Cisco acquires US webtech firm Assemblage Inc to help employees collaborate through IoT

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San Jose, California, USA — Cisco Systems Inc has acquired the San Francisco-based firm, Assemblage Inc. Assemblage is working on collaboration technology that supports the Internet of Things (IoT), or as Cisco describes it the Internet of Everything (IoE). Terms of the deal have not be disclosed.

Assemblage aims to provide the tools and the infrastructure “to enable a new kind of simple, real-time interconnectedness between people, companies and browsers. Our collaboration solutions work directly in the browser, on mobile and desktop.”

Assemblage’s products aim to provide simple, easy-to-use solutions that help employees work smarter together from virtually anywhere, and its solutions do not require any downloads or plugins. Its products include: Kollaborate.io, for online meetings with full HD video and voice; Presentation.io, beaming presentation to your mobile device; and Same.io enabling mobile screen sharing.

In his blog, Hilton Romanski, Cisco Systems’ SVP and head of Corporate Development, said: “Collaboration technology gives us the ability to work together anywhere, on any device, at any time. With more and more people using smartphones and tablets to do their work, it is more important than ever that enterprise collaboration delivers high quality voice, video, chat and online sharing instantly, to any device on any platform.

Hilton Romanski, Cisco Systems
Hilton Romanski of Cisco Systems

I am pleased to announce Cisco’s acquisition of Assemblage to help us capture the ongoing market transitions of mobility, cloud and the Internet of Everything (IoE). Assemblage has built a talented team of web developers to deliver the tools and the infrastructure to enable simple, real-time collaboration through the browser to any device, without the need for downloads, plugins, or installations.

Assemblage offers real-time collaboration apps for shared whiteboarding, presentation broadcasting and screensharing. Users are able to collaborate simply via their browser with one-click, instantly accessing collaboration apps delivered via the cloud. Assemblage’s technology also integrates with popular third party cloud services and supports 40 different file types to enable quick and efficient collaboration.”

With this acquisition, Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group (CTG) is taking on a new team of engineers with deep web development expertise, enabling the San Jose-based giant to accelerate innovation and develop simple, easy to use, next generation collaboration solutions. Assemblage’s experience integrating with third party cloud ecosystem applications like Box and Google shows a close alignment to Cisco’s collaboration strategy and our commitment to simplicity and interoperability. Cisco Systems, Inc (Nasdaq: CSCO)

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