Cisco Launches AI Based Voice Assistant, Spark Assistant

Cisco on Friday launched an artificial intelligence based voice assistant to be integrated with its collaboration application, Cisco Spark. Named Cisco Spark Assistant, the solution was announced at the ongoing Cisco Partners Summit.

The company claims that the Spark Assistant is the world’s first enterprise-ready voice assistant for meetings. It will be available first on the Cisco Spark Room Series portfolio, including the new flagship Cisco Spark Room 70, which we also announce today.

The voice based assistant  is the latest innovation on the Cisco Spark platform. Unlike all-purpose voice assistants, Cisco Spark Assistant has one goal: to help you have great meetings that run more smoothly.

“During the next few years, AI meeting bots will be joining our work teams. When they do, people will be able to ditch the drudgery of meeting setup and other logistics to become more creative than ever,” said Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM, Applications Group, Cisco. “The future of great meetings is Spark with AI and our partners have an incredible opportunity to help customers take advantage of this game-changing technology.”

The company will release Cisco Spark Assistant in phases, starting early next year. In the first phase, a small group of customers will use select features.

Cisco Spark Assistant will first be available on the new Cisco Spark Room 70, which replaces one of our top-selling video systems, the MX800. Just as Cisco Spark Assistant will take on more tasks over time, it will also be available across all Cisco Spark clients and hardware devices over time.

At its heart is the NVIDIA Jetson platform. This lets the engineers use AI to build intuitive and intelligent capabilities. Spark Assistant takes advantage of our meeting room endpoints’ industry-first advancements such as intelligent proximity, speaker tracking and real-time face recognition.

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