Sunday, May 11, 2008

Cisco Introduces Personal TelePresence System

Cisco expanded its high-definition video conferencing portfolio with a personal TelePresence system for use in individual offices and a large TelePresence room ideal for group training and cross-functional team meetings. The new Cisco TelePresence System 500 and Cisco TelePresence System 3200 join the existing Cisco TelePresence System 1000 and 3000 endpoints.

The Cisco TelePresence System 500 integrates a 37-inch display, camera, an innovative 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. 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 500 has a list price of $33,900 and availability is expected in Q3.

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. It features new camera lenses, microphones for back-row participants, and a new codec that supports data sharing at 30 fps. Table configurations are available for either 12 or 18 participants. The Cisco TelePresence 3200 has a list price of $340,000 and availability is expected in Q3.

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