Cisco Extends TelePresence Experience to New Users, Applications and Markets
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 31, 2009 — Cisco today introduced a new suite of Cisco TelePresence™ products and applications that brings the power of in-person collaboration to more users in more locations, and provides businesses with a way to do more with existing video investments. Global organizations of all sizes, regional branch offices and remote workers will now be able to experience Cisco TelePresence from any conference room environment, standards-based video conferencing session or Web-based video session, including Cisco WebEx™ online meetings. Supporting this market expansion, Cisco is also delivering Cisco TelePresence for lower bandwidth connections without compromising the high-quality experience.
Initially delivered as an immersive virtual meeting experience to improve collaboration, accelerate decision making, implement green strategies, and reduce travel expenses, Cisco TelePresence now provides experiences that go far beyond meetings. Cisco today introduced two new applications to take Cisco TelePresence well beyond meetings. The first application transforms rooms into high-definition recording studios with simple one-button-to-push controls to create and publish content. The second application makes it easier for event managers to produce via Cisco TelePresence large-scale events, such as company meetings, seminars or keynote addresses. This new suite of Cisco TelePresence products and applications broadens video capabilities across the Cisco collaboration portfolio.
In a new study conducted by Crimson Consulting Group, global companies reported fast return on investment (ROI) times and transformed business processes from Cisco TelePresence. Participants in the Cisco-commissioned study reported achieving breakeven in an average of 14 months, with some companies achieving breakeven within six months – enabling one company to fund additional units solely from travel budget savings without tapping the IT budget. The ability to conduct real-time, face-to-face meetings over the network is changing the way companies do business across many industries, helping them streamline processes, make decisions faster, and conduct more business without leaving the office.
All of these new features take advantage of the underlying system components, the power of the underlying network and intercompany Cisco TelePresence capabilities, bringing to reality the strategy of creating a global interconnected Cisco TelePresence network.
Sharing this vision, AT&T announced today that BAE Systems, a leading global defense and aerospace contractor, is enhancing international collaboration and productivity with the AT&T Telepresence Solution. For more details on this announcement, go to: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=4800&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=26662
Organizations around the world are increasingly looking to video applications, such as Cisco TelePresence, desktop video, digital signage and video surveillance, to improve collaboration, safety and security, get closer to customers, and transfer knowledge. As such video applications emerge as the primary data type on the network, businesses will need to evolve their infrastructure into medianets to optimize these networks to support and enhance the use of rich media.
In order to continue to broaden the availability of Cisco TelePresence while enabling companies to conserve capital resources, Cisco CapitalSM offers special financing that allows enterprise and mid-size customers to acquire Cisco TelePresence with no payments and no interest up to 120 days, during solution deployment in the United States and Canada.
Cisco TelePresence is Cisco’s fastest-growing new product category, with more than 300 customers and 2,000 systems deployed worldwide. Cisco has also installed more than 400 Cisco TelePresence rooms on its own internal network for greater productivity and effective collaboration.
In a related release, Cisco also unveiled several enhancements to its Unified Communications system that offer integration with desktop applications. For more information on this Cisco collaboration portfolio announcement, go to http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2009/prod_033109b.html.
“One of the best aspects of Cisco TelePresence at Creative Artists Agency is that the most technologically advanced room is also the easiest to operate. This ease of use is the key to its rapid adoption and ongoing use. Agents are able to connect with their colleagues and clients on the other coast at a moment’s notice with a simple touch of a button, to the tune of almost 100 meetings a month. Cisco TelePresence has revolutionized the way we communicate between our offices, beginning with New York and Los Angeles.”
“Cisco is reinventing how users can experience Cisco TelePresence and how companies can change the way they do business by collaborating in an entirely new way. From in-person meetings with seamless interoperability, to high-quality broadcast recording, to sophisticated events, this next wave of collaborative applications substantially expands what Cisco TelePresence can enable, making it even more useful and flexible for everyone in every company.”
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