Cisco introduced Instant Connect, a push-to-talk communication product that allows a group of mobile users to instantly communicate using enterprise networks.
Traditional PTT radio communications is often difficult to manage and operate, Cisco says, and many services are expensive, limited and restrictive in functionality. Users are often constrained by carriers and limited to voice capabilities, in addition to paying a monthly service fee, the company says.
Instant Connect is delivered using existing network infrastructure over enterprise wireless networks without the need for a service provider or carrier network, and does not require additional network investments, according to Cisco. Users also have the flexibility to use their choice of mobile device, including wired and wireless phones.
The product supports Cisco Wireless IP Phones and touch screen Android mobile devices for group and private PTT conversations. Companies can extend Instant Connect services beyond the enterprise network coverage area using Cisco mobile routers or carrier data plans.
Managers have the ability to directly create and control collaboration channels and group communication privileges, and they can add live surveillance cameras or recorded video, enabling rich media collaboration with a group.
"As devices and people continue to connect to the Internet, Cisco will continue to deliver innovative products such as Cisco Instant Connect, ultimately changing the way that people and devices communicate and work together,” Guido Jouret, vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things group at Cisco, said in a statement.
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