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New enterprise focused tablet device from Cisco

Video conferencing and networking giant Cisco surprised many at its recent Las Vegas conference by unveiling its latest product – an enterprise focused tablet computer.

The Cisco Cius aims to extend the productivity benefits of the company’s collaboration applications to a mobile platform. Running on a variation of the Android operating system, the tablet offers mobile computing and content sharing capabilities as well as full interoperability with Cisco’s Telepresence technology.

An open platform, the Cius is targeted at linking individual employees more effectively with central departments over a real-time, secure connection. Although users will be able to video conference through the small tablet device’s HD camera and audio pickup, the tablet also has the useful ability to physically dock or connect via Wi-Fi to existing video conferencing facilities, as well as a desktop PC.

This means that users could record videos and photos or work on files or documents on their Cius tablet, then share them with other participants directly during a video conference held at a Cisco Telepresence Studio. The device will go on trial with customers in the third quarter of 2010 with a view to becoming generally available in the first quarter of 2011.

Tony Bates, the senior VP and general manager of Cisco’s enterprise, commercial and small business arm said:”Cisco Cius epitomises how the network is changing the way we live, work, learn and play.”