Mezzanine Now Available on the Cisco Global Price List

Available on the Cisco Global Price List (GPL)

Mezzanine multi-share capabilities now available for Cisco collaboration customers and meeting spaces featuring a seamless UX, and streamlined order process.

We’re thrilled to announce that Oblong’s Mezzanine software is available globally on the Cisco Global Price List (GPL) starting this week. This enables Cisco customers and channel partners to order Mezzanine software directly from the Cisco GPL, streamlining the order process for next generation collaboration spaces and bringing multi-share capabilities to the popular Webex platform.

The way people work has clearly changed.  Today’s workers have access to more information than ever and rely on that data to make faster, better decisions.  The challenge is that today’s workforce is also more distributed than ever before and sharing data with virtual teammates is difficult. Sharing content has been far too linear and one-dimensional, slowing and complicating the decision process.

Oblong’s Mezzanine software enables Cisco videoconferencing users to share multiple live streams of content (“multi-share”) simultaneously in any Cisco video meeting, effectively increasing users’ sharing capability up to 10x over what they can do in a standard video conference. Best of all, this experience is now available from within a familiar “Cisco-first” Mezzanine UX.

We have a deep relationship with Cisco and by innovating the UX and expanding that relationship to bring Mezzanine to the Cisco GPL it allows us to better serve our customers and channel partners and to help them bring multi-share collaboration to the entire enterprise. We are excited to work with Cisco teams across the globe and we’re here today at Cisco Live in San Diego to invite Cisco customers, partners and sellers to visit us at the center of Collaboration Village.

Today we debut a new Cisco-first interface for the Mezzanine user experience through tighter integrations with Cisco Webex devices.  This means Cisco users who’ve never been exposed to Mezzanine will be able to benefit from multi-share collaboration and discovery how to share multiple pieces of content all at the same time when in a Cisco meeting environment.  And if the user happens to book a video conference room that has Mezzanine and all they want to do is make a video call, no problem.  The new UX has a very familiar Cisco look and feel.

Let’s take a look at this new Cisco-first Mezzanine UX where multiple participants are joining a meeting to share content. The idea is to provide users an easy path for sharing multiple pieces of content simultaneously and discover the value that Mezzanine brings to meetings along the way.

Users will walk up to a very familiar Cisco UX.

Users will then start a video call however they do normally (Touch 10, Webex Teams, etc.,) and Mezzanine will start in the background.

Users will start to share as they always do – either plug in the HDMI cable (or go wireless, it’s up to you).

Now users at the remote end can share too – share and compare!

And now 3rd, 4th, 5th and more shares come in!  Users in all connected spaces have full overview mode.

The meeting ends by ending the call as usual with the Touch 10.

Of course all the great Mezzanine features are still intact within this new user experience.  Meeting participants can share up to 10 live streams and have full control over the content on the screens for ultimate layout flexibility and multi-dimensional conversations.  Our user testing indicates this path of self-guided discovery for Mezzanine multi-share is highly memorable and engaging.

As more and more customers look to scale Mezzanine multi-share across their Cisco video estate, it is obvious that leveraging the familiar UX, one that millions of Cisco users embrace, is perfect for the introduction of Mezzanine multi-share.

Stop by the Collaboration Village at CiscoLive US in San Diego this week to see it in action, and learn more aboutMezzanine’s seamless integration with Cisco Webex here.

Working with Watson

The goal of each Watson Experience Center—located in New York, San Francisco, and Cambridge—is to demystify AI and challenge visitor’s expectations through more tangible demonstrations of Watson technology. Visitors are guided through a series of narratives and data interfaces, each grounded in IBM’s current capabilities in machine learning and AI. These sit alongside a host of Mezzanine rooms where participants further collaborate to build solutions together.

The process for creating each experience begins with dynamic, collaborative research. Subject matter experts take members of the design and engineering teams through real-world scenarios—disaster response, financial crimes investigation, oil and gas management, product research, world news analysis—where we identify and test applicable data sets. From there, we move our ideas quickly to scale.

Accessibility to the immersive pixel canvas for everyone involved is key to the process. Designers must be able to see their ideas outside of the confines of 15″ laptops and prescriptive software. Utilizing tools tuned for rapid iteration at scale, our capable team of designers, data artists, and engineers work side-by-side to envision and define each experience. The result is more than a polished marketing narrative; it's an active interface that allows the exploration of data with accurate demonstrations of Watson’s capabilities—one that customers can see themselves in.

Under the Hood

Underlying the digital canvas is a robust spatial operating environment, g‑speak, which allows our team to position real data in a true spatial context. Every data point within the system, and even the UI itself, is defined in real world coordinates (measured in millimeters, not pixels). Gestures, directional pointing, and proximity to screens help us create interfaces that more closely understand user intent and more effectively humanize the UI.

This award-nominated collaboration with IBM is prototyped and developed at scale at Oblong’s headquarters in Los Angeles as well as IBM’s Immersive AI Lab in Austin. While these spaces are typically invite-only, IBM is increasingly open to sharing the content and the unique design ideas that drive its success with the public. This November, during Austin Design Week, IBM will host a tour of their Watson Immersive AI Lab, including live demonstrations of the work and a Q&A session with leaders from the creative team.

Can't make it to Austin? Contact our Solutions team for a glimpse of our vision of the future at our headquarters in the Arts District in Los Angeles.

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