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The Best Telepresence Solutions of the Year 2009; Editor's Choice Awards Announced by Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter

January 26, 2010 | Chris Payatagool


Awards go to Telepresence products from Brightcom, Cisco, HP, LifeSize, Polycom, TANDBERG, Teliris and Videonations.

London, UK January 25, 2010 -- The online Specialist Newsletter Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight has announced its Editor's Choice Awards for The Best Telepresence Solutions of the Year 2009 at

"In 2009, many more companies recognised Telepresence meetings as a real alternative to domestic and international travel that saved them costs and management time. Virtual meetings are easy to schedule and set up, and they give participants the feeling they are meeting in the same room," said Richard Line, Editor of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight.

To qualify for an Award, a Telepresence system must have been launched or substantially improved in calendar 2009. The Editor takes the side of the user and looks for innovation, reliability, ease of use and price-performance.

Achievement Awards for the Best Telepresence Solutions of the Year 2009 published in the 18 January 2010 issue are to be found at They are:

1. The Brightcom L37 Lumina Telepresence with three 37-inch screens and web conferencing functions

Brightcom L37_Mockup.jpg2. The Cisco TelePresence System 1300 with single screen, 3 cameras and 720p option for 2 to 6 people

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3. The Cisco TelePresence System 1100, a single 65-inch screen, single-camera endpoint

Cisco_1100_TelePresence.jpg4. Cisco HealthPresence combines Cisco TelePresence with diagnostic medical devices

Cisco_HealthPresence.jpg5. The HP Halo Collaboration Studio with extended seating option and web casting

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for HP_Halo_MeetingRoom_SM.jpg6. The Polycom RPX HD 200 and RPX HD 400 Telepresence rooms with a giant projection screen and 1080p video

POLYCOM-RPX-HD-400.jpg7. The Polycom Telepresence Experience TPX HD 204M and TPX HD 304M with two/three screens

Thumbnail image for Polycom_TPX_204M.jpg8. The Polycom ATX 300 Telepresence kit to be customised by qualified A/V systems integrators

ATX300.jpg9. The TANDBERG T1 Telepresence system with a new slim look and a touch-screen interface

TANDBERG_T1_side.jpg10. The TANDBERG T3 Custom Edition is designed for A/V systems integrators to install

TANDBERG_T3.jpg11. The Teliris sixth-generation G6 Telepresence systems series with 2, 3, 4 or 5 screens


12. The Videonations Videopresence 3-screen system built with a LifeSize Conference 200 Telepresence kit

lifesize_conference200(550x367px).pngThe Editor commented that Telepresence became a buzz word in the calendar year 2009 and won widespread acceptance; demand was very strong and there were many more large enterprise-wide deployments. The Editor detected seven major trends in the Telepresence industry:

(1) the offer of 1080p Full HD video quality as well as 720p HD video;
(2) vendors offered single-screen and two-screen Telepresence solutions for offices and small rooms as well as Telepresence suites with three or four large flat screens;
(3) most Telepresence solutions were packaged with a fully-managed telecom service;
(4) vendors offered new Telepresence kits for custom installation by audio-video systems integrators;
(5) lower prices for large LCD flat screens capable of 1080p Full HD video resolution
(6) major progress was made in ensuring systems from different Telepresence vendors would interoperate;
(7) one vendor offered to facilitate a quality broadband Telepresence connection over the public Internet by incorporating H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC).

Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter announced on 11 January its Editor's Choice Awards for Corporate Achievements in calendar 2009, namely:

1. Telepresence Company of the Year 2009 - Cisco TelePresence
2. Videoconferencing Company of the Year 2009 - TANDBERG
3. Video-enabled Unified Communications Company of the Year 2009 - RADVISION
4. The most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 2009 - The Aethra Xtreme 300 series High Definition Videoconferencing solution
5. Industry Leader of the Year 2009 - Craig Malloy, CEO of LifeSize Communications

About Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter:
Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight is a well established newsletter for the user of Telepresence, videoconferencing and video-enabled Unified Communication systems. It is published online on Wednesday of each week at and It is read by thousands of readers worldwide. Publication began in1996.

The Newsletter content comprises: User application case studies of Telepresence and HD Videoconferencing, CEO interviews, Equipment News, News from the Channel and Systems Integrators, News from Conferencing Service Providers, etc. It is accessible free of charge thanks to generous support from sponsoring companies listed on the website.


Richard Line, Editor,
Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter,
editor (at) vcinsight (dot) com
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Telephone: 44 (0)1291 624411

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