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HP and Marriott International Form Alliance to Open "Public Access" Halo Telepresence Rooms

March 18, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

marriott-logo.jpgThumbnail image for hp_invent_logo.pngPALO ALTO, Calif., March 18, 2008 - HP today announced it has entered into an agreement with Marriott International Inc. (NYSE: MAR) to make HP Halo telepresence solutions available for public use at select Marriott locations in major business centers around the world.

The specific locations will be announced at a later date.

HP and Marriott will enable people located around the world to meet in an environment that looks, sounds and feels as if they are just across the table from one another. Participants see each other in life-sized images projected on high-resolution displays and can communicate with no perceived delays, regardless of how far apart they may be.


"In forming this alliance, HP and Marriott are making the benefits of Halo telepresence solutions available to an even larger audience," said Ken Crangle, general manager, Halo Telepresence Solutions, HP. "Now, Marriott guests and small and medium-size businesses will be able to leverage the power and value of HP's telepresence technology."

"The agreement with HP further demonstrates Marriott's commitment and leadership within the hospitality industry by providing our guests with innovative technology options," said Lou Paladeau, vice president, Operations Technology, Marriott International Inc. "The addition of telepresence will give us a competitive edge in key markets. We will be able to offer current clients a great value proposition and telepresence will open new lines of business for our hotels."

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HP Halo Meeting Room Will Be Deployed @ Marriott Locations

HP Halo Telepresence Solutions at select Marriott hotels will allow the public to take advantage of all the business benefits that Halo offers without the upfront investment. This includes the ability to seamlessly collaborate face to face with multiple companies around the globe at one time, easily share content and ultimately make decisions faster.

Marriott will use the HP Halo Meeting Room edition, which is specifically designed for installation inside an existing conference room space. Marriott customers will benefit from Halo's fully managed service, which includes 24x7 Halo Concierge support, and access to the Halo Video Exchange Network, which is essential to providing a no-perceived delay, "same room" collaboration experience.

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HP Halo Meeting Room Side

More information about HP Halo offerings is available at www.hp.com/go/halo.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers - from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the worlds largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $107.7 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com. More news from HP, including links to RSS feeds, is available at www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/.









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