Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Open First TelePresence Suite in Ireland
DUBLIN, Ireland - April 3, 2008 - Cisco today launched the first Cisco® TelePresence Suite in Ireland. The Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution provides an opportunity to hold meetings without travelling but still benefit from a 'face-to-face' conversation.
"Technology has had a positive impact on business operations worldwide", said Michael Galvin, Country Manager Cisco Ireland. "Cisco's TelePresence provides a technology solution to improve critical business relationships, users experience subtleties and nuance of conversations wherever they are in the world - improving productivity, speeding decision making and helping to reduce business' carbon footprint. It is simple to use, provides great quality life-size images and is reliable," continued Galvin.
Speaking at the opening of the Cisco TelePresence suite at Cisco's Irish HQ in Eastpoint Business Park, Dublin, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan TD said, "I am delighted that Cisco has brought this advanced and unique piece of technology to Ireland. Rising costs, limited time and the environmental impact of global travel means we are increasingly seek an alternative. Given Ireland's geographical location and significant position in the competitive global knowledge economy, it is vital that we embrace new technologies to assist Irish businesses in their international activities."
The Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution was developed by Cisco to revolutionise the way organisations communicate internally and externally with employees, customers and partners - combining the reach, intelligence and reliability of the network with the simplicity of a telephone interface.
Galvin concluded. "It is very different than being in a traditional video conferencing session. It is the first Unified Communications application that has the power to change the way people interact with each other; it is the only video system that makes you feel as if you are in the same room with others."
Notes to editors
The Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution combines the industry's first ultra-high definition 1080p video and high-quality, wideband spatial audio, imperceptible low latency, with comprehensive environmental design.
It is available in two models:
Key benefits and features include:
Delivering the Cisco TelePresence Experience
The Cisco TelePresence Advanced Technology Provider (ATP) Program currently includes 23 partners from around the globe. The program is focused on helping partners provide the expertise, intellectual property and lifecycle services capabilities necessary to deliver the Cisco TelePresence experience.
Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution is best delivered over a Cisco-certified TelePresence network connection. Cisco is developing a program through which service providers may attain TelePresence network certification. Cisco TelePresence certified service providers work to ensure that businesses get the life-like communications experience they demand.
List Pricing and Availability
The Cisco TelePresence 1000, $79,000 USD list; and the Cisco TelePresence 3000, $299,000 USD list, are currently available. No monthly operating fee is required. Cisco Systems Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems Inc., is offering flexible financing terms for TelePresence Meeting solutions. Leases including consultation, equipment and installation, are available per room from 36 to 60 months.