Cisco opens up videoconferencing protocol

Networking giant is pitching its telepresence protocol as an open standard in an effort to get more businesses to use the technology.

Cisco has released a teleconferencing interoperability protocol into the public domain, as part of an effort to stimulate the growth of multi-screen telepresence systems.

On Tuesday, at its Networkers Live 2010 conference in Barcelona, the company announced it will license the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP) royalty-free, and would seek to make TIP into an open industry standard.

"We will publicly license, at no cost, some of our very key intellectual property in the telepresence interoperability protocol so that any system from any company can integrate and interoperate not just with our single-screen systems, but also with our large three-screen systems," said Marthin De Beer, a senior vice president in Cisco's emerging technologies group, in a keynote speech.

Read more of "Cisco opens up video conferencing protocol" at ZDNet UK.


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