SAN JOSE, Calif. --
Hockey scouts scour the world for talent for their teams to develop. Cisco System Inc.'s scouts keep an eye out for technologies that offer a business opportunity for the networking
Stephan Monterde, Cisco's senior manager of corporate development runs the company's Technology Radar program. A worldwide network of scouts keep an ear to the ground and submits short summaries of technologies and trends they think will have an impact on Cisco's business, he told the annual Cisco Editors Conference here. After a quarterly selection meeting and further research, an assessment panel maps the most significant trends by their relevance to the company.
The purpose is threefold, according to Monterde: to help commercialize academic technology and keep a pipeline to upcoming talent, to assess gaps in business strategy and to develop best practices to be shared with partners.
So what's on Cisco's radar today?
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High Efficiency Video Codec (H265). Most of the video consumed over cable or satellite services uses the MPEG 2 codec, said Kip Compton, CTO of video collaboration with Cisco. The H265 codec can double the quality or the amount of video over the same bandwidth. “We think this will have a profound impact on mobile video,” said Compton, and he expects 70 per cent of all mobile traffic to be video in the next few years.
Ultra HD (4K video). With about 16 times the pixel information of standard HD, the video performance is "quite remarkable," Compton said. Dovetailing nicely with developments in the H265 codec, Ultra HD will redefine what an immersive experience is, he said.
Web Real-Time Communication (RTC). Coming from the domain of the World Wide Web Consortium, Web RTC aims at turning every Web browser into a videconferencing endpoint. It's predicated on the adoption of HTML 5, said Compton: "It's embedded in the HTML 5 app." This would make it easy, for example, for customers to interact with a company expert or representative within a Web page.