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Cisco Unveils First TelePresence Room in Peru

October 12, 2010

Offering Peru a taste of modern communications technology, Cisco has inaugurated the first Cisco TelePresence room in Lima, Peru.

Cisco TelePresence facilitates immersive, “in-person” communication and collaboration over the network with colleagues, prospects, and partners, even when they are in opposite hemispheres. According to the company, reducing travel requirements can also improve employee quality of life and morale.

Face-to-face meetings can be held without the need for traveling through Cisco TelePresence technology. Offering the participants with life-size video images of session participants, the solution comprises 65-inch plasma screens at 1080p resolution. Three high-resolution cameras in each room show details of facial expressions and gestures on the other side of the "virtual table".

“In order to thrive in the current economy, it is necessary to collaborate with colleagues and customers worldwide in a timely way while also improving the quality of our relationships,” stated Alvaro Merino-Reyna, general manager, Cisco Peru and Andean Region The Cisco TelePresence solution facilitates collaboration to conduct business more effectively and enables benefits in productivity, travel reduction and savings.”

Allowing more realistic conversations, Cisco TelePresence has a high-quality spatial audio system and multiple inputs and output. Participants in a Cisco TelePresence session have access to the ability to record high-quality video, use collaboration applications such as Cisco WebExTM during each meeting, and gather for special events. Cisco TelePresence solutions allow the easy integration of existing systems of standard-definition video conferencing. It also allows the participants to meet in up to 48 Cisco TelePresence rooms at the same time.

In April 2009, the company teamed with Tata Communications and the Philippine Long Distance Telecommunications Company to offer the first public Cisco TelePresence service in the Philippines. According to Cisco, this partnership will allow more local companies to use Cisco TelePresence through PLDT's private managed Cisco TelePresence Services. Connecting to Tata Communications' growing global network of public Cisco TelePresence rooms, the Public TelePresence Studio will be operated by PLDT.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda