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Thursday, March 06, 2008
Cisco: Transforming Business Communications With TelePresence
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Zero Emissions Travel - Cisco Telepresence 1000 and 3000

One of the key environmental benefits of the Internet has been the reduction of the use of paper in favour of electronic document viewing, transfer and storage. Another area that has progressed over the last ten years is the ability to hold meetings with participants on the other side of the world without leaving the office by using Internet based communications. Today, the quality and the realism has reached a very high level with a new networking product from Cisco, a global Internet Hardware and Solutions company with headquarters in San Jose, California in the United States. (Stock Symbol: CSCO on the NASDAQ)

Cisco's new product is called TelePresence 1000 and 3000, which allows meeting participants to actually experience life size representation of their counterparts in a realistic meeting environment using high definition video imaging and interactive technologies. Cisco's highest level of this technology is TelePresence 3000, which comes with a boardroom table and three 65 inch plasma screens arranged on one side of the table to represent the participants who are connecting into the meeting remotely.

Cisco themselves have been using TelePresence to conduct their own internal meetings across the world. In their global offices, rooms equipped with this technology are 100% utilised and senior executives are able to schedule multiple meetings concurrently that in the past would have required them travelling by aircraft to the remote locations and expending much more time doing so. Many companies are expressing an interest in TelePresence for both the ability to cut down their travel expense and also to offer real decision-making capability in life like meeting surroundings. From an environmental standpoint, a technology like this helps to reduce unnecessary travel, the consumption of aviation fuel, and provides a reduction in CO2 emissions for the Planet.
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