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Cisco Unified Meeting Place is a high end web and voice conferencing solution that can be installed on your own servers and works with your company's existing infrastructure. It is most suited to midsized to large organisations, but will likely be very cost effective once in place and the Cisco UMP 8.5 version now allows you to support over 14,000 attendees if you want to broaden your broadcast capabilities. Clearly, coming from Cisco, both the hardware and software are top quality, very reliable and very secure.
Cisco Unified Meeting Place is suitable for just about any type of web conferencing event you would care to host. Participants can join conferences in a variety of different ways: from the web, via the downloadable client or just by phone and everything integrates to provide an all in one conferencing solution. Once inside a meeting, the host can share the desktop with other participants and easily switch between presenters, giving control to other people. Both the host and other participants can annotate the screen in whiteboard fashion in order to highlight important features.
There are plenty of possibilities for communication with Cisco Unified Meeting Place. The system has integrated support for VOIP so guests can choose to dial in this way or use a normal telephone to dial in using the teleconferencing facilities. A handy feature is that the system will recognise the caller's telephone number and automatically connect them to the conference call. Guests can also choose to broadcast via their webcam.
The security features of Cisco Unified Meeting Place are top notch, as you would expect from a system like this. No matter which version you choose, all your communications are encrypted using SSL, but with the higher end versions there are also extra security features added. The express edition incorporates Cisco Security Agent for built in protection against attacks and also has internet lock out controls to keep important meetings behind the company firewall. The conferencing edition integrates with company directories to provide more authentication possibilities.
Cisco Unified Meeting Place is a top quality product that could significantly reduce the costs of web conferencing for large organisations when compared with a monthly plan from other web conferencing services. If you have the infrastructure and the need for a robust and reliable conferencing solution Cisco will certainly not disappoint, but it isn't necessarily the most suitable or cost effective product for small or medium businesses, or for academic institutions.
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