JITC approves Cisco collaboration software

The Defense Department's Joint Interoperability Test Command has added Cisco Systems' Cisco Unified MeetingPlace onto its Approved Products List (APL). This is the first full integrated conferencing and collaboration tool to make this list of equipment suitable for Defense Department use, according to Cisco.

Cisco Unified MeetingPlace software combines videoconferencing and collaboration functionality into a single package. It includes voice, videoconferencing, chat web conferencing, as well as the ability to share presentations and applications and to work on a shared whiteboard.

Defense Department policy states that all IT equipment purchased by the services must be tested for interoperability before being fielded.

"Interoperability is the ability of systems, units or forces to provide data, information, materiel and services to and accept the same from other systems, units or forces and to use the data, information, materiel and services so exchanged to enable them to operate effectively together," according to an FAQ document issued by JITC.

JITC, an office within the Defense Information Systems, carries out interoperability testing. JITC tested and certified version 5.4 of the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace. It is approved for use through December 2010.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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