Monday, June 7, 2010

AT&T Adds Telepresence Multi-Vendor Interoperability

AT&T introduced a network-based videoconferencing bridging capability that enables users of Cisco TelePresence systems to hold inter-company telepresence sessions with both standard- and high-definition video equipment from multiple vendors.

This includes support for existing videoconferencing equipment from such brands as Polycom, LifeSize and Cisco's recently-acquired Tandberg.

"As the first provider with a Cisco license for inter-company interoperability and the first to offer exchange-based inter-company interoperability with Cisco TelePresence, AT&T marks another major milestone in Cisco's mission to change the way people communicate and collaborate," said Mark Weidick, vice president and general manager, TelePresence Exchange Business Unit, Cisco. "AT&T is a leader in the development of creative video collaboration solutions and this feature, a result of our close relationship with AT&T and our joint commitment to interoperability between equipment made by multiple vendors, and between company networks, continues to build on those developments."

Pfizer, an AT&T Telepresence Solution customer, has been testing the inter-company interoperability feature over its installed base of videoconferencing systems purchased from a variety of vendors.