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Vu Launches TelePresence Videoconferencing System Customized for the SMB Market

October 20, 2010 | Chris Payatagool

Vu_logo.jpgBrings Fortune 500 Quality Technology, Without the Cost or Complexity, to Entrepreneurial Businesses

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vu TelePresence, an innovator and manufacturer of display systems, today announced the availability of its TelePresence systems customized for the needs of SMBs, and the opening of Vu TelePoints, remote access conference suites available by the hour, to conduct high quality videoconferencing with the Vu system.

Vu TelePresence enables entrepreneurial businesses to gain the convenience and efficiency of conducting remote meetings, reviews, and interviews from the office or boardroom - with the realism of higher-end systems costing [3-5 times] the price. About as easy to use as instant messaging, Vu Telepresence operates across low bandwidth environments. It's available for multiple room size options, while maintaining HD quality images and sound.

"For those smaller organizations looking to grow, Vu TelePresence adds the sophistication of Fortune 500 technology without breaking the bank," says Chief Executive Officer Devita Saraf. "While other companies in the industry are focused on scaling down their large enterprise solutions to fit a different market, Vu is a customized solution specifically made for entrepreneurs and SMB professionals."

Saraf added: "We look at 'Vu-ing' in the workplace not just as a cost-cutting measure, but as the new business lexicon. We see it as the next telephone not as a substitute for travel."
Using lower bandwidth requirements, Vu TelePresence provides top line audio and video with HD picture quality (i.e., 1,047 billion colors), as well as multi-party conferencing, desktop screen-sharing capability, and 3,000 hours of video recording - creating affordable, high quality communications. The system comes complete with:

    •    Vu Master Control Unit
    •    Vu Pan-Tilt Zoom Camera with a 3.8 Optical Zoom and a 65-degree field of vision
    •    Vu Speakers
    •    Vu Microphone

Vu TelePresence is available in two models: Vu TelePresence Pro for private conversations between 5 locations is suited for individual practices, employee conferences, remote workers, employee offices and even the CEO's suite. Vu Telepresence Premier is designed for a larger audience in settings such as boardrooms, meeting rooms and classroom environments.
The Vu TelePresence Pro is currently available for lease at $49.99 per month (without display unit). The complete system can be purchased for $1499.

"Constant communications without sacrificing quality and affordability is long overdue, especially for SMBs," said Rich Reiffer, chief technology officer of Trivalent Group. "The Vu TelePresence device is one of the easiest teleconferencing systems I have personally ever used and there is extreme value in the product from the enterprise level down to a small shop. It is so fast that we have been able to use it with people joining on a conference phone and have the video stay in sync with the conference phone."

"The ability to 'read' an individual's body language during a meeting, be it with prospects, clients, vendors or employees, is priceless," added Ms. Saraf. "Typical telecommunications like email, chat or phone simply cannot provide one a true sense of how a person 'feels' about your communication. Vu solves these issues by 'putting' you in the same room as your audience with the same benefits and productivity as being there in person. It cuts down meeting and talk time by approximately 50 percent."

The company also announced today that Vu TelePoint locations, remote access conference suites fully equipped with Vu TelePresence technology, are available in select areas across the country. Allowing professionals to stay connected to customers, prospects and employees when away from home are currently located in major cities, including New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Irvine, Oakland and Boston.

Vu TelePresence will be showcasing the technology for the first time ever to business users at NYXPO on October 20 at the Javits Center. Vu will set up five Vu systems as registration points to handle all pre-registrant check-ins, making it the first ever virtual registration experience at a trade show.

In addition, Vu TelePresence will be conducting a "Telepresence Makeover" competition at its booth (#426). The winner of the "Makeover" will be the company that makes the best case for why their organization would need TelePresence, and will include up to 3 Vu TelePresence systems.

About Vu TelePresence

Founded in 2006, Vu TelePresence is one of the leading telepresence solutions providers for the small and midsized business marketplace. Addressing the telecommunications needs of the category, the company's flagship solution, Vu TelePresence® and its Vu TelePoint conference suites, provide an affordable solution with Fortune 500 level service levels. Vu TelePresence's operations is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, with Vu TelePoint locations in most major US and India cities (with future expansion into Europe and Central/South America) including New York, Chicago, Oakland, Boston, Irvine, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Vu is a part of Zenith Group that has been in the technology business since 1980 with product innovations in cloud computing, telepresence, laptops, desktops, televisions, digital signage, etc. Zenith Group has 2500 employees in India, U.S., UK, Belgium and Singapore.

Contacts:

Makovsky + Company
Mariana Kosturos, 212-508-9613
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