Cisco has unveiled two new virtual communications environments: a personal Cisco TelePresence system for use in individual offices and a large Cisco TelePresence room ideal for group training and cross-functional team meetings.
Cisco TelePresence integrates advanced audio, high-definition video and interactive elements with the power of the underlying network to deliver an immersive meeting experience. The company says Cisco TelePresence can help companies shorten sales and product-development cycles while improving operational efficiencies and supporting environmentally responsible business practices.
The two additions to the Cisco TelePresence portfolio are the Cisco TelePresence System 500 (pictured) and Cisco TelePresence System 3200. They join the existing Cisco TelePresence System 1000 and 3000 endpoints, offering a portfolio that provides intercompany, multipoint and video conferencing interoperability capabilities to help customers scale virtual meetings across their organizations, simply, over a converged network.
With the introduction of the Cisco TelePresence System 500, the Cisco TelePresence is extended into the personal office. This smaller form factor retains all the same qualities of the life-size, face-to-face Cisco TelePresence interaction while giving organizations the flexibility to support one-on-one meetings or enable employees to join larger group meetings from personal workspaces.
The Cisco TelePresence System 500 also provides a lower-cost entry point for medium-sized businesses to experience telepresence in communication with partners, customers or suppliers.
The Cisco TelePresence System 500 integrates a 37-inch display, camera, a microphone array, speakers and specially-designed lighting in a complete solution that can be placed on a desk, mounted on the wall or stand on a pedestal in a private office, creating one of the first high-definition telepresence experiences for personal use.
Maintaining the Cisco TelePresence experience, it allows users to participate in virtual meetings as an equal participant, appearing life-size to participants in other Cisco TelePresence rooms.
The Cisco TelePresence 500 can also be used as a second monitor in a personal office or as a digital sign through integration with the Cisco Digital Media System video technology for digital signage and desktop video streaming.
The Cisco TelePresence System 3200 builds on the success of the six-person Cisco TelePresence System 3000 by tripling the room capacity and augmenting the virtual table with a second row of seating for larger venues. Ideal for headquarters sites or large regional offices, the system allows large teams to meet and collaborate virtually with remote participants when much of the team is in one physical location, or conduct training or classroom applications easily with remote participants or presenters.
This new system comes with table configurations for either 12 or 18 participants, new camera lenses, microphones for back-row participants, and a new codec that supports data sharing at 30 fps.
At the same time Cisco New Zealand has announced the availability of the Cisco TelePresence 3000 in the country. This solution enables virtual meetings to take place in multiple locations, with multiple organisations at one time, decreasing the time required for critical business decisions and reducing the need for expensive business travel.
The deployment of Cisco TelePresence in New Zealand follows similar deployments in Australian Cisco offices over the past year, including those in Sydney and Melbourne. Cisco is currentlhy rolling out TelePresence in several other Australian cities.
There are now more than 200 Cisco TelePresence units around the world. Australian customers so far announced publicly are Telstra and ANZ.
The Cisco TelePresence System 500 has a list price of US$33,900; the Cisco TelePresence 3200 has a list price of US$340,000 USD. Both ship in the third calendar quarter of 2008.