A combination tablet and IP phone aimed at the enterprise, the Cisco Cius, has arrived in Australia following its overseas launch in July this year.
Initially available from Telstra, the Android-powered seven-inch Wi-Fi tablet is designed to integrate with an organisation’s end-to-end IT architecture. It includes Cisco applications such as high definition (HD) TelePresence, Presence, instant messenger (IM) and WebEx.
According to a company spokesperson, it would not be announcing pricing plans yet and was unable to comfirm when these would be released.
Telstra executive director, Philip Jones, said in a statement that the Cius could be administered centrally by IT managers and included enterprise grade encryption security.
“The multiple Wi-Fi connectivity options suit different workplace requirements, as well as public wireless hot spots,” he said.
“Employees can create, edit and share content on the Cius’ high definition screen, make and receive IP telephone calls and use the inbuilt HD camera on the tablet to participate in video meetings on the go.”
He added that customers who purchased the device from Telstra would get additional support including unified communications (UC) applications management and wireless local area network (LAN) implementation.
In July, Ovum UK principal analyst, Richard Edwards, said the Cius may struggle to meet the needs of business users in the Australian market and was up against well-established devices such as the Apple iPad.
"Unlike the hugely popular iPad, the seven-inch, Android-based Cius was designed with the company’s existing customer base in mind and is, in Ovum’s opinion, destined to replace the corporate desktop feature phone that Cisco sells today,” he said at the time.
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