video for on the go
executives. The tablet comes with a HD ‘media station’ dock that
Cisco sells separately and this turns the Cius into an office
workstation and an advanced telecommunications system in one. The
media station, which provides IEEE 10/100/1000 wired connectivity
and HD audio for hands-free communications, can be powered locally
through either AC power or Power
over Ethernet (PoE) switches. When docked, the battery of the tablet
is charged by the HD media station.

The seven-inch touchscreen tablet works
on Intel Atom Processor and comes with 1GB RAM (expandable memory up
to 32GB), dual cameras (front and back) and 3G/4G and Wi-Fi support. Support for Bluetooth and USB
keyboards, mouse, and headsets provide a more PC-like experience.
of a removable battery is an important one for businesses.
You also have the option to push local and virtual applications to a
larger, adjacent LCD monitor. When you leave your desk, simply take
the tablet with you. Cisco Cius transparently transitions from your
wired network to your on campus wireless network, thus providing
seamless experience as you move from the office to the conference

Cius delivers
support for integrated communication with Cisco collaboration apps
WebEx, IM service with Jabber and Cisco Quad, software for virtual
teaming. The device offers HD video interoperability with all Cisco
video endpoints and multi vendor solutions to facilitate enhanced
productivity and rich video experience for employees. Besides, the
device is virtualization ready to run a virtualized desktops, so you
can securely host apps in the data center and give users on demand
access to apps and network services through the cloud.

The CiscoHQ is the
app store for the tablet that provides capabilities for both end
users and IT managers to download and install relevant business apps
for their employees. AppHQ provides the tools Android developers need
to create and market enterprise level apps. The Cisco AppHQ Manager
offers IT managers ability to allow or deny access to applications by
user role. This also enables customers to create their own app store
within a enterprise, where they determine which apps to be made
available to which users.

One can dismiss Cius on numerous counts
when comparing it with larger-screen hardware of Apple’s iPad 2 or
any of the Android competitors. Cisco has no designs on competing
with the iPad or any other consumer devices, instead, Cius is
positioned as a different type of tablet. The tablet can serve as a
communications hub and virtual desktop interface. The device takes
collaboration and video conferencing to a whole new level. It’s an
advanced video phone.

The device would be available at about
Rs 35,000 in India and with the docking station, it would cost Rs
50,000 (USD 1,000), Said Minhaj Zia, National Sales Manager, Cisco here
today. The company will target its existing clients and users of
its IP telephony services, which is around 700,000 users in India,
added Zia.

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