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Marriott International trashes telepresence rooms

February 29, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
monitor_thrown_out_window.JPGFebruary 29, 2012 by Simon Sharwood via TheRegister.co.uk -- Cisco's dream of public telepresence facilities that Joe Public uses for a high-fidelity chat with loved ones or business associates has taken a hit in Asia after hotel chain Marriott booted its kit from hotels across Asia.

Marriott and Cisco announced a tie-up in 2009 and together with AT&T rolled out what they called "Virtual Meeting studios" in the chain's international hotels.

But the studios failed to excite punters, with Marriott and Cisco both sending The Register the same statement that cast the installations as a "pilot program" (although that phrase is hard to find in old PR material) and says "... our customers enjoyed enjoyed hundreds of successful meetings during the pilot program. However customer demand was not high enough in all locations so we have decided not to continue operating the Virtual Meeting studios at Marriott International hotels."

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