We’ve been able to use Cisco’s Wireless Proximity feature for quite some time on Telepresence room systems registered to on-premise infrastructure (Unified Communications Manager or VCS) to share content (desktop screen, power point presentations, etc.), but this has been a much-requested feature for those of us who have taken the plunge into the world of Cisco’s cloud-based telephony platform called Spark.  Removing clutter from the conference room table top has been a goal of all our customers who are fed up with VGA and HDMI cables strewn all over the place.  A cable for sharing content has been required with room endpoints registered to the Spark service … until now!

The Answer:  Desktop Proximity Pairing for Mac and Windows systems

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Cisco Spark for Mac and Windows users will see their Spark avatar photo automatically and the app will indicate when paired to the room system
  • Manual pairing is also available.  A prompt will appear on the room device with the name of the requesting person and an option to ‘Accept’ or ‘Decline’ the wireless screen share or call
  • Want to click-to-dial directly from your Mac or Windows Spark app?  No problem, just check the box labeled “Use this system for calls” and you can now control your room-based system for making calls directly from your app!
  • Spark Proximity is NOT compatible with On-Premise Telepresence systems, however, you can still use the Cisco Proximity app available here: https://proximity.cisco.com 

Want to learn more about Cisco Spark?  Contact info@withrove.com and we can setup a Spark demo at your location.


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ROVE | Solutions Architect - Enterprise Collaboration



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