Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System

Data Sheet
Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System
A flexible, high performance, modular system for connecting multiple video endpoints so that users can participate
in IP-based videoconferences
Cisco® Unified Communications—a comprehensive system of powerful, enterprise-class solutions including IP telephony; video, audio,
and Web conferencing, and customer contact solutions—helps organizations achieve business success by improving operation efficiency,
increasing organizational productivity, and enhancing customer satisfaction. The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System—an
integral component of the Cisco Unified Communications system—facilitates face-to-face discussions among videoconference participants
in different locations using a wide variety of video-enabled devices.
The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System connects three or more H.323, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), or Skinny Client
Control Protocol (SCCP) videoconference endpoints in a single, multiparticipant meeting. When used with a Cisco Unified
Videoconferencing Gateway product, older ISDN H.320 endpoints can also participate in the conference, providing investment protection
for existing videoconferencing deployments.
HIGH-PERFORMANCE VIDEOCONFERENCING SOLUTION
The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System represents a flexible solution for medium and large-sized organizations that want to
deploy high-performance, feature-rich videoconferencing. Each system consists of a modular chassis that supports multipoint control unit
(MCU), enhanced media processor (EMP), and ISDN gateway modules in any combination for a wide variety of videoconferencing
features and capacities. These systems also work with the Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3515 MCU, and the Cisco Unified
Videoconferencing 3522 and 3527 Gateway appliances, which can be readily deployed at remote network sites to provide a distributed
video environment, optimizing WAN bandwidth use for geographically dispersed organizations.
In a multipoint conference, the Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 MCU modules mix the audio and the EMP modules mix the video,
and the result is then distributed to the rest of the conference participants. The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System offers two
modes of video display: voice-activated video selection and continuous presence. In a voice-activated conference, participants see a full
screen of the person who is actively speaking. As the speaker changes from one location to the next, the video follows to show the new
speaker. In a continuous-presence conference, the display shows the video of 2 to 16 participants simultaneously, depending on the
preferences of the conference moderator. When more participants are involved, one of the screen positions becomes voice-activated. This
position will then switch among speakers as members from off-screen locations speak. In either mode, a conference moderator can
manually control the display through an easy-to-use Web-based interface.
The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System requires the presence of an H.323 gatekeeper in the video network to provide functions
such as telephone-number-to-IP address resolution and zone bandwidth management for videoconferencing endpoints. The Cisco IOS®
Gatekeeper product is based on Cisco IOS Software and runs on a wide variety of Cisco Integrated Services Routers. The Cisco IP-to-IP
Gateway, also a Cisco IOS Software product, can enhance a videoconferencing deployment by providing session-border-control services,
quality-of-service (QoS) functions, and enhanced security with firewall traversal capabilities, all of which allow customers to extend their
videoconferencing capabilities beyond their network to partner and customer networks, or even to video endpoints using the public Internet.
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KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS
The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System offers important features and benefits for videoconference users—and for your organization.
High-quality audio and video—The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System is designed using an encoder-per-port hardware
architecture. This architecture allows the product to support a wide range of video and audio compression standards, codecs,
continuous-presence features, and video resolutions at high performance levels and in any combination, without affecting the
capacity of the product. This design offers organizations excellent videoconferencing video quality without sacrificing scalability or
performance. The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System automatically implements audio and video transcoding and
connection speed transrating capabilities that allow each endpoint to use its preferred codec and connection speed and still connect
to conferences with endpoints using different codecs and connection speeds. This approach helps ensure an optimal video and
audio experience for each participant.
Ease of use—The encoder-per-port hardware architecture of the Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System significantly
reduces preconfiguration requirements by eliminating the need to limit the bit rates, video formats, and conference features that
videoconferencing endpoints and conference participants can use. Because every port has dedicated audio and video encoders, any
endpoint can connect to any conference, at any supported bit rate, with any supported audio or video codec, at any supported
resolution, and with any screen layout. Everyone can connect, all the time, with no drop in product capacity or performance.
Extensive conference management capabilities—Videoconference users often prefer to have direct control of the conference to
manage the meeting flow. The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System offers users and administrators a Web-based user
interface, a dual tone multifrequency (DTMF) interface from video endpoints or standard phones, and the ability to use video
endpoint remote controls to control various aspects of the meeting. For example, the administrator can move any conference
participant to a specific screen layout location, as well as add, mute, or disconnect participants. In multiple-image continuouspresence conferences, the administrator can specify the screen position in which the locations appear and switch between a
multiple-image and single-image display at the click of a mouse. Meeting effectiveness can be maximized through the use of the
conference management tool, particularly in large videoconferences or educational environments.
Unified communications interoperability and investment protection—The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System, as with
the rest of the Cisco Unified Videoconferencing products, is designed to protect customers’ investment in videoconferencing
technology through proven integrations that offer powerful videoconferencing technology for three types of solutions, whether
deployed and used independently or together.
Rich-media conferencing—The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace® solution—also part of the Cisco Unified Communications
system—is a complete rich-media conferencing solution that transparently integrates voice-, video-, and Web conferencing
capabilities to make remote meetings as natural and effective as face-to-face meetings. The Cisco Unified Videoconferencing
3545 System, when combined with the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Video Integration application, helps users set up, attend, and
manage voice-, video-, and Web conferences. For easy setup and attendance of integrated rich-media conferences, Cisco Unified
MeetingPlace conferencing offers a Web browser interface and advanced, proven integrations with the Microsoft Outlook and
Lotus Notes calendaring environments. Meeting coordinators simply schedule the meeting, and the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace
solution does the rest, reserving voice-, video-, and Web conferencing resources. Meeting invitees automatically receive
notification by email or calendar invitation and can then attend rich-media conferences with a single click. Cisco Unified
MeetingPlace conferencing also allows users to initiate rich-media conferences, including videoconferences, from common
instant messaging clients such as America Online (AOL) Messenger, Lotus Sametime, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger.
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By dramatically simplifying the process for scheduling and attending conferences, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace conferencing
promotes significant productivity gains. Integrating Cisco Unified Videoconferencing into the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace
solution also combines formerly disparate conferencing investments and maximizes use of conferencing resources, providing
increased user satisfaction and productivity.
Figure 1 shows the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting console.
Figure 1.
Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Rich-media Conferencing: Integrated Voice-, Video-, and Web conferencing
Cisco Video Telephony—Cisco Unified Video Telephony is a capability of Cisco Unified CallManager that extends video to
desktop communications. Video calls are now as easy to place as telephone calls (Figure 2) and have familiar phone features such
as hold, transfer, and call forward; integrated dial plans; common call detail records (CDRs); and administration capability. The
Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System provides video telephony endpoint support for multiparty conferences, providing
a simple user experience that is as easy as pressing the conference button on the Cisco Unified IP Phone.
Cisco Video Telephony extends the benefits of video communications from the conference room to the end-user’s desktop and
dramatically simplifies the user interface. Video telephony personalizes communications, and the Cisco Unified
Videoconferencing infrastructure can be used across both traditional room-based videoconferencing and desktop video telephony
environments, maximizing investment.
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Figure 2.
Cisco Video Telphony: Video Calls Are as Easy to Place as Telephone Calls
Traditional IP videoconferencing—In addition to newer video telephony and rich-media conferencing environments, the Cisco
Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System offers the flexibility, scalability, and performance of traditional conference-room-based
videoconferencing with a wide variety of supported video endpoints, including H.320, H.323, SCCP, and SIP devices.
PRODUCT INFORMATION
Table 1 lists the Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System module options by part number, Table 2 describes the system features, and
Table 3 lists the physical specifications of the system.
Table 1.
Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System Options
Part Number
Description
IPVC-3545-CHAS (=)
The product chassis contains four slots, which can be populated
with any combination of Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545
System modules.
Provides dual redundant power supplies and feeds
The MCU module is responsible for actually connecting all
videoconference participants to the same conference.
Provides all audio processing capabilities
IPVC-3545-MCU (=)
Features
Is rack-mountable
Provides power and heat dissipation for modules
Provides 96 fully processed and transcoded audio ports
per module
Manages up to four EMP modules in one or more chassis
on the network
IPVC-3545-EMP (=)
IPVC-3545-GW2P (=)
IPVC-3545-GW4S (=)
The EMP module is responsible for all video processing for
conferences hosted on the MCU module.
Provides 24 fully processed video ports per module
The dual Primary Rate Interface (PRI) ISDN gateway module
provides connectivity and translation services for older ISDN H.320
videoconferencing endpoints so that they can join the same
conferences as IP-based H.323, SIP, and SCCP endpoints.
Provides dual PRI T1/E1 interfaces
The quad serial interface ISDN gateway module provides
connectivity and translation services for older ISDN H.320
videoconferencing endpoints so that they can join the same
conferences as IP-based H.323, SIP, and SCCP endpoints.
Provides four serial interfaces
Up to four EMP modules can be managed by a single
MCU module in the same or different chassis
Provides full built-in audio transcoding
Provides full built-in audio transcoding
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Table 2.
Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System Features
Feature
Audio and video capacity
Description
Single Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 chassis:
1 MCU + 3 EMPs = 96 audio + 72 video ports
All ports are fully processed, allowing them to offer any
supported connection speed, any supported video and audio
codecs, and any supported video resolutions without any
decrease in port capacities or in the number of simultaneous
conferences supported.
Video capabilities
Two Cisco Unified Videoconferencing System 3545 chassis
(either of the following):
2 MCUs + 6 EMPs = 192 audio + 144 video ports
8 MCUs = 768 audio ports
All ports are fully processed, allowing them to offer any
supported connection speed, any supported video and audio
codecs, and any supported video resolutions without any
decrease in port capacities or in the number of simultaneous
conferences supported.
Video codecs: H.261, H.263, and H.264
Live video resolutions: Quarter Common Intermediate Format (QCIF), Common Intermediate Format (CIF), Standard Input
Format (SIF), and 4CIF
Presentation video resolutions: Video Graphics Array (VGA), Super Video Graphics Array (SVGA), and Extended Graphics
Array (XGA)
Video bandwidth: Up to 2 Mbps per port with no decrease in port capacity
Full transcoding and transrating for all video codecs and speeds on all ports
4CIF resolution on all ports for all layout combinations
H.264 codec on all ports for all layout combinations
QualiVision for highly improved, standard-based video quality in networks with packet loss
QoS support with Differentiated Services (DiffServe), type of service (ToS), and IP Precedence
Per-user (rather than per-conference) video processing, allowing unique and optimal video settings for each user
Audio capabilities
Audio codecs: G.711, G.722, G.722.1, G.723.1, G.728, and G.729A
DTMF tone detection (in-band, H.245 tones, and RFC 2833)
Entry and exit sound played when conference participants join or leave a conference
Ability to record and upload custom messages
Full transcoding and mixing on all audio ports
Signaling protocols
H.323
SCCP
SIP
H.320 with gateway modules
Conferencing and video
display features
Unlimited number of simultaneous conferences
Continuous-presence conferences displaying up to 16 participants at one time
More than 26 screen layout options
Auto layout selection depending on the number of participants
Administrative control of layouts and conference views
Web interface that gives a conference moderator full control of participant location in the screen layout
Self-see window in the screen layout that can be turned off, providing a unique and optimized view for each participant
(without the participant in the layout)
Text overlay
Scalability
Creation of larger conferences by cascading multiple Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 MCU modules and Cisco Unified
Videoconferencing 3515 MCUs together
Cascaded conferences, which can be centralized in the data center or geographically distributed to more efficiently use WAN
bandwidth
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Conference management
Easy-to-use Web interface that allows a conference moderator to perform a variety of conference monitoring and management
functions
Real-time conference management and monitoring, allowing moderators to:
View conference list and number of participants
View conference type and participant information including name, number, IP address, video and audio codecs in use, and
time joined the conference
Create a new conference and assign a conference password
Terminate a videoconference
Powerful conference control for management of active conferences, allowing moderators to:
Add or drop participants in a conference
Lock the video on a location to be viewed by all participants in a conference
Lock the video and specify image position during a continuous-presence conference
Switch between voice-activated and continuous-presence views during a conference
Mute audio from a selected participant
Terminate a videoconference
H.243 and DTMF conference control from the endpoint
On-demand or
scheduled conferences
Easy user initiation of unscheduled conferences
Security
H.235 Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Data Encryption Standard (DES) encryption, up to 128-bit keys, for secure
audiovisual conferencing
Conference scheduling through the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace solution or compatible third-party scheduling applications
Password-protected Web GUI user access with multiple levels: Administrator, Operator, and User
PIN-protected conferences to help ensure privacy
Data sharing
and collaboration
H.239 and Tandberg DuoVideo for presentation sharing
Integration with the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace solution for rich-media conferencing and Web collaboration
ISDN gateway
module capacities
Dual PRI Gateway Module
T1 interface
ISDN gateway features
E1 interface
Forty-six voice calls
Sixty voice calls
Twenty-three video calls at
128 kbps
Thirty video calls at
128 kbps
Seven video calls at
384 kbps
Ten video calls at
384 kbps
Three video calls at
768 kbps
Four video calls at
768 kbps
Two video calls at full T1
Two video calls at full E1
Quad Serial Gateway Module
Four serial ports at up to 2 Mbps each
Video, audio, and data support:
Signaling protocols—H.323 and H.320
Video—H.261, H.263, H.263+, H.263++, and H.264
Resolutions—QCIF, CIF, 4CIF, and 16CIF
Audio—G.711, G.722, G.722.1, G.723.1, and G.728
Data—T.120, T.281 (FECC), DuoVideo, and H.239
H.243 conference control
Built-in audio transcoding and line echo cancellation:
Transcoding between G.728 and G.711
Transcoding between G.711 and G.723.1
Line echo cancellation on Dual PRI Gateway module (part number IPVC-3545-GW2P), allowing connection of
standard telephones
Call routing:
Built-in interactive voice response (IVR)
Direct inward dialing (DID)—IP connectivity according to the ISDN number dialed
Terminal Control Session 4 (TCS4)—Supplies the IP endpoint number as part of the ISDN dial string
Default extension—Connects all calls to a specific location (for example, an MCU)
Call bonding on Dual PRI Gateway module (IPVC-3545G-W2P):
Gatekeeper support
ISDN call bonding for up to 2 Mbps (E1) or 1.5 Mbps (T1)
Automatic downspeeding on ISDN channel failure
Cisco IOS Gatekeeper or equivalent
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Diagnostics
Power-on self-test for CPU, interfaces, and memory when the unit is turned on
Front-panel error indicators
Telnet and serial port monitoring capabilities
1
4CIF supported using H.263 at 15 frames per second.
When using in-band DTMF detection, MCU audio capacity drops to 72 ports and H.235 encryption must be disabled.
3
When using H.235 encryption, MCU audio capacity drops to 72 ports. If H.235 encryption is used on video calls over 768 kbps, EMP port capacity drops
to 12 ports each.
2
Table 3.
Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 3545 System Specifications
Feature
Specification
LAN interface
One 10/100 Ethernet port, IEEE 802.3, 8-pin RJ-45 on each module
Serial port
EIA-232, 9-pin D-type
Dimensions
3.50 x 17.25 x 10.0 in. (8.89 x 43.815 x 25.4 cm)
Weight
17.6 lb (8 kg) for empty chassis (with two power supplies)
Power
100–240 VAC auto-sense, 50–60 Hz, 202W maximum
Dual redundant power supplies
U.S. power cable included
Other power cables available
Environment
Operating temperature 32 to122°F (0 to 50°C)
Storage temperature –13 to 158°F (25 to 70°C)
Humidity 5 to 90% non-condensing
Agency compliance
Safety:
UL 60950: 2000
CSA CS22.2 No. 60950-00
!
GS Approval (EN 60950: 2000)
"
EN 60950: 2000
#
ACA: TS002-1997
$
AS/NZS 3260: 1993, A4: 1997
%
AS/NZS 60950: 2000
&
IEC 60950: 1999 (CB test report)
EMI:
'
FCC Part 15 Subpart B, Class A,
(
EN 55022: 1998, Class A
)
ICES 003
*
EN 55024: 1998
+
EN 61000-3-2: 1995, Amendment A14: 2000
,
EN 61000-3-3
-
EN 61000-4-2: 1995
.
EN 61000-4-3: 1995
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EN 61000-4-4: 1995
0
EN 61000-4-5: 1995
1
EN 61000-4-6: 1996
2
EN 61000-4-8: 1993
3
EN 61000-4-11: 1994
4
AS/NZS 3548: 1995 Class A, Amendment 1: 1997, Amendment 2: 1997
5
VCCI: 1999
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CISCO UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES AND SUPPORT
Cisco Unified Communications services and support reduce the cost, time, and complexity associated with implementing a converged
network. Cisco Systems® and its partners have designed and deployed some of today’s largest and most complex Unified Communications
networks, meaning that they understand how to integrate a unified communications solution into your network.
Cisco design tools and best practices help ensure that the solution fits your business needs from the start, eliminating costly redesigns and
downtime. The company’s proven methods help ensure a sound implementation that will deliver the functions and features that you
expect—on time. Support services include remote network operations, network management tools to administer the converged application
and network infrastructure, and technical support services.
Through these services, your organization benefits from the experience gained by Cisco and its partners. Relying on this valuable
experience, you can create and maintain a resilient converged network that will meet your business needs today and in the future.
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