Ever wondered how it would be to sit in your office in New York and communicate not just through voice but also with video through a small device in your hand to an entire group of individuals in an office in Tokyo? Seems like a science fiction idea doesn’t it? But not anymore! Cisco WebEx has launched Web conferencing services for smart phones which are equipped with 3G/Wi-Fi facilities. So, this offers an added advantage of working on the go. There is no need for wires or huge computers or sensors. All you need is a mobile phone and a connection to the internet through 3G or Wi-Fi.
Currently, BlackBerry Curve 8900, BlackBerry Bold, the Nokia E71, BlackBerry Storm from RIM, Nokia N97, Nokia E75 and other Samsung Blackjack II, Nokia E series, N series and most of the other branded high end smart phones are supported. And you would of course need a service provider for a fast internet access. This launch of web service would even more bring a competition into the travel companies and Cisco. Can’t make the connection? Did you know that Cisco is a close competitor with major Airline companies? Well, this is because, web conferencing enables its users to communicate anywhere in the world with video and audio and hence makes travelling a waste of time and resources. This affects the airline providers as they depend a lot on their business customers. This is one of the huge advantages of this service and results in an efficient working environment where there is maximum productivity with minimum resource utilization.
There are many other uses of this web conferencing service such as the fact that users will be able to attend a scheduled meeting and can easily view presentations, applications and desktops all in live mode! The operating systems that are going to be supported are the smart phone operating systems such as Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile. Another main advantage of this service is that, attending these conferences is free. However, hosting requires an account on Cisco WebEx Meeting Centre.
Now, Let us see how exactly one makes use of this service. There is this businessman in say, San Francisco. He needs to address a group of people in Tokyo, China. First, he brings up the required application (Cisco WebEx Meeting Center through the browser on their smart phones) in the mobile phone, which attempts to connect to the internet and then lists the clients he has added currently and this person simply selects the required client. The connection is then established with the other party (in this case Tokyo) provided the other party is online and is using the application too. Then he starts speaking through his smart phone’s camera and microphone (both integrated into the smart phone nowadays) and the receiver gets the live video and audio which can be routed into a projector and speaker system. This is how the web conferencing works. Looks simple doesn’t it? So what are you waiting for? Get going and make the most of it, NOW!