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TelePresence Could Save Businesses $19 Billion Over the Next 10 Years

A recent study by the Carbon Disclosure Project, an international organization dedicated to greener business practices, estimates that US and UK businesses could save $19 billion over the next 10 years by using TelePresence technology instead of taking business trips, according to the San Jose Business Journal.

The study said organizations could see $400 million in savings the first year alone, easily offsetting the cost of their initial investment.

TelePresence technology doesn’t just help the companies’ bottom lines, it also greatly reduces their carbon footprints. Over the next decade, TelePresence could cut those organizations’ CO2 emissions by 5.5 million metric tons. That’s equivalent to taking 1 million vehicles off the road for a year.

An individual business with four TelePresence rooms can reduce its CO2 emissions by 2,271 metric tons over five years, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from more than 400 cars, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project.

The study said TelePresence technology also provides non-monetary incentives for employees, including increased productivity, better work-life balance and faster decision making.

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LifeSize® Express 220™ – Full HD video communication – Budget friendly

The award-winning LifeSize® Express 220™ is an enhanced Full HD video communications system that is both affordable and scalable. Priced for broad deployment and uniquely flexible, the Express 220 is designed to enable companies to extend the reach of telepresence communications to any office or any size business. Ideal for small working groups, teams or individual knowledge workers who want to take communication over distance to the next level, LifeSize Express 220 has it all.

LifeSize Express 220

With LifeSize Express 220, you not only get Full HD video quality – 1080p30/720p60 – for natural, realistic interactions at the lowest possible bandwidth, but also crisp, crystal clear data-sharing and an all new digital I/O with Full HD support. With support for dual high definition displays, Full HD camera, and phone or microphone options, LifeSize Express 220 offers the ultimate flexibility.

Key Features

  • The highest available resolution on the market – 1080p30
  • The best motion handling with half the latency with 720p60
  • Full-motion video and content with 720p30 dual streaming
  • High definition quality. Simplicity. Meaningful team connections.

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Advanced HD Videoconferencing with Polycom’s HDX 8006

High-definition visual communications solution for conference rooms, classrooms and meeting places worldwide.

The clarity of Polycom HDX 8006 system enables users to interact over video freely and naturally, and with the HDX 8000 Series systems’ embedded multipoint and content-sharing capabilities, remote team members can quickly and easily be brought together collaborate on projects visually in this superior telepresence solution.

Polycom HDX 8006

Key Features:

  • High-definition video – Up to1920 x 1080 (1080p) video resolution or 1280 x720 (720p) resolution at 30 fps or 60 fps for excellent video quality at all data rates
  • High-definition voice – Polycom Siren™ 22 and Polycom StereoSurround™ technology for powerful, superior room-filling audio performance

For media-rich group presentations, the Polycom HDX 8006 system enables users to display rich-media content and data easily, enhancing collaboration and audience participation. And utilizing Polycom HDX 8000 Series systems in tandem with Polycom’s unique People On Content™ collaboration technology allows presenters to insert their video images into projected content to explain key elements more clearly.

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Cisco Acquisition Accepted by TANDBERG Shareholders

In looking back, the news of an impending Cisco-TANDBERG acquisition broke on October 1, immediately shaking up the landscape of the video communications industry. After a little more than two months of negotiations, 91% of TANDBERG shareholders have now accepted Cisco’s offer, exceeding the 90% condition outlined for the deal to go through.

When the initial proposition was made, only 30% of shareholders were in favor of the $3B offer, with percentages jumping to 40% when the figures increased to approximately $3.4B in late November.

As the second largest producer of video conferencing equipment, TANDBERG has reported an increase in momentum since October, introducing new endpoints and infrastructure products. With the acquisition, Cisco will now have the leverage to successfully sell lower-cost products to a wide range of markets.

Among the industry feedback:

  • “Tandberg has very strong sales partners in videoconferencing that Cisco will benefit from.” – Wainhouse Research
  • “The merger of the two companies will likely create an unstoppable force…This acquisition validates that video communications is well on its way to becoming a key enterprise communications application all the way from desktop to telepresence.”  – Frost & Sullivan
  • This development continues to validate that video communications is quickly becoming a critical application for companies, and is a key component of any enterprise’s Unified Communications strategy.  – Michael Brandofino, Executive Vice President of Video Communications and Unified Collaboration, AVI-SPL

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The Impact of the Cisco-TANDBERG Acquisition on Videoconferencing

By Michael Brandofino
Executive Vice President of Video Communications and Unified Collaboration
AVI-SPL

TandbergAnd then there were two. Today’s news about Cisco’s acquisition of TANDBERG should come as no surprise to those familiar with the video communications industry. Cisco’s leap into the video space with the launch of its Telepresence platform a few years ago was a clear statement that video communications was the target of future growth for Cisco. However, it was clear that while Cisco introduced a competitive high-end system, they lacked a full range of products to compete effectively against Polycom and TANDBERG . This acquisition effectively leaves two major players who make up approximately 90% of the market with a handful of others making up the rest.

This development continues to validate that video communications is quickly becoming a critical application for companies and is a key component of any enterprise’s Unified Communications strategy. AVI-SPL is positioned well to capitalize on these developments, as we have strong relationships with both Cisco, TANDBERG and Polycom. We continue to invest in training and certifications so we can be at the forefront of technology and will help our customer navigate through the changes in the market, and the potential changes in technology stemming from the acquisition of TANDBERG by Cisco.

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