The Solution – Stellaris & Cisco Telepresence Video Conferencing
Stellaris is a scalable telephony, unified communications, collaboration and video conferencing platform which leverages the industry leading Cisco portfolio to deliver a range of pre-defined packages or bespoke deployments in order to exactly meet the business need.
For BAKO NWG, with the need to connect to multiple sites for full video conferencing collaboration, it was decided that the Stellaris Room (VR) package would best fit their requirements.
To ensure connectivity between the BAKO NWG office in Preston and sites in Wimbledon and Durham, three VR packages were required. Each package included a Cisco SX10N Video Endpoint, mounted on top of a 55” LCD display. Each display was then securely mounted onto a mobile trolley.
In addition to the VR package, which supports registration and call control of the endpoints in the cloud, three bolt-on packages were required. The bolt-on would allow Microsoft-based systems such as Skype for Business and other third-party suppliers to join the video conferencing meetings. These would also allow access for almost any device via a web-based application including users on Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android.
The beauty of Stellaris means that should there have been no requirement for screens or trolleys, there would have been no need for an engineer to attend the sites for the installation. Stellaris endpoints are able to contact to their call control platform over the internet and automatically download their configuration at the point of installation. In short, this means Stellaris can be activated with little or no requirement from a technical resource.
Using the corporate internet connection at BAKO NWG, the endpoints registered with the Stellaris cloud service and were ready to make and receive video calls immediately.
Each endpoint was provided with its own unique URI, similar to an email address, enabling any video system to connect with Stellaris such as external Cisco, Polycom or LifeSize users. Furthermore, users are able to take advantage of the full range of Cisco proximity features available on the endpoints; allowing them to control the unit with their mobile device, or use that same device to view any content being shared within the meeting.
After seeing the value of Stellaris, BAKO NWG proceeded to purchase two more Cisco SX10N endpoints and VR packages. These endpoints integrated flawlessly with their existing setup and immediately provided additional capacity to a system which is rapidly growing in popularity within the business.