Cisco Spark, world's first enterprise-ready AI assistant launched

Cisco Spark is optimized for enterprise meetings.

  • Published: November 6, 2017 2:58 PM IST
Cisco Spark Assistant

Even though there are warnings about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is dangerous for human civilization, the technology is embraced on different levels. AI has a more prominent presence in personal use with virtual assistants on smartphones like Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. Taking things to a broader level, Cisco has launched the world’s first enterprise-ready voice assistant. Called Cisco Spark, this AI assistant will be available as part of the Cisco Spark Room Series portfolio, and Cisco Spark Room 70.

Cisco Spark is optimized for one goal which is “to help you have great meetings that run more smoothly”. Cisco Spark will be released in phases with a small group of customers experiences few features at first. Cisco Spark is powered by machine-learning technology from MindMeld which the company acquired earlier this year. It is also built with speech recognition technology, natural language understanding, question answering, and dialog management.

In the first phase of its release, Cisco Spark will be able to respond to commands with a simple “Hey Spark”. Some of the commands it will respond to include “Join the meeting”, “I want to start the meeting”, “Let’s get started”, “Call my meeting room”, “Call Sydney”, and “End the meeting”. Cisco says that in this initial stage Spark will gather data, and make itself smarter. With time, Cisco Spark will be able to do more complex tasks like assigning action items, and creating meeting summaries. ALSO READ: Google, Cisco partner for new open hybrid cloud solution

Cisco Spark will be first available on the new Spark Room 70, and will eventually launch for the whole Spark Room Series portfolio. Cisco Spark Room 70 was also launched alongside the virtual assistant, and it replaces the company’s video systems, the MX800. Cisco Spark Room 70 comes with 70-inch 4K screens, and Quad 5K cameras. It runs on the NVIDIA Jetson platform which is optimized for AI capabilities. ALSO READ: Internet users in India to double to 829 million by 2021: Cisco

  • Published Date: November 6, 2017 2:58 PM IST