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January 29, 2010

Best Telepresence Solutions of 2009

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Solutions that help to deliver robust Telepresence are gaining in demand throughout the global marketplace, helping to intensify this exciting industry. With so many systems to choose from, decision makers may easily get frustrated in making the right choice.

To help guide them in their quest, the online Specialist Newsletter Telepresence (News - Alert) and Videoconferencing Insight has announced its Editor’s Choice Awards for The Best Telepresence Solutions of the Year 2009.

Those telepresence system that received Achievement Awards for the Best Telepresence Solutions of the Year 2009 include:
Brightcom’s L37 Lumina Telepresence with three 37-inch screens and Web conferencing functions
Cisco’s TelePresence System 1300 with single screen, 3 cameras and 720p option for 2 to 6 people
Cisco (News - Alert) TelePresence System 1100, a single 65-inch screen, single-camera endpoint
Cisco HealthPresence combines Cisco TelePresence with diagnostic medical devices
HP’s Halo Collaboration Studio with extended seating option and Web casting
Polycom’s RPX HD 200 and RPX HD 400 Telepresence rooms with a giant projection screen and 1080p video
Polycom’s (News - Alert) Telepresence Experience TPX HD 204M and TPX HD 304M with two/three screens
Polycom’s ATX 300 Telepresence kit to be customized by qualified A/V systems integrators
TANDBERG’s T1 Telepresence system with a new slim look and a touch-screen interface
TANDBERG’s T3 Custom Edition is designed for A/V systems integrators to install
Teliris’ sixth-generation G6 Telepresence systems series with two, three, four or five screens
Videonations’ Videopresence 3-screen system built with a LifeSize (News - Alert) (News - Alert) Conference 200 Telepresence kit
“In 2009, many more companies recognized 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,” Richard Line, editor of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight, said in a statement.

Only those telepresence systems that launched or were substantially improved in calendar year 2009 qualified for an award. To determine top solutions, the editor examined the options through the eyes of a user, looking for innovation, reliability, ease of use and price-performance.
Line highlighted a number of trends in the telepresence industry that can greatly impact its success in the next year:
* Customers have access to 1080p Full HD video quality and 720p HD video.
*Vendors are offering single-screen and two-screen telepresence solutions for offices and small rooms in addition to telepresence suites with three or four large flat screens.
*Most telepresence solutions are packaged with a fully-managed telecom service.
*Vendors offered new telepresence kits for custom installation by audio-video systems integrators.
*Lower prices emerged for large LCD screens capable of 1080p Full HD
* Major progress made in ensuring systems from different vendors would interoperate.
*One vendor offered to facilitate a quality broadband Telepresence connection over the public Internet by incorporating H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC).
Line noted that telepresence became a buzz word in the calendar year 2009, winning widespread acceptance. Demand has been very strong and continues to build with a number of larger enterprise-wide deployments.
Corporate achievements were also recognized by the Telepresence and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter Jan. 11. The Editor’s Choice Awards for Corporate Achievements in 2009 include:
Cisco TelePresence: Telepresence Company of the Year
TANDBERG: Videoconferencing Company of the Year
RADVISION: video-enabling Unified Communications (News - Alert) Company of the Year
Aethra Xtreme 300 Series High Definition Videoconferencing solution: Most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 

Craig Malloy, CEO of LifeSize Communications: Industry Leader of the Year

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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