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The Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter has awarded the 10 Best Telepresence Solutions of 2010

January 24, 2011 | Kendal Kirby
Telepresence_and_Videoconferencing_Insight_Newsletter_has_awarded_the_10_Best_Telepresence_Solutions_2010.jpgThe Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter has awarded the 10 Best Telepresence Solutions of 2010 and announced 8 recently developed news features on the industry.  The Telepresence Solution awards are based on innovation, products that disrupt the market, affordable prices, and success in the market place. The 10 Best Telepresence Solutions of 2010:

1. Business Octane CollaboratorTURBOMAX Immersive Telepresence Suite
2. Cisco Telepresence System 3210 for 12-18 persons
3. Cisco Telepresence System EX90 for Personal Telepresence
4. DVE Telepresence 3D Immersion Room 
5. Huawei Telepresence System TP3006 for 6 persons
6.  LifeSize Conference 200 Telepresence development kit 
7.  Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace Duo with 1080p video
8. Polycom ATX 300 with High Profile AVC and touch screen control
9. Teliris 3D Telepresence with 1, 2 or 3 large screens
10. Teliris NanoEX Telepresence with a curved, panoramic display for the desk top


Recent Analysis on the Industry by Editor Richard Line, of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter

Telepresence is the top-of-the-range solution in visual communications; demand was strong throughout 2010 when connecting Video Exchanges of different carries made connecting to other businesses feasible

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Teliris VirtuaLive Telepresence

17 January 2011. There were two significant developments in 2010 in the Telepresence industry in 2010. First, working interoperability between Telepresence systems of different vendors was achieved. Second, Telepresence systems on the networks of different telecom providers were connected when these telecom providers linked their Video Exchanges.

In 2008 and 2009, Telpresence was used mainly for video meeting within a company or an organisation. They were mostly conducted using that company's network to that provided by a single Telecom provider. Thanks to developments in 2010, deployments of Telepresence are no longer an island. Telepresence is used to video meet with business customers and business suppliers. Telepresence is now used extensively for B2B video meetings.

The following carriers took some initial steps to link their Video Exchanges in 2010: AT&T, BCS Global Networks, BT, Global Crossing, Glowpoint, Orange Business Services, Tata Communications, Telefonica and Telmex. But there is still a lot of work to be done to create a complete set of links as already exists for HD videoconferencing.

More people realised how convenient it was to meet by Telepresence or HD video conferencing when dust from an erupting volcanoe in Iceland grounded most airline flights within Europe and to and from European airports in April 2010.  Once again the technology proved that video meetings can be a strong competitor for airline travel.

The number of Telepresence rooms installed at companies and organisations worldwide has grown from an estimated 2,000 at end 2008 and about 3,500 at end 2009 to between 5,000 and 6,000 at end 2010. Most of these rooms are for private use. The number of Telepresence rooms installed in hotels and other buildings for public rent-by-the hour use was much less than 100 rooms at the end of 2010.
 
A third major development in 2010 was that some leading travel agents included a reservation platform to arrange a Telepresence meeting on their web portals where flights and hotels can be booked. First to do so was Sabre Travel network on their Get There web site with help from Cisco. Others followed including the U.S. Government's GSA web site and Adelman Travel with conference service provider IVCi.

When John Chambers described a day using Telepresence to replace overseas visits, one London journalist wrote: "The Cisco CEO has the world at his fingertips." In 2010, the management of many more companies decided to use Telepresence to have the world at their finger tips. In May 2010, AT&T said they had installed 100 managed Telepresence rooms. Cases where the investment in Telepresence was shown to be paid back in 12 months added financial justification to win over finance directors.

By October 2010, Cisco could claim that eight customers had installed or ordered more than 50 Telepresence units. Here are the largest Telepresence networks that we described as user application stories in 2010: Accenture (50 TP systems), Autodesk (18), Bank of America (200), Bosch Siemens HausGerate (120), British American Tobacco (10), GE Energy (n.a), Marriott Hotels (25), PepsiCo (n.a.), Philips Electronics (24), Proctor and Gamble (70), Regus rented offices (15 with 50 planned), Starwood Hotels (n.a.), Tata Communications (32 with 100 planned), U.S. GSA (15 planned). Smaller Telperesence deployment described in 2010 were:  Mahindra and Mahindra, India's leading vehicle manufacturer (3 with 8 planned), Peugeot (5), and National Grid (4)

When defining Telepresence experts refer not so much to the technology (which is the same as for 720p/1080p HD videoconferencing) but to the experience which must be "immersive, life size, and like communicating in the same room". Although Telepresence is best appreciated on large screens (42 to 65 inches) in a dedicated room, 2010 saw much more attention given to single large screen Telepresence systems and to systems with a smaller screen designed for the desktop, including one with a curved screen to provide a panoramic view (Teliris). Teliris also launched 3D Telepresence for 1, 2 or 3 screens.

Every vendor of videoconferencing systems has felt they had to develop their own Telepresence offering; some even began to rename existing single or two-screen 1080p High-Definition videoconferencing systems as Telepresence, thereby leaving the potential customer a little confused.

The year 2010 saw local suppliers of Telepresence systems in China and India expand their sales and dominate the local market. In July 2010, 200 Huawei Telepresence systems were being used around the world, including about 100 in China. In India, Business Octane has launched Telepresence systems at affordable prices in an amazing range of configurations. The company has five demonstration centres in the largest cities. The number of units sold is not available.

Home Telepresence was promised by Cisco at the Consumer Electronics show in January 2010. The Cisco umi Home Telepresence system was launched in October at $600 (without TV screen) and a monthly connection charge of $25. Fraunhofer IIS, a European source of excellent audio and multimedia technologies, presented a PC-based [email protected] system at IFA 2010 in Berlin in August. Logitech launched its Revue for Google TV set top box with 720p videoconferencing in October. As these are not intended for business use, they are excluded from our annual review.

Telepresence can only be installed if the network connection offers sufficient bandwidth. 1080p video by itself requires a minimum of 1.0 Mbps per screen in each direction and Cisco Telepresence can use up to 6Mbps per screen requiring up to 18 Mps in total. Bandwidth requirements remained a potential obstacle for some customers in 2010, but eventually this will disappear in part because vendors will find news "to manage more data with less bandwidth."

In June, Marthin de Beer, senior VP in charge of TelePresence at Cisco, said: "Traffic is literally exploding on networks. Networks of the past were built around data and were optimized for Web traffic. In just two or three years from now, when 90 percent of traffic is video, those networks will have to look fundamentally different." And all the evidence suggests they will.

There were 18 new and enhanced Telepresence product launches in 2010. Here are the 10 Best Telepresence Solutions of 2010 chosen by the Editor of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter

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The Cisco TelePresence System 3010

17 Janaury 2011. There were both completely-new Telepresence product launches and some major enhancements to existing products in 2010.  Here are the major launches we reviewed during the year 2010 in alphabetical order of the vendor:

- Business Octane CollaboratorHYPERMAX Immersive Group Telepresence Suite
- Business Octane CollaboratorTURBOMAX Immersive Telepresence Suite
- Cisco Telepresence System 3010 for 2-6 persons (See picture)
- Cisco Telepresence System 3210 for 12-18 persons
- Cisco Healthpresence for Telemedicine
- DVE Telepresence 3D Immersion Room
- Huawei Telepresence System TP3016 for 6-16 persons
- Huawei Telepresence System TP1002 for 1-3 persons
- LifeSize (a Division of Logitech) Conference 200 Telepresence development kit
- Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace Release 3 with 1080p video
- Magor TeleCollaboration HDSolo with MyView
- Polycom RPX Telepresence with High Profile and touch screen control
- Polycom ATX 300 with High Profile and touch screen control
- Tandberg (now part of Cisco) EX90 Personal Telepresence
- Tandberg (now part of Cisco)
- Teliris 3D Telepresence with 1, 2 or 3 large screens as options.
- Teliris NanoPersonal Telepresence with a 22-inch display for the desk top
- Teliris NanoEX Telepresence with a curved, panoramic display for the desk top


The Editor of Telepresence and VideoConferencing Insight Newsletter has chosen the following 10 Telepresence solutions as "The 10 Best Telepresence solutions of 2010":

1. Business Octane CollaboratorTURBOMAX Immersive Telepresence Suite
2. Cisco Telepresence System 3210 for 12-18 persons
3. Cisco Telepresence System EX90 for Personal Telepresence
4. DVE Telepresence 3D Immersion Room
5. Huawei Telepresence System TP3006 for 6 persons
6.  LifeSize Conference 200 Telepresence development kit
7.  Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace Duo with 1080p video
8. Polycom ATX 300 with High Profile AVC and touch screen control
9. Teliris 3D Telepresence with 1, 2 or 3 large screens
10. Teliris NanoEX Telepresence with a curved, panoramic display for the desk top


We discuss each of these 10 Telepresence systems within the context of each company and its entire range of Telepresence systems in the following news bytes. In this way we give the reader an overview of the Telepresence offerings of the industry's major suppliers at the end of 2010.

1. Business Octane CollaboratorTURBOMAX Immersive Telepresence Suite


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Business Octane CollaboratorTURBOMAX

17 January 2011. In India, Business Octane launched its new CollaboratorTURBOMAX Immersive Telepresence Collaboration Suites in 2010; DuPont and Citrix chose TURBOMAX to improve collaboration among their Indian teams

India's Business Octane based in Gurgaon near New Delhi extended its already impressive range of Telepresence three-screen solutions with the launch of its CollaboratorTURBOMAX Immersive Telepresence Collaboration Suites in 2010. They require as little as 1 Mbps per screen and cost 40% less than competing models.

Business Octane has signed deals with DuPont and Citrix for their Indian sites. DuPont has deployed CollaboratorTURBOMAX 8/16 VX in their Gurgaon facility and Citrix will deploy CollaboratorTURBOMAX 13/13/19 ZXi in their new facility at Ulsoor, Bangalore.

Business Octane also sells three other ranges: CollaboratorHYPERMAX - Immersive Group Telepresence Suites; CollaboratorTURBOMAX-HS - Immersive Dynamic Telepresence Suites; and CollaboratorPOWERMAX - Immersive Dynamic Telepresence Suites.

Business Octane says that with Collaborator TURBOMAX, enterprises will discover a new way to meet colleagues, clients, partners and suppliers worldwide without the need to travel. The TURBOMAX Suite fosters a truly immersive dynamic Telepresence meeting experience between remote participants with their true-to- life images, natural eye contact, and stereo spatial audio and content sharing in real-time.

The TURBOMAX Suites seamlessly interoperate with Business Octane's entire collaboration and learner solutions portfolio and other standards-compliant videoconferencing systems. Users can establish a multi-site collaboration with up to 120 Business Octane's Suites in a single call using a Polycom MCU.

The Business Octane CollaboratorTURBOMAX Telepresence Suite is designed with elliptical seating to facilitate collaboration between local and distant teams across the enterprise. The suite is available in eight seating capacities ranging from 12 to 37. These Suites are fully integrated solutions that include the entire furniture and interiors that have been natively embedded with complete networking, lighting, electrical, audio and visual, conferencing and control systems.

TURBOMAX suites come in the model variants FXi/FX and LXi/ LX.  They can be upgraded to VXi/VX variants and to ZXi/ZX variants with three large Telepresence screens at anytime. The unusually large number of different Business Octane Telepresence solutions are explained with plenty of useful pictures on the company's web site www.businessoctane.com.

Mr. Sanjay Bansal, Chairman of the Board & Managing Director, Business Octane, said: "CollaboratorTURBOMAX provides our clients dynamic immersive Telepresence at one third of the existing bandwidth requirement, starting as low as one Mbps driving its adoption in the marketplace". He also claimed Business Octane Telepresence systems cost 40% less than other Immersive Telepresence suites.

Mr. Sanjay Bansal has worked with a majority of the Fortune 500 companies and top corporates in India and won several accolades for innovations in sales and marketing. His passion for excellence and continuous learning have helped him create a very customer-caring sales team.

Business Octane is headquartered at Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi. Business Octane aims to achieve market leadership position in the global telepresence industry. It already has Executive Experience Centers at Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad where customers can come and experience its solutions first hand.

Business Octane plans to increase its pan-India presence significantly and has worldwide ambitions. Reaching a turnover of $1 billion has been mentioned as a long-range target. Given the company's strength in sales and marketing, this could be achievable over time.

Business Octane CollaboratorTURBOMAX Immersive Telepresence Suite. It is clearly one of the 10 Best Telepresence solutions of 2010.


2. Cisco Telepresence System 3210 for 12-18 Persons

cisco_telepresence_system_3210.jpg17 January 2011. Cisco launched Cisco TelePresence System 3010 and CTS 3210 Telepresence suites in February 2010. They are enhanced versions of its flagship CTS 3000 and 3200 suites; Cisco also announced five new Cisco TelePresence (tm) experiences.

The new Cisco TelePresence System 3010 and Cisco TelePresence System 3210 offer better energy utilization and faster installation for cost-effective IT support and new in-room enhancements for an improved user experience.

Both the 3010 and the 3210 suites enhance collaboration with a new in-room HD liquid crystal display (LCD) to share content across the Cisco TelePresence meeting from a laptop or from an integrated document camera. The new LCDs, combined with advanced plasma displays, help reduce overall power consumption by 25 percent.

The new endpoints provide the same high-quality Cisco TelePresence experience as the rest of the portfolio, including ease of use, support for a variety of applications, 720p and 1080p HD video, spatial audio and a superior environment.

The two new endpoints also offer a faster installation, lower room remediation costs, increased bandwidth efficiency and easier management as well as energy savings, which all lower the overall total cost of operations.

Cisco's range of Telepresence suites now comprises:

Cisco TelePresence 3010 with an oval table with 6 seats
Cisco TelePresence 3210 for larger-room venues with up to 18 seats
Cisco TelePresence 1300 Series with single 65-inch screen
Cisco TelePresence System 500 with single 32-inch screen

Cisco TelePresence T1 (Tandberg) for meetings of two or three people
Cisco TelePresence T3 (Tandberg) for meetings of six to nine people.
Cisco TelePresence Custom (Tandberg) Customizable for auditoriums, A/V installations.
Cisco TelePresence EX 90 (Tandberg) Personal Telepresence 21.5-inch screen
Cisco TelePresence EX 60 (Tandberg) Personal Telepresence 24-inch screen
Cisco TelePresence Movi (Tandberg) for joining Telepresence meeting from desktop

Cisco also announced five new Cisco TelePresence  experiences that extend the value of Telepresence beyond the virtual meeting. 
(a) The Classroom of the Future, which takes the face-to-face Cisco TelePresence experience into classrooms, lecture halls and corporate training rooms to extend expertise and knowledge sharing around the globe, and to allow students and teachers to interact no matter where they are.
(b) Cisco TelePresence Active Collaboration Room, which combines a virtual meeting experience with collaborative applications such as Cisco WebEx  for brainstorming on virtual interactive whiteboards and a document camera for design meetings across multiple locations.
(c) Cisco TelePresence Remote Demonstration Center, which creates a unique way for businesses to use Cisco TelePresence and other video technology to showcase new products and solutions virtually, and potentially over great distances, without requiring on-site demonstrations.
(d) Cisco TelePresence Live Desk, which provides customers with instant in-person concierge service in the Cisco TelePresence room via a softkey on the in-room IP phone.
(e) The Cisco TelePresence Streaming Service, which provides live webcasting or recording services from any size Cisco TelePresence meetings to any type of desktop or mobile device, Cisco Digital Signage, or social video system.

Cisco Telepresence System 3210 for 12-18 persons has won a good reputation and a high share of the market. It is clearly one of the 10 Best Telepresence solutions of 2010.

3. Cisco Telepresence System EX90 for Personal Telepresence

cisco_telepresence_system_EX90.jpg17 January 2011. The stylish Cisco Telepresence SystemEX90 for Personal Telepresence enables executives and experts at remote sites to join Telepresence meetings at Full HD 1080p video quality from their desk with an easy-to-use, 8-inch touch screen interface.

Tandberg launched the EX90 in March 2010. The EX90 extends the Tandberg Telepresence in-person experience to individuals at their desks or home offices. The EX90 integrates the superior audio and visual quality of Tandberg Telepresence into a sleek desktop solution that will change the way executives and experts communicate and collaborate.

Fredrik Halvorsen, then Tandberg CEO, said: "Business driven by emails and phone calls is a thing of the past. Today's executives do not have time to wait for answers, or to be misunderstood. They must be able to connect face-to-face with anyone at anytime, at a moment's notice, to accelerate decisions and drive business in real time. The Tandberg EX90 enables executives to engage with customers, experts and employees as if they were sitting across the desk."

The Tandberg EX90 easily connects in full 1080p30 resolution to any standards-based video conferencing or Telepresence system with Tandberg  inTouch, an 8" touch screen interface. inTouch simplifies making video calls, sharing content and accessing advanced features.

Moreover, the Tandberg EX90 has a 4-site MultiSite MCU embedded, which allows executives to add two other participants to any call and the large 24" HD screen ensures they are easily viewable. The EX90 can seamlessly double as a PC monitor and has a handset for audio, streamlining executives' communications and their desks.

For a tailored total collaboration experience, users have the flexibility to add a second monitor to the Tandberg EX90 to share data or multimedia at the same time on the second screen. Dual front speakers and an integrated subwoofer provide for superior audio.

Collaboration is natural with transparent one-touch sharing of High-Definition (HD) content, and a built-in document camera feature. The PrecisionHD Camera tilts 90 degrees enabling users to share sketches, blueprints, X-rays and other documents, as well as objects Combined with the ability to easily add cameras, multimedia devices and other peripherals, the EX90 is an ideal solution for true collaboration in any industry setting.

Here is what one satisfied user says. "We rely on Tandberg Telepresence and HD video conferencing for instant 'in-person' access to drive critical meetings and make decisions," said Steve Henderson, Program Manager for Varian Medical Systems, the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions.

"Connecting and collaborating from my desk in the same high quality is very easy and intuitive with inTouch ... helping me to accomplish much more than if I was just on a conference call, or even traditional video conferencing."

The Cisco Telepresence System EX90 (previously Tandberg EX90) is standards-based for immediate connectivity to any standards-based videoconferencing or Telepresence system.

Cisco Telepresence System EX90 for Personal Telepresence is stylish and neatly brings 1080p video to the executive desktop. It is clearly one of the 10 Best Telepresence solutions of 2010.


4. DVE Telepresence 3D Immersion Room





17 January 2011. Digital Video Enterprises, Inc. (DVE) launched the DVE Immersion Room (tm) which displays 3D Telepresence life-size images of people moving about in the 3D physical space of the meeting room in March 2010.
 
Digital Video Enterprises, Inc. (DVE) unveiled the DVE Immersion Room (tm) at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany in March 2011. This amazing meeting experience displays HD 3D holographic appearing images of people for the ultimate in ultra-realistic Telepresence.

Later at a Media Day Event at Irvine, California in May 2010, the media and guests experienced holographic-appearing, life-size images of people standing and walking about in the 3D physical space of the meeting room.

The DVE Immersion Room has been a highly guarded secret during development and has only been seen by industry insiders before the public unveiling. DVE said at the launch that it incorporates several generations of technology beyond the Telepresence/videoconferencing technology offered by firms such as Cisco, Tandberg and Polycom.

The DVE Immersion Room(tm) enables life-size images of people seen standing and walking about in the 3D physical space of the meeting room. Further, the Room displays 9-foot wide volumetric 3D images appearing to float in mid-air.  The effect does not require special glasses to be worn.

The DVE Immersion Room(tm) is based on an extensive patent portfolio of augmented reality telepresence that places real-time images of people inside the middle of the room. Also of note is the inclusion of hidden cameras that aim through the image for natural eye contact.

"Consumer and legacy business telepresence mounts cameras above the display so people appear to look down while conferencing. DVE's product line, from the desktop to the DVE Immersion Room(tm), ingeniously hides the camera behind the image for real eye contact," stated Jeff Machtig, DVE co-founder.

DVE's line of Telepresence products includes: the DVE Telepresence Stage, The Telepresence Podium, the Huddle 70 corporate-wide Telepresence solution and the Desktop Silhouette.

DVE technology uses a third party codec. DVE creates Real Telepresence from the following Telepresence and Videoconferencing systems: Cisco, HaiVision, Lifesize, Polycom, RADVISION, Skype, Sony, TANDBERG, Vidyo.

The cost is $895,000. The DVE Immersion Room won the Frost & Sullivan "2009 Global Conferencing Telepresence Product of The Year Award."

DVE's Immersion Room (tm) can be viewed as a video on the company website:
www.DVEtelepresence.com.

Since then DVE has deployed its systems for numerous corporations and Hollywood Studios, yet the cost for the specialty codecs and the cost for bandwidth (5-15 Mb) greatly limited the potential market. Then DVE used its experience to produce the DVE Executive Telepresence System, which has the same quality, but in the price range of videoconferencing systems and it requires only a T1 connection.

"DVE's Immersion Room takes Telepresence to the next level and delivers an experience a generation beyond the competition. The ultrarealism provides what filmmakers and science fiction writers have only imagined," stated Jeffrey Machting co-founder of DVE.

DVE's Immersion Room is a remarkable innovation. It is certainly one of the 10 Best Telepresence solutions of 2010.


5. Huawei Telepresence System TP3006 for 6 Persons


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 Huawei Telepresence System TP 3006

17 January 2011. Huawei based in Shenzehn, China refreshed and extended its range of Telepresence systems in 2010.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is the leading supplier of Telepresence systems in China. Huawei is China's largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and the second largest worldwide. Incorporated in 1988 and headquartered in Shenzhen, Huawei had $21.5 billion revenues in 2009 and around 95.000 employees at June 2009. It sells its products in over 100 countries. Telepresence and videoconferencing come under Huawei Devices who have their own website:
http://www.huaweidevice.com/vc

Huawei is a significant player in the world market. Huawei announced Huawei Telepresence TP3006 - its first Telepresence product - in April 2009 and added TP3016 model for up to 16 persons and TP1002 single screen model in 2010. In July 2010, 200 Huawei Telepresence systems were being used around the world, including about 100 in China.

Huawei launched the 3-screen TP3006 Telepresence solution in April 2009. Huawei TP3006 brings people together in a virtual  video meeting experience, immediately and enjoyably. In  2010 it was given a re-designed and well-organized touch screen GUI which makes it easy to use.

The Huawei TP3006 Telepresence system is designed to accommodate up to 6 people and provides 1080p(30fps), 1080i(60fps) or 720p(30/60fps) High Definition (HD) video, high quality AAC-LD directional audio across three 65-inch LCD display screens plus a 50-inch presentation screen.

There is a panoramic HD video camera. Huawei is planning on an upgrade in Q1-2011 to implement further functionalities and improvements like new system design and furniture, 1080p 50/60 full HD video, Android-based touch screen control panel, PSTN which allows telephone add-on and more.

The Huawei TP3016 Telepresence system is designed for 6 -16 people with a second row of 8-10 seats. It has three 65-inch display screens with 1080p or 720p HD video and an extra content screen.

The Huawei TP1002 Telepresence system is  designed to accommodate 1 - 2 participants. This system has a single 65-inch display screen and provides 1080p and 720p High Definition (HD) video, high quality AAC-LD audio and a wireless touch screen control panel.

There are two HUAWEI Telepresence servers: the VP8650 and the VP866 with 256 and 1024 ports for multi-site video meetings

All Huawei Telepresence systems include means to overcome QoS problems on IP networks. With Huawei SEC (super error concealment ) and IRC (intelligent rate control ) technology, Huawei TP 3006, TP3016 and TP1002 are able to keep producing good video quality even if there are significant packet loss or low bandwidth, latency and jitter over the network link.

Huawei develops standard-based Telepresence system and makes sure they are interoperable with  standard-based Telepresence equipment of other vendors. Huawei plans interoperability with Cisco TelePresence Systems through TIP (Telepresence Interoperability Protocol) by April 2011.

 Huawei Telepresence systems adopts standard-based H.235 and AES encryption techniques to ensure that your video call is well protected. The device configuration and setup is locked by anadmin password to avoid any unauthirised access.

Huawei itself uses Telepresence in its regional divisions and Representative offices around the world. Huawei uses Telepresence to reduce travel time and travel risks of its global employees, especially its technical, R&D, and executive staff.

Huawei's European headquarters are in Dusseldorf, Germany where you can have a demonstration of the Huawei TP3006 Telepresence system. Steve Tang is the Sales Director, Videoconferencing & Telepresence Business Division, Europe. He is setting up a Channel partner program with different types of partner.

The Huawei Telepresence System TP3006 for 6 persons is less expensive than other three-screen solutions. It is clearly one of the 10 Best Telepresence solutions of 2010.


6. LifeSize Conference 200 Telepresence Development Kit


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LifeSize Conference 200

17 January 2011. LifeSize Communications was the first company to develop and deliver High-Definition video communications products.  Founded in 2003 by industry veterans, the company was chosen as "HD Video-conferencing Company of the Year 2010" by this newsletter last week. It won the same honour in 2007.

LifeSize is headquartered in Austin, TX with subsidiaries in Europe and Asia Pacific. LifeSize has more than 1,500 channel partners in 80 countries reselling its line of High-Definition videoconferencing products.

LifeSize was acquired by Logitech at the end of 2009 and is now a Division of Logitech. LifeSize shares the Logitech vision that HD Video should be available to anyone, anywhere.

In 2009, LifeSize recognised that costly, proprietary Telepresence solutions were too expensive and too awkward to deploy throughout the organization. LifeSize felt that with its 720p HD video-conferencing technology, the company could produce quality Telepresence and make it affordable and flexible enough to be deployed in environments beyond the boardroom. That is how LifeSize Conference kit was conceived.

In 2010, LifeSize made all its HD videoconferencing system capable of 1080p video and added the number 200 to indicate this. For Telepresence, LifeSize Conference 200 with 1080p video was also launched in 2010.

LifeSize Conference 200 is not designed to be made into a fixed Telepresence suite. Rather to enable more users in more places to realize the benefits of Telepresence to improve their productivity, working face-to-face with colleagues in remote locations.

LifeSize Conference 200 System Components are: 3 x LifeSize Room 200 Codecs, 4 x LifeSize Cameras 200, 1 x LifeSize Phone, 1 x LifeSize Conference software, Power supplies Cables.

LifeSize Conference 200 has some attractive features: Full 1080p HD video, 16x9 format, can use one-third of the bandwidth of comparable Telepresence solutions and a kit designed for deployment in any conference room. The systems integrator also gets an embedded multipoint control unit (MCU) complete with transcoding.

The Bandwidth required is 2.5 Mbps - 18 Mbps (768Kbps - 6.0Mbps per codec). For Video Resolution 1920x1080p/30fps, 1.7 Mbps or higher per codec is required. For resolution 1280x720p/60fps, 1.1 Mbps or higher per codec is required. This drops to 768Kbps per codec for 1280 x 720p30fps video.

Such is the efficiency of the LifeSize codec that where bandwidth is a constraint 720p/30fps video can be achieved. That makes LifeSize Telepresence inexpensive to operate as well as affordable to buy.

The company's exemplary attention to the human experience ensures that the LifeSize Conference 200 system is easy to use. And with built-in AMX panel software, calling is made simple with one-button dialing.

LifeSize is committed to open architecture, so Conference 200 will interoperate with other standards-based videoconferencing and TelePresence systems.

As with LifeSize Full HD videoconferencing systems, LifeSize Conference 200 enables facial expressions, body language and gestures to transcend geography. Your work teams, wherever they are, get incredible, lifelike clarity.

Review the LifeSize Conference 200's capabilities and you will discover remarkable video communications that transports user experiences across cities, countries and continents. The LifeSize difference is the LifeSize experience.

Last year, Videonations Telepresence based on the original LifeSize Conference kit was one of the 10 Best Telepresence solutions of 2009.

A/V systems integrators who have installed the LifeSize Conference 200 Telepresence kit are impressed by its low cost, the high quality of video and audio and its ease of use. It is clearly one of the 10 Best Telepresence solutions of 2010.


7. Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace with 1080p Video

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Magor HD Duo with an Additional Screen for Data Collaboration

17 January 2011. Magor Communications based in Ottawa, Canada announced Release 3 of the Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace family of Telecollaboration systems in March 2010. Magor is selling the Release 3 systems in Europe and Asia as well as in the Americas.

There are three models of Magor Telecollaboration HDWorkPlacesystems: HDSolo with a single screen; the 2-screen HDDuo (See picture of Duo with a data sharing screen): and the three-screen HDTrio. The prices are: $25,000, $40,000-50,000 and $60,000-70,000 respectively.

The new Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace Release 3 incorporates innovative design features which we would expect given the companies heritage:
- peer-to-peer architecture that eliminates the need for a central MCU;
- data collaboration that allows all participants to see, control and edit shared files;
- multiple network optimisation techniques to avoid troublesome bursts of data; and
- Magor's own SVC++ video architecture that uses H.264 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) High Profile (HiP) to enable 1080p video to be transmitted over best effort Internet connections.

Release 3 effectively eliminates the potential negative impacts that video can have on networks.

The Chairman of Magor Communications is Sir Terence Matthews. In 1986, he founded Newbridge Networks, which had networking market revenues of $1.8 billion before it was sold to Alcatel in May 2000. Sir Terry also co-founded in 1972 Mitel, a world leader in the design and manufacture of enterprise communications solutions.

Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace Release 3 is based on a codec-agnostic, peer-to-peer video architecture, a scalable, adaptive, real time 1080p HD video. Magor TeleCollaboration extends basic scalability principles with innovative video segmentation and network adaptation processes that optimize the key areas of the picture and the required network resources. This approach protects the network from the potential negative impacts of video and overcomes the challenges of delivering 1080p video over best effort network connections.

For Magor, collaboration is not an add-on capability. It's integral to your visual experience. You are free to instantly share documents and let others modify them within a Magor TeleCollaboration session without the security issues related to posting your documents on a server. Your documents never leave your computer.

The Magor HDWorkPlace family of Telecollaboration systems is designed to dramatically improve the effectiveness of video-based meeting by seamlessly integrating advanced data collaboration capabilities into a peer-to-peer HD videoconferencing experience. In a face-to-face meeting, sharing documents is as easy as passing them across the table and anyone around the table can add their modifications. You can do that just as easily in a remote meeting using Magor HDWorkPlace.

Permitted participants can see, control and edit shared files and documents in real time. Release 3 also gives people the ability to access the shared content online through a Web browser while participating in the conversation by phone. So visual collaboration sessions enable users to make decisions, get work done and produce results more quickly.

Magor TeleCollaboration's peer-to-peer communication architecture allows each Magor endpoint to operate independently of the others. This means that new participants can be added spontaneously and participants can drop out, with no effect on the experience of the other participants.

Dan Rusheleau, EVP of Product Development for Magor, said: "With Release 3, Magor is leading the market in extending the reach of HD video conferencing and collaboration beyond the board room and executive suite. We are taking the power of telecollaboration to ordinary meeting rooms and individual offices, where real workers can get real work done, he added."

With all these innovative new features, the Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace Duo is clearly one of the 10 Best Telepresence solutions of 2010.


8. Polycom ATX 300 with High Profile AVC and Touch Screen Control



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Polycom ATX 300 in a custom configuration

17 January 2011. Polycom introduced at the end of 2009 the Polycom Architected Telepresence Experience or ATX 300, a Telepresence kit featuring technology components and software that can be used to create customized solutions for a broad range of industries, applications and unique room requirements. ATX requires planning, design, and implementation services from qualified AV integrator partners. It has been welcomed as a very useful way to expand integration flexibility for customers.

The Polycom ATX 300 Telepresence provides the same 1080p High Definition video and superb audio that Polycom Telepresence RPX and TPX Telepresence suites provide. The highly customizable telepresence kit can be adapted for specific room environments and unique application requirements by qualified audio/visual systems integrators.

Polycom's other immersive Telepresence products include:

- The Polycom RealPresence Experience (RPX) line, the most immersive telepresence solution on the market, which provides a "same room" collaboration experience for up to 28 people in each location;
- The Polycom Telepresence Experience (TPX) line, which provides an "across-the-table" experience for meetings;
- A range of Polycom room Telepresence products for small to large meeting rooms (HDX 6000, 7000, 8000 and 9000), all 1080p video capable and with support for H.264 High Profile which reduces bandwidth required by 50%.
- Personal Telepresence products for executive offices and desktops (such as the HDX 4000).

The Polycom ATX 300, like all HDX Systems, includes standard support for Polycom StereoSurround, super-wideband stereo audio (22kHz), including conversational stereo. This spatial audio can dramatically improve comprehension during Telepresence meetings.

The Polycom ATX 300 supports Polycom Lost Packet Recovery (LPR) technology, which ensures a consistent, high-quality experience over best-effort networks and public internet connections - even during packet loss. It also support for H.264 High Profile, a video compression technology that delivers HD video quality up to 50 percent savings in bandwidth used.

In 2010, the ATX 300 kit was enhanced by Polycom's new Meeting Composer tool that allows users to simply select locations using the room's touch screen controller and click a button to initiate point-to-point or multi-site calls. The Meeting Composer is integrated with Polycom's Converged Management Application (CMA), which provides a searchable global directory of all video endpoints within an organization. The controller also supports a local directory with commonly used locations to further simplify the calling options for users.

In addition to simplified dialing, Polycom has also further simplified the user experience by automating screen layouts. Immersive telepresence systems like the Polycom RPX, TPX and ATX 300 have multiple cameras, screens and video codecs. It is not uncommon for calls to involve multiple sites with combinations of one, two, three and four screen systems. When a user dials a call involving multiple locations, the various sites are now automatically configured and optimized on the screens for all sites in a call based on the capabilities of each system. For users this provides one-touch simplicity, eliminating the need for support resources to assist with this process.

A/V systems integrators who have installed the Polycom ATX 300 Telepresence are impressed by the high quality of video and audio and its ease of use. It is clearly one of the 10 Best Telepresence solutions of 2010.


9. Teliris 3D Telepresence with 1, 2 or 3 Large Screens



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Teliris InterACT 3D in a Single Screen Configuration

17 January 2011. Teliris launched the Teliris 3D Telepresence Solution and Teliris InterACT 3D Presentation 3D collaboration tool in June 2010 at InfoComm. They were available in October 2010.

TheTeliris 3D Telepresence solution delivers a new level of realism through a three-dimensional meeting experience. Teliris 3D Telepresence delivers a true-to-life depth perception, dimension and perspective view through its full High-Definition video and innovative stereoscopic camera technology.

The company explained that the Teliris 6G Platform allows seamless integration of its 3D and 2D Systems. The solution features the ability to switch between 2D and 3D meeting modes for easy interoperability across all Teliris solutions, as well as traditional videoconferencing or other Telepresence systems.

The Teliris 3D Telepresence solution is available in one, two or three display configurations. Teliris 3D Telepresence maintains the accurate eye-contact characteristic of all Teliris solutions for single and multiple-location meetings through pairing its patented vectoring and 3D technology.

Marc Trachtenberg, Teliris CEO and co-founder, said: "There is an obvious value that a highly realistic 3D experience brings for specific applications, but it's the extensible nature of Teliris' platform that delivers an unmatched advantage for our customers to integrate existing systems as well as have the flexibility to utilize 3D or 2D as needed."

Teliris InterACT 3D Presentation is a 3D collaboration tool enabling real-time 3D presentation viewing and sharing for complex visualizations. Compatible with the Teliris InterACT DocCam, live objects can be captured and then viewed in 3D. As with the Teliris 3D Telepresence solution, the new collaboration tool can switch between 2D and 3D views.

Both the new Teliris 3D solutions can be used with the Teliris end-to-end managed conferencing service which has a reputation for being 99% + reliable and enabling participants to focus on the meeting rather than the technology behind it.

Teliris was founded in 1999 and has Telepresence deployments worldwide in over 50 countries. Teliris offers a broad range of immersive Telepresence solutions in 1,2,3 or 4 screen configurations. The portfolio includes Teliris Personal Telepresence (tm), Teliris Express Telepresence (tm), Teliris Custom Telepresence (tm), as well as the renowned Teliris VirtuaLive (tm) Telepresence. All Teliris solutions interoperate with each other and, using a gateway, interoperate with Videoconferencing and Telepresence solutions of other vendors.

In June 2009, Teliris unveiled its 6th generation 6G Telepresence, an affordable platform that extends the Telepresence experience to locations anywhere in the world by reducing bandwidth and related costs. The 6G platform's software-based architecture delivers a 70% reduction in hardware components. This breakthrough, standards-based, client-server software solution is a light-weight, agile solution that delivers immersive Telepresence through general purpose networks, while maintaining the natural meeting experience for which Teliris has always been known.

Teliris 6G Telepresence delivers 1080p video at 60 fps using half the bandwidth of traditional codecs. Central to the Teliris 6G platform is its rate adaption technology that significantly enhances network efficiency by dynamically managing frame rate, resolution, image quality and bandwidth. This makes Teliris Telepresence deployable everywhere and anywhere.

Other key members of the Teliris Telepresence portfolio are:
- Teliris InterACT TouchTable (tm) for instantly sharing documents, etc. across a virtual table
- Teliris NanoPersonal Telepresence with a 22-inch display for the Executive desktop,
- Teliris Home Telepresence offering the remote worker true HD video, and
- Teliris NanoEX Telepresence with a curved, panoramic display for truly immersive TP at the desktop. This innovative product is described in the next news byte.

The Teliris 3D Telepresence solution is another highly innovative product from Teliris and certainly deserves to be chosen as one of the 10 Best Telepresence Solutions of 2010.


10. Teliris NanoEX Telepresence with a Curved, Panoramic Display for the Desktop

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Teliris NanoEX Telepresence for the desktop

17 January 2011. Teliris NanoEX Telepresence (tm) is the only panoramic solution that extends the natural, intuitive experience of Telepresence to the desktop. Introduced in June 2010 and available in September, the new solution leverages a unique curved display design to provide the immersive experience for an executive participating in a telepresence meeting from his desk. It replicates the natural, intuitive experience of a full Telepresence room

The new first-ever panoramic solution leverages a unique curved display design featuring patented eye contact accuracy technology. This creates a fluid meeting experience across all participants.

Teliris NanoEX Telepresence (tm) is based on the Teliris revolutionary 6G architecture. When combined with the Teliris fully managed conferencing service, it is easy-to-use. It can deliver a unique multipoint experience with continuous presence or a voice-switched option to accommodate large meetings.

 Teliris NanoEX Telepresence is compatible with the full line of Teliris Telepresence solutions and interoperates with any traditional videoconferencing or Telepresence system. For in-room presentation sharing, can use a laptop PC or add a separate Teliris InterACT Presentation screen.

Marc Trachtenberg, Teliris CEO and Co-Founder, said: "Every Teliris solution is specifically designed to ensure true immersion no matter its size - from big rooms to small form factor systems. This new solution with its innovative design does just that - it delivers a scaled, organic feeling of being in the room down to the desktop. The result is an even deeper level of flexible working practices for companies all over the world."

Teliris was founded in 1999 and has Telepresence deployments worldwide in over 50 countries. Teliris offers a broad range of immersive Telepresence solutions in 1,2,3 or 4 screen configurations. The portfolio includes Teliris Personal Telepresence (tm), Teliris Express Telepresence(tm), Teliris Custom Telepresence(tm), as well as the renowned Teliris VirtuaLive(tm) Telepresence.

All Teliris solutions interoperate with each other and, using a gateway, interoperate with Video-conferencing and Telepresence solutions of other vendors.

In June 2009, Teliris unveiled its 6th generation 6G Telepresence, an affordable platform that extends the Telepresence experience to locations anywhere in the world by reducing bandwidth and related costs. The 6G platform's software-based architecture delivers a 70% reduction in hardware components. This breakthrough, standards-based, client-server software solution is a light-weight, agile solution that delivers immersive Telepresence through general purpose networks, while maintaining the natural meeting experience for which Teliris has always been known.

Teliris 6G Telepresence delivers 1080p video at 60 fps using half the bandwidth of traditional codecs. Central to the Teliris 6G platform is its rate adaption technology that significantly enhances network efficiency by dynamically managing frame rate, resolution, image quality and bandwidth. This makes Teliris Telepresence deployable everywhere and anywhere.

Other key members of the Teliris Telepresence portfolio are:
- Teliris InterACT TouchTable (tm) for instantly sharing documents, etc. across a virtual table
- Teliris NanoPersonal Telepresence with a 22-inch display for the Executive desktop,
- Teliris Home Telepresence offering the remote worker true HD video, and
- Teliris NanoEX Telepresence with a curved, panoramic display for truly immersive TP at the desktop. This innovative product is described in the next news byte.

The Teliris NanoEX Telepresence (tm) solution is yet another highly innovative product from Teliris and certainly deserves to be chosen as one of the 10 Best Telepresence Solutions of 2010. 
   







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