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Cisco announces first Canadian sale of TelePresence

June 1, 2007  

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Cisco Systems Inc. said today that Rogers Communications Inc. has selected the Cisco TelePresence Meeting offering to improve productivity and collaboration between its offices across Canada.

Launched late last year, TelePresence combines audio, high-definition video and interactive elements to create what Cisco calls “in-person” experiences between people, places and events.

With TelePresence, Rogers employees will be able to communicate with each other across the country as if they were meeting in the same room, improving collaboration, sharing documents more efficiently and raising productivity, while reducing travel costs and environmental impact, Cisco said in a statement.

Rogers, which becomes the first Canadian customer of Telepresence, will deploy four System 3000 suites at its headquarters in Toronto as well as Brampton, Montreal and Vancouver locations.

Each System 3000 unit consists of a three-panel 65-inch plasma screen with a specially designed table that seats six participants on one side, or a “virtual table” for 12.

It supports life-size images, ultra-high-definition video and spatial audio capabilities. The system also includes codecs, cameras, a lighting array, microphones, and speakers.